Carissa Keister

Community Engagement Manager
Carissa Keister
Carissa Keister, APR

Carissa joined Stillwater Area Public Schools in 2008. After working as a school communicator in several other school districts she was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to her roots in Stillwater. Carissa grew up in Lakeland, MN and attended Stillwater Area Public Schools (Afton-Lakeland Elementary School, Oak-Land Junior High and Stillwater Area High School).

Carissa holds a master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University and a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has also earned her accreditation in Public Relations (APR). She and her husband, Bryan, are life-long Pony fans and are deeply connected to the Stillwater area.

The role of the Communications Office is to build trust with our communities, confidence in our district and our schools, and support for providing a high quality education for all our students. This is accomplished by engaging our residents in an open dialogue about both the successes and the challenges facing our students and staff.