Eric M. Skanson
Cold Spring Elementary School
Rockville-Cold Spring-Richmond School District
Cold Spring, Minnesota
Dr. Eric Skanson describes his calling as a principal as a responsibility to model, repair, and cultivate trust from all members of his school. In his 12 years as principal, 11 of which have been served at Cold Spring Elementary, Skanson has modeled this vision and has fostered an accountable, thriving school environment. In 2015, Cold Spring Elementary became a Minnesota School of Excellence, thanks to Skanson’s leadership and the dedication of his staff. A robust achievement data framework to ensure that each student excels, though monthly staff analysis meetings and six-week check-ins to help students and educators remain on track with student learning goals. Under Skanson’s leadership, the school has begun introducing more experiential learning to the classroom, including exploratory classes for third- through fifth-graders, which allow children to discover new interests and passions, from yoga to engineering. Skanson is attuned to the specific needs of students in this rural community and has worked to strengthen the Host Parent Association to combat family isolation and conflict. The group has successfully partnered with local organizations and businesses to organize community playdates, service projects, and free community meals, all focused on connecting families and children. Skanson holds an Ed. D. from University of Minnesota, a Master’s in Education from Hamline University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Valley City State University.