Carol Thomas is the Director of the Safety, Health and Nutrition Division at the Minnesota Department of Education. The team provides training, technical assistance and resources to Minnesota’s schools, youth-serving organizations and other public entities in areas related to nutrition and health promotion, youth development, school safety, and out-of-school time learning opportunities.
Ms. Thomas has over 30 years experience working on youth-related initiatives at the community, school and state levels as an educator, strategic planner and executive staff member. She has an MBA in Public Management and is enrolled as a PhD student in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota.
Meet the 2015 Science Mathematics Principal
John Garcia, principal of Cedar Park Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School in Apple Valley, has been named the 2015 Science and Mathematics Elementary and Middle Level Principal of the Year. Created through a partnership between the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), the award recognizes the importance of fostering lifelong science literacy and the key role principals play in developing a culture that encourages student interest in math and science.