Welcome to Sunrise Park Middle School

Sunrise Park Middle School strives to empower active learners in an emotionally supportive and engaging educational environment.

Sunrise Park Middle School serves approximately 900 students in grades 6-8.  Students experience a comprehensive curriculum that includes a visual art, world language, band, choir and orchestra as well as family and consumer science, manufacturing and engineering courses.

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Our Mission

The mission of Sunrise Park Middle School, a diverse community of students, staff and families, is to empower active learners who shape their futures by developing strong academic skills and discovering their individual strengths in an emotionally supportive and engaging educational environment distinguished by:

  • Caring school community that fosters meaningful relationships and emotional well-being
  • Variety of challenging and student-influenced learning opportunities
  • Effective use of learning strategies that support student success
  • Safe, innovative and inspiring environments
  • Collaboration among students, staff, families and communities


Sunrise Park Middle School

I love the energy, enthusiasm and open-mindedness of middle school students.  I enjoy spending time in classrooms, meeting with students, and collaborating with parents and teachers.  During middle school, students become capable of learning more complex material.  They also become increasingly independent and self-reliant.  Middle school is an exciting and important time for students!  I've worked in the White Bear Lake School District since 1994.  I taught mathematics in the middle school and high school, then served as an associate principal at both campuses of the high school.  I believe schools are most effective when school leaders work together with parents and teachers to help students succeed.



Sunrise Park Middle School

Sunrise Park Middle School is an incredible place to teach and learn. As the Associate Principal at Sunrise Park Middle School my purpose is to ensure all students are safe, all students belong, and all students learn. I have been an instructional leader for White Bear Lake Area Schools since 2016. My teaching background is in Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education, and Health. I am a Google Certified Educator, Trainer, and Innovator. I am committed to continual improvement and I believe in aligning initiatives to a shared strategic vision. This is going to be an incredible school year. I look forward to seeing you in the hallways. Go Bears!


Sunrise Park Middle School, Willow Lane Elementary

My name is Mr. Van and I will be starting this fall at Sunrise Middle school as the new Dean of Students. I am extremely excited to be working in the White Bear School district. I have spent the past 10 years working as a 4th grade teacher and a middle school Dean within the Minneapolis public school district.  During the past 10 years I have learned the value and importance of relationships between my students, their families, and the community. I am eager to take my past experiences and apply them in my new role as a Dean. I have a great passion for the middle school years, as these times can be very challenging and exciting for personal and academic growth. It is truly an honor to have this opportunity to work and learn alongside all the students, teachers, and Sunrise Middle School community. Looking forward to a fantastic year!

Middle School is an incredible time of growth and transformation. Throughout my career I have endeavored to provide students with a high quality, equitable, educational experience which will allow all students to reach their full potential. I have served the Minnesota public education system since 1991 and I am thrilled to be entering into my second year in the White Bear Lake School District. As your Academic Achievement Specialist, it is my privilege and my duty to integrate families with the school community so we can work collaboratively to promote student achievement. Adolescence comes with many opportunities and challenges and it is my passion to provide the tools and mentorship to support students as they prepare for high school and beyond. I look forward to continuing this work in White Bear Lake at Sunrise Middle School.