BEA has a new principal
Following the departure of former Blue Earth Area High School principal Rich Schneider, BEA has been searching for Schneider’s successor. After reviewing a total of 25 applicants, that search has now come to an end.
Blue Earth Area has decided to hire current Butterfield-Odin Public Schools K-12 principal Greg Ewing. The BEA School Board is expected to formally accept the new hire at their next meeting on Monday, Aug. 13.
Ewing spent this past school year as principal at Butterfield-Odin. After school and evening activity supervising, special education team administration, as well as teacher observation and evaluation were among his many duties at the school.
Additionally, Ewing served as the dean of students at Kennedy Elementary School, in Willmar, from 2013 through 2017. There, Ewing participated in administrative duties relating to the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) program. This program focuses on establishing the behavioral support needs of all students.
Prior to his experience in Willmar, Ewing served as a social studies teacher, and also coached football and baseball at Hutchinson High School from 1998 through 2013. While at Hutchinson, Ewing taught a variety of topics which included American history, ancient world history, modern world history and psychology.
Ewing, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in secondary social studies education from Hamline University, in St. Paul, believes building new relationships with students, staff and parents will be an essential aspect of his new position at BEA.
“The best way to build these relationships is by being approachable, authentic, and listening more than talking, while present in the hallways, classrooms, practice fields and gyms throughout the school, and in the community,” Ewing wrote via email. “These invaluable interactions will aid me in understanding the role that the high school plays in the Blue Earth Area community.”