Joel Heitkamp, Interim Principal
Joel Heitkamp has had the privilege of working at South Junior High for the last 14 years in many different capacities. This year, he will fill the role as interim principal. Heitkamp is excited for the opportunity to work closely with students and families to empower all to make the most out of the middle school experience.
Mr. Heitkamp can't wait to serve all students and families that attend South Junior High. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free reach out to him. He is looking forward to partnering with all families to ensure each student reaches their highest potential. The excitement of another school year brings him great pleasure and he can’t wait to get the 2020-21 school year started!
Andrea Laning, Interim Assistant Principal
Mrs. Andy Laning is the new assistant principal at South Junior High School. Last school year, she served as the interim assistant principal at Talahi Community School and the previous year as an administrative intern at South Junior High School. Laning has been working in education for the past 16 years in a variety of positions including middle school English teacher, elementary classroom teacher, teacher instructional coach and district equity coach. In addition to her K-6 and 5-8 Communication Arts and Literature teaching endorsements, she has completed a master’s degree in Education Leadership and a master’s level K-12 Principal program. She has also acquired her K-12 Reading Teacher license.
Laning is excited to use her many education experiences and growing expertise as a leader to serve students, families and staff at South. She believes it is her privilege and responsibility to provide students the best possible school environment, high-quality instruction and engaging opportunities for their learning. Her passion for all things K-12 education drives her ongoing commitment to working side-by-side with school staff to create right-fit experiences for meeting the academic, socio-emotional and individual needs of all students. She is thrilled to be returning to work as a South Tiger and is looking forward to a terrific school year!