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Centering Student Voices

A Conversation with Lisa Pawelak

Lisa Pawelak has more than 20 years of experience serving students and families in Minneapolis Public Schools. Today, she is the principal at Lucy Craft Laney Community School in North Minneapolis. In this episode, Lisa and Chanda talk about their love of the Northside, the lessons Lisa learned during the pandemic, and how Lisa is helping Lucy Laney be a safe, welcoming space where every student need is acknowledged.

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About Our Guest

Lisa Pawelak

Lisa Pawelak has been serving students and families in the Minneapolis Public Schools for more than twenty years. For the past fourteen, she has been a proud member of the Lucy Craft Laney Community School family, serving first as school social worker, then as assistant principal, and now principal. She works tirelessly to create a safe learning environment and a deep sense of place that many students, families, and staff call their second home. Lisa and her staff strive to continually confront and navigate many of the complex systemic issues that impact schools and communities and work to break down barriers so that all children can receive a quality education.

 

In the News

In this podcast episode, Lisa and Chanda talk about Lucy Laney’s peace march in June 2021. Learn more about how students let their voices be heard in this KSTP article.