Teacher of the Year Nominations

Do you know an educator who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference? Nominate them by Tuesday, February 28 for Spring Lake Park Schools' Teacher of the Year!


  • Early education and elementary nominees must teach early education through fifth grade
  • Secondary nominees must teach fifth through 12th grade
  • Both early education/elementary and secondary nominees must hold at least a baccalaureate degree and a teaching license issued by the state of Minnesota
  • Nominees must have completed at least three full years of teaching (including the current year), be a member of Spring Lake Park Teachers United (SLPTU) and intend to teach for two more school years
  • Counselors and special education case managers are also eligible.

After the deadline, all application materials will be given to the union president, then the selection committee will meet and select the elementary and secondary winners. Please note that not all nominees may pass the first Selection Committee screening. The two winners who best represent Spring Lake Park Schools will be announced and awarded during the SLP Union Party, date to be announced.

Nomination Form

Please download and complete a Nomination Form below and email or return the form to Spring Lake Park High School to the attention of Maria Ahrndt. Nominations are due by Tuesday, February 28, 2023.


Contact Maria Ahrndt (SLPHS) at

This is an exciting way to recognize the amazing educators we have in Spring Lake Park Schools! Thank you for taking the time to submit a nomination.

About last year's Teacher of the Year winners

At the early childhood school through elementary level, the Teacher of the Year is Maggie Lee, a third and fourth grade teacher at Northpoint Elementary School.  At the secondary level, the Teacher of the Year is Mary Mohr-Scinocca, a language arts teacher at Spring Lake Park High School.

“It is an honor to recognize educators like Mary and Maggie, who not only stand out individually but reflect the excellence of all of our educators, says Kathleen Stalnaker, SLP teachers’ union president. From Early Childhood through grade twelve, our community can be proud of the educators they entrust their children to each day.”

These two outstanding individuals were nominated by parents, staff, and students in the words of their nominators.

Maggie Lee:

  • Ms. Maggie Lee is the most caring and compassionate teacher. She genuinely cares about each of her students and is always coming up with new fun ideas to engage her students and all students at Northpoint. She is amazing at sending updates to parents and they are always fun and entertaining. Maggie is more than deserving of such an award for all her amazing work! - Katrina Sayler, parent
  • Ms. Maggie Lee is an amazing teacher who creates fun and engaging learning experiences for her students! She goes above and beyond to make each child feel loved, safe, and a sense of belonging in the classroom. She teaches her students the importance of being kind to others and giving back to the community. Our son is excited to go to school every day and can’t wait for the next learning adventure! - Angela & Tony Skauge, parent   

Mary Mohr-Scinocca: 

  •  Ms. Mohr-Scinocca should be chosen because she is an awesome teacher, very considerate towards her students and always makes sure that the kids are learning at a high level. She is definitely the best teacher in the district. - Jackson Wenholz, student
  • Ms. Mohr-Scinocca is always there for me. She is the first person I go to for questions about my future to help me create a strong path. - Kirsten King, student