New employee to take the place of retiring Dr. Maxine Strege
Larry Edgerton has been hired to take the place of retiring Dr. Maxine Strege in the Little Falls School District. He is taking the principalship of two elementary schools (Lincoln and Dr. S.G. Knight) in stride — he was the principal of two elementary schools in the Hinckley/Finlayson School District too, with a total of 560 students in both schools.
For now, Edgerton said he will continue where Strege left off and will spend about 60 percent of his time at Lincoln Elementary in Little Falls and the other at Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary in Randall.
“Right now, I am getting acclimated to a new system, the resources I have and meeting people,” he said. “My staff has been extremely helpful in all of this.”
Edgerton said there are a lot of similarities between his previous district and Little Falls. Each one uses the Olweus program concerning anti-bullying along with the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program.
“Little Falls is in its second year with the PBIS program, but I have worked with it for five years,” he said.
Edgerton’s intent is to keep parents and staff aware of all that is happening in his schools.
“I plan to write a monthly letter to parents and post it on the Internet,” he said.
Edgerton and his wife, Tammy, have two adult children in college. Shae is a senior and Keegan is a sophomore, both at the University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse. Shae’s fiance is Kevin Votaw, who just this year landed a job with the Pillager School District as a high school English teacher.
Tammy works in the office at the Therapeutic Service Agency in Pine City and will continue there until their home in Hinckley sells.
Eventually the Edgertons will move to Little Falls and establish themselves in the community. But until then, Edgerton is commuting to work.
Born and raised in St. James, Edgerton graduated from high school in 1987. He received his degree in elementary education from Southwestern State University in Marshall in 1991, and got his first job in Cheyenne, Wyo., where he stayed for seven years, teaching fourth and sixth grade.
“I always enjoyed time with kids and wanted to be a teacher,” he said. “I volunteered time as a swimming teacher and a wrestling coach. I am hoping to become involved with the wrestling program here in Little Falls.”
In 1999, Edgerton moved to the Long Prairie/Grey Eagle District as the Title 1 teacher in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. In 2001, he received his master’s degree in education from Southwestern University and in 2003, received his administrative license.
“Since 2006, I have worked as the principal at Hinckley Finlayson,” he said. “I am now beginning a new chapter in my life.”
As a family, the Edgertons enjoy their time with their children, walking, fishing and gardening.
“It’s great therapy to be on the water fishing,” he said. “Even ice fishing.”