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Principal Doug Schleif to Retire

After 16 years in the school district, Principal Doug Schleif will be retiring. But retirement won’t include golfing or relaxing. Doug and his wife Pam, also a long-time district employee, will be moving to China to work at an international school.


“We’ve been talking about going overseas ever since we’ve been married and doing something like this,” said Doug. “As our kids got older we felt like we needed to stay put again, but this opportunity came up and we started the conversation again.”


Schleif started teaching in 1984 in Madison, Minnesota. He also worked in Eden Prairie and Prior Lake before coming to Shakopee. He has served as the principal at Pearson Elementary and most recently Jackson Elementary.


“I will miss the students, staff and families at Jackson,” said Doug.


Pam Schleif started her career as a probation officer before working in our district for the last 14 years. She started as a para and then became a social worker. She has served students throughout the district and is currently working with students at Eagle Creek Elementary.


“Shakopee has been a wonderful place for us and our family,” said Pam. “We have been given great opportunities as employees to share our gifts and talents and as a family, our children have been raised in a warm, friendly and, inspiring environment. We are so grateful.”


Doug will serve as an elementary principal at the international elementary school while Pam will be a high school counselor. The couple will be headed to China in August.