HORIZON PRINCIPAL NAMED
Bismarck Public Schools (BPS) has announced that Dr. Tabetha Rabenberg* has accepted the position as the new principal of Horizon Middle School effective July 1 to replace Sherry Heaton who is retiring at the end of the school year.
Dr. Rabenberg from Urbandale, Iowa was one of five people interviewed for the position on Friday. The other four were internal candidates from Bismarck Public Schools-three assistant principals and one elementary principal. A total of 18 candidates applied. She was chosen by a committee which included district administrators and two Horizon teachers.
Rabenberg has been a principal for four years at Prairie Ridge Middle School in the Ankeny Community School District. She has ten years of combined administrative experience including positions as a School Improvement Leader, Dean of Students, and Special Education Curriculum Coordinator. She has a bachelor's degree in science from Black Hills State University in South Dakota, and masters and doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
BPS Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools Dr. Ben Johnson says, "Dr. Rabenberg is an education leader with a proven, evidence-based track record of empowering teacher leaders to improve teaching and learning for students. She created a sense of community at the new middle school in Iowa by meeting with families of incoming 6th graders, as well as at-risk families so children could make a positive transition to the middle level. She also raised about $500,000 to expand offerings at a STEM academy in Des Moines. Tabetha has the experience to implement standards based education and the 21st Century skills needed by our future graduates by working closely with teachers through their PLCs."
In her resume, Dr. Rabenberg says, "My role is to create a community of leaders and learners on a path to continuous improvement." She has involved middle school students in Anti-Bullying Clubs, Health Heroes, and other activities.
BPS Superintendent of Schools Tamara Uselman says Rabenberg has family in the Bismarck-Mandan area and in Mobridge, South Dakota. Tabetha and her husband have two children, one in elementary school and one in senior high.
*Pronounced: (Taah-beh-thah Ray-ben-berg)
PLCs=Professional Learning Communities
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