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Ogema principal takes job at DL’s Roosevelt Elementary

Trisha Mariotti, a principal in Ogema and a former teacher in Detroit Lakes, will be taking over as principal of Roosevelt Elementary School.

Though a total of seven candidates were selected to interview for the position of Roosevelt Elementary School principal, in the end, the person who was offered the position is someone who is pretty familiar with the community.

Trisha Mariotti, current principal of Ogema Elementary School in the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth district, is set to become the new principal at Roosevelt this fall.

A resident of Detroit Lakes since 1997, Mariotti first came to the community when she was hired as a special education teacher at Roosevelt, working mainly with the deaf and hearing impaired.

“I taught special education for 10 years,” Mariotti said. “Then I moved into Reading Recovery and Title I for a few years, and I also taught in a first grade classroom at Roosevelt for a couple of years.”

It was then that Mariotti decided a change from classroom teaching to school administration was in order.

“I was ready for something different,” she said, noting that she’d been involved in curriculum building activities for the district since she first started working at Detroit Lakes, and it was something that interested her.

“I was involved in the Detroit Lakes curriculum committee the entire time I was here,” she said, noting that she was the site team chair at one time. “I was always involved in those aspects of the school, and I found I liked the challenge of it.”

She accepted the position of elementary principal at the Ogema school last year.

“I’ve only been here (at Ogema) a year, but I grew to really love and admire this staff,” Mariotti said. “I’m excited (about working at Roosevelt), but it’s really bittersweet for me.

“I feel fortunate that this opportunity came along for me in Detroit Lakes, and I’m excited to be working with people I know so well, back at the place where I started my career,” she said. “But it will be hard to say goodbye to the people here, because it’s a great school, with a great staff, great parents and great students.”

Mariotti, whose husband Tony works for the state health department, has two children with him. Their daughter, Isabella, is five and will be starting kindergarten at Roosevelt in the fall. Their son Rocco is three years old.

Having her children closer to her during the workday is something she’s looking forward to.

“I’m excited to be back at Roosevelt, and I think it’s going to be a good fit,” she said.

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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