Our Principal

  • Dr. Karen Duke

    The Saint Anthony Park Elementary School community is led by principal Karen Duke.

    Dr. Duke grew up in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood and attended this school as a child.  She has worked for St. Paul Public Schools for over 25 years as a teacher of English language, a staff developer, and an administrator. Prior to Saint Anthony Park, she served as principal at Randolph Heights Elementary and mentored new principals and assistant principals throughout the district.

    To contact Dr. Duke directly, call 651-293-8735 or email her at karen.duke@spps.org

  • December 2, 2019

    Dear St Anthony Park Family Members:

    I hope all of you enjoyed the holiday break, with an extra day thrown in for snow!  The landscape outside of school looks really different from how it looked a week ago at this time!  Please remember that kids will go outside for recess every day unless the temperature or wind chill is below -10°.  Be sure your children have snow pants, boots, hat, mittens, and winter coat, all labeled with their name.

    It was wonderful seeing so many of you for conferences last month.  Over 95% of families attended.  I hope you found the conferences to be a chance to connect and learn a little about your child as a learner.  You can contact us any time to continue the conversation and partnership between home and school.

    We are really lucky this year to have our Health Office staffed full-time!  Our nurse, Kelly Nelson, is here Mondays and Tuesdays.  She oversees all medications administered at school, planning for students with health needs, and participating in emergency planning.  Our health assistant, Sandrine Brochet, attends to student needs throughout the day and administers medications or inhalers.  You can reach the health office by phone at 651-748-7662.

    Cold and flu season is upon us! Here is an update from Nurse Kelly Nelson about illnesses:

    In the end of November, St. Anthony Park saw a significant uptick in student absences related to influenza (flu) or influenza-like illness (ILI). Common signs and symptoms for these conditions include sudden onset of: fever, chills, muscle aches, loss of appetite, tiredness, weakness, cough, sore throat, headache. In general, students simply feel miserable.

    Influenza and ILI are usually managed through drinking a lot of fluids, getting plenty of rest and taking it easy, using over-the-counter medicines to relieve fever and aches. Influenza/ILI symptoms often go away after 5 days but students may still have a cough or feel weak. These symptoms are usually gone in a week or two. Students with influenza/ILI should stay home from school until they feel better. They must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicine.  Consult with your health care provider if you have questions regarding influenza/ILI. 

    My door is always open for your questions or concerns.  Thanks for all you do to support our school!


    Karen Duke, Principal