Principal named for new Blaine elementary school

The new Spring Lake Park Schools elementary school – currently under construction near the intersection of 105th Avenue and Davenport Street in Blaine – has its first principal.

Mike Callahan, currently director of student services for Spring Lake Park Schools and previously principal of Northpoint Elementary School, will be the first principal of the new elementary school currently under construction in Blaine. File photo
Mike Callahan, currently director of student services for Spring Lake Park Schools and previously principal of Northpoint Elementary School, will be the first principal of the new elementary school currently under construction in Blaine. File photo

Superintendent Jeff Ronneberg announced that Mike Callahan, currently the district’s director of student services, will fill the role.

Callahan has worked in the district for 13 years. Prior to accepting the student services position in 2014, Callahan was the principal at Northpoint Elementary in Blaine for six years. He also served as principal at Kenneth Hall, Woodcrest and Westwood elementary schools for a combined four years.

“Mike has done a great job as the director of student services,” said Ronneberg. “While he will certainly be missed in this role, his passion is really working with our youngest learners. Mike is very excited about this new opportunity. His experience opening Northpoint will be invaluable as we prepare our new school for students in fall 2018.”

With Callahan taking the role of principal, the search for a new director of special education is underway. Callahan will continue oversight of special education until a new director is identified. “We have started the search for a special education director, and I am confident we will identify an outstanding leader,” Ronneberg said.

“I have loved all my opportunities in Spring Lake Park Schools and am deeply passionate about working as an elementary principal,” Callahan said. “Along with the daily connection with students, I enjoy assembling and working with a team of teachers and staff every day and to focus on personalizing learning for each student. I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to welcoming the community into our newest school.”

The process to name the new K-4 elementary school is also underway. Staff, parents, grades 6-12 students and community members are invited to share their ideas through an online submission – www.bit.ly/2sn2Kg9. The district will accept names through Friday, June 30.