Marcus Freeman will bring his experiences as a professional football player, a teacher and a private school administrator to his role as an assistant principal at Ramsey Middle School.
“I bring a diverse perspective and I bring an experience that’s similar to a lot of kids that walk in the building,” said Freeman. “I hope to be an example for all students -- but especially for young black boys -- to let them know that their dreams can definitely come true and they should aspire to be great.”
The goal of the administrative team will be a three-part approach: building relationships with students, holding students accountable and helping students succeed.
As a Saint Paul native, Freeman attended Benjamin E. Mays IB World School and Battle Creek Middle School. He graduated from high school at Cretin-Derham Hall in Saint Paul.
Freeman played for several National Football League teams between 2007 and 2008, including the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Panthers and the 2008 Super Bowl champion the New York Giants. He then landed his first substitute teacher job at Battle Creek Middle School.
“I really enjoyed teaching,” Freeman said.
In 2010, he began working as a full-time substitute teacher at Cretin-Derham Hall. He then became an associate dean of students and a dean of students at the school.
Freeman said he wanted to work at Ramsey because he wanted more room to grow professionally, and he wanted to work with a diverse student group in Saint Paul.
Freeman describes himself as having a calm and confident demeanor and good communication skills. He’ll bring multiple perspectives to the job from his experiences in both professional and educational fields.
About Marcus Freeman
Education: He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in marketing. He earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and his principal licensure from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Career: He played for several National Football League teams from 2007-2008. He’s worked as a substitute teacher at Battle Creek Middle School. He was a substitute at Cretin-Derham Hall, an associate dean of students and a dean of students.
Family: He was raised in Saint Paul, and attended SPPS through eighth grade. He’s married with two daughters. His hobbies include spending time with family.