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IB Coordinator strives to make a change

IB Coordinator Jenny Magdal consults juniors on their extended essays Nov. 30 in C153. IB Diploma Candidates work on their papers every Tuesday and Thursday.

Isabel Kjaer

December 1, 2017

As Jenny Magdal looks ahead to her third year as the International Baccalaureate Coordinator, said she hopes to continue inspiring students. According to Magdal, the International Baccalaureate (IB) program works to aid students in creating positive changes globally. “IB is a whole program t...

Spanish teacher feels excited to work with father

First-year Spanish teacher Lydia Brubaker helps students complete their work on Nov 1. Lydia Brubaker is the daughter of social studies teacher Bradley Brubaker.

Makagbe Kuyateh

November 7, 2017

When Spanish teacher Lydia Brubaker found out Park had an opening for a language teacher, she felt her dream was being fulfilled. “I always thought St. Louis Park would be the type of school I would want to teach at because when I was here I felt that I got a really good education,” Lydia Brubaker...

Volunteer gives time to orchestra

Volunteer conductor Kou Lee leads warm ups for orchestra class May 16.

Eleanor Kline-Olson

May 20, 2017

According to orchestra director Miriam Edgar, Kou Lee is a volunteer helping orchestra out because he is working on his teaching license.   “Kou is a friend of mine from college and Kou is volunteering his time to get orchestra experience in our classroom and we’re also observing his knowled...

Media Specialist Ellen George discusses her role at Park

Media specialist Ellen George

Nicole Sanford and Caroline Green

March 2, 2017

What’s your name? What is your role at Park? I’m Ellen George, and I’ve been the library media specialist at Park since 2003. How did you become a librarian? “In my mid-forties, I decided that I was going to go back to work full time and that I was going back to this dream I had of ...

Meet the staffer

Meet the staffer

Sydney Hall

January 11, 2017

Brittani Schroeder recently started as an administrative assistant in the athletic department at Park. According to Schroeder, she mostly works in the registration aspect of the department. “Right now I’m just working on sports registration,” Schroeder said. “That’s all they’ve really...

Q & A with a social worker: Marlee Nirenstein

Q & A with a social worker: Marlee Nirenstein

Ndunzi Kunsunga and Jacob Stillman

January 5, 2017

Q: What does your job as a social worker entail? A: It is really very much a direct service role, meaning that pretty much all we do is see kids. It is a combination of meeting with students one on one, looking at what’s getting in the way of students being successful in school. Trying to a...

Long-term substitute acclimates to new environment

Rebecca Wilson

Dani Orloff

December 11, 2016

When long-term substitute teacher Rebecca Wilson reflects on her temporary position at Park, it is not only a new class she is teaching, but also a new field to be working in. Wilson said she did not get a degree in teaching until last spring. “Teaching is actually my second career. I have an un...

Art teacher shares passion

Erin Foley

Nicole Sanford

December 11, 2016

After hearing great things about Park, new art teacher Erin Foley took the opportunity to teach at the school alongside her husband, Christoph Nordmark. Foley said practical reasons fostered her switch to Park. “My husband is (English teacher) Mr. Nordmark, and I knew there was going to be a...

Q & A with a social worker: Daniel Perez

Q & A with a social worker: Daniel Perez

Jacob Stillman and Ndunzi Kunsunga

December 9, 2016

Q: What does your job as a social worker entail? A: I work with all grades, 9-12. My job as a social worker has so many different halves. I get to be a short-term therapist, but also I get to assist kids with safety risks and suicide risks. I also get to help in regard of providing resources whether ...

New teacher tells his story

New teacher tells his story

Sydney Hall

November 11, 2016

Chemistry teacher Alexander Polk didn’t always know he wanted to be a teacher — his vocation wasn’t discovered until his sophomore year of college. “I didn’t realize (I wanted to be a teacher) until my sophomore year of college,” Polk said. “I coached my high school football team be...

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