Welcome to Vadnais Heights Elementary! I'm Sara Svir and
I am the principal at this proud, neighborhood school.
Vadnais Heights Elementary is one of the communities in the White Bear Lake School District and our school is the only public school in the city of Vadnais Heights. Our school is known for having a high level of community support, strong partnerships with local businesses, talented and dedicated staff, and students who excel in activities and academics.
I am originally from Granite Falls, MN and I am quite familiar with schools and community collaborating to make education better for kids. My education and school experience were great and that's why I still get excited and have the "first day jitters" even after so many years.
I received my undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State in 1990 and my Masters and Administrative License through St. Mary's University in 1996. My teaching degree is in special education and I was fortunate to teach and work as an administrator at all levels. I have a strong work ethic that was taught to me by my parents and I'm highly motivated to make decisions based on what's best for students.
My husband and I are the proud parents of three White Bear Lake Bears - one daughter and two sons. In my spare time you will often find our family in the community or attending an activity at one of the schools. Having grown up in a small town, the school was the center of activities and now living in the metro area – school is still at the center and truly the "place to be."