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2017-2018 School Year Greeting

Dear Parents and Students of Southwest High School,


Greetings to all and welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Southwest High School. My name is Dr. Karen Wells and I am writing to introduce myself as your interim principal for Southwest.


I am a long-term Minneapolis Public Schools servant with more than 15 years’ experience as a building principal. In addition, I have extensive experience in classroom management and curriculum design and development. In 2014, I retired from Minneapolis Public Schools. Since my retirement, I have been a coach and mentor for principals and newly appointed teachers with a focus on leadership development and classroom management.  


Coming to Southwest, I am truly honored and excited to roll up my sleeves and continue the legacy of excellence at the school.  My intent is to support and advocate for the stable learning environment that our families and students have come to expect. It is also my goal to ensure that the enhanced learning environment at Southwest continues to thrive throughout the 2017-2018 school year.  Together we will provide a smooth transition for the person identified as your permanent principal for 2018 and beyond.


My husband and I are blessed to have two sons and two grandchildren. We make an effort to spend as much time with them as possible. Our 13-year-old grandson Jevaun, loves sports, including dirt bike racing (his favorite), soccer and golf.  Our granddaughter Sera, now two-and-a-half, is attending Montessori School and is an avid fan of books—all kinds of books, despite not being able to read.  Yet!


Hopefully, this gives you a little insight as to who I am. I look forward to working with you and your child(ren) throughout the coming academic year.  I will do my very best to continue the pursuit of excellence at Southwest.  I look forward to getting to know you and also working with you closely throughout the coming school year.


Yours Truly,


Dr. Karen I. Wells, Interim Principal

Southwest High School