Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools provides a high-quality education for students in grades E-12. Our district is known for its E-STEM curriculum, which stands for Environmental Education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.


Welcome to WestWood Elementary & SAGE Academy! It is my pleasure to serve as the WestWood principal and be part of Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools. I am thrilled to join this community of students, staff, and families, in which students come first. What a privilege it is to be part of this journey with a strong team of teachers and parents.

For the past five years, I was a principal in the Albert Lea Area School district. Previous to Albert Lea, I spent 18 years as a classroom teacher in the Northfield School district. I was a second, fourth, and fifth grade teacher, as well as a first grade reading teacher for three years and a dean of students for one year. My education includes a specialist degree from the University of St. Thomas, a master’s degree from Mankato State University, and an English & elementary education degree from UW-River Falls.

I believe in kids. Students are my number one priority and I look forward to working alongside parents to provide an education that meets every learner where they are and provide an education that allows every student to learn and grow at high levels.

Please feel free to stop by and say hello!

Karen Zwolenski

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