• Principal's Welcome

  • BergmanKaren Bergman, Principal


    My name is Karen Bergman, and I am thrilled to be the Principal at Countryside Elementary School.  I am truly honored to be a part of this wonderful Edina school community.

    I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University.  I also hold a Master’s Degree in Experiential Education, as well as a Sixth Year Certification in School Administration, from Minnesota State, Mankato.  I have held many positions in education and have learned a great deal from each experience.

    • Grade 4 teacher – 3 years, in my hometown of Brookings, SD
    • Grade 5 teacher – 9 years, Farmington Area Public Schools
    • Director of Curriculum and Instruction – 5 years, Farmington Area Public Schools
    • Principal – 5 years, Meadowview Elementary, Farmington
    • Principal – 4 years, Akin Road Elementary, Farmington
    • Principal – since July 2011, Countryside Elementary, Edina Public Schools

     I have to admit that the role of Principal has been my favorite so far because I learn so much from our students, staff and families every day! 

    We live in Chaska, and my husband and I enjoy spending time nurturing and following the dreams of our twin sons.  One is a graduate of the University of Colorado, with a Business Degree in Professional Golf Management.  He is a PGA Golf Professional.  The other son obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies from the Culinary Institute of America in New York.  He works in the food and beverage industry.


    Karen Bergman, Principal