Austin Public Schools names two new principals |

Austin Public Schools names two new principals

Ryan Barnick (left), Derik Gustafson (right) Photo: Austin Public Schools. Ryan Barnick (left), Derik Gustafson (right)

Created: July 07, 2021 10:44 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Two new principals are coming to Austin Public Schools this fall. 

APS announced Wednesday the hiring of Ryan Barnick as the new principal at Neveln Elementary School and Derik Gustafson as the new principal at Southgate Elementary School. 

Barnick has served as the assistant principal at Ellis Middle School for the last two years but began his educational journey more than 15 years ago as a special education teacher in Minneapolis.  

“A leader must excel at developing relationships with both staff and students, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to begin working with at Neveln Elementary,” says Barnick. 

Gustafson, who holds two master’s degrees in education from the University of MN, has worked in the Austin Public School District for the last 15 years, most recently as an assistant principal at Austin High School.

“I have worked throughout my time at Austin Public Schools to create a welcoming and professional environment where students and staff can learn, grow, and succeed, and I’m excited to be able to continue the same work at Southgate Elementary,” says Gustafson.

Superintendent Dr. Joey Page shared, “There were several applicants for these important roles. We used a creative, challenging, and engaging process to identify the next leaders Neveln and Southgate Elementary Schools. Ryan and Derik bring several years of educational leadership to their new positions. We look forward to working with both our new elementary principals and believe they will do great things for the entire Austin community.” 

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