New principal named

An email update from Sunnyside Elementary

July 7, 2020

Dear Sunnyside Elementary School community,

I am pleased to announce a new principal has been selected for Sunnyside Elementary School. Cori Thompson will become principal effective July 15.

With more than 15 years in education, Cori is a seasoned educator and administrator skilled at creating a school climate that fosters equity, academic achievement and cultural responsiveness. She has most recently worked at South Washington County Schools as the Director of Achievement and Integration, designing and delivering professional development for staff and families related to intercultural competency, equity and cultural responsiveness. Prior to that, she worked in Bloomington Public Schools for 15 years.

Cori was a teacher, an administrative dean, and an assistant principal before taking over as the principal at Valley View Elementary School. Cori holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in education from Hamline University and earned her principal’s licensure from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Cori is a devoted reader and likes to travel with her family and friends. Her other hobbies include dancing, Zumba and yoga. Cori and her husband have been married for 13 years and have three children.

“I look forward to working with and serving the students and families of Sunnyside in a culturally diverse setting,” she says. “I believe it truly takes a village to educate children and guide them in becoming successful students and individuals. I am excited to begin my part in this process, and be a part of the team in the Sunnyside community.”

I am confident we have found the best candidate to lead Sunnyside in this time of transition and the new realities of COVID-19. In the coming weeks, you will hear from Cori as she prepares for her new role at Sunnyside. We expect a smooth transition. Please join me in giving her a very warm welcome to this exceptional school community.


Chris Lennox


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