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Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  

We are thrilled about the opportunity to inspire, challenge and empower our students at John Adams, with our goal for all students to achieve their full potential.  We will model, teach and support our students to be, “Respectful, Responsible, and Safe” in their choices, while they receive quality instruction every day.  We feel your child’s education is a partnership between school and home.  Our teachers welcome parent communication and we invite you to call or email them with any concerns or questions you may have throughout the year.  Please use Skyward to stay current with your child’s academic progress.  We invite you to participate in our PTSA and encourage you to attend school functions throughout the year as well as our parent/teacher conferences.  Please contact any of our administrative team if you have any questions, concerns, and/or suggestions. We look forward to a successful school year of academic, social, and emotional growth for all students and staff at John Adams.  Go Jaguars!

JA Administrative Team 
507-328-5700

Kim McDonald, Principal
kimcdonald@rochester.k12.mn.us


Mrs. Kim McDonald is in her 28th year in education and has served as Principal for John Adams Middle School since 2013-2014.  Previously she was the Principal of Gage Elementary for 7 years.  Kim served in Owatonna Public Schools as the Assistant Director of Student Services for three years.  Kim began her career in Iowa as a teacher.  She has a Master of Education from Iowa State University and received her administrative Sixth Year Certificate from MSU-Mankato.  Mrs. McDonald holds licensure as a K-12 Principal, Director of Special Education, K-6 teacher, K-12 LD, EBD, and DCDMM teacher.  Mrs. McDonald is passionate about student success and lifelong learning.  Mrs. McDonald enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 adult children.   


Patty Whalen, Assistant Principal
pawhalen@rochester.k12.mn.us


Mrs. Patty Whalen is in her 20th year in education and this is her 4th year as a Principal at John Adams.  Previously, she was the campus administrator at a Catholic School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She has also served as Director of Curriculum and Technology I, and taught both third and fifth grade.  Patty holds a Masters of Arts in Instruction from Saint Mary’s University and received her Administrative Certification along with a Curriculum and Instruction Certification from Concordia University, Wisconsin. Mrs. Whalen believes education best serves students when instruction fits the students’ learning styles and when educators ‘think outside the box’ and meet students where they are.   Patty Whalen enjoys spending time with her husband and extended family in the area.   She is crazy about reading, learning new developments in technology and traveling. She loves the Minnesota Vikings and the Wisconsin Badgers! SKOL and Go Big Red!

Kim Howard, Associate Principal
kihoward@rochester.k12.mn.us


Mrs. Kim Howard is the Associate Principal at John Adams Middle School. Previous to this role, she was the Special Education Instructional Coach at John Adams Middle School and the Alternative Learning Center. In addition, she was the Secondary Lead Teacher for Special Education Services along with the Lead Teacher for Extended School Year Services. Prior to being employed for Rochester Public Schools, Kim Howard was an elementary principal and taught second grade, special education, and preschool. Mrs. Howard earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She earned a Master’s Degree and Educational Specialist Degree from Winona State University. Mrs. Howard earned licensures as a Superintendent, K-12 Principal, K-6 elementary education, and K-12 special education for specific learning disabilities and emotional behavior disorders. Kim enjoys spending time with her family outside of school.


 

Kim McDonald 
Principal
kimcdonald@rochester.k12.mn.usMelissa Domnick 
medomnick@rochester.k12.mn.us

Hello, I'm Melissa Domnick, the Office Manager.   Please contact me via email or at 328-3500 if you have a question or need assistance. Thank you.@rochester.k12.mn.us

Hello, I'm Melissa Domnick, the Office Manager.   Please contact me via email or at 328-3500 if you have a question or need assistance. Thank you.
Melissa Domnick 
medomnick@rochester.k12.mn.us

Hello, I'm Melissa Domnick, the Office Manager.   Please contact me via email or at 328-3500 if you have a question or need assistance. Thank you.
Melissa Domnick 
medomnick@rochester.k12.mn.us

Hello, I'm Melissa Domnick, the Office Manager.   Please contact me via email or at 328-3500 if you have a question or need assistance. Thank you.
Melissa Domnick 
medomnick@rochester.k12.mn.us

Hello, I'm Melissa Domnick, the Office Manager.   Please contact me via email or at 328-3500 if you have a question or need assistance. Thank you.
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