Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation Blog

Capturing the inspiring stories of SPPS alumni.

New Lens Mentors and Mentees
Sep 15, 2014

New Lens Urban Mentoring is a rising star in national and community service and supplemental education.

Sep 2, 2014

MeMoves, and its Foundation-funded implementation on Saint Paul's West Side, gains some limelight in Forbes.

Areanna is the tutoring coordinator at Riverview West Side School of Excellence, a position through AmeriCorps VISTA and the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation
Jul 7, 2014

By Areanna Egleston, tutoring coordinator at Riverview West Side School of Excellence

*VISTA Voices highlights the 15 Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA members serving throughout St. Paul.

My office shares a wall with the first floor "green room", a small space that is neither green in color nor particularly roomy. We have two such rooms at my school and on busy days they welcome a constant stream of students who need somewhere to calm down.

Jesse Kwakenat is a special education teacher at St. Paul's Central High School
Jul 2, 2014

By Ryan Underdahl

Sometimes a relatively small amount of money can lead to profound, unanticipated success when put in the hands of the right people. This was never more the case than this past semester at St. Paul’s Central High School.

Each year the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation provides Inspired Educator Grants to Saint Paul Public Schools teachers who demonstrate a unique vision for supporting student success.

Leona Thao, GiveMN headshot
Jun 27, 2014

By Leona Thao, former schools outreach & partnership coordinator at GiveMN

*VISTA Voices highlights the 15 Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA members serving throughout St. Paul.

Firstly, as the school outreach and partnership coordinator at GiveMN, I have the great opportunity to enhance the fundraising capacity for schools, build an equitable school fundraising model online and engage outreach coverage to schools across the state of Minnesota.

Jun 16, 2014

By Anna Michelson, tutoring coordinator at Highland Park Middle School

*VISTA Voices highlights the 15 Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA members serving throughout St. Paul.

Although I didn’t fully realize it at the time, my association with AmeriCorps VISTA and the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation began over three years ago, when I was a sophomore at Macalester College.

Jun 13, 2014

By Misha Evertz, tutoring coordinator at Ramsey Middle School

*VISTA Voices highlights the 15 Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA members serving throughout St. Paul.

To say that the Saint Paul Public Schools have been a huge part of my life would be an understatement.

Jun 6, 2014

By Beth Vanderheyden, tutoring coordinator at Washington Technology Magnet School

*VISTA Voices highlights the 15 Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA members serving throughout St. Paul.

This time last year, I had just graduated college in Milwaukee and had no way of knowing what was going to happen next. 

May 30, 2014

By Tori Perkins, program quality coordinator at Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation

*VISTA Voices highlights the 15 Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA members serving throughout St. Paul.

The other day I was explaining to someone what I do as a Foundation VISTA. When I wrapped up my well-rehearsed elevator speech, the person I was talking to said, “Wow, that doesn’t sound like a normal VISTA position.”

May 23, 2014

By Ami Wazlawik, tutoring coordinator at Horace Mann School

*VISTA Voices highlights the 15 Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA members serving throughout St. Paul.

My AmeriCorps journey began in the summer of 2007, when I served with the Summer Reads program. I had just completed my sophomore year of college and was looking for something fun and meaningful to do for the summer. 

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