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Friday, March 3, 2017

Principals Selected for the
Academies of Shakopee

We are beyond excited to announce our Academy Principals for the Academies of Shakopee! 

"We had a very talented pool of internal candidates interview for the positions and we are very lucky to have them currently serving in various roles throughout our district," said Shakopee High School Executive Principal Jeff Pawlicki.

The Academies of Shakopee is a new vision for Shakopee Public Schools that will ensure a welcoming, inclusive environment within a large high school setting and help improve student success in post-secondary programs and career.

The academies are small learning communities of students and teachers organized around areas of interest. There will be seven academies: Arts & Communication, Business & Entrepreneurship, Engineering & Manufacturing, Health Science, Human Services, Science & Technology and the Freshman Academy. 

Students will have the opportunity to connect with others who have similar aspirations and with teachers who can make meaningful connections to their plans for the future. The academies will be implemented in the fall of 2018 when the expanded high school opens.
Stuart Lang, currently an assistant principal at Shakopee High School, has been selected as the Freshman Academy Principal.

Our Freshman Academy is for 9th grade students. They will spend time discovering their own unique interests and then chose a home academy for their sophomore through senior year. The Freshman Academy will provide additional time to explore courses offered by the other six academies. 

"I will be visible and available to students, families and staff," said Lang. "We will all work together to make sure students know they belong and can find success while in the Freshman Academy and beyond. I want our staff members to know they are supported in their creativity as they work with our students and help them find their passion and excitement for learning."

Sarah Jordan, currently an assistant principal at Shakopee High School, has been selected as the principal for the Business & Entrepreneurship Academy and the Arts & Communication Academy. "It is my hope that students leaving these academies will have a clear and knowledgeable direction for what to expect after high school, college and in their careers," said Jordan. "Students leaving our hub will have had multiple opportunities to practice and explore their passions through authentic and real-world experiences."
Scott Doran, currently an assistant principal at Shakopee High School, has been selected as the principal for the Health Science Academy and Human Services Academy. "We are developing a truly innovative educational experience for students where we ask them to identify their passion(s) for learning," said Doran. "As I looked inward toward my own passion(s), I was immediately drawn to both academies. As a former medic, I have a deep appreciation for all things health related; from emergency care, to disease prevention and onward. I also was fortunate to teach courses related to the human services field for eighteen years prior to my role in administration. These two academies are closely related as they will both prepare students for careers in service industries."
Ed Cox, who currently works in our Teaching & Learning Department as the Secondary Teaching & Learning Supervisor has been selected as the principal for the Engineering & Manufacturing Academy and Science & Technology Academy.

"My goals for the Engineering & Manufacturing and Science & Technology Hub are to create an environment that embraces each and every student," said Cox. "I want all teachers within the hub to develop a passion for connecting students with their interests and the world of work; helping students understand that the talents they have are needed by the world and worth developing. Lastly, I want students to know clearly what steps they need to take in order to reach their personal goals and for our staff to understand our mission is to work tirelessly to help our students reach their fullest potential."

The Academy Principals bring their own unique skill-set to the table and have all proven themselves as strong leaders in their current roles. Those skills will only strengthen in their new roles as Academy Principals. 

"Jordan is a strong instructional leader, Lang is an experienced administrator with an excellent track record working with 9th graders, Doran will excel at building relationships and real-life experiences in his hub, and Cox has a strong foundational knowledge of all the academies through his work in the Teaching and Learning Department," said Pawlicki. "We're lucky to have them on our team."

The selection committee for our Academy Principals included three teachers, a school board member, several members of the Superintendent's Cabinet, and Shakopee High School Executive Principal Jeff Pawlicki.
 

"Now that our team is set, the next step is to work collaboratively on our vision within each of the seven academies," said Pawlicki. "We will spend a lot of time together this spring and into the summer implementing all of the steps necessary that will bring our academies to life in the fall of 2018." 

Academy Principals Announcement
Watch this video to hear more from the Academy Principals about their vision and excitement!
The future has never been brighter for our students in Shakopee Public Schools. "Thank you to our community for allowing us to build a school around the Academies of Shakopee and for supporting both the current and future changes," said Superintendent Dr. Rod Thompson.

"Thank you to our teachers and staff who have already put in countless hours planning and preparing for the academies. Thank you to our business community for stepping up and working alongside us to develop and implement the academies." 

Please visit our website for the latest news on the Academies of Shakopee.
What are the Academies of Shakopee?
What are the Academies of Shakopee? Watch the video to learn more!
Shakopee Public Schools
School District 720
1200 Shakopee Town Square
Shakopee, MN 55379






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