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Countryside Principal Karen Bergman Announces Retirement

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Countryside Principal Karen Bergman Announces Retirement

Countryside Elementary School Principal Karen Bergman has announced her retirement for the end of the current school year. With a career spanning 39 years, including 13 years as Countryside Elementary principal, Bergman expressed mixed emotions as she bids farewell to the Edina Hornets community. 

“Countryside is a special place, and I will forever feel honored for the time I have been able to work alongside these amazing teachers and support staff,” said Bergman. “Our students are delightful and every day they bring joy to the work of this team.” Reflecting on her years at Countryside she added, “Everyone associated with this school - students, parents, and staff - is highly invested in the future success of our students, and we have had a lot of fun along the journey.”

Bergman leaves an indelible mark on the institution, culminating in the school's recent recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School. The prestigious award, received last fall, stands as a testament to Bergman's steadfast leadership and commitment to educational excellence. Under her guidance, Countryside embraced new instructional practices and curriculum materials, welcomed the introduction of the Spanish Dual Language program, and underwent successful construction updates and additions. The school's resilience and dedication to maintaining a positive school culture and climate have encapsulated the spirit of being "Countryside Strong" and leaving an enduring impact on students, parents, and staff alike. 

The hiring process for Countryside's next principal is currently underway.