Meet the Principal

Welcome to Jefferson Elementary School! Our school is made up of dynamic staff, dedicated families, involved community members, and approximately 600 energetic students who fill our halls with bright smiles and curiosity. I am honored to serve as Principal at Jefferson and to be part of this supportive community focused on doing “whatever it takes to achieve high levels of learning for all.” 

The Jefferson Community:

Jefferson Elementary is an amazing school community that is committed to empowering each student to realize their own potential. Our teachers give their all each day as they build strong, positive relationships with students and provide engaging, strategic instruction for students. They truly live out our mission to do “whatever it takes” as they collaborate with colleagues and families to best prepare each student for their futures.

About Me:

During my 20+ years in education, I’ve taught in elementary and middle schools in South Dakota and Minnesota. I had the pleasure of being an Instructional Coach and Associate Principal for RPS prior to 2018 when I began serving as the Jefferson Principal. Each experience has blessed me with positive relationships, enriching learning experiences, and the reassurance that working with children, families, and educators is undoubtedly what I want to do each day. I am blessed with a husband Eric and three children who continue to remind me that there’s always more to learn as a parent and educator. 

Our Partnership:

Our families and partnership is an integral part of the success at Jefferson. We encourage you to become involved in our PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) and VIE (Volunteers in Education). We welcome volunteers to read to students or participate in school activities or events. Your participation, support, and input are valued and are so essential to our continued success. We are excited about our work together this year.

If you wish to learn more about Jefferson Elementary School, please contact me at your convenience. I can be reached by email or by phone, (507) 328-3500.

Principal Heather Klavetter