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Columbia Heights Public Schools Welcomes New High School Principal

Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) welcomes Todd Wynne as the next Columbia Heights High School (CHHS) Principal. The CHPS Board of Education approved the recommendation of Wynne at its June 8, 2021 Regular School Board Meeting. Wynne began his role July 1, 2021 in which he will work to develop and maintain educational programs which align with increasing academic achievement and creating college and career-ready students. 

“[CHPS] is very unique. The District is small, has a strong sense of community, and has robust course offerings and opportunities for all students that you would expect in larger school districts,” said Wynne about what drew him to this principalship. “CHHS is rich in tradition and academic success and takes pride in the diverse school population we serve.  Throughout the interview process and interactions with the staff and district leadership team I could feel the positive energy and love for kids.”

In his role as CHHS Principal, Wynne will be responsible for meeting the diverse academic needs of over 1,000 students in grades 9-12. He will also lead, develop and support approximately 100 staff members.  

Wynne comes to the District with over two decades of education experience including both teaching and administrative roles at all levels – elementary, middle and high school.

“I have been a high school social studies teacher, grades K-8 PE teacher, athletic director, dean, assistant principal, and principal,” he said of his background. “I was fortunate to work with amazing students, staff, and school communities ranging from a very rural, small town school to one of the largest and most diverse middle schools in the country.”

Wynne brings a great philosophy to the District – that all students can learn and have a right to a high-quality education. 

“Our role as educators is to meet every student where they are and to support their academic, social, and emotional needs through quality teaching and strong relationships,” he said.

“My goal is to help maintain a safe and caring school culture where all students and staff feel like they belong,” Wynne noted of what he hopes to achieve at CHHS. “I am driven to ensure students have the tools, resources and confidence to have success after high school. I also understand the importance of creating strong relationships with the elementary and middle schools that feed into CHHS, and want to grow and foster these relationships.”

“Principal Wynne comes to us with a great deal of experience as a school leader,” said Superintendent Zena Stenvik. “His enthusiasm for CHPS was apparent from the first time we met. He is committed to our district’s mission and is sure to form strong connections with our families, students and staff.”

Wynne noted families can expect him to be visible, approachable and to always listen.

“I love my job and I hope it shows in all that I do,” he said.

For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at 763-528-4588.