Barbara Troolin is the Director of the Special Education Policy Division, which is responsible for providing support, training and technical assistance to educators and other stakeholders in providing service to students with disabilities and their families.
Prior to coming to the department, Ms. Troolin served as the Director of Special Services overseeing the areas of special education, Title I, ELL (English Language Learners), health services, homebound instruction, early entrance to kindergarten and other projects at South Washington County Schools. Prior to serving in South Washington County Schools, Ms. Troolin was the Manager of the Monitoring and Compliance Division at MDE.
She received her B.S., M.S. and Ed.S. degrees from St. Cloud State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Meet the 2015 Science Mathematics Principal
John Garcia, principal of Cedar Park Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School in Apple Valley, has been named the 2015 Science and Mathematics Elementary and Middle Level Principal of the Year. Created through a partnership between the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), the award recognizes the importance of fostering lifelong science literacy and the key role principals play in developing a culture that encourages student interest in math and science.