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Principal Appointments for 2022-2023 School Year

Bismarck Public Schools is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments, which will go into effect for the 2022-2023 school year:


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Marcia Dorrheim has been named principal of Sunrise Elementary.

Mrs. Dorrheim has been an educator for nearly 20 years and has been employed by Bismarck Public Schools since 2015.  During this time, she has been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and teacher on special assignment serving as assistant principal at Will-Moore.  While an instructional coach, she was accepted into the BPS Leadership Development program where she received mentorship that prepared her to undertake a school leadership role.  Marcia has experience teaching overseas, in private and public schools, and on two of North Dakota’s American Indian Reservations.

In accepting the new position, Mrs. Dorrheim said, “It’s with a grateful and humble heart that I look forward to the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and families at Sunrise Elementary.  I’m committed to continuing the great work of Principal Sarah Jordan and her staff as we continue to empower every learner to thrive.”  Mrs. Dorrheim and her husband Aaron have three children in Bismarck Public Schools.


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Melissa (Missy) Hurt has been named principal of Lincoln Elementary.

Mrs. Hurt enters her new role with a wealth of experience as an educator.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from the University of Mary, as well as a master’s in education leadership from NDSU.  She served as a special education teacher in Wilton for five years before coming on board at Bismarck Public Schools.  For the past 13 years, Mrs. Hurt has acted as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal for Bismarck Public Schools.  Throughout her career at BPS, she has participated in numerous learning and professional development opportunities, including being a member of the first cohort in the Teacher Leadership Academy, and as a participant in the BPS Leadership Development Program. 

When asked about her new position, Mrs. Hurt said, “I am honored and grateful to be given this opportunity with Bismarck Public Schools.  I am eager to rejoin the Lightning family and serve as the principal at Lincoln Elementary. I look forward to partnering with Lincoln families and the amazing staff at Lincoln Elementary to ensure all students are empowered to learn, take risks, grow from mistakes, and appreciate one another for all their unique qualities.”  Mrs. Hurt and her husband Dale are parents to two graduates of Legacy High School.


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Brittany Upton has been named principal of Grimsrud Elementary.  

Mrs. Upton is a seasoned educator who began her career working as a classroom teacher for six years in Des Lacs-Burlington and Minot, North Dakota.  In 2013 she began her transition into administration as the Professional Development Director for the Minot region, where she supported superintendents, principals, and teachers in implementing initiatives and building capacity to better serve students and families.  Mrs. Upton has spent the last five years in Bismarck Public Schools as the Director of Professional Learning, supporting and leading the schools in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, instructional coaching, mentorship, and staff development.  Mrs. Upton has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota, and is currently finishing her Doctorate in Educational Practices and School Leadership. 

As an active member of the Bismarck community with her husband and two sons, Mrs. Upton said, “I am honored to serve in this capacity and am very much looking forward to the opportunity to build stronger relationships with all of the staff, parents, and students of the Grimsrud family next year.” 


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Jill Vallejo has been named principal of Will-Moore Elementary. 

Mrs. Vallejo began her career in education as a classroom teacher in 2001.  From there, she became an instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal.  She has served at Lincoln Elementary for the past six years, first as assistant principal, and for the past four years as principal.  Mrs. Vallejo holds a Master’s in Education and Leadership from Chapman University and specializes in people first and sustainable schools. 

When asked about her new role, Mrs. Vallejo said, “I’m honored and excited to serve as the principal of Will-Moore Elementary!  I look forward to meeting and working with the students, families, staff, and all the Wildcat Community.”  She added that students, her family, and all of her colleagues are her main inspiration as an educator.  Mrs. Vallejo and her husband Eleno have three daughters and chose Bismarck as their home due to the high quality public school system.