George Vasil has been named the interim assistant principal at Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy for Mathematics and Environmental Science.
Vasil began the school year as a teacher on special assignment at McKinley Elementary School. He was able to serve as an interim principal when Brian Mann was named the interim principal at Monroe Elementary School to fill in a leave of absence.
A native of Racine, Wisc., Vasil earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees and did his coursework for his administrative license at the University of Minnesota. He decided to go into elementary education after working with his high school guidance counselor and having positive experiences working with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program and being a buddy to younger students.
“It was fun to engage with students and see them passionate about learning; I was interested in maintaining that passion in kids,” Vasil said. “The moments when you see students get it – the ‘ah ha’ moments – are inspiring. My experiences as a high school student made me realize that education is where I should be.”
Vasil began his career as a second grade teacher in Wisconsin. His second experience was as a second grade teacher at Rum River Elementary School. From there, Vasil left education to work in a family business.
After a couple of years, Vasil realized he missed working in education and returned to the University of Minnesota for his graduate work. With encouragement from other educators, Vasil made the decision to go into administration. While doing a principal internship in the Roseville Area School District, Vasil also worked in a classroom support position in the St. Paul School District. After teaching second grade in Hopkins last year Vasil found himself returning to the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
“I love being back in Anoka-Hennepin,” Vasil said. “It’s always felt like home to me. I like the amount of resources available and the support the district can give to staff, students and families. I feel fortunate to be back in the district.”
As he begins his new job at CBPA, Vasil looks forward to continuing the great work Mann and Principal Marilyn McKeehen have done at the school, which is entering its third year.
“I look forward to making positive connections with students and staff to ensure kids are safe and engaged in learning,” Vasil said. “The CPBA team has wonderful programming and I want to keep that working.”