Dawn Wiegand Appointed as Northwinds Elementary Principal

Dawn Wiegand
Tuesday Mar 27, 12

Dawn Wiegand, current principal at Oak Park Elementary in Stillwater, MN, was offered and accepted the Northwinds Elementary Principal position.  Ms. Wiegand will replace Gail Feneis, who will end her 39-year career with BHM schools this year.  Throughout the interview process, the interview team was impressed with Dawn's clear sense of vision and mission; building trusting relationships with students and staff; the success her schools have made and providing growth opportunities for others.  The interview team really liked that Dawn seeks staff input when making decisions and always focused on "what's best for kids".

Wiegand commented, "I believe in fostering a productive student-focused environment which is essential for the success of all students.  It is powerful and rewarding to witness the increase in confidence among students as they feel more in control of their learning.  It is an honor and pleasure to be joining the Buffalo School District and community.  I look forward to working closely with the students, staff and families of Northwinds Elementary School to continue the strong traditions of a positive community school."

Again, parents, students and staff were asked during site visits, "When you think of Principal Wiegand, what's the first thing that comes to your mind?"  They shared the following: positive attitude and is always smiling, approachable, passionate, determined, diligent and steady, fair, caring, kind and nice, fun and awesome!

Background Information:

  • Elementary Principal, Pre-K-Grade 6 - Oak Park Elementary School, Stillwater, MN (2006 - current)
  • Elementary Principal, Grades K-5 - Walker Elementary School, Rockford, IL (2004-2006)
  • Elementary Principal, Grades K-5 - Rock River Elementary School, Rockford, IL (2003-2004)
  • Curriculum Implementation/Student Support Specialist, Grades K-5 - Lathrop Elementary School, Rockford, IL (1999-2003)
  • Teacher, Grades 4-5 - Whitehead Elementary School, Rockford, IL (1994-1997)
  • Curriculum Implementer - Rock River/King Elementary School, Rockford, IL (1994)
  • Teacher, Grades 4 and 6 - McIntosh Elementary School, Rockford, IL (1990-1993)