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Meet Ty Thompson, Tartan's New Principal

Meet Ty Thompson, Tartan's New Principal
Greetings Tartan Families,
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the Principal of Tartan High School.
As a new member of Tartan I have spent the past month getting to know students, staff, and the
community. I look forward to meeting more of you as the school year draws nearer and am excited
for September 6th, when our building will be filled with young minds ready to tackle another year of
growth and learning.
I began my career in education as a teacher 14 years ago in the Los Angeles Unified School district.
In 2008, I joined the St. Paul Public School district and have served there as a dual-language teacher,
district coach, assistant principal, and principal. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental
College and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of
Minnesota. As a mother of three, I understand the importance of communication and connecting
with families in order to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students. It is my firm
belief that my role as an educator is to help guide your children toward their highest potential, while
at the same time ensuring they have positive academic and social experiences every single day.
Over the past few years Tartan has focused on creating curriculum that challenges each of our
students in a broad range of disciplines. The development of knowledge and key enduring skills—
communication, creation, collaboration, and critical thinking skills— are the cornerstones to life
beyond high school in post-secondary education and the workplace. The demand for highly skilled
young people is what continues to drive our programs, classrooms, and co-curricular activities.
In the year ahead we will begin third year course offerings in the area of engineering. Additional
courses include Introduction to Digital Fabrication, Digital Fabrication: Mechanical and Digital
Fabrication: Electrical. Our students will have the opportunity to build and create using a variety of
new technical, design and fabrication tools that have been graciously funded by 3M. Additionally,
more students than ever are enrolled in our Advanced Placement (AP) and College in the Schools
programs, resulting in the addition of the following courses: AP Stats, AP Computer Science, and AP
Physics. All of these developments will serve our students well.
At Tartan we provide a challenging curriculum that serves a wide range of student interests. Our
staff recognize that in order to be successful in school, our students need support from home,
school and the community. As a partner in your child’s education, we all share the responsibility for
our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our
responsibilities. I look forward to building productive partnerships with you as we carry on Tartan’s
tradition of academic success and excellence.
Please feel free to stop by at any time. My door is always open and I welcome the opportunity to
learn more about you and what I can do to support your child’s learning, growth, and development.
Ty  Thompson
Principal, Tartan High School