Our Principal

Principal Karen Duke
  • Contact Principal Karen Duke at:

    651-293-8735 or karen.duke@spps.org

    September 10, 2018

    Dear St Anthony Park Parents and Guardians:

    We had a wonderful first week of school!  It was a thrill on the first day watching everyone enter the new building for the first time, seeing all of the windows, the shiny clean floors, and the many new learning spaces.  If you have been here, you can see that we are very close to being finished with construction.  The kitchen will be ready at the end of this week.  The contractors are continuing work on the boiler room and busy finishing all the other details.   It won’t be long now until the construction equipment and trailers start to leave and we can plant grass in the park again!

    This year, instead of inviting each grade level on a different night, we are hoping to make it more convenient for families by hosting one Curriculum Information Night.  Please join us on Thursday, September 27, from 5:30 to 7:00, when you will meet your children’s teachers and learn about the curriculum, homework, and procedures for their grade level.  There will be two “shifts,” so you can attend two grade levels.  If you have more than two children, our staff will gladly accommodate you and help you get the information you need.  All children need your involvement in talking about what they are learning and setting up routines at home for homework and reading.  This will really help them be successful in school! We will send more information soon.

    If you drop off your child(ren) at school in a vehicle, please use Gordon Avenue for drop-off.  Keep in mind that the area near the playground is a no-parking zone.  If you would like to walk your child into the building, please park on Scudder, farther down on Gordon, or on the Knapp Place hill.  Also, please avoid congestion on Gordon Ave by using it one-way only, turning right from Scudder Street and driving toward Langford Park.

    You may not have heard, but our science teacher Mr. Schrankler was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching this summer.  This is a national award given only to a few outstanding math and science educators.  Mr. Schrankler traveled to Washington, D.C., this summer to receive the award.  In addition to all of his work at St. Anthony Park, Mr. Schrankler is well-known in his field for creating and leading professional development for other teachers and coursework for pre-service teachers.  He has participated in multiple national research studies and secured much grant funding for science education at St. Anthony Park and the St. Paul Public Schools.  Please join me in congratulating Mr. Schrankler on this much-deserved recognition.

    We are off to a wonderful start.  I look forward to getting to know all of you and partnering with you this year to support your kids.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.  My door is always open.


    Karen Duke