Mr. Dahline with student

Thank you for visiting our site. I am proud to be a part of the Mankato East High School family. Mankato East high School is a strong and supportive school community where families are welcomed and students thrive. Our dynamic and experienced teachers and support staff have a proven track record of success and strive to partner with families to help students continue to grow.

I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of education! I am excited and eager to use my skills as an educational leader to Mankato East High School and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success. Along with our amazing staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established by MEHS by building strong relationships with parents, students, and community partners. We will focus on character education initiatives, the use of data to drive instruction, and to provide consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase all of the students' achievement.

All of us at MEHS are proud to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections. As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors - teachers, students, and parents - are welcome and excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment. My door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year.

I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at MEHS meet their goals and have a successful school year! Go Cougars!

Jeff Dahline

Meet our Assistant Principals

Christina Mattson, Assistant principal

Dear Mankato East High School Community, 

I can not wait to begin the 2019-2020 school year with you!  My name is Christina Mattson and I am honored to be serving as one of your Assistant Principals at East High School this year.  

2019-2020 will be my first year with Mankato School District and at East High School.   Prior to joining the Mankato school community, I have been a teacher for students diagnosed with Emotional Behavior Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  For the past fifteen years, I have taught special education classes in programs designed for students with significant behavioral and learning needs. In addition to my teaching experience,  I hold a Masters Degree in Special Education and an Administration licensure from Hamline University. I will finish an Educational Specialist Degree this coming spring!  

I am committed to equity in education and providing the supports necessary so that all students can succeed.  My passions in education center around Trauma-Informed Practices, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Culturally Responsive Teaching.  Through understanding experiences and perspectives, we can make great things happen for every member of the East High School community. 

When I am not at school, I love to spend time with my family.  My daughter, Maarit, will be in 6th grade and my son, Gustaf, will be in first grade this year.  They attend school in New Ulm, where my husband teaches Kindergarten and Preschool. Together we enjoy spending time in nature, making art, doing crazy science experiments, and playing with our dog, Nova. 

I am thrilled to be a part of the East High School community. I look forward to meeting you and kicking off a great school year.   Please do not hesitate to be in touch.  

Christina Mattson
Assistant Principal 
Mankato East High School 

Twitter: @CMattsonEHS


Chris Rogers, Assistant Principal

Welcome back to all of our returning families, and a very warm welcome to our new families entering Mankato East High School for the first time. My name is Chris Rogers, and I am proud to serve as one of your Assistant Principals for the 2019-20 school year. As always, I cannot believe how quickly the summer passes, but I must admit that once again I am eager to start another school year at Mankato East.  The staff and I look forward to getting to know each of you and your children and working with you to create an even stronger connection via relationships and academic rigor for all scholars at Mankato East.

Throughout this school year, I am deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your child(ren). We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all scholars and providing supportive systems to assure they are met. I will continue to inspire our school culture, set high standards for teacher performance,  and increase academic expectations for all scholars because our goal at Mankato East High School is to ensure that all scholars are college or career ready.

"Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.

-Rita Pierson

I am committed to being that Champion Educator for our students. My fundamental belief is that ALL students can succeed and I am willing to do whatever it takes to make this a reality.  As a racially conscious leader, I believe in equity and access for all, and interrupting systems that does not benefit all. My passion in education center around Restorative Practice, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Conscious Discipline, Beyond Diversity, and Trauma-Informed Practices. 

In my spare time, I am I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my family and friends. In addition, I love reading, creative writing, and traveling

I look forward to collaborating with the Cougar parents, staff, and scholars towards achieving Mankato Area Public Schools mission of “Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world”. I also have made a pledge to continue to live by the  Cougar Code“ because at Mankato East High School, we are “Collaborative, Open-Minded, Determined , and Excellent”.

Chris Rogers | Assistant Principal

Doctoral Student, Educational Administration & Leadership

Mankato East High School | 2600 Hoffman Rd.| Mankato, MN 56001  

Email: croger1@isd77.k12.mn.us  | Twitter: @1RogersEHS

Mission: Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.


“They don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”


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Mankato East High School
Jeff Dahline, Principal
2600 Hoffman Road
Mankato, Minnesota 56001