This spring, 15 Spring Lake Park School staff members are starting their next adventure as retirees. As a learning community, we 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.
"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, Centerview Elementary
“Spending each day with these remarkable students, with such talented and dedicated teachers, such supportive and encouraging administrations and all of the insanely talented and dedicated support staff. It is truly a remarkable school to be a part of.”– Jason Gable, 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
"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, teacher, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
“I value and respect the relationships I have built over the years and across the buildings. The love I have for SLP is immeasurable.”– Melissa Gustafson, teacher, Centerview Elementary
“I chose to join Spring Lake Park Schools because of the incredible students here and the wealth of experiences and background knowledge they bring with them to school.”– Sam Miller, teacher, Park Terrace Elementary
“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
“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, 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 various schools throughout the district
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."