Award Year: 2022

Kimberly Lane Elementary School

17405 Old Rockford Road
Plymouth, MN, 55446-2422

(763) 745-5600

Dr. Kari Wehrmann, Principal at time of Nomination

Wayzata Public School District

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Mission

Wayzata Public Schools District ensures a world-class education that prepares each and every student to thrive today and excel tomorrow in an ever-changing global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 44%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 40%
  • Two or more races: 7%
Application
Kimberly Lane Elementary teacher and student conferring about learning

Kimberly Lane Elementary teacher and student conferring about learning

The foundation of Kimberly Lane Elementary School's success lies on decades of consistent hard work and high expectations from our school community. Former and current teachers, students, caregivers, paraprofessionals, social workers, and volunteers all share in this celebration.

Due to two school boundary changes over the last five years, the school has seen changes to their student population. However, through it all we have continued to lean into a key commitment: literacy. Each year staff partner with Kimberly Lane's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to support students' literacy and belonging. For instance, one year the PTA raised enough money so every classroom library received $800 in new books. Prior to the purchases, staff audited individual classroom libraries,and then set purchasing parameters that focused on non-fiction texts, Indian-American authors to promote the windows and mirrors of literature, and student choice. Once the books started to arrive, the energy in the building crackled. One Indian-American girl hugged a book, pointing out that the girl on the book cover looked just like her. One teacher even wrapped all of the new book purchases.She videotaped the high-energy book opening party and sent it to the PTA as a thank you. This encouragement to each and every reader is one example of a difference maker at Kimberly Lane Elementary. An additional bonus? That school year the school's standardized scores increased, too.