New principal named

A message from the Superintendent

April 11, 2019

Dear Chippewa Middle School community,

I am pleased to announce a new principal has been selected for Chippewa Middle School. Pending School Board action, Molly Hollihan will succeed Rob Reetz, who was recently named principal of Edgewood Middle School effective July 1.

Molly is a dedicated educator and an accomplished administrator who has demonstrated a keen understanding of the academic, social and emotional needs of Chippewa students. For the past five years, she has played a critical role in managing Chippewa’s daily operations and supporting students and families – having served as associate principal for four years and as dean for one year. In 2014, Molly came to Chippewa from Highview Middle School where she had been a dean for three years. Prior to joining Mounds View Public Schools, she was an associate principal at Mahtomedi Middle School, an English teacher at Roseville High School, a humanities instructor at an international school in Hong Kong and an admissions director at Hill-Murray High School.

Molly holds a bachelor’s degree in English education from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in education from Saint Mary’s University. She has earned an education specialist degree from the University of St. Thomas. Molly and her husband Brian live in Shoreview with their sons James (6th grade, Chippewa), Luke (4th grade, Turtle Lake), Owen (2nd grade, Turtle Lake). They also have a son, Dean, who is a senior at Hamline University.

As you may know, our search for a new principal involved a committee of parents, staff and students intent on finding a candidate with a clear vision for maintaining and advancing Chippewa’s program to serve the needs of all students. Molly’s experience demonstrates her clear commitment to ensuring all students realize success, and I know she is excited to continue advancing the outstanding history of Chippewa.

In the coming weeks, we will conduct a search for a new associate principal at Chippewa. In the meantime, please join me this spring as we say goodbye to Rob and as we give Molly a warm welcome into her new role at Chippewa next fall.


Chris Lennox


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