Phone: 507.379.4960 / Mobile 507.200.8215


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John Mahal

I am thrilled with the opportunity to be Principal at Hawthorne Elementary! We have an amazing staff that care for students like they are their own! A bit about me, I graduated from Cumberland College (KY) in 2001 (where I played basketball) and in 2010, I obtained my Master's in Educational Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands (KY). I graduated in 2014 through St. Mary's (MN) with my administrative license.

Prior to being in Albert Lea, I was an Assistant Principal at Sweeney Elementary in Shakopee, Minnesota where I had the privilege of working with many great educators and students. Before Shakopee, I was an Emotional/Behavioral Disorder (EBD) teacher at Northfield High School for five years and prior to that, I spent nine years in the same position at Northfield Middle School. I enjoyed my time as a teacher in Northfield very much, but I love being in an administrative role that allows me to serve students, staff, and the community as a whole! A fun fact, for sixteen years, I also was an assistant basketball coach for the men at St. Olaf College.

I live in Northfield with my wife Stephanie of fifteen years and we have two children, Isaiah (12) and Amber (10). I enjoy golfing, being with my family/friends in my free time, along with participating in the many activities that my kids are in. Although I'm new to Hawthorne and the Albert Lea community, I have already learned a great deal about this community, and I can't wait to collaborate with so many tremendous people that make this job enjoyable to come to each day! Go Tigers!