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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  

Teacher working with student on iPad
Teacher talking to students

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

Teacher and students working on iPad
Teacher talking with students

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

Student smiling holding an iPad
Teacher working with student on iPad

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

Our Staff are #SLPPantherProud

We have an ongoing series about our staff and why they are #SLPPantherProud. Read the most recent profiles below and click here to read all the #SLPPantherProud staff stories.

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