Welcome from Dr. Joe Gothard

  • What do you need to know about me? I believe in relationships. I am not alone in this. Nearly 7,000 dedicated staff members with a wide range of talents and skills give their best to your students every day. We truly believe in the potential of every child and young adult we serve.

    Our schools, along with our neighborhoods and communities, are partners with you – our students and families. All of us are learning, together, how to create the best possible conditions for student success at every age.  

    I hope you will become more involved with us in the year ahead. Talk to us. Write to us. Speak out. We want to consider your perspective, your viewpoint and your needs.

    Thank you for choosing Saint Paul Public Schools. Always remember that we must work together to provide a world of opportunities to our students.


    Joe Gothard, Ed. D.

About Dr. Gothard

  • Dr. Joe Gothard became superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools on July 1, 2017. In this role, he serves as the educational leader of the school district, which serves more than 39,000 PreK-12 students and employs more than 5,000 full-time staff.

    Previous Experience:

    • Superintendent of Schools, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, Burnsville, Minn.
    • Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools, Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, Wis.
    • High School Principal, Robert M. La Follette High School, Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, Wis.
    • Middle School Principal, Akira R. Toki Middle School, Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, Wis.

    Dr. Gothard has been passionate about public education his entire career. He is a member of the National Superintendents Roundtable, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, which is comprised of more than 40 school districts in the Twin Cities metro area. He serves on the Legislative Committee of the organization. Gothard is the only school superintendent serving on the Greater Twin Cities United Way Board of Directors.

    Communication, both in-person and via social media, is important to Dr. Gothard. You can reach him at joe.gothard@spps.org, follow him on Twitter at @JoeGothard, and also follow him on LinkedIn.

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    Meeting / Speaking Engagement Request

    If you or your organization would like to request a meeting or presentation with Dr. Gothard, please click the link and submit the attached form to Mai Vang, the executive assistant to the superintendent.