Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Jill Stewart-Kellar as the new Career and Technical Center Principal. Stewart-Kellar will begin her position on July 1, replacing current principal Deanne DeGraff who is retiring after 20 years of service to the district, including the last 8 years as principal.
“I am thoroughly excited for the opportunity to be a part of a program committed to providing amazing opportunities for students to prepare for their future careers while earning high school and college credit,” says Stewart-Kellar. “It is the greatest reward to see students ignite and fuel their passion for their future careers and I look forward to serving the staff, students and communities of the Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center.”
Stewart-Kellar brings 20 years of educational leadership and teaching experience to the district in the areas of career and technical education, student achievement, professional development and equity. She currently serves as a Teacher on Special Assignment to support career and technical education and equity for Osseo Area Schools. She began her career as a business educator and has also previously worked as an instructional coach and professional learning community facilitator. This is her first principalship.
The Career and Technical Center is housed within Century College in White Bear Lake and has over 1,000 students attending from Northeast Metro 916 member district high schools in 17 different career preparatory courses, ranging from dental occupations to cosmetology to automotive technology. In her role, Stewart-Kellar will be responsible for overseeing program development and curriculum, managing day-to-day operations and building relationships with partner high schools and area businesses among others.
“Jill’s high energy, creativity and passion for career preparation and post-secondary education made her the top candidate for this position,” says Superintendent Connie Hayes. “She has devoted her career to helping students succeed in their future through high rigor and career exploration. We are excited to be able to watch her grow in this position and she will also be a great resource to our district as we expand our work in educational equity.”
Northeast Metro 916 is one of three intermediate school districts in Minnesota, serving approximately 4,000 students through shared programming that includes career and technical education, special education services, area learning centers and elementary education.