SLP High School principal announces plans to retire

By Elyse Kaner
Staff Writer

Bill Sommers, principal of Spring Lake Park High School, will retire at the end of the school year.

Bill Sommers, principal at Spring Lake Park High School, has announced he plans to retire at the end of the school year. File photo by Elyse Kaner

Sommers announced his plans at a staff meeting Friday, Jan. 27 during a teacher in-service day.

Jane Stevenson, current assistant principal at the high school, will replace him.

Sommers joined District 16 as director of the Learning Alternatives Community School in 2009 and in October 2010 was named principal of the high school.

“Staff have really enjoyed working with him, as have I,” Superintendent Jeff Ronneberg said in an interview with the Life. “He has been a mentor of mine over the years and it’s been great to have him in SLP.”

Prior to coming to SLP, Sommers served with the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in Austin, Texas, where he was a leadership coach for principals and educational leaders nationwide.

In Minnesota, he has served as a principal at South High School, Owatonna Junior High and as interim principal at West Junior High School. For 20 years, he was assistant principal at Wayzata High School.

Among his many education involvements, Sommers has taught at such universities as St. Mary’s, Hamline, Texas State and the University of St. Thomas.

Also, he has served as a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota, including co-directing the Urban Leadership Academy and teaching in the International Doctoral Studies Program.

A sought after keynote speaker, Sommers is widely published in more than 25 educational books, journals and newsletters.

Sommers does not have any immediate plans following retirement, according to Ronneberg.

“He’ll continue consulting and working in schools, and I know we will have him working in SLP providing coaching and professional learning with staff,” Ronneberg said.

For more details, see the Feb. 3 issue of the Blaine/Spring Lake Park Life newspaper.

Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]

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