Talk about cutting down your commute.
After more than a decade in the Wayzata School District as a teacher and coach, current Big Lake administrator Chad Libby, a Hanover resident, is set to joint the staff at St. Michael-Albertville Middle School East as the school’s newest assistant principal to Jennifer Kelly.
Libby started July 1, and takes over for the departed Ben Bakeberg, who took the head job at Heritage Christian Academy’s secondary program.
Many around the area know the Libby family – Chad and his wife, Aimee – as champions for Special Olympics. The family helped bring the St. Michael-Albertville Stallions to life, a sports team for the local STMA Special Olympic athlete.
The Libbies are “really excited” to head into STMA schools, Chad told the Crow River News’ Samara Postuma in a recent article.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said.
Libby had a big role in implementing Q-Comp, a 2000s-designed method of evaluating teachers and teacher performance, now being used in STMA Schools. The district joined Q-Comp’s program, used by the likes of Edina and Wayzata Public Schools, just two years ago.
Libby will also be working with students at East on a day-to-day basis. He’s a graduate of the University of Minnesota at Duluth, with a master’s degree from St. Mary’s. He received his administrator’s license from Hamline.
Chad and Aimee have two children, Carson and Petyon, who are enrolled in STMA schools.