Principal | Ms. Cheri Gardner
Cheri Gardner has over 30 years of experience in the education profession, the majority of this time spent within the Catholic Schools of the Twin Cities.
was named the Archdiocese of St. Paul Minneapolis Elementary Principal of the Year, and in April of 1998 received a National Distinguished Principal Award from the National Catholic Education Association
Minneapolis born and raised in Coon Rapids, Ms. Gardner earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State in the 70's, and obtained her first teaching position in the New Ulm Public Schools.
Shortly after her
second daughter was born, she
long relationship with the Catholic schools in the Twin Cities.
She spent eight years at St. Michaels in Prior Lake teaching first grade, third grade, and eventually Math for the middle school.
In the 80's, Ms. Gardner completed her Masters Degree in Education Administration from the College of St. Thomas and became the principal of St. Joe's in Waconia immediately afterwards.
Late in the 1980's, she answered an ad for a Principal/Director of Education for St. John's in Savage.
entered this position the school was struggling.
Twelve years later, completing two physical expansions, she
left a success story and a school at total capacity.
also left behind many teachers that had been with her
most of the twelve years.
During this time she also obtained an Education Specialist Degree from the University of St. Thomas.
In December of 2001, she accepted a position at John Ireland School and has continued with the school through its deconsolidation and re-establishment as Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in 2004.
Principal: Cheri Gardner
Phone (952) 935-0004
Fax (952) 935-2031