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Hello - my name is Val Ausland, and I am the Community Resource/Family Liaison here at Dowling. I started at Dowling 14 years ago as a parent volunteer when my oldest son started kindergarten. I have had all three of my boys attend Dowling for their elementary years. My oldest son is an auto mechanic here in Minneapolis, my middle son graduated from South High School last year and is in culinary school and my youngest is a junior at South High School. I was lucky to turn my years of volunteering here at Dowling, along with volunteering at Sanford and South, into a job in the Community Education program in 2009. I worked with the Community Education programs and was the ALC after school program coordinator for 2 years. In 2012 I took a position in the DCD department as an SEA and worked with 2nd through 4th grade students before taking on the position of Community Resource Liaison in 2014. This role helps me connect with families, students and community groups to help better our Dowling Community. I will be helping connect volunteers with opportunities here at Dowling, working with the PTO to help facilitate events and parent connections, lead Kindergarten tours for potential new students, updating the school Website and Facebook page, all while running the front desk.  I hope to connect with as many families as possible to bring our students, staff and parents together to create a strong school community. 

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please feel free to email me at valerie.ausland@mpls.k12.mn.us or call me at 612-668-4432