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District 196 picks Anne Kusch for Black Hawk Middle School principal
Anne Kusch

Apple Valley High School Assistant Administrator Anne Kusch has been selected to be the next principal at Black Hawk Middle School in Eagan, District 196 Superintendent Mary M. Kreger announced May 15. 

Kusch will officially take over July 1 for Rich Wendorff, who is retiring at the end of this school year after 27 years of service in District 196, including the last 19 as principal at Black Hawk.

Since 2013, Kusch has been an assistant administrator at Apple Valley High, where she is responsible for overseeing student affairs and special education staff and services. Kusch began her career in District 196 in 2000, as a teacher at Dakota Hills Middle School and Eagan High School. In 2002, she started working full time at Dakota Hills as a special education teacher and case manager. Kusch earned her first administrator position in 2009, when she was hired as a district special education coordinator working with secondary students, families and staff. She held that position until 2013, when she was hired at Apple Valley High.

“I am thrilled to be returning to the middle level and humbled by the opportunity to be the next principal of Black Hawk Middle School,” Kusch said. “I look forward to building relationships with students, families and the staff, and collaborating with these stakeholders to build on Black Hawk’s successes and further expand possibilities for all of our students.”

Kusch earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of St. Thomas; a master’s degree in education, as well as principal and special education director licensure from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and is working toward a doctorate in educational leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato.