Mark Dayton
Minnesota Governor

      I Am SPPS  
“I transferred to a new school and I didn’t know anybody. The other students had been together for a couple years and they all had friends. I was one little boy playing by myself on the playground, totally miserable, and this teacher, this wonderful teacher, Betty Jo Holmgren, saw that I was struggling and she took me under her wing and she helped me make the transition. I’ve often been asked who are my heroes and I say Robert Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and Betty Jo Holmgren because she saved my life literally and transformed my life certainly.” -- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.