Bargaining Team

SPFE’s Bargaining Team is responsible for negotiating the contracts, or collective bargaining agreements, for all of our bargaining units. Appointed by the Executive Board, the Bargaining Team represents all of our members in negotiations.

Our primary goal during bargaining is to make sure that Saint Paul Public Schools is an excellent place to work and a great place for kids to learn. Our contract is the strongest tool we have to achieve high-quality, racially equitable public schools. That is why our members work closely with the community to craft our demands, and we rely on collective action to improve our schools for our students and our members.

During School Year 23-24, the SPFE Bargaining Team will negotiate with SPPS District Management on Thursday evenings. Our negotiations are open to the public. All members of our communities are welcome to attend and watch! The first three scheduled dates for bargaining are 9/21, 10/12, and 10/26, all scheduled from 4:30-8:00pm. The 9/21 session will be at the SPFE Union Office in the Big Room.

This is the SPFE bargaining team that will be negotiating the 2023-25 collective bargaining agreements.

Bargaining Team Members

Leah VanDassor

SPFE President


Tracie Lowe-Krause

Online School

Yusuf Mohamed

St. Anthony Park Elementary

Shanaz Padamsee

Online School

Nicki Nolen

Adams Spanish Immersion

Micha Langenberg

Central - Counselor

Ed Johnson


Ben Havelka

SPED Coach

Jenny Konkel

Focus Beyond

Lya Jordan

Four Seasons

Peter Kvamme

Como Senior High

Erin Dooley

Murray Middle

Pete Grebner

E-Stem Middle/OTL

Erica Schatzlein

Nokomis Montessori North