Assistant Superintendents

Kristine Schaefer
PHONE: 651-425-6345
Kristine Schaefer
Assistant Superintendent

Oversight Includes:
  • High Schools
    • East Ridge High School
    • Park High School
    • South Washington Alternative High School
    • Woodbury High School
  • Athletics and Activities
Kristine Schaefer began as an Assistant Superintendent for Academic Excellence and Accountability in August 2018 after serving as South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) equity coordinator for three years.

She previously served as the principal for Woodbury Elementary School from 2006-2015. She has also worked as the assistant principal at Crestview Elementary, an elementary principal intern at Hillside and Pine Hill Elementary Schools and as a counselor at Park High School. Before joining SoWashCo, Ms. Schaefer was the dean of students at Forest Lake High School.

Ms. Schaefer is also an adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s University in the principal's licensure program. She holds superintendent licensure and K-12 educational administrative licensure. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and is currently working towards her Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Ms. Schaefer will oversee all SoWashCo high schools, athletics and activities.

Tyrone Brookins
PHONE: 651-425-6345
Dr. Tyrone Brookins
Assistant Superintendent

Oversight Includes:
  • Elementary Schools
    • Armstrong Elementary
    • Bailey Elementary
    • Cottage Grove Elementary
    • Crestview Elementary
    • Grey Cloud Elementary
    • Hillside Elementary
    • Liberty Ridge Elementary
    • Middleton Elementary
    • Newport Elementary
    • Pine Hill Elementary
    • Pullman Elementary
    • Red Rock Elementary
    • Royal Oaks Elementary
    • Valley Crossing Elementary
    • Woodbury Elementary
  • Gateway Program (gifted/talented at Valley Crossing)
  • Multi-age (at Valley Crossing)
  • Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion
Dr. Tyrone Brookins began as an Assistant Superintendent for Academic Excellence and Accountability for South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) in July 2020.

Before coming to SoWashCo, Dr. Brookins served in principal roles at Roseville Area Schools from 2015 to 2020, Saint Paul Public Schools from 2003 to 2015 and Higher Ground Academy from 1999 to 2003. He began his career in education as a math teacher for Dallas Independent School District in 1996.

Dr. Brookins has a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Wiley College, a Master of Education degree in teacher leadership and a Doctor of Educational degree in educational policy and administration, both from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Dr. Brookins will oversee all SoWashCo elementary schools as well as the following programs: Gateway Program (gifted/talented at Valley Crossing), Multi-age (at Valley Crossing), Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion School.

Kelly Jansen
PHONE: 651-425-6345
Kelly Jansen
Assistant Superintendent

Oversight Includes:
  • Middle Schools
    • Cottage Grove Middle School
    • Lake Middle School
    • Oltman Middle School
    • Woodbury Middle School
  • Achievement and Integration
  • English Learners
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Professional Development
  • Program Evaluation, Research and Assessment
  • Student Information
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Technology
Ms. Jansen began as an Assistant Superintendent for Academic Excellence and Accountability for South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) in September 2020. Prior to that, Ms. Jansen served as the Director of Teaching and Learning for SoWashCo for two years.

Before coming to SoWashCo, she worked in Winona Area Public Schools where she held an assistant principal position at the middle school, and assistant principal and principal positions at the high school. She then served as the director of teaching and learning for four years, with a six-month appointment as the interim superintendent. Her previous experience provides a unique perspective on how to implement complex changes in a school system.
Ms. Jansen has also helped implement a districtwide coaching model for SoWashCo to develop, improve and support effective teaching practices to advance student learning.

Ms. Jansen has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in educational leadership, both from Winona State University. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Educational Leadership degree in leadership from Saint Mary’s University.

Ms. Jansen will oversee all SoWashCo middle schools. She will also oversee the following departments: Achievement and Integration, English Learners, Gifted and Talented, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Research and Assessment, Student Information, Teaching and Learning and Technology.


Jennifer Thomas
P: 651-425-6345