Retired Barton principal joins education consulting firm

Steve DeLapp part of founding trio of Facets of Education

Retired Minneapolis principal Steve DeLapp is part of a trio with ties to Barton Open School behind a new consulting firm, Facets of Education.

DeLapp retired last year after 20 years at the high-performing East Harriet neighborhood magnet school. Sometime after, Barton parent Steven Richter approached him with the idea of launching a company that would utilize his expertise.

Richter said Facets of Education aims to replicate Barton’s “culture of joyful learning” at other schools.

“The education that my kids got really changed our lives, changed their lives, and I have been a believer throughout their time there that our district and other districts could adopt some of Barton’s practices and make them their own,” Richter said.

They recruited veteran teacher Kathy Scoggin, who also retired from Barton last year, as the third member of the firm. Richter, who has a background in sales and marketing, served on the school’s parent council and served five years as co-chair of the Barton School Foundation.

Richter said their approach is rooted in the open education philosophy, which involves multi-age classrooms and student-directed learning, but could be applied at any school. Their goal is to create what he termed a “cooperative culture” between parents, students, teachers and administrators.

The firm is looking locally to recruit its first clients.