Mission Bay High, San Diego, California
Bachelor of Science in History/Education, Northern Arizona University
Master of Science in Special Education, St. Cloud State University
Administration Licensure, St. Mary's University
Dear Park Brook Families,
Park Brook Elementary is under construction this summer and will have many new upgrades for this coming school year! While the building will be refreshed for this coming school year, I do hope that Park Brook families will have a refreshing summer as well.
While I expect Park Brook Elementary to have strong academic growth, I am passionate about my belief that strong academic growth necessitates a well-rounded education with a variety of experiences. I hope that this summer you will have an opportunity to enjoy time together as a family.
As a society, at least in my opinion, I find that there is an unspoken message that fun is equivalent to spending money or traveling. I believe that enjoyment is more so about our attitude rather than the spending of money. There are a number of great opportunities that do not cost money in our community that you may want to consider this summer. Eidem Homestead in Brooklyn Park, the swimming beach at Wirth Park, and the Minnesota Institute of Arts are in our community and have free or low cost options. There are great places to get out an take a walk, play Frisbee, play catch or have a picnic: Minnehaha Falls, Three Rivers Parks including French Park and Elm Creek Park Reserve, and the Coon Rapids Dam are all wonderful places to explore and enjoy as a family.
Experiences, being in nature, getting exercise and enjoying time together as a family are all essential for students to grow and learn. I desire for my students to be active, outside, enjoying nature, and spending less time connected to technology.
Our new Brooklyn Park Library is outstanding and I would encourage you to visit and check out books for your child to read. Reading throughout the summer should be enjoyable and is important for academic growth. Perhaps you can choose a chapter book that you will read to your child(ren). Go for a picnic, spend time playing on the equipment, and then as a family enjoy time in the summer sun reading together!
This summer I look forward to getting out and enjoying time on my bike, kayaking and relaxing. While I encourage students to read, I enjoy reading and will take time to read as well this summer. In mid-August I have a short trip planned to go see the eclipse of the sun; my purpose for going is simply because I think it will be fun to see. I also enjoy working in my yard.
Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns. I want to be available to Park Brook Families. I look forward to greeting all Park Brook Families, families new to Park Brook and families returning, at our Open House on Wednesday, August 30 at 4:30 p.m.
During the 2015-2016 school year, according to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and the data from the Minnesota Department of Education:
*Out of 25 schools in the Osseo Area Schools, Park Brook ranked 22 out of the 25 for academic growth rate. (1 being the lowest growth, and 25 being the highest growth),
*Out of 25 schools in the Osseo Area Schools, Park Brook had the highest growth rate for closing the academic achievement gap,
*86% of Park Brook Elementary students ranked in the high growth rate in math,
*83% of Park Brook Elementary students ranked in the high growth rate in reading.
During the 2014-2015 school year, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth at Park Brook compared to the other 17 elementary schools in the Osseo Area Schools: