Rockford Schools name Amy Denneson middle school principal

At its May 21 meeting, the Rockford School Board named Amy Denneson as a new principal for the Rockford Middle School Center for Environmental Studies (RMS-CES) as well as the director of teaching and learning.

Denneson will take on both of these half-time positions starting in the 2012-13 school year. She is currently working as the RMS-CES assistant principal and gifted and talented coordinator for the new EXCEL program. Denneson earned her bachelor’s degree in history before going on to her master’s in social studies education at the University of Minnesota. More recently, she earned her principal’s licensure through St. Cloud State University.

Coming from a family dedicated to public education, Denneson grew up in Buffalo and has also worked as a social studies teacher in Rockford.

"I am honored to follow in the steps of Marie (Flanary) and Ave (Beaupre)," said Denneson, "I have spent my professional career in the Rockford Area Schools and I am dedicated to creating meaningful and positive learning experiences for students in the Rockford, Corcoran, and Greenfield communities."

She also commented that she looks "forward to working together with the amazing students, staff, and broader community to lead Rockford Middle School – Center for Environmental Studies forward as we begin our second year as a STEM magnet school after a very successful first year!"

Rockford Area Schools Superintendent Paul Durand added, "We are excited to have Amy here as a principal. She has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our students. Her efforts in working with diverse learners, engaging students in the learning process and using differentiate instruction effectively has shown us how valuable an asset she is to our district."

Both Marie Flanary, currently the Rockford Middle School Principal and Community Education Director, and Ave Beaupre, Director of Teaching and Learning, are retiring at the end of the 2011-12 school year.