Chris Bussmann, Principal


Chris Bussmann has enjoyed an educational career that focused on building a strong school community.  He has taught social studies in the Kenyon-Wanamingo and Marshall School Districts and also served as a middle level assistant principal in Marshall

He received the honor of Assistant Principal of the Year for Southwestern Minnesota in 2005 and joined Farmington Area Public Schools as Assistant Principal at Farmington Middle School East in July 2005.

In 2009 Mr. Bussmann became Principal of the newly reconfigured Levi P. Dodge Middle School, formerly Farmington Middle School West.

Since 2006, Mr. Bussmann has served on the board of directors for the Minnesota Middle School Association, an organization that serves as an education resource for teachers, administrators, parents, and community members who advocate for the developmental needs of young adolescents in grades 5-9, and served as President of the statewide organization from 2016-2018.  

Mr. Bussmann considers himself a life-long learner and holds a masters degree in Educational Leadership, Minnesota Principal license, Minnesota Superintendent license and also received a national certification in Human Capital Leadership in Education.

In his spare time Mr. Bussmann enjoys cycling, landscaping, spending time with his wife and two daughters and training their Golden Retriever "Ruby".

Karl Kaste, Assistant Principal


Karl Kaste began his career in the St. Paul Public Schools, working as a special education assistant, wrestling coach, and business teacher.  He continued his teaching career in Omaha, Nebraska in 2002.  There he decided to pursue an MS degree in education administration and spent five years as a middle school administrator in the roles of athletic director, teacher evaluator, and behavior interventionist at Westside Middle School.  He has served as the Assistant Principal at DMS since 2012. 

In addition to his degree in administration, Mr. Kaste earned his undergraduate degree from Hamline University and holds an M.Ed. in business education from the University of Minnesota. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership from St. Mary's University of Minnesota.

Away from school, Mr. Kaste loves time with his family, often traveling with his wife and three children.   He also enjoys golf, Twins baseball, Orangetheory, books, and movies. 

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