Introducing Moreland’s New Principal: Rob Sahli

Following longtime Moreland principal Mark Quinn’s retirement, School District 197 named Rob Sahli as the new principal of Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School. Rob is currently the principal at Adams Spanish Immersion School in the St. Paul Public School district and will start his new role at Moreland on July 1.

Here’s what he’s looking forward to in his new role at Moreland. 

First, tell us about yourself!
I was born and raised in Minnesota and grew up in the St. Cloud area. My family now lives in St. Paul. I’m married to my wife, Beth, and have two children, ages 10 and 5. We love to be outside, and my boys especially love camping and fishing. I love to go fly-fishing, am a three-time marathon runner, and am an avid bicyclist. I rely on my bicycle for transportation, and don’t own a car! I love running, reading, fishing, and listening to Spanish music in my spare time.

I have been an educator for the past 13 years. I started in the Spanish Department at Highland Park High School, working with Spanish immersion students, and have been the principal at Adams for four years. 

What about Moreland are you excited about?
I had early insight into the Moreland community, as my wife had worked there for a bit, and our good friend is the 360 Family Support Worker there. We had heard time and time again why it’s great to be a Monarch and why it’s great to be a part of the Moreland school community. As I look to grow in my own areas of strength, Moreland seemed like the best environment to do that.

Why School District 197?
I was looking for a smaller district. I have spent my whole career in St. Paul Public School, which is a great but larger district. School District 197 feels like the right size and place to be. 

What are you most looking forward to? The idea of being a Monarch—I’ve never seen a school community embrace its mascot and school spirit the way Moreland does. I’m excited about Pancakes with the Principal because I love to cook and love connecting with kids. I also can’t wait for the fourth-grade play—I’ve heard so much about it!

What do you want Moreland families to know?
I pride myself on being a principal who is readily available and accessible to the community. I believe the role of a principal is to create community and be a bridge to the larger community.

From day one, July 1, I’m accessible. And can’t wait to meet you!