I’m honored and excited to have been hired as the Superintendent of Winona Area Public Schools, and would like to share some information about myself. Having been born and raised in Lake City, I’m a life-long Minnesotan. I grew up spending a lot of time in and on the river: fishing with my grandparents and swimming & boating with friends. I have family in Red Wing, and have always loved the river towns along the Mississippi.

With two sons who are recent college graduates, I’m an extremely proud father. My oldest, Nolan, graduated from Winona State University in December 2014, with an Elementary Education degree. He had wonderful years in Winona, spending time in the local schools, coaching a soccer team, and enjoying the local parks. Nolan is currently teaching third graders in Manama, Bahrain. My younger son, Nick, graduated in December 2016 from the University of MN, with a Computer Science degree. Nick lives in Minneapolis and works at a software firm in Medina.

I’m also proud of my role as a life-long educator, having worked as a math teacher and coach in St. Clair and Mankato; a teaching-mentor in a partnership between Mankato Area Public Schools and Minnesota State University, Mankato; an assistant principal at Mankato East High and a principal at Mankato East Junior High; an adjunct professor at MSU, Mankato and Concordia, St. Paul; and in my current position as superintendent of Medford Public Schools. Throughout my career as an educator, I’ve had a goal of maintaining high expectations for myself and others, while providing the support necessary to ensure success. One constant has been my belief in the importance of equity: I believe passionately that everyone can be successful if given an equal opportunity.

Finally, I’m a life-long learner. I believe in the power of education, and will always actively pursue opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills. While living in Mankato, I earned degrees in Mathematics Education (BA), Education Leadership (MA), and Education Administration (Sixth Year Certificate), along with my Superintendent’s licensure. During my spare time, you can find me attending local concerts, theatre, ball games, or lectures, doing volunteer work, or staying active on my bicycle or a basketball court.

I’ve been impressed by the WAPS staff who I’ve been able to meet so far, and I’m looking forward to learning more about Winona Area Public Schools and the Winona community. I’m anxious to move to Winona and get started, working together with the entire community to make Winona Area Public Schools a great place to learn. Go Winhawks!!!

Richard Dahman

Superintendent
District Office
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