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Grand Forks School Board Approves Three Administrative Assignments

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For Immediate Release

June 14, 2022

Grand Forks School Board Approves Three Administrative Assignments

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Grand Forks School Board approved three administrative assignments for the 2022-2023 school year at its meeting on June 13.

Dr. Anthony Vandal, presently the associate principal at Lake Agassiz Elementary School, has been named the principal of Valley Middle School.

Vandal has worked in education for nearly 25 years. Prior to working at Lake Agassiz Elementary, Vandal served in various roles at Williston (N.D.) Public School District, including director of education, instructional coach, and classroom teacher. Vandal has experience with Marzano’s Art and Science of Teaching framework, Marzano High Reliability Schools, and has received training in Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).

He has an associate’s degree in general studies from Turtle Mountain Community College, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Dakota, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University St. Paul, a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Mary, and an education specialist degree in educational leadership from Concordia University St. Paul. He holds elementary and secondary principal credentials in North Dakota.

Joshua Mailhot, presently the principal of Fisher (Minn.) Elementary School, has been selected as the principal at Ben Franklin Elementary School.

Mailhot has over 13 years of experience in education and has served as the elementary principal in Fisher since January 2018. Prior, he served as a continuous improvement specialist at Onamia (Minn.) Public Schools, and as a 5th/6th grade teacher at Martin County (N.C.) Schools. Mailhot has received training in leadership implementation, restorative justice, and trauma-informed schools.

He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bemidji State University, a master’s degree in administration from the University of Phoenix, and a K-12 principal certificate from St. Cloud State University.

Chelsea Benke, an elementary literacy coach at Grand Forks Public Schools, has been named the associate principal at Century Elementary School.

Benke has served as an elementary literacy coach since August 2020. Prior, she served as a literacy specialist, reading recovery teacher, and classroom teacher at Grand Forks Public Schools. In her current role, Benke has assisted in developing and facilitating district-wide professional development in the area of literacy. She has also completed Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) and AVID training.

Benke received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in elementary education, both from the University of North Dakota. She is currently enrolled at Minnesota State University Moorhead to complete coursework to fulfill the North Dakota Education Leadership Credential.

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