District 196 Superintendent Jane K. Berenz today announced the hiring of Andrea Engstrom to be the next coordinator at Dakota Ridge School in Apple Valley.
Engstrom had been serving as interim coordinator at Dakota Ridge since early August, when previous coordinator Lauren Trainer was hired to become principal at the School of Environmental Studies. Dakota Ridge is a K-12 school for students who face significant social, emotional and behavioral difficulties (EBD).
“I am thrilled to be back at Dakota Ridge,” Engstrom said. “I am dedicated to supporting students, families and staff in maintaining high expectations for students and a safe and caring place for learning.”
Engstrom has worked in special education in District 196 since 2004, when she was hired as an autism teacher at Dakota Hills Middle School. In 2010, she became a strategy support specialist for the Special Education Department and in 2012 was hired as a lead teacher in the department. In 2014, Engstrom was hired as a coordinator, supporting special education programming in the district’s elementary schools, a position she held until being named interim coordinator at Dakota Ridge in early August.
Engstrom has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and earned her master’s degree in teacher leadership from the University of Minnesota. She also earned her director of special education and principal licensure from the University of Minnesota.