Administration Team

Get to Know Principal Ellis

    Clayton Ellis

    Hello, my name is Clayton Ellis and I am the Principal of East Middle School! I am honored to work with our families and students, as well as our dedicated staff who continually inspire students to achieve their goals and aspirations through building relationships, setting high expectations and providing rigorous content. Together, we find various ways to reach our students so they can be successful and prepared for their next steps in high school, and beyond. 

    Most of my educational career, thus far, has been in the classroom. For 17 years, I developed deep, rooted connections with students and families, and enjoyed finding new ways to build relationships. Later, I became a Dean of Students at both the elementary and middle school levels. Prior to joining Shakopee Public Schools, I also served as an Associate Principal at Eden Prairie High School and at the elementary level. I find it exciting to have experienced leadership at all three educational levels as it has helped me better understand where middle students currently are in their life, where they have been and where they are going. 

    At East, we appreciate our family and student partnerships. We welcome, and look forward to family and student conversations.  We are here for you and your student(s) in any way possible, so please do not hesitate to communicate and connect. I am always here to listen to feedback - your thoughts are always welcome. I also encourage strong family and student partnerships with our teachers. 

    On behalf of the entire East Middle School team, thank you for the opportunity to serve your child(ren) and family!

    Matt Headrick
    Assistant Principal
    First and foremost, I am here to support all of our learners at East Middle School, so please feel free to contact me at any time.  East is an incredible school with passionate and ambitious students, and dedicated staff mebmers who are willing to go the extra mile to help everyone be successful.
    Tanya Sturm
    Dean of Students
    As Dean of Students, I truly value our student, family and staff partnerships, and all that East Middle School has to offer the community. Please know that responsiveness and attentiveness are very important traits in this role, and I look forward to connecting!