Hopkins selects West Junior High Principal

Hopkins Public Schools is pleased to announce that Leanne Kampfe is returning to Hopkins to be the next principal of West Junior High.
April 03, 2017

Hopkins Public Schools is pleased to announce that Leanne Kampfe will be the next principal of West Junior High. Her position will begin at the start of the contract year in July 2017.

Kampfe has deep roots in Hopkins, and in particular at West Junior High. Although she served as the assistant principal at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis for the past three years, the majority of her 20-year career in education has been with Hopkins, both in secondary and elementary roles. From 2000 to 2007, she served as a music instructor at Tanglen Elementary and then became the vocal music director at West Junior High. She took on the role of assistant dean at West from 2012 to 2014.

"We feel fortunate to be able to welcome Leanne back to Hopkins," said Nik Lightfoot, assistant superintendent of Hopkins Public Schools. "Leanne brings with her the knowledge, skills and talents that will help us continue the strong level of leadership the West Junior High community expects. Throughout our selection process, it was clear that Leanne exemplifies Hopkins' mission of excellence."

Kampfe's experience at West makes her uniquely qualified to be the next principal. She was involved in several key initiatives that continue to shape the future of the school, including the authorizing of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, the digital curriculum initiative, and the expansion of the secondary Chinese immersion program. She is known for being a strong leader who is exceptionally organized and committed to equity. Her experience at Roosevelt provided her with a wide array of administrative experiences, and she is excited to bring those talents to a community that has always felt like home.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with the talented staff and serve the wonderful families and children at West Junior High," said Kampfe. "I especially anticipate working with students, as the interaction with kids is what makes education a calling for me."

Kampfe has a bachelor degree in music from Northern State University and a master's degree in music education from the University of Minnesota. This spring, she expects to complete a doctoral program in educational leadership at Hamline University. In her spare time, Kampfe enjoys running, traveling, reading, going to movies and spending time with family and friends. She is married to her husband Julian, and together they have two dogs, Daisy and Button.

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