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John Adams

Middle School

Principal's Corner

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