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District 196 Superintendent Jane K. Berenz announced the hiring of Erik Davis to be the next principal at Shannon Park Elementary School in Rosemount.

Davis will replace Michael Guthrie, who is retiring at the end of this school year following a 29-year career in District 196, including the last 17 years as principal at Shannon Park. Davis will take over as principal at Shannon Park on July 1.

Davis has worked in District 196 for 20 years. He served his first 10 years as a 2nd grade teacher and team leader at Pinewood Community School. In 2007, Davis accepted a job as instructional technology coordinator and assistant administrator at Falcon Ridge Middle School and since 2011 has been the assistant administrator at Dakota Hills Middle School. Davis has also been an assistant hockey coach for Rosemount, Eagan and Eastview high school hockey teams. He currently volunteers his time as a youth hockey coach for the Rosemount Area Hockey Association.

“Shannon Park is an amazing school community,” said Davis, who has two children currently attending the school. “I am excited to join the Shannon Park team and help build on the school’s tradition of excellence in District 196.”

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota Duluth, has a master’s degree in teaching and learning from St. Mary’s University and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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