"I love that our school has the big picture in mind and that I work with amazing people and I get to teach amazing kids."
What our Staff Say
Our staff are proud – #SLPPantherProud! Learn more about why they think Spring Lake Park is an incredible place to teach, work and learn below and click here to read #SLPPantherProud staff stories.
"Spring Lake Park Schools is always looking for ways to improve student learning and make strong connections through innovation, creativity and technology integration. The district wants to be and is a leader with regards to classroom design, team teaching ideas, technology and professional development through purposeful collaboration."
– Samantha Howard, teacher at Centerview Elementary
“I am #SLPPantherProud because I love the Fail Forward mentality that our district pushes. I constantly see teachers and students trying new things because they're not afraid of failure. We continue to learn from our failures and grow. When you have a such a large group of co-workers that support you and the new things you'd like to try, it's truly a remarkable thing! ”– Darrick Becken, teacher at Centerview Elementary
“I tend to lean more on student-centered activities where the responsibility is on students to show what they know. Our innovative spaces allow us to plan projects and activities that involve collaboration, flexible thinking and problem solving. It allows us to be flexible with our instruction and change plans to accommodate student engagement and learning. ”– Lissa Golanowski, looping team teacher at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School
"Spring Lake Park Schools, especially Woodcrest, gives me the wonderful opportunity to work with professionals from many different backgrounds and experiences from a variety of countries. This teaching diversity enriches my life not only professionally, but personally as well."
– Lina Mraz, kindergarten teacher at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
“Spring Lake Park Schools is different from other districts I have worked for because they are getting teacher input on student assessments. I've actually gotten to help create assessments that measure my student's learning. It feels great to have ownership over this piece and to collaborate with fellow teachers. ”– Melissa Haggar-Olson, teacher at Park Terrace Elementary
“We’re trying different things to try to reach kids. What I like is that we’re not focusing on the past to determine what we do for the future. We’re looking ahead and trying to say ‘what are things our students will need to be able to do for the future?’ ”– Scott Wicklund, teacher at Spring Lake Park High School
"I have maintained a sense of pride and satisfaction of belonging to Spring Lake Park Schools. The warmth, care and sincerity shown to me as well as to others in the work place has far exceeded the other places I have worked. People care. People work hard. People are sincere. People are proud... Panther Proud!"
– Jan Burda, gifted & talented specialist at Woodcrest and Westwood Intermediate and Middle School
“What sets Spring Lake Park Schools apart from other districts is their focus on student learning, innovation and leadership.”– Sarah Wall, teacher at Centerview Elementary
“I am #SLPPantherProud because I love seeing the individual greatnesses our students bring to the table! I am so proud to say that I have the future leaders and earth changers in my classroom! ”– Leah Becklund, teacher at Park Terrace Elementary
Doug Potthoff, Spring Lake Park Schools Health, Physical Education and Developmental and Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) teacher, has received a $857 grant to update and modernize physician education spaces at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School.
"I try to personalize learning by letting my students know how important their identity is to me and that I want to see them for every part of who they are because they matter and are valued in our space. I constantly seek out opportunities to learn more about my students' cultures and where their family comes from."
I Personalize Learning by finding out what each student is like and getting on their level. I want them to know that school is a safe place where they can be themselves and where they are loved.