School Info
Transition Education Center
13497 Fenway Boulevard Circle N, Suite 400
Hugo, MN 55038-7498
Phones: 651-773-6051
Fax: 651-773-6052
Attendance: 651-773-6051, opt. 1
School Hours: T+ 8am-2pm; TAPP 9am-2pm; AWARE 8am-1:45pm (HS), 8:30am-2:30pm (MS)
Office Hours: 7:15am-2:45pm
Principal: Sara Derby

Sara Derby
Transition Education Center Administrator
Direct: 651-773-6062

The beginning of each school year reminds us that the future holds infinite possibilities for students, and the programs offered at the Transition Education Center are often a significant step in a student's educational journey. Our mission is to promote life-long learning, independence, and self-advocacy. This is driven by the belief that all students can learn, that relationships are central to success, and that all students have gifts to contribute to the community.

The Transition Education Center strives to provide students with an educational experience that is individualized, measurable, attainable, and immersed in transition relevant opportunities. We have developed courses to provide diverse and differentiated opportunities for all students. Our goal is driven by the belief that all students can learn and that all students have talents and dreams. We are committed to innovative programming and community partnerships, which fosters a learning community where instruction is student-centered, community based, and connected to real world experiences. Our curriculum is designed to prepare students by developing the skills needed to be successful in their lives and careers of tomorrow.

On a personal note, I began my career in education as a Speech-Language Pathologist working for Triton Public Schools, Rochester Public Schools, and West St. Paul/Mendota Heights/Eagan Area Schools. Before obtaining my Director of Special Education license and K-12 Principal license, I also worked as a Due Process Facilitator, supporting staff with special education compliance. I began my administrative career as the Assistant Director of Student Support Services in the Stillwater Area Schools for three years before joining the exceptional team in White Bear Lake Area Schools in 2013.

The Transition Education Center is a wonderful place to work and I am honored to be on this journey with the staff each day. Together, I know we will continue to support students in meeting their goals and dreams.

Sara Derby
Transition Education Center Administrator