Superintendent Office

Welcome to the Superintendent’s Office

Lakeville Area Public Schools is a partnership of students, families, staff and community committed to excellence and life long learning. The district’s vision of “world-class, personalized learning ensuring the success of every student,” drives our goals and supporting strategies throughout our organization. Our “dashboard” of key indicators serves to share the progress of the most important metrics we have identified in each of the four key areas of the plan: academic achievement, community connectedness, high quality workforce and financial responsibility.

To achieve a high level of results in our district, each school and department creates an aligned continuous improvement plan that includes academic and stakeholder goals. All of these goals and supporting strategies helps us achieve high quality results as well as focusing on our opportunities for improvement.

A laser-like focus on creating a culture of innovation aligned to creating learning opportunities and environments to prepare our students to be “future ready” has already resulted in innovative programming, engaging learning environments and more flexibility, all to personalize learnings for our students.

We have great reason to celebrate our current successes, and we continue to strive to create an even more world-class school district for our students and stakeholders.

Back to School 2015

Each new school year Superintendent Snyder hosts a welcome back event for District staff.  Please click the link below to view this year’s presentation.

Professional Journey

Dear Lakeville Area Public Schools Community,

As we begin our partnership to develop the future of the Lakeville Area Public Schools, I believe it is important for you to know who Dr. Lisa Snyder is and what I believe.

I believe my passion for the educational profession coupled with my drive for excellence and unwavering dedication to continuous improvement made me an excellent choice to serve this community as the Lakeville Area Public Schools’ Superintendent.

One of my major strengths is my ability to build leadership capacity in others. My relationship-centered, interactive leadership style and my philosophy of shared leadership and stakeholder empowerment have served me well in building highly productive, results-oriented teams. As the superintendent of the Merrill Area Public Schools, I created high performing leadership teams that not only helped set the direction for the school district, but also created a culture where staff members share deeply in the mission, vision, values and goals we have collaboratively committed to in order to meet standards of excellence.

My experiences and education have provided me a variety of meaningful opportunities, which have developed my communication skills. Examples include local, state and national educational speaking engagements and consulting with other districts on topics such as school improvement through the Malcolm Baldrige Framework, staff development, research-based best practices, PLC’s, assessment, teacher leadership and using Quality tools. In addition, as a former English educator and doctoral level student, I have excellent research and writing skills.

I have enjoyed other positions and opportunities that provided me with practical and exceptional learning experiences at the district level. As a district level curriculum director and earlier as a district-wide technology director, I have analyzed and planned for responsible, prioritized spending, maintenance and sustainability of equipment and programming through long-term strategic plans. As a principal, I was an active participant in addressing the district-wide challenges as well as often volunteering to take the lead on creating collaborative action plans that would improve systems and overall educational results. As a doctoral student and district administrator intern, I analyzed the fiscal condition of the 3,500-student membership district as well as leading the district’s Strategic Planning Process. Finally, I have embraced district-wide challenges and opportunities by facilitating improvement related to instruction and curriculum, fiscal planning, staff negotiations and evaluation, policy development, long-term facility planning, serving at-risk students more effectively and improving assessment and grading practices.

I am driven to district administration by my deeply rooted desire to ensure that all students have access to the highest quality education. As an educational leader for the Lakeville Area Public Schools, I would be the faithful steward of the district’s reputation and serve to enhance it even further. My knowledge and extensive application of the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria ensures organizational success and fiscal responsibility through systems thinking.

I am the type of leader who is adept at considering issues from multiple perspectives. I understand that issues have to be fully explored and defined in order to effectively propose viable solutions. The implications politically, financially and culturally always have to be considered in addition to the impact on the employees and stakeholders in the organization. Most importantly, “What is best for our students?” has to be the main focus and the key question in all decisions.   Often critical issues bring the need for change. I have a strong understanding and reputation of being a change agent, and I deeply consider the impact of each change on all stakeholders including, students, parents, community and staff.

The door to my office is always open – I look forward to hearing your ideas as well as your concerns. Together I know we can continue to provide the best possible education for all students of the Lakeville Area Public Schools.

Lisa L. Snyder, Ed.D.


Dr. Lisa L. Snyder
Lakeville Area Public Schools
8670 210th Street West
Lakeville, Minnesota  55044

Administrative Assistant:
Mary Moening

Deming in Education – Listen Now!

This Podcast features Dr. Lisa Snyder, Superintendent of Lakeville Public Schools. Lisa shares how the work of Dr. Deming is influencing her as a superintendent and the rewards and challenges of adopting his philosophies.

Lisa’s Deming journey began 23 years ago when, in a new job, she was sent to listen to Dr. Deming via satellite. The experience had a huge impact on Lisa as she connected Deming’s philosophy to her own belief systems. She thought – this is the framework that public schools are desperately lacking. It was then that she became a Deming follower.

What resonated for Lisa, was the idea of systems thinking rather than evaluating and blaming people. When she started to think about abandoning the “blame game’ and looking instead at flaws in the system, it was very powerful.

Listen as Lisa talks about shifting the “mindset” in public schools from working in silos to working in collaboration through systems thinking. And how, as a district seeking to create meaningful change in the public school system, they adopted a policy to lead their organization through a continuous improvement philosophy.

Lisa explains that it was both exciting and challenging to find where schools should have a high level autonomy and where there should be more systems alignment for efficiency and effectiveness. But the process brought more people to the leadership table and broader sense of empowerment to those who would help change the philosophy of the district.

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