Alicia Fischer, Principal
Alicia Fischer is excited to begin her second year as principal at Apollo High School. For 21 years, she has dedicated her professional life to working with students, families and staff to create positive outcomes for young people. Most recently, she served as principal at McKinley Area Learning Center and prior to that as assistant principal at Technical High School for four years. Before joining St. Cloud Area School District, she worked in the Osseo School District as a teacher and an instructional coach.
At Apollo, Fischer looks forward to continuing to build strong connections with all members of the learning community because those relationships serve as the foundation for a dynamic educational environment where the focus is on student growth, choice and success.
These outcomes are achieved through high expectations and high support for all. Our talented staff work tirelessly to bring the school district’s mission to life. Everyone is invited to visit the wonderful Apollo school community and experience Eagle Pride!
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Laura Freese, Assistant Principal
Laura Freese started her post high school educational journey at St. Cloud State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, in addition to a Middle School Endorsement with an emphasis in math.In 1998, she began teaching part time in the Little Falls School District as a math assurance of mastery teacher. Freese was hired in the St. Cloud Area School District in 2000 as a math teacher at South Junior High. By 2005, she earned her Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary's University. She taught at South Junior High for 15 years before being hired as an academic coach. She served as an academic coach for the next five years at Clearview Elementary School, Kennedy Community School and then at Apollo High School. Freese earned her K-12 Principal Licensure in the spring of 2019. This year, she serves as one of the assistant principals at Apollo High School. Go Eagles!
Justin Skaalerud, Assistant Principal
Justin Skaalerud is in his second year as an assistant principal at Apollo High School. Mr. Skaalerud started teaching in the St. Cloud Area School District in 2006. After spending four years teaching at Tech High School and North Junior High School and one year at Kennedy Community School, Skaalerud spent 7 years teaching at Apollo High School before becoming the activities director at Apollo in 2018. Skaalerud earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) in 2005, a master's degree in Educational Administration and Leadership in 2010 and completed his K-12 Principal and Superintendent License in 2019 from SCSU.
Mr. Skaalerud is passionate about being part of the Apollo High School Community. This is the school he calls home and he is very excited for 2020-2021 school year and is looking forward to building meaningful relationships with all students to help them reach their full potential.
Brenda Tiber, Assistant Principal
Brenda Tiber is in her fifth year as assistant principal of Apollo High School. She has worked more than 20 years as a high school classroom teacher (physics and chemistry) and instructional leader. Tiber has urban, suburban and online experiences teaching and leading in White Bear Lake High School, Robbinsdale Cooper High School, Insight School of MN, Maple Grove Senior High School and other schools in the Osseo Area School District. She has degrees from Minnesota State Mankato (Bachelor of Science), Unniversity of Minnesota Twin Cities (Master's in Education) and University of St. Thomas (Education Specialist degree).
Tiber is passionate about the mission of District 742 to create a safe and caring climate and culture in which we engage, inspire, educate, prepare and empower all learners in partnership with their surrounding community to be successful in today's and tomorrow's society. She believes ALL students can achieve at high levels.
Mrs. Tiber is proud to be an Eagle and member of the Apollo community; “SOAR into YOUR future.”