Osseo Area Schools welcomes new principals to serve at Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts, Woodland Elementary and Zanewood Community School beginning July 2018.

BG salazar

Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts Principal Dr. Ronald Salazar

Dr. Ronald Salazar joins Osseo Area Schools from Minneapolis Public Schools where he is a fifth-year elementary school principal. His professional career includes 13 years of teaching life sciences in Costa Rica, Mankato and Mexico City and experience in administrative positions in Venezuela, Kazakhstan, and Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota. 

He completed most of his undergraduate work at the Universidad Nacional of Costa Rica and finished his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Dr. Salazar obtained his doctorate of education in school administration and policy development from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.



WD Nelson

Woodland Elementary Principal Robert Nelson

Mr. Robert Nelson is currently serving in his fifth year as the educational representative at Thinking Maps, Inc., where he collaborates with school leaders and district teachers throughout the Upper Midwest. Prior to that, Mr. Nelson was an elementary school principal for six years in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District. He also spent 14 years as a first-grade teacher, a fifth-grade teacher, a technology facilitator and a building professional learning communities facilitator.

Mr. Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Moorhead State University and an administrative license and master’s degree in education from Hamline University.




ZW Pendelton

Zanewood Community Principal Adrain Pendelton

Ms. Adrain Pendelton’s 22-year career has been spent in service to the students, families and communities of St. Paul Public Schools. She has served as an elementary school principal for 12 years in St. Paul. Prior to that, Ms. Pendelton spent 10 years as an early childhood teacher and parent educator. Her career in education began as a day care teacher, teaching assistant and administrative intern.

Ms. Pendelton earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Minnesota and her educational specialist degree from the University of St. Thomas.