Principal Joan MacDonald

I have had the wonderful opportunity to serve Bluff Creek Elementary for the last 15 years. Prior to coming to the Schools of Eastern Carver County, I was a principal in the Mounds View Schools.  I was a teacher for 16 years, teaching special education, reading and general education. I loved teaching and served an additional three years working in curriculum and school leadership before becoming a principal. I received my K-12 Principal’s license from the University of Minnesota. My educational background includes post graduate work in special education, reading instruction, and school leadership.  I love helping children learn, grow, and succeed. I am very involved in creating an inclusive school community and feel passionate about our work in the areas of personalized learning and creating educational opportunities that support all students.

In addition to my work as a principal, I am blessed with a wonderful family. I am originally from Western New York and moved to Minnesota 21 years ago. My husband Michael and I have two married sons and as most of our students know, I am a grandmother of four delightful children. I enjoyed my years as the parent of growing children and understand the joys and challenges of parenting. When not at Bluff Creek, I enjoy traveling, golf, cross country skiing and riding my bicycle. I also enjoy spending time with our two rescue dogs; Biscuit and Mathilda.

I want parents to know that I am a passionate advocate for public education, personalized learning, and equity. I enjoy working with families to provide the best learning opportunities for their children.  I am fortunate to work with Jane Best, our Administrative Dean, an outstanding staff, and an enthusiastic PTO that are all very committed to our school community. I hope that you will consider Bluff Creek Elementary when selecting educational opportunities for your child.