Anderson leaves principal post

Milaca High School Principal Troy Anderson is leaving his post for the same position at Pine City High School.

After eight years as Milaca High School Principal, Troy Anderson is leaving his post for the same position at Pine City High School.

“That’s where I started. I did my internship there,” Anderson said. “It was kind of nice walking into the interview and knowing everyone by first name.”

The new job will carve 20 minutes out of his commute as Anderson, his wife, Amy, and their two children, Teddy, 6, and Alice, 4, live just east of Mora. The daily drive wasn’t so bad, Anderson said, but the frequent need to come back to Milaca for meetings and special events cut into time with his family.

“I didn’t mind the drive, it’s the back and forth,” he said.

Coming from a deep family history in education with a grandmother and both parents as teachers, Anderson almost broke from the bloodline. He began his college career pursuing a degree in engineering.

“And I got to Calc. 4 and discovered the rigor was going to be rather difficult for my math skills,” he said laughing. “I think that was about half-way though my college years.”

He earned his undergraduate degree from Moorhead State and his graduate’s degree and principal license from St. Mary’s. Being able to attend family functions and having his nights and weekends free also helped sway him into joining the education ranks.

“If you have a long-range plan of wanting a family, that plays an important role,” he said.

And through coaching golf in college and other activities involving children, Anderson discovered he had a knack for connecting with them.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with kids,” he said.  “They have that extra spark that keeps you on your toes.”

Throughout his time teaching and during his first administrative position at Milaca, Anderson said he has developed a second nature in knowing how to handle situations. But that ability didn’t evolve overnight.

“I talk to teachers about their behavioral bag of tricks,” he said. “You don’t start out with that. It’s something you develop.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, June 14 print edition of the Times.