Principal's Welcome


Hello, my name is Doreen Oelke. I have the wonderful privilege of serving as South Elementary’s principal.

South Elementary is a lively little school with approximately 310 students placed in 8 kindergarten sections and 7 first grade sections. Our small age range of students allows us to specialize in and cater to the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of primary learners. In addition to strong foundational literacy and numeracy acquisition, our child centered programming also includes specialist instruction in the areas of art, music, physical education & STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, music.)

Our Top 20 positive behavior program called STAR Pride focuses on creating a growth mindset. At South Elementary, we learn from our mistakes and work on developing our own Star Qualities to help us in life, relationships with others, and problem solving. We work closely with our parents and community to create a wonderful learning experience for our students. Stop in, we would love to show around!

Doreen Oelke, Principal
South Elementary
507-934-2754
doelke@stpeterschools.org