Mike Andreasen, new principal at Harney Elementary in South Sioux City, stands in the hallway of the school.
Mike Andreasen, new principal at Harney Elementary in South Sioux City, stands in the hallway of the school.

Mike Andreasen is ready to call South Sioux City home.

The new Harney Elementary School principal, who has worked in school districts in Norfolk, Wisner-Pilger, and Palm Springs, California, said that he was drawn to the local school district for its positive reputation.

“I think they are on the cutting edge and doing things the way the rest of the state is trying to get to,” he said. “I think Mr. Strom [district superintendent] has created a very collaborative and caring group of individuals within the district.”

Andreasen said he wants to start off the school year by taking in his surroundings and learning about the school before implementing any changes.

“At first I just want to listen and get to know the staff and the students and kind of see what they're doing,” he explained. “If there are things I want to change or refine down the road then we'll address those at that time.”

He considers himself a team player, which he believes to be one of his best qualities as an administrator.

“I would say I'm very honest and collaborative,” he said “I don't like to make decisions by myself. I like to communicate with parents, families, teachers.”

Andreasen received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State and his master's degree from Chapman University in Palm Springs. He has three children, Raina (seventh grade), Braylon (fourth grade), and Reese (first grade), that attend the Norfolk school district.

Former Harney principal Kristi Wilshire resigned at the end of the last school year.