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New Falcon Ridge Middle principal led Hopkins school for last eight years

District 196 Superintendent Mary M. Kreger announced the hiring of Becky Melville to be the next principal of Falcon Ridge Middle School. She replaces Noel Mehus, who retired in June following a 14-year career as principal at Falcon Ridge.

Melville has been the principal at North Junior High School in Hopkins for the last eight years, and was a teacher at the school from 2000 to 2007. In between her times at North, Melville worked for Farmington Public Schools, first as director of teaching and learning then as an assistant principal at Farmington High School.

As principal at North, Melville led implementation of a schoolwide instructional framework focused on connecting classroom experiences to the real world. She says she led a service-focused school in which all students participated in a culminating community project in their final year, choosing to influence positive change in the world through advocacy, research or direct action service projects.

"The opportunity to be principal at Falcon Ridge is full of personal and professional connections for me, so I am thrilled at the honor of being chosen as its principal,” said Melville, who is a resident of District 196 and graduate of Eagan High School. “I am excited to join this caring community that is committed to helping all students grow academically and personally in an engaging environment.”

Melville has a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Hamline University, earned a master’s degree in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota, and is working toward a doctorate degree in leadership at Saint Mary’s University.