During a special school board meeting Monday, June 9, the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Dist. 877 School Board approved the appointment of Brad Koltes as the new Buffalo High School (BHS) Assistant Principal.
Koltes will replace Brandon Prell who was in the position for the last seven years.
What made Koltes stand out above the other applicants for the position was his dedication to building strong relationships with students and staff. Throughout the interview process words that were used to describe Koltes were: team player, extremely reflective, caring, approachable, good listener, supportive, fun and good communicator. He is an individual highly focused on learning and continuous improvement for students.
“Mr. Koltes has the ability to continue to help us grow as a school in a positive direction,” said BHS Principal Mark Mischke. “We are excited to have him as a part of our team, helping us carry out our mission of ‘doing what’s best for kids.’ The experience he will bring to BHS will provide a great opportunity for our students and our staff.”
Excited about working in Buffalo and being a part of that “smaller community feeling,” Koltes is thrilled about the opportunity to work at BHS. “I’ve heard wonderful things about Buffalo and BHS from some of the people I have worked with who were BHS graduates,” Koltes said. “As I went through the interview process, I received such a warm and welcoming feeling, like when you go on a college visit. I just knew it would be a good fit for me. Building relationships is important to me, and the BHS administration and teachers really seem to know their students. I got into education to help people, and I really believe all kids can learn. I also have experience working with teachers and helping them to become better at what they do.”
Koltes comes to BHS from Blaine High School (part of the Anoka-Hannepin School District) where he was an assistant principal intern for the past year. His experience prior to that in Anoka-Hennepin was as a middle school professional learning community coordinator and administrative intern, and a grades 6-7 social studies teacher. He has also worked at Faithful Shepherd Catholic School in Eagan, Minn., as a grades 6-8 social studies/religion teacher and activities director. Koltes is a 2004 graduate from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., with a degree in social science and secondary education.
He earned his masters in teaching and learning in 2007 and his K-12 principal license in 2012 from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis.
Koltes will begin at BHS July 1.