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CHPS Welcomes New Director of Special Education

Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) welcomes Sarah Godfrey as the new Director of Special Education. Godfrey is moving from Minneapolis Public Schools where she worked over the past seven years as a special education teacher, literacy content lead and most recently Director of Special Education. She attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where she earned a bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a focus on Communication Arts & Literature. She then earned her master’s in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin Superior.

Godfrey holds general education licenses in grades K-6 and 5-8 ELA and holds special education teaching licenses in EBD, ASD, LD and DCD. Godfrey also attended the University of Minnesota where she completed administrative programming for licenses as a Director of Special Education, K-12 principal and most recently Superintendent. She has worked as a special education assistant, special education teacher in grades K-12 in multiple settings, content lead and director over the last 15 years. 

“I am pleased to welcome Director Godfrey to Columbia Heights Public Schools. She is joining an incredible team and will bring a wealth of expertise and leadership skills to our district.” – Superintendent Zena Stenvik

"I am so excited to be joining the Columbia Heights Public Schools team and look forward to meeting the students, staff and community members. I can't wait to get to work as we prepare to welcome students back in September." – Sarah Peterson-Godfrey

She hopes to focus on equity and collaborate with staff, families and the community to increase positive student outcomes across the district.