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Aquila Principal Shelley Nielsen to Retire in June

Aquila Elementary School Principal Shelley Nielsen has announced that she will retire at the end of June. The following is a message she sent to Aquila families:

After months of reflection, I have decided to retire at the end of this school year. This decision has not been easy, but I know it is right for me personally.
 
For 31 of my 37 years in education, I have worked in St. Louis Park as a teacher, coach, and principal. As many of you know, I attended Aquila in third grade. In fact, St. Louis Park has been a part of my life for 52 years! I have loved being a principal and part of the SLP community for so much of my life.
 
My official date of retirement is June 30, 2021, but I wanted to share this decision with you now because the district will soon begin its search for the next Aquila Principal. I will work to support that person in any way I can.
 
I am grateful for the support and partnership we have had over the last several years, but most importantly during this pandemic. This is an amazing community of caring, loving people who truly put the needs of our children first. 
 
With gratitude,
 
Shelley Nielsen