Several Spring Lake Park School staff members started their next adventure as retirees during the pandemic. As a learning community, we gathered to recognize their tremendous contributions to our schools and community and celebrate their next steps with them.
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.
"At SLP, everyone in the community is welcomed. I feel pride in sharing my culture and language here. My role gives me the opportunity to get to know all students, parents and staff. Each person symbolizes a unique piece of the puzzle that makes our community whole."
- Kenia Alfaro, Centerview Elementary, Office Paraprofessional
"I am #SLPPantherProud because our talented staff works extremely hard every day to bring out the best in our students. It's amazing to watch our schools continuously evolve and flourish. Class of 2004, go Panthers!Wes Skogman, SLPHS Night Lead Custodian
"I am proud to work with an incredible team of SLP staff who personalize education for our students. Together, we offer choice, use time and space flexibly, and leverage competency based learning to ensure our graduates are college and career ready."
- Jennifer Haviland, SLPHS, Language Arts teacher
“What I always say about our district is that we ask – Is it good for kids? Many places find the reasons why they can’t do something. We find the reasons why we can. If it’s good for kids, we’ll find a way.”
Will Wackman, Activities and Athletics Director
"We are always making decisions to move toward creating a learning community that will be successful in today’s and tomorrow’s world. We are pushing students to think more deeply, get engaged in their learning, and create meaningful connections."
– Lindsay Leet, science teacher, Westwood Intermediate and Middle School
“I have always wanted to work in a school where there was rich diversity and I knew I had to be part of Spring Lake Park Schools when I toured Park Terrace. Students come from all over the world here and I wanted to be a part of a place that had the opportunity to learn from the diversity and empower the students within the school. ”– Justine Hryhorysak, teacher, Park Terrace Elementary
"To have a strong sense of community, that community needs to be filled with individuals with great character. I’ve always been proud to say I’m a teacher and a coach at SLP, because I know what stands behind it. Developing an individual’s character inside the classroom or out on the field is what sets us apart. I'm proud to be a part of that process."
- Andy Stephenson, SLPHS social studies teacher and coach
“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, Park Terrace Elementary
"I find it especially important to serve a school community, one that emphasizes an appreciation of other cultures and languages. I know personally what it feels like to learn a new language and acclimate to a new culture all in a new community. I make this effort daily with the children I care for."Fatima Djihic-Subasic, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, Child Care
Congratulations to SLPHS teacher Lori Henry for being named the 2020-2021 Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (MAFCS) Teacher of the Year
Spring Lake Park High School and Anoka High School are excited to welcome Dana Romaker as their new head girls’ hockey coach.
"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."