St. Michael Elementary School students will have a new principal when they return to school next fall, as the St. Michael-Albertville School Board approved the hiring of Corey Lahr
Lahr was selected to replace current STME Principal Sheila Bichler who is retiring after nine years in the district. Lahr comes to St. Michael from the Delano School District, where he taught third grade for seven years and served as dean of students for one year and assistant elementary principal for the last four years. Prior to coming to Delano he taught fifth grade. Lahr also taught special education for two years in the Roseville schools.
“Mr. Lahr exemplifies the type of leader that builds strong relationships with students, teachers and parents. His leadership is evident in building a commitment to all students learning in a student-centered environment,” said St. Michael-Albertville Superintendent Jim Behle. “I looked forward to him joining us at STMA”.
Lahr graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a BA degree in Elementary Education. He completed a Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s University and principal licensure from Hamline University.
Lahr’s vision of an ideal elementary school is one that fosters high student achievement and quality relationships.
“I’m extremely excited to bring my passion for education to St. Michael Elementary,” he said. “During the few experiences I’ve had during the interview process, first glimpse shows the staff at STME is enthusiastic about education and dedicated to ensuring student success. I look forward to forming positive relationships with students, staff, parents, and the entire community of St. Michael-Albertville.”
Lahr is familiar with STMA athletics and students – his wife, Steph, is a physical education and health teacher at the high school and is an assistant girls’ basketball coach. They have three children.