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We are pleased to announce that Dakota Mattson has accepted the role of Principal at Milo Community School, commencing August 23, 2022.  

Teachers and support staff at Milo Community School will be working with Dakota  to maintain strong professional relationships with the community that Milo School  serves; continuing to build on a vibrant teaching and learning environment. 

Dakota earned his undergraduate degree with Great Distinction from the  University of Lethbridge in 2018, with a Bachelor of Education majoring in Science and a minor in Social Studies. Dakota previously acquired a Bachelor of Science in 2016, majoring in Biological Science with a minor in Political Science. Currently, he is working on his Master of Education, specializing in General Education with a  focus on Teaching, Learning, and Neuroscience.  

Starting his teaching career earlier in 2018, at Medicine Hat High School, Dakota taught Biology, Science and a modular CTS-based Anatomy course. Dakota later joined The Palliser School Division in August 2018  at County Central High School and has been teaching Science, Biology, Social Studies, Math, Health, and  Junior and Senior High Foods ever since. A well-rounded teacher, Dakota feels it’s important he make and strengthen connections outside of the classroom as well.  

“I am very interested in understanding student wellness, mental health, and building a strong school community where all learners feel valued,” notes Dakota. “This has been the focus of learning in my M.Ed. program.” 

Married to his wife Nicole, the Mattson’s have a dog, Tiki, and two cats. Tiki is a certified assisted therapy dog and goes to work with Nicole (an FSLC within Livingstone Range) to work to support students. As the weather warms, The Mattsons are eager to engage in some of their favourite activities: camping, fishing,  hiking, kayaking, exploring new places, and soaking up the sun. 

Congratulations Dakota!