Al Johnson, Interim Principal
Al Johnson joins Apollo High School. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master's degree from Northwestern University of St. Paul. He is currently working on his doctorate at Bethel University.
Mr. Johnson served six years as an equity integration specialist in Hopkins, Minnesota, facilitating before and after school programs. He served as Site Administrator at Humbolt High School for two years and also worked as a student advocate.
"Over the last ten school years, I have worked with students in suburban, urban and rural settings. I have seen many of them succeed in school and I have also seen a number of them fail. I have witnessed the outcomes that risk and protective factors present in school can have on students. I truly believe that all students, given the right amount of support and opportunities can find success in school. It is my hope to bring to Apollo a perspective that can further the great work that has been done by so many before me."
Mr. Johnson has seven children and two grandchildren. Mr. Johnson's favorite quote from a student is, "Don't be afraid to be yourself, you're perfect just the way you are."
Abdirizak Abdi, Assistant Principal
Abdirizak Abdi began his career in St. Cloud Area School District 742 in 2010. Since that time, he has dedicated his time to assisting students, families and staff in a variety of roles including serving as Administrative Intern at Apollo High school for the past two years.
Mr. Abdi has completed his master's in Educational Leadership and (Ed.S.) in Administration and principal license at St. Cloud State University where he also worked as a Graduate Assistant, working on developing curriculum. He's also completed his Superintendent license and had the opportunity to work on multiple exceptional projects during his superintendent field experience relating to educational leadership and student learning.
In addition, Mr. Abdi has served and contributed to different committees in throughout the District including the Core Planning Team for the District's strategic plan. He believes that all students are brilliant and can achieve at higher levels provided they are given the opportunity and tools to succeed. He's enjoyed working with students, staff and families at Apollo for the past two years and looks forward to providing continued support to students and staff. Finally, Mr. Abdi speaks multiple languages fluently and looks forward to communicating with all families effectively.
Catherine (Katie) Hoffman, Assistant Principal
Katie Hoffman is one of the Assistant Principals at Apollo High School. Ms. Hoffman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Benedict. She received her Master’s in Education and Administrative license through Hamline University in St. Paul.
She has worked in education for 20 years. Ms. Hoffman has worked as a school social worker in rural and urban schools, as a special education coordinator in the North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale school district and Principal in Intermediate District 287 in Brooklyn Park.
Ms. Hoffman is passionate about ensuring that we have high expectations for ALL learners. She is dedicated to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to assure that each student is successful.
Ms. Hoffman was born and raised in the St. Cloud area and is looking forward to leading in the community where she was raised. She attended Apollo as a 7th and 8th grader many years ago and is excited to be an Apollo Eagle again! Ms. Hoffman has two children and enjoys camping, hiking and watching her kids in sports.
Brenda Tiber, Assistant Principal
Brenda Tiber is one of the Assistant Principals at Apollo High School. She has worked more than 20 years as a high school classroom teacher (physics and chemistry) and instructional leader. Mrs. Tiber has urban, suburban and online experiences teaching and leading in White Bear Lake HS, Robbinsdale Cooper HS, Insight School of MN, Maple Grove Senior HS and other schools in the Osseo Area School District. She has degrees from Minnesota State Mankato, U of M Twin Cities and University of St. Thomas.
Mrs. Tiber is passionate about the mission of District 742 to create a safe and caring climate and culture in which we prepare, engage, educate, empower and inspire 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.
Little known fact(s) about Mrs. Tiber: She goes on 5:00 a.m runs before school and enjoys boating and snowmobiling with her family. Her favorite pastime is anything involving family.