Learning and Innovation

The Learning & Innovation Department provides leadership, learning, and support to schools as we move toward our vision. Department staff provide high-quality, learner-centered services that support teachers and school administrators in meeting the unique and varied needs of students in Spring Lake Park Schools. The Learning & Innovation Department has oversight of all learning and teaching processes, including core, targeted, and individualized instruction and intervention.

Integrated leadership, oversight and support:

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Dr. Hope Rahn

Executive Director for Learning & Innovation
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Dr. Melissa Olson

Director of Curriculum & Instructional Practices
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Cyndi Steinke

Management Assistant for Special Education
& Student Services
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Chell Kyllonen

Chell Kyllonen

Board Certified Behavior Analyst
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Colleen McMurtry

Colleen McMurtry

Management Assistant for Curriculum
& Instructional Practices
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Interdepartmental coordination and support:

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Kelly Stewart

Coordinator of Learning Analytics
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Kris Skeate

Management Assistant for Assessment and Analytics
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District-wide coordination efforts and specialties:

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Jackie Lawson

Learning & Innovation Coordinator
for IEP Services & Practices
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Amy Bjurlin

Learning & Innovation
Coordinator for Curriculum
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Kadie Chlebeck

Secondary Special Education Supervisor
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Elizabeth Nordgren

Learning & Innovation Coordinator
for Innovative & Personalized Learning, and Career and College Readiness
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Rachel Adamek

Learning & Innovation Coordinator
for Behavior Supports & Services
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Lindsay Johnson

Learning & Innovation Coordinator for
Professional Learning & Teacher Retention
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Kristen Hall

Learning & Innovation Coordinator for Early Childhood Special Education
and IEP Related Services
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Jerelyne Nemanich

Districtwide Specialist for
Learning Technology & Media
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Abbey Pierce

Districtwide Specialist for Social Work, Mental Health, & Attendance
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John Franke

Principal on Special Assignment/Multilingual Learning
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Becca Williams, lead nurse

Becca Williams

Licensed School Nurse, RN, PHN
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Program-based school leadership:


Lisa Cisewski

Lighthouse School, Districtwide gifted and talented coordination, SLP Schools Online Elementary
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