Ellen Stewart, Principal
Ellen Stewart is starting her 23rd year in education with a plethora of experience as a Teacher, Athletic Director and Administrator. Ms. Stewart came to the district last year as an Administrative Intern at Tech High School and prior to that, has spent time in schools in Minneapolis and Richmond, VA. Ms. Stewart is a former professional basketball player and was Miss Black Minnesota 1988-89.
Ms. Stewart is passionate about the success of every student and staff member. Her belief is “when excellence is in sight, good is never enough.” She embraces North’s diversity and welcomes varied perspectives.
She is also passionate about following the academic and athletic journey of her three children. She enjoys watching professional football, reading and down time at any of the ten thousand lakes in Minnesota. Her quest for adventure led to skydiving in Mexico and preparing for a safari in Africa.
Ms. Stewart is ready to start a fabulous year at North Junior High School.
Interesting Tidbit: Ms. Stewart graduated from North Community High School in Minneapolis.
Anna Willhite, Assistant Principal
Anna Willhite has been with District 742 since 2008. She has been a classroom Language Arts teacher, Instructional Leader, Administrative Intern, and served on various district leadership committees. Ms. Willhite received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of St. Benedict. She has a passion for literacy success for all students and received her Reading Certificate and Masters in Literacy Education from St. Mary’s University. Ms. Willhite also completed her Administrative Licensure through St. Mary’s University.
Ms. Willhite is pleased to be part of the North team and serving the North community. She enjoys using her knowledge in instruction, curriculum, data, assessment, and PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) to ensure that all students are receiving the tools, skills, and knowledge they need in order to be successful in their futures.
Ms. Willhite loves spending time with her three children, husband and black lab, reading and relaxing at the lake.