New Principals Selected for Stillwater Junior High and Marine and Withrow Elementary Schools

Two new principals will join Stillwater Area Public Schools later this week.

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Eric VanScoy and Stacey Benz. (Courtesy of Stillwater Area Public Schools)

Eric VanScoy will be the principal at Stillwater Junior High School. Stacey Benz will serve as the principal of Marine and Withrow elementary schools.

Both principals will begin work on Friday, Aug. 7. The Stillwater Area Public Schools Board of Education is expected to formally approve the selection of the two new principals at the Thursday, Aug. 13 meeting.

Stillwater Junior High School

As the district prepares to make the change from junior highs (grades 7-9) to middle schools (grades 6-8), VanScoy will play a key role in developing a transition plan for students and staff, Community Engagement Manager Carissa Keister said. He led a similar change process as an assistant principal at Lake Middle School in Woodbury.

Prior to becoming an administrator, VanScoy worked as a band director in the South Washington County School District. He graduated with a bachelor of music degree from St. Olaf College and earned a master of music degree from Sam Houston State University in Texas. He earned his principal certificate from the University of Minnesota.

Marine and Withrow Elementary Schools

Stacey Benz has worked at both the middle school and elementary school level, spending the last year serving as a dean of students at Westwood Middle School in the Spring Lake Park School District.

She has worked as an instructional coach and an elementary school teacher. She has a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and earned her masters of arts in teaching and an administrative license from Hamline University. 

“We are thrilled to have Eric and Stacey join our Pony community,” Superintendent Denise Pontrelli said in a prepared statement. “The next several years will bring considerable change to our district and these two have been through similar transitions before. They both have great enthusiasm and energy, and will bring with them vast experiences that will help us plan and prepare for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond.”

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