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Graduate Spotlight: Keelie Sorensen

Graduate Spotlight: Keelie Sorensen

Park Center Senior High School (PCSH) has a new activities coordinator in Keelie Sorensen, who is no stranger to the school and community.

Sorensen spent her K-12 years in Osseo Area Schools, attending Palmer Lake Elementary School, Brooklyn Middle STEAM School and then PCSH, where she graduated in 2010. Sorensen played an active role in her school community as a student, participating in and serving as captain of the soccer, basketball and track teams. She was also active on the yearbook committee and the National Honor Society. 

Both of Sorensen’s parents are also educators, with her mom serving as a physical education teacher and basketball coach at PCSH until 2022. 

“Park Center made me who I am today,” she said. “The most beautiful thing about this district is that I got introduced to so many different cultures and backgrounds at a really young age, and I felt more equipped to go out into the world and create positive change having gone here. I want to be able to give back to the school community that gave so much to me.”

After earning her undergraduate degree from Hamline University, where she also ran track, she returned to PCSH to serve as a College Possible coach, helping seniors from low-income backgrounds to navigate the road to college. She then began working at the school as an ESP and a girl’s soccer coach while pursuing a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Minnesota. 

Sorensen left Park Center Senior High in 2019 when she accepted the position of student activities director at DeLasalle High School in Minneapolis, where she spent 4.5 years until Oct. 2, when she found herself back home at Park Center. 

When the activities coordinator position became available, Sorensen said she started getting a flood of emails and calls from her connections at the school. 

“Things were great at DeLasalle and I enjoyed my time there quite a bit, but I always knew I wanted to get back into public schools,” she said. “I think the overwhelming amount of support, people reaching out and their confidence in me, plus how much I love this community really sealed the deal.” 

Sorensen began her new role on Oct. 2, just in time for the school’s homecoming week. Now that she’s settling into the job, she said she wants to focus her efforts on helping PCSH students get the same positive experience she had with extracurriculars during her high school years.

“I’m very passionate about student leadership and student growth,” Sorensen said. “I’m committed to making sure students have positive experiences, and that will look different for each student. I want them to gain lifelong skills in our programming here that can help them be successful in society and in the world.”

“I’m a Pirate through and through,” she added, “and I’m committed to this community.”