Alicia Fischer, Principal

  • Alicia Fischer

    Alicia Fischer is excited to begin her third year as principal at Apollo High School. For 22 years, she has dedicated her professional life to working with students, families, and staff to create positive outcomes for young people. Principal Fischer has served in several educational roles: high school teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, lead principal at McKinley and Apollo High School. 

    Principal Fischer is a self-directed and passionate school leader who inspires faculty and staff to create safe, caring, and academically-rigorous school environments that prepare students for success. She believes in setting high expectations and providing the necessary academic, social-emotional, and family supports to ensure that every student is engaged, educated, and included.

    Principal Fischer’s CORE BELIEFS:

    • Relationships are everything. This begins with creating a welcoming school environment that prioritizes communication, encourages authentic connection, and builds on the strengths and dreams of teachers and students.
    • All students can learn and excel academically. This begins by developing strong partnerships with families, students, communities, teachers, and staff through positive relationships.
    • Schools need a culture of learning and continuous improvement. This includes planning building-wide and district-wide professional development opportunities for teachers and analyzing student achievement data to design plans for improvement.

    These outcomes are achieved through high expectations and high support for all. Our talented staff works tirelessly to bring the school district’s mission to life. Please reach out to Principal Fischer if you would like to visit Apollo High School.

    Please follow Principal Fischer on Instagram @apolloprincipal

    Email: alicia.fischer@isd742.org

Laura Freese, Assistant Principal

  • Laura Freese

    Laura Freese is in her second year as an assistant principal.  She 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. 
     
    Laura Freese is inspired by the creativity, compassion, and intellect the young scholars of Apollo bring to the school community.  She is dedicated to creating a safe and caring environment where all students and staff can thrive and grow to their fullest potential.

    Email: laura.freese@isd742.org

Justin Skaalerud, Assistant Principal

  • Justin Skaalerud

    Justin Skaalerud is in his third 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 2021-2022 school year and is looking forward to building meaningful relationships with all students to help them reach their full potential.

    Email: justin.skaalerud@isd742.org

Brenda Tiber, Assistant Principal

  • Brenda Tiber

    Brenda Tiber is in her sixth 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 experiences teaching and leading in urban, suburban, and online middle and high schools. She has degrees from Minnesota State Mankato (Bachelor of Teaching Physical Science), University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Master's in Curriculum and Instruction) 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.” 

    Email: brenda.tiber@isd742.org