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Samantha Carlson selected as Principal of Orchard Lake Elementary

June 5, 2024

Samantha Carlson PortraitLakeville Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Doug Van Zyl announced on May 31 the hiring of Samantha Carlson to be the principal of Orchard Lake Elementary, pending formal School Board approval effective July 1, 2024. Carlson was selected from a talented pool of candidates that included involvement and input from staff and parents. 

Carlson is currently the Assistant Principal at Lake Marion Elementary School and Eastview Elementary School, where she has worked since 2023.

“I am thrilled to join the wonderful school community at Orchard Lake Elementary as the new principal,” said Carlson. “As a leader who has a passion for education, I am committed to fostering a nurturing and inclusive environment and look forward to working together to support the academic and personal growth of our students. I look forward to building strong partnerships within our school community and am grateful for the opportunity.”

Before becoming Assistant Principal with Lakeville Area Schools, Carlson was a summer school principal with District 197 in 2023 and was a kindergarten teacher with District 197 from 2019-2023.

“It is with immense pleasure that I announce Samantha Carlson's appointment as the new principal of Orchard Lake Elementary," Van Zyl said. "Her commitment to education and her leadership will support both the students and the staff at Orchard Lake Elementary, fostering growth and success.”

Carlson has her Administrator Licensure from Saint Mary’s University, a Master’s Degree in Education from the College of Saint Scholastica and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Southwest Minnesota State University.

Carlson will replace Marilynn Smith who has served as Principal of Orchard Lake Elementary since 2013 and is furthering her career in the private sector.