Lake Elmo school finalizes name, theme The future K-8 special education school in Lake Elmo can now be referred to by its new name, Pankalo Education Center. The name comes from a combination of the greek words pan and kalos which means complete beauty. This ties into the vision for the school “Empowering students through creativity” and will use elements from the arts to support learning and enhance cognitive abilities, facilitate identity formation and self-esteem, foster a physically and emotionally safe environment, as well as support individual expression and communication.
The educational philosophy and focus on the creative arts will provide students with a palette of activities that will:
allow our students to grow academically, socially, and personally, while tapping into their creativity
allow our unique learners to access core content academics in creative ways
provide a calming and creative atmosphere
connect educational philosophies to the arts, helping our students build relationships between their inner and outer worlds
give our students tools for communication, appropriate emotional release and self-regulation
utilize the Compassionate School Model
Amy Johncox, current principal/manager for the elementary ALP programs at John Glenn and Valley Crossing has been selected as the new principal/manager for the future Lake Elmo School. Tammy Bednar, current assistant principal/manager at Karner Blue will join Amy as the assistant principal/manager at Lake Elmo and will be able to use her experiences from opening Karner Blue to assist with the transition of opening Lake Elmo. Amy and Tammy, along with Kristine Carr, director of administrative services and Dan Naidicz, director of special education make up the core planning team and they have been meeting regularly to finalize the thematic and design elements of the building, many of which will mirror the successful elements from Karner Blue.
Pankalo Education Center will open in the fall of 2017. Watch more information as planning develops.
Last Updated 12-2-16
Northeast Metro 916 is one of three intermediate school districts in Minnesota, serving approximately 4,000 students through shared programming that includes career and technical education, special education services, area learning centers and elementary education.