Three superintendent candidates selected for final interviews

After interviewing six candidates Feb. 11 and 12, the Anoka-Hennepin School Board selected three finalists for further consideration in a series of interviews next week. They are David Law, assistant superintendent in White Bear Lake Area Schools; Dr. Michelle Langenfeld, superintendent in Green Bay, Wisc.; and Jeff McGonigal, associate superintendent for high schools in Anoka-Hennepin.

A new superintendent is expected to be appointed next week to replace Dennis Carlson who is retiring in June.

Each finalist will spend a day in the district touring schools and participating in question and answer sessions with employee groups and the community. McGonigal is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18; Langenfeld for Wednesday, Feb. 19,  and Law for Thursday, Feb. 20.

The community question-and-answer sessions with each candidate will be held from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Community members who participate in the sessions will have the opportunity to complete feedback forms which will go to the board for consideration. The final interviews with the School Board will be from 8 to 9 p.m. each evening and are open to the public.

David Law is the assistant superintendent in the White Bear Lake Area School District, a position he’s had for four years. Before that he was principal at Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake for three years, and an assistant principal at Sandburg Middle School in Anoka for seven years. In addition to public school roles, Law has also taught as an adjunct professor with the University of Minnesota and Bethel University. He began his education career as a teacher in 1992.

Law has a doctor of law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, as well as his superintendent’s licensure from the University of Minnesota. He also has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hamline University in Saint Paul.

Dr. Michelle Langenfeld is the superintendent of Green Bay Area Public Schools in Wisconsin, a role she’s had for three years. Before that, she was the associate superintendent of middle schools with Anoka-Hennepin schools for three years and principal at Coon Rapids and Sandburg middle schools for eight years. In addition to public school roles, Langenfeld has also taught as an adjunct professor with Bethel University’s Online Doctoral Program. She began her education career as a teacher in 1987.

She has a doctorate in policy and administration and a master’s degree in work, children and families, both from the University of Minnesota. She also has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from St. Could State University.

Jeffrey McGonigal is Anoka-Hennepin’s associate superintendent for high schools, a role he’s had for three years. Prior to that, he was principal at Coon Rapids High School for four years and principal at Robbinsdale Cooper High School for three years before that. In addition, McGonigal has experience as an activities director at three different schools. He began his education career as a teacher in 1984.

McGonigal has a master’s degree in secondary administration from St. Thomas University in Saint Paul and his superintendent’s license from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis. He also has a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from the University of Minnesota.


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