Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world


Principal Welcome

Dear Parents,

Hello Franklin Elementary parents, students, and community members!

Franklin LogoFranklin Elementary School is a strong and supportive school community where families are welcomed and students thrive. All of us at Franklin are proud to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build positive relationships while making real-world connections. At Franklin, students SOAR! 

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself, as well as, my family to all of you and share my excitement for meeting and working with each one of you as Franklin Elementary’s Principal. Prior to the past 6 years as Tri-City United's K-8 Principal, I was a middle school social studies teacher and coach for 10 years at New Prague Area Schools. It was there that I met and married my wife, Jillian. We have been married for 11 years and have 3 wonderful children, Louis (9), Jaycie (7), and Owen (4).  Our family enjoys listening to music, being active in the outdoors, attending sporting and fine art events, and spending time with our friends, neighbors, and family members. We are proud to be a part of the Franklin family!

As the principal of Franklin Elementary, I am committed to furthering our district's mission to assure learning excellence and readiness for a changing world! We are a collaborative community that is committed to ALL students achieving high levels of learning in an equitable, safe and positive environment. I am a strong believer in building positive interpersonal relationships, working as a collaborative member of a team, and above all, doing what is best for our scholars.  Our Falcons will continue to SOAR by practicing safe habits, developing responsibility, always trying their best, and respecting ourselves and others.  We will continue to develop our positive school culture and rigorous academic standards through our PBIS and AVID programs, while meeting the needs of each individual student.  Though we have many great programs at Franklin, I believe it is the people, not the programs that make our school great!

I look forward to working in partnership with your family to ensure your student has a high quality educational experience and access to opportunities and resources that will foster his/her personal, social and academic growth. Please do not hesitate to contact me throughout the year at, 507-345-4287, or, if there is anything I can do to help. Go Falcons!


Brian Grensteiner
Principal, Franklin Elementary



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Franklin Elementary School
Brian Grensteiner, Principal
1000 North Broad Street
Mankato, Minnesota 56001