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Tamara Uselman
Photo courtesy of Tom Stromme & the Bismarck Tribune

Tamara Uselman, Superintendent

Tamara Uselman has been the Superintendent of Bismarck Public Schools since the 2011-2012 school year. Prior to serving as Superintendent for Bismarck, Ms. Uselman was school superintendent in Perham, Minnesota, for eight years. Her education career began in New York Mills, Minnesota, where she was first an English/language arts and social studies teacher before becoming the high school principal of New York Mills High School. Ms. Uselman served as an adjunct professor for Hamline University in the "Teaching and Learning" Master's program, and served as an adjunct for Tri-College University in the Educational Leadership program.

Ms. Uselman has a Bachelor of Science in language arts from Minnesota State University Moorhead. In addition, she earned a social studies teaching credential from Bemidji State University, a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas, a specialist degree from Tri-College University, and she is in the process of earning a doctorate from North Dakota State University. Tamara is married to Tim. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.

Tamara Uselman is the school district's educational leader and reports directly to the Bismarck School Board.

Ms. Uselman writes a blog, accessible below.



Dawn Brown
Superintendent Secretary

Ben Johnson
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools

Dr. Ben Johnson, Asst. Supt. -- Secondary

Ben Johnson has a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy studies from Iowa State University, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies superintendent endorsement. He is also a lecturer for the Educational Administration Masters' degree program at Iowa State. His undergraduate degree is from Cornell College in Iowa. He has seven years of experience as a school administrator. Ben has been a high school principal, an assistant principal in charge of curriculum and professional development, and a high school teacher.

Dr. Johnson is Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools and oversees the following programs: Technology, Library Media, Activities, Curriculum, Instruction, Staff Development, Testing/Assessment, Entitlement Programs, and Adult Education.

Kayla McCloud
Assistant Superintendent Secretary

Dr. Fran Rodenburg
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools
Dr. Fran Rodenburg, Asst. Supt. -- Elementary

Fran Rodenburg, former principal at Riverside Elementary School and Bismarck School District's Staff Development Coordinator, was promoted to Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools and Student Services in 2007.

Rodenburg has been a school district employee for 20 years as a special education teacher and elementary principal. BPS Superintendent Paul Johnson says, "Fran has consistently demonstrated a dedication to developing her own skills and abilities, as well as her talent for building relationships with staff and parents. Her leadership style will be a positive asset as the district confronts issues such as enrollment management, all-day, every-day kindergarten, and the adequate yearly academic progress of elementary students."

Darcy Roberts
Assistant Superintendent Secretary

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