Meet Ben Barton, Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools
I was born and raised in Wabasha, MN and lived out in the country on the backwaters of the Mississippi. After graduating from high school I attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education. While at the UNI I participated on the wrestling team. I earned three NCAA Division 1 tournament berths and finished in the top ten in the country during my senior year.
My first teaching job was as a physical education and health education teacher at Osseo High School in the twin cities. I coached wrestling, football, and track during my tenure in Osseo. I earned a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from Saint Mary’s University. I moved onto an administrative program and earned my principal and superintendent licensure from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN. My first administrative job was the dean of students at Osseo High School. I then went onto become the principal of Hinckley/Finlayson Junior High and High School for two years.
In 2005 I joined the La Crescent administrative team and served as Principal of the middle school, alternative learning center, and elementary school. From 2012 to June 30th of 2018 I served the Caledonia Area Public School District as their Superintendent of Schools. I am very proud of the work our team accomplished to transform the Caledonia into one of the highest performing districts in the area. In addition to my roles as a school administrator I served as an Adjunct Instructor at Winona State University in the education department.
I am married to my “high school sweetheart”, Jodi, and we have two children (Brady and Riley). My hobbies include: hanging out with my family, running/biking, fishing, hunting, camping, singing and playing the guitar, watching my Vikings and Twins, listening to some great live music, and serving our communities by contributing to several community organizations.
My life journey has now brought me to the Princeton area to serve as Superintendent of Schools. I am so excited about this opportunity and have a desire to work as a team towards continuous improvement striving for excellence. I am committed to work with all stakeholders to carryout the district mission of being a innovative leader in instruction, developing in EVERY learner to ability to succeed in an ever changing world.