What our New Staff Say

When teachers are hired in our district, they are asked, “why they choose Spring Lake Park Schools.” One of the quotes we've heard from teachers this year was, “I didn’t apply anywhere else – I wanted to be at Spring Lake Park.” Here are a few more quotes from our new teachers about why they wanted to be part of Spring Lake Park Schools:

I worked with Señora Linares (Woodcrest principal) in the past. She’s a mentor – she builds community, not just a school.

– New teacher, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

“I’m coming from out of state. I love this district and school hasn’t started yet. I’ve already connected with teachers from my previous district and told them about my new dream job and new school.”

– New teacher, Westwood

I could have easily stayed in a position in another district. After interacting with SLP teachers at an event last spring, I knew that SLP is the place I need to be. Innovation is a value, not someone else’s job. 

– New teacher, Westwood


“I love the ‘No Excuses.’ Most often this means that children must do an arbitrary task or else. To me, it means I will be working with other educators who have similar values for ensuring each child will be college ready.”

– New teacher, SLPHS


“Sam Howard (Centerview grade 3 teacher) talked to me and couldn’t say enough great things about Northpoint and Spring Lake Park Schools.” 

–New teacher, Northpoint

I had a chance to teach here last year in a long-term sub position and couldn’t wait to return. 

– New teacher, Park Terrace

“I had multiple job offers across the metro area. I chose Woodcrest because of how the team made me feel in the interview process. I’m so excited to work in an immersion school with such a great balance of native Spanish speakers and with others who have the passion to speak Spanish including the students.”

– New teacher, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

I started working at SLP as a coach last year. I’ve been in a neighboring district for 17+ years. After working with other coaches and seeing how SLP operates, I needed to be here. My wife and I moved our family here. It’s a huge risk for me, but I know it’s the place I want to raise my family and work.

– New teacher

First Impressions of Spring Lake Park Schools

Teachers and staff new to Spring Lake Park Schools attend a two-day workshop before the start of the school year introducing them to the district. Staff participate in a number of discussions, including how they will have an impact on others, what type of environment they want to work in and how they will create it, and ideating how to build relationships with students. 

In 2017, the first activity new staff participated in during the workshop was sharing their first impressions of our district and why they were excited to be part of the SLP team. We took the most-mentioned words and phrases and created the graphic below to show the enthusiasm of our new staff. 

SLP logo with words inside