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Eden Prairie Schools Announces New Leadership Positions

Richard Larson Christina Bemboom Michelle Ament Eden Prairie Schools has selected Michelle Ament as the new senior director of personalized learning, Christina Bemboom as the new senior director of student support services, and Richard Larson as the new associate principal at Central Middle School.
Ament has worked in Eden Prairie Schools since 2013 and is currently the director of instruction and professional  learning. She was previously the director of technology and learning. Prior to Eden Prairie Schools, Ament worked  for ISD 196 in Apple Valley as an administrative TOSA/magnet coordinator for Cedar Park STEM and as a fifth  grade teacher at Diamond Path Elementary.
Ament holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Gustavus Adolphus College, a master’s in education  from St. Mary’s University, an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University-Mankato,  and a superintendent licensure from St. Mary’s University. She is currently working on her doctorate in leadership at Concordia University in St. Paul. Ament replaces Randi Anderson whose last day in the district is June 30.  
Bemboom is currently a principal in Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools. Previously she served as the director of special education for Little Falls Community Schools and as the administrative special education coordinator for Princeton Public Schools/Rum River Special Education Cooperative. Bemboom has also worked as a coordinator for deaf and hard of hearing services for St. Cloud Public Schools, teacher/consultant for the Central Minnesota Deaf School, deaf and hard of hearing consultant for the West Central Education District, and speech-language pathologist and sign language interpreter for the Arrowhead Area Education Agency in Iowa.

Bemboom has a deaf/hard of hearing licensure, and doctorate in educational psychology and special education from the University of Minnesota. She received her director of special education, principal and superintendent licensure from St. Cloud State University. She also received her bachelor’s of science in communication studies and master’s in speech-language pathology from the University of Iowa. She will replace Tricia Clair who is retiring from the district effective June 30. 
Larson has worked in Bloomington Public Schools since 2004. He has served as Olson Middle School’s dean of  students since 2013. Other positions he held include administrative intern, summer school administrative dean,  seventh grade science teacher, administrative intern and tennis coach.
Larson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and 5-12 life science education from Bethel University, a master’s  of educational administration and K-12 educational administration license from Saint Mary’s University. Larson will  replace current CMS associate principal Dennis Lambert who is retiring effective June 30. 
Ament, Bemboom, and Larson will begin their new positions on July 1.