Alyssa helping a student with his school work

Alyssa Sawinski 

Northpoint Elementary 

3rd Grade Teacher

How long have you worked in Spring Lake Park Schools?
This is my second year.

Why did you choose to join Spring Lake Park Schools?
When I was a student at the University of St. Thomas, SLP was a district we referenced often...Technology...Innovation...Design. I had to see this district in action for myself, so I scheduled a morning to shadow a teacher at Northpoint. When I was at Northpoint I saw amazing technology and teachers finding new and creative ways to meet their students needs. However, these were not the things that caught my attention. What I saw was much more. What I saw was every single student being held to a high standard, regardless of what they walked in with. Everyday I strive to be the best person, friend and teacher that I can be. I set high expectations for myself, knowing that I am capable of excellence, and I wanted to foster the same belief in all of my students. After a few short hours in the SLP district, I knew this was the place that I needed to start my teaching career and continue my journey to helping young scholars achieve their dreams and be the best people they can be.

What's the best part of your day, as an employee of Spring Lake Park Schools?
9:20 a.m. The bell rings and the once quiet hallways are now filled with footsteps and laughter. In the few moments of quiet I still have left, anxiety kicks in -- Am I ready for the day? Do I have all my supplies in order? Will they like what I have planned? Then, the first set of footsteps hit my door and two arms reach out for a hug. GOOD MORNING MISS WARGIN! Suddenly my room is filled with noise and I look around as backpacks go flying into lockers and the neat stack of chairs slowly dwindles as my friends eagerly start their morning work. Regardless of the challenges we faced the day before or the ones we have not yet encountered, the slate is clean and we have a new day in front of us. My anxiety quickly fades as I realize, at the center of it all, are 27 smiling faces ready to take on the day with me and I can't help but smile back, knowing that I am truly blessed with the world's greatest job.

What do you do when you're not at work?
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and new puppy, Murphy. I am also a certified Pure Barre instructor and teach barre classes each week.

What makes you #SLPPantherProud?
I am proud of the community we built at Northpoint and within our district. It is no secret that some days as a teacher are just plain hard. No matter what, I know there is always someone beside me, ready to lift be back up and cheer me on to be the best that I can be for my students. It is not typical to walk into work each day, knowing that you are fully supported, encouraged and challenged to be the best that you can be.

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