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Principal May Lee Xiong

Nyob zoo!  I am thrilled to welcome all of our new Phalen students and families this school year. With the Jackson staff, students, and families joining us, I look forward to becoming one united school community. I am looking to all of our families this year for your ideas, suggestions, and support as we forge our new identity together. I am so proud to be working alongside my dedicated staff who continue to learn so they can do better for our students. Recently, our staff had our professional development at Agape Hmong Garden where they experienced different aspects of Hmong culture through hands-on learning. On that day, I brought my mom to our staff training, so that she can share her knowledge with the staff. I had shared with my staff how when I was a student in SPPS, I felt ashamed to bring my parents to school functions. Not because I was ashamed of them, but because I felt school wasn't a place that welcomed their knowledge. Now as a leader of a school that strives to incorporate the culture, language, and lived experiences of our students into their learning every day, I was so proud to have my mom at my school, sharing her knowledge and experiences with my staff. It was wonderful. And it is something that we hope to do with all of our families. I will work hard to make Phalen Lake school a place that values all of our students' and their families' knowledge and experiences and to make it a place where your child can be all of who they are and feel like they belong and are successful. I look forward to an inspiring year together here at Phalen!