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Hanson excited to join District 518

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Area Learning Center's new assistant principal is passionate about helping students achieve their goals.

"I'm very excited about working with the students; helping them set goals and, most importantly, attaining the goals that they set," said Nate Hanson, who most recently served as the K-12 principal and interim superintendent in neighboring Round Lake-Brewster Public School District.

Hanson replaces Rhonda Brandt, who resigned this spring. He will also work with the district's targeted services program.

"I'm excited about what the district has to offer and how they partner with the community," he continued. "It's really important for our students to be lifelong learners and find a positive role in the community after they earn their diplomas."

Prior to his year in the RL-B district, Hanson was the K-8 principal for one year in Eveleth-Gilbert School District, and also taught K-8 physical education and adaptive physical education for nine years in Brainerd Public Schools and for two years in the Mound-Westonka school district.

He holds a bachelor's degree in physical education, adaptive physical education and health from Concordia College in Moorhead; a master's degree in education from St. Mary's University; a sixth-year licensure in educational leadership and administration from St. Cloud State University; and is currently working on his doctorate in educational leadership at Bethel University.

Hanson is looking forward to working with students, parents and staff.

"My favorite part is to watch students succeed and let them know we appreciate their effort and achievements," he said.