Welcome to Hamilton Ridge Elementary! I am Karen Zwolenski, principal at Hamilton Ridge. It is my privilege to support this new school community of students, staff and families. As part of Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools, I share the commitment to educate all learners to reach their full potential as contributing and productive members of our ever-changing global community. I am devoted to educating students, to developing a warm and welcoming school environment and to building a culture of belonging, respect and care at Hamilton Ridge.
For the last four years I was principal at WestWood/SAGE Academy in PLSAS. Before my arrival to PLSAS in 2016, I was a principal for five years in Albert Lea. I have served as a teacher in Plum City, Wisconsin and the Northfield School District for 20 years, where I was a second, fourth, and fifth grade teacher. I also had the opportunity to serve as a reading coordinator and dean of students. My education includes English and elementary education degrees from UW-River Falls, a master’s degree from Mankato State University, and a specialist degree in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas, with a K-12 principal license.
Students are the heart of all we do at Hamilton Ridge. Our staff and I look forward to welcoming you to the 20-21 school year where we will provide a safe, welcoming and engaging environment where every learner learns and grows at high levels. #We are PLSAS! #We are Hamilton Ridge!