Principal's Message

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Welcome to the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Elementary School webpage! We are excited to have you come and explore what BBE Elementary has to offer.


Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rick Gossen. A product of southwest Minnesota, I grew up in Minneota! Go Vikings! I am in my sixteenth year as principal at BBE Elementary. I am also in my eleventh year as the Activities Director. Prior to coming to BBE, I spent two years in Hendricks, Minnesota as the elementary principal at Lincoln HI Elementary. I started my career in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota as a first grade teacher. During nine years there, I also taught third grade and junior high mathematics. I served as an interim elementary principal in my last year at Sleepy Eye. Everything considered this will mark twenty-seven years in education.


When I am not busy with my duties as principal at BBE, I have three daughters that keep me occupied. My wife Shannon and I have Jaden (age 22), Jacqueline (age 19), and Jenna (age 14).  I enjoy pontoon rides at the lake, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.


If you are a parent of one of our students or a family that is considering BBE as an option, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Rick Gossen, Elementary Principal

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