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.
Travis Okerlund, Assistant Principal
Travis Okerlund returns as Assistant Principal at North Junior High School. With degrees from Bemidji State University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and University of Minnesota-Moorhead, Mr. Okerlund comes well-qualified to serve the needs of the North learning community.
Mr. Okerlund is energized by North's diversity and unique programs, and he looks forward to the challenges and opportunities that this school year brings.
Moving to St. Cloud brought him closer home to family, and settled with his wife and two children into the St. Augusta area, he believes he enjoys the best of both worlds: small town living and bigger city amenities in St. Cloud.
Mr. Okerlund relishes adventure. He has climbed a 14,000 feet mountain, met a shark while kayaking, and made his way to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.