Meet the Superintendent

  • Zena Stenvik Dear CHPS Community,

    Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We come together this fall having been tested, pushed to the limits and with strengthened self-awareness. Last year, we were all asked to “do school” in ways we never thought possible. Undoubtedly, with the global pandemic and social unrest, we all experienced some degree of loss and tragedy, coupled with a steadfast resilience and care for one another. Our scholars demonstrated strength and persistence all the way to the state championships in art, poetry and history competitions despite the challenges faced. We learned school is more than just school; it is a system of connected supports including academic, social-emotional, health, nutrition and countless other areas. Let us build on the many lessons learned and carry forward the sense of patience, flexibility and collaboration into the new school year. In Columbia Heights Public Schools, we are proud to offer worlds of opportunity for each and every learner at all five of our schools, the Family Center and through Community Education. With the completion of extensive renovations of North Park School for Innovation, we have become a leader in environmental sustainability aided by a biodigester, solar panels, composting and more. This year, we are pleased to introduce a PreK-grade 12 STEM pathway, starting at North Park, where our learners unlock their potential through a strong academic foundation, use science and the design-thinking process to develop new solutions, discover their passion through creativity, and see challenges as an opportunity for growth. This growth continues at Columbia Academy in grades 6-8 with design and modeling, and automation-robotics courses. At Columbia Heights High School – where students can take free college courses concurrently – the STEM pathway helps students prepare for opportunities beyond graduation in science, technology, engineering and math careers. All CHPS schools are vibrant learning communities of academic excellence, supportive staff who challenge and affirm our students, and a culture of collaborative partnerships. We take pride in our students, schools, District and community. We look forward to coming together in a safe manner and continuing our commitment to providing engaging, personalized learning to create college and career-ready graduates.

    Hylanders Have Heart!


    Zena Stenvik


    Dawn Hoium
    Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

Above & Beyond Award Recipients



    2021 | Jake Henderson


    2020 | Emergency Child Care and Food Service Staff


    2019 | Dale Marko


    2018 | Shari Alexon

    Kristen Stuenkel

    2017 | Kristen Stuenkel

    Keith Roberts

    2016 | Keith Roberts

    Jill Jungers

    2015 | Jill Jungers

    Matt Townsend

    2014 | Matt Townsend


    2013 | CH Police Department

    Janelle Niznik

    2012 | Janelle Niznik

    Diane Scully

    2011 | Diane Scully

    Betty Thomas

    2010 | Betty Thomas

    Bill Streff

    2009 | Bill Streff

    Jeannie Pullen

    2008 | Jeannie Pullen

    Tim Ahrndt

    2007 | Tim Ahrndt