Joel Heitkamp, Principal
Joel Heitkamp has had the privilege of working at South Junior High for the last 15 years in many different capacities, and he is honored to be South’s current Principal. Mr. Heitkamp got his undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University in teaching, a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, as well as a post-masters K-12 Administration license from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
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 to reach out to him. He is looking forward to partnering with all families to ensure each student reaches their highest potential. Heitkamp is most excited for the opportunity to work closely with students and families to empower all to make the most out of the middle school experience.
The excitement of another school year brings him great pleasure and he can’t wait to get the 2021-22 school year started! Go Tigers!
Andrea Laning, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Andy Laning is in her second year as assistant principal at South Junior High School. Laning has been working in education for the past 17 years in a variety of positions including middle school English teacher, elementary classroom teacher, teacher instructional coach, district equity coach, and interim elementary assistant principal at Talahi Community School. 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 a South Tiger and is looking forward to a terrific school year!