Andy Nelson, Principal

My name is Andy Nelson, Principal at Dodge Middle School. I began my career as a middle school mathematics teacher in Minnetonka Public Schools. I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. While teaching I coached track and field and was the middle school activities coordinator. In 2009, I completed my Master’s in Education at Hamline University.

In July of 2015, after nine years of teaching, I became an administrative dean at Minnetonka High School. My responsibilities included student management, attendance oversight, and equity leadership. I completed my K-12 Principal Licensure through Hamline University in June of 2016.

I am passionate about personalizing the learner experience and helping each student find their spark for learning. I look forward to building strong relationships with students, staff, families, and the community to provide exceptional learning for all.

In my spare time, I enjoy my time with my wife and three young children. We enjoy camping, fishing, biking, and spending time together. 

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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