Title 1, Robbinsdale School District
My name is Chris Sarkinen, I am the new Title 1 teacher, replacing your beloved Barb Cummins. I’m very much looking forward to joining your staff! My roots are deeply planted within a very short radius of St Raphael’s as my wife and I grew up just a couple miles south of your campus.
My bachelor’s degree is from Saint Cloud State and I have a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. This is my twenty-fifth year of teaching. Through the years, I have had experience in many different positions … from classrooms of my own, basic skills & small group work, as well as school-wide behavioral support. In spite of the current pressures of high-stakes testing and rigorous standards, I still find teaching to be the most rewarding.
I am very blessed! My beautiful wife of twenty years Christine, is an obstetrician with Oakdale Ob/Gyn. We have two amazing boys, ages twelve and thirteen (the twelve year old is the substantially bigger of the two). We like to keep very busy, and do most things as a family. All four of us swim on teams. The boys swim for the high school and my wife and I swim on a “masters” team. We love to travel, fish and downhill ski. Our family is catching the triathlon bug.
Our home is somewhat hairy, with three cats and two dogs who were born to hunt pheasants. It won’t take you long to figure out that I love anything that has a motor and burns gasoline or diesel…..that said, we are having solar panels put on our roof this fall.