Welcome Lee Thao! Our new Principal!

  • Mr. Thao brings a wealth of experience in helping all students feel represented and accepted for who they are. He has served as an educational assistant, middle school teacher, administrative intern, assistant principal for Harding Senior High School, and most recently, as interim principal at Battle Creek Elementary School. Mr. Thao understands the importance of collaborating with staff and families and embracing the unique gifts that each child brings.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Thao has created schoolwide systems to improve student achievement and worked tirelessly to narrow the informational gap by engaging families of color to provide them with information to help make the best academic decisions for their child. He highly values family engagement and has built relationships between students and staff to create a positive school culture. Mr. Thao is proud to continue the great work of Battle Creek Elementary School. He is excited to join a school community that works together to ensure every child has what they need to learn.

    Mr. Thao has excellent academic qualifications with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Minnesota-Morris, a Master of Education degree in secondary social studies instruction from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a Specialist in Educational Leadership and K-12 Administrative Licensure from Minnesota State University - Mankato, and is completing his Doctorate for Education in Leadership at Bethel University.