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Katie Pekel

Principal in Residence, MN Principals Academy; Coordinator, Education Policy and Leadership Programs

178 Pillsbury Dr SE
210H Burton Hall




Dr. Katie Pekel, is the Principal in Residence for the University of Minnesota. In this role Dr. Pekel serves as the department’s direct connection between the fields of research and practice in PK-12 education. She leads the Minnesota Principals Academy, the University’s executive development program for school leaders that leads toward doctoral work Dr. Pekel also teaches courses for aspiring school principals and co-coordinates the Executive Ph.D. cohort for educational leaders within the department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development.

Dr. Pekel has also worked with the University’s College Readiness Consortium guiding school principals and leadership teams from over 150 schools across the state on their implementation of Ramp-Up to Readiness™, the University’s school-wide college readiness program for students in grades 6-12. She has coordinated two federal research studies at the University through the American Institutes of Research studying Ramp-Up to Readiness™ in approximately 75 schools. Dr. Pekel has served at all levels of K-12 education first as a high school English teacher, as an elementary principal and most recently as a middle school principal for six years in Austin, MN.