The average faculty tenure is 13 years and 60% of faculty hold a Master's degree. 76% of employees have enrolled their children at MPA. MPA's average class size is 15 and the student-teacher ratio is 7:1.

 

Alyssa Andretta

Lower and Middle School Learning Specialist

Alyssa Andretta

Lower and Middle School Learning Specialist

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite thing about MPA how supportive, inclusive, and thoughtful the community is here.

Contact Information

Email
aandretta@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Southwest Minnesota State University – Elementary Education
Walden University – Elementary Education with an emphasis in K-6 Reading

Anne DeVout Atchison

Middle School English Teacher

Anne DeVout Atchison

Middle School English Teacher

Years at MPA: 40

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"My favorite thing about MPA is that it is a place to belong. To spend my days in community with students, colleagues, and families who dream big and do right is a gift.

Contact Information

Email
adatchison@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
430

Education

University of Minnesota – Elementary Education

Cory Becker-Kim

International Student Program Coordinator and Advanced Language & Culture Teacher

Cory Becker-Kim

International Student Program Coordinator and Advanced Language & Culture Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"My favorite thing about MPA is being able to the work with our international students and watching them contribute to our school while also becoming a part of the welcoming and vibrant MPA community ."

Contact Information

Email
cbeckerkim@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
418

Education

St. John's University (MN) – Social Studies Education

Steph Bloxham

Accounts Payable/Student Tuition Coordinator

Steph Bloxham

Accounts Payable/Student Tuition Coordinator

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I appreciate the warm welcome from students daily at the Upper School door and supporting the wonderful families of MPA with their tuition needs!

Contact Information

Email
sbloxham@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Winona State University – Bachelors of Science in Recreation and Tourism

Jessica Blue

Middle and Upper School French Teacher

Jessica Blue

Middle and Upper School French Teacher

Years at MPA: 11

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I love feeling that MPA is a home for me, my kids, and all of our wonderful students"

Contact Information

Email
jblue@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
427

Education

Tulane University – French Literature
University of Minnesota – MEd in Second Languages and Cultures

Keith Braafladt

Technology and Innovation Teacher

Keith Braafladt

Technology and Innovation Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Contact Information

Email
kbraafladt@moundsparkacademy.org

Cindy Bruns

Panther Club Assistant

Cindy Bruns

Panther Club Assistant

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Seeing all of the wonderful smiles from students every morning.

Contact Information

Email
cbruns@moundsparkacademy.org

Lisa Buck

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

Lisa Buck

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

Years at MPA: 38

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I love the students, foremost, but also am so proud of our visual art department and the values that MPA, as an institutions stands for and by."

Contact Information

Email
lbuck@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
402

Education

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse – Art Education and Studio Art

Alli Capasso

Assistant Director of Admission, Middle and Upper School

Alli Capasso

Assistant Director of Admission, Middle and Upper School

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The supportive and thoughtful community

Contact Information

Email
acapasso@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
519

Education

University of Minnesota – English Literature
Hamline University – Master's of Arts in Teaching

Genevievre Colianni

Third Grade teacher

Genevievre Colianni

Third Grade teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite part of teaching at MPA is the interdisciplinary curriculum.

Contact Information

Email
gcolianni@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Connecticut College – BA in Architecture & Sociology
Manhattanville College – MAT Elementary Education

Tom Connors

Custodial Supervisor

Tom Connors

Custodial Supervisor

Years at MPA: 5

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love my colleagues!

Contact Information

Email
tconnors@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
652

Education

Rhode Island College – Industrial Technology

Ashley Cooper

Middle and Upper School Counselor

Ashley Cooper

Middle and Upper School Counselor

Years at MPA: 5

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I love how much the MPA community cares about learning, about each other, and about the broader global community. "

Contact Information

Email
acooper@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
605

Education

University of Minnesota – Psychology
Bethel University – Master's in Counseling Psychology

Shian Cousins

Human resource generalist and payroll

Shian Cousins

Human resource generalist and payroll

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Contact Information

Email
scousins@moundsparkacademy.org

Marina Dale

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Marina Dale

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Years at MPA: 22

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love that the students are curious about their world and that their families are incredibly supportive. Also, I love my middle school colleagues.

Contact Information

Email
mdale@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
512

Education

St. Cloud State University – Social Studies Education
University of St. Thomas – Technology Curriculum and Instruction

Chad DeBruzzi

Upper School Math Teacher

Chad DeBruzzi

Upper School Math Teacher

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Where do I start?! I love how warm and accepting the community is!

Contact Information

Email
cdebruzzi@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

U of M, Duluth – Secondary Math Education

Jay Dean

Interim assistant Upper School Director

Jay Dean

Interim assistant Upper School Director

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The energy!

Contact Information

Email
jdean@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Syracuse University – Producing for Electronic Media (Communications)
Loyola Marymount University – M.A. School Counseling

Liz DesLauriers

Lower and Middle School French Teacher

Liz DesLauriers

Lower and Middle School French Teacher

Years at MPA: 11

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The community! My colleagues, parents, and most of all the students!

Contact Information

Email
ldeslauriers@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
416

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison – French Education

Lauren Drake

Upper School English Teacher

Lauren Drake

Upper School English Teacher

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love being a part of such a warm and close knit community.

Contact Information

Email
ldrake@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
407

Education

Carleton College – English
Mills College – Master's in Literature

Mary Dunkel

School Nurse

Mary Dunkel

School Nurse

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite thing about MPA is the amazing staff and students.

Contact Information

Email
nurse@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Metropolitan State University – RN, BSN, PHN

Jake Eibon

IT Systems Administrator

Jake Eibon

IT Systems Administrator

Years at MPA: 21

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love seeing all the learning that happens every day.

Contact Information

Email
jeibon@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
550

Education

Pearson University – Technology

Mari Espeland

Lower School Music Teacher

Mari Espeland

Lower School Music Teacher

Years at MPA: 33

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"Fine Arts at MPA are core parts of the curriculum. My students and I have the time and resources to dive deep into learning music, so the students develop skills and share their creative and express ideas in our process."

Contact Information

Email
mespeland@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
413

Education

St. Olaf College – Vocal Music Education
University of St. Thomas – Master's of Arts in Music Education with Orff-Schulwerk concentration

Meem Fahlstrom

Middle School Spanish Teacher

Meem Fahlstrom

Middle School Spanish Teacher

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My colleagues have shown up for me in big ways, and I really appreciate them!

Contact Information

Email
mfahlstrom@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

College of St. Benedict – Biology and Spanish
Concordia College, Moorhead – Masters of Education in World Language Instruction

Samah Fahmy

Long Term Substitute Art Teacher

Samah Fahmy

Long Term Substitute Art Teacher

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

MPA's vision aligns with mine, in that all students are capable of making great and meaningful art. I am excited to join the MPA community this year.

Contact Information

Email
sfahmy@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Helwan University –

Tami Fisher

Second Grade Teacher

Tami Fisher

Second Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Everyone is so welcoming!!

Contact Information

Email
tfisher@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
112

Education

Macalester College – International Relations and Speech Communications
University of Minnesota – Elementary Education

Elizabeth Flinsch

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

Elizabeth Flinsch

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

Years at MPA: 4

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My students!

Contact Information

Email
eflinsch@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
437

Education

University of Wisconsin – Studio Art
Maryland Institute College of Art – MFA in Studio Art

Angela Gerstner

Development Coordinator

Angela Gerstner

Development Coordinator

Years at MPA: 8

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The warm and loving community! Everyone working together for the kids.

Contact Information

Email
agerstner@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
539

Education

Rasmussen College – Paralegal Studies

Andy Gilbert

Grounds Supervisor

Andy Gilbert

Grounds Supervisor

Years at MPA: 11

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The variety of things I get to do every day.

Contact Information

Email
agilbert@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
452

Education

Bethel University – Communications

Marisue Gleason

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Marisue Gleason

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Years at MPA: 24

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I have no ONE favorite thing. There are so many. For example, the students openness to anything/everything, the faculty, staff, and administration's dedication and passion, the relationship with families, and finally, the lifelong connection with graduates and their families."

Contact Information

Email
mgleason@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
492

Education

University of Minnesota-Morris – Spanish and Latin American Studies
Southern Oregon University and Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico – Master's in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language

Ashley Goetzke

Assistant Director of Development

Ashley Goetzke

Assistant Director of Development

Years at MPA: 6

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"My favorite thing about MPA is the pure joy that encompasses the entire school from our students to our employees, it's truly a special place. "

Contact Information

Email
agoetzke@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
536

Education

College of St. Benedict – Psychology
Bemidji State University – Special Education

Julie Gonsior

Substitute Lower School Assistant

Julie Gonsior

Substitute Lower School Assistant

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Contact Information

Email
jgonsior@moundsparkacademy.org

Ann Frances Gregg

Middle and Upper School Theatre Teacher

Ann Frances Gregg

Middle and Upper School Theatre Teacher

Years at MPA: 7

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"The people, from teeny-tiny to tall, and everyone in between."

Contact Information

Email
afgregg@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
243

Education

Macalester College – Performance Theatre and Creative Writing
St. Thomas University – Master of Arts in Teaching

Dan Haase

Athletics Director

Dan Haase

Athletics Director

Years at MPA: 22

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Working with students who value their education.

Contact Information

Email
dhaase@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
630

Education

Concordia University-St. Paul – Secondary Physical Education and Coaching

John Habermann

Middle and Upper School Choir Teacher

John Habermann

Middle and Upper School Choir Teacher

Years at MPA: 21

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The relationships, the love of learning, and the ability to embrace change.

Contact Information

Email
jhabermann@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
240

Education

University of Minnesota – Music Education
University of St. Thomas – Choral Conducting Concentration

Hannah Halvorson

Year Round PreK Teacher

Hannah Halvorson

Year Round PreK Teacher

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite thing about MPA is of course the students and their families. Such a wonderful community of learning!

Contact Information

Email
hhalvorson@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dramatic Performance
The American College of Education – Early Childhood Education and Development

Page Hauble

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Page Hauble

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Along with being a welcoming community, MPA offers an innovative and exceptional education experience that is enjoyable to teach!

Contact Information

Email
phauble@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Drake University – Mathematics and Secondary Education

Lauren Hernandez

Communications and Marketing Manager

Lauren Hernandez

Communications and Marketing Manager

Years at MPA: 5

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Having so much fun every single day!

Contact Information

Email
lhernandez@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
538

Education

DePaul University – Journalism

Cherie Honan

Exectuive Assistant to the Head of School

Cherie Honan

Exectuive Assistant to the Head of School

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love the sense of community at MPA. It feels like home.

Contact Information

Email
chonan@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
522

Education

Rasmussen College – Office Administration

Chris Hopkins

Physical Education Teacher

Chris Hopkins

Physical Education Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The school and community are welcoming to all.

Contact Information

Email
chopkins@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

College at Brockport – Physical Education
SUNY Potsdam – General Professional Education

Dr. Bill Hudson

Head of School

Dr. Bill Hudson

Head of School

Years at MPA: 9

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"There is so much I value about MPA. If I had to choose one thing about MPA, I would say that is the incredible, heartfelt, sense of community. MPA is truly a kind and caring place that welcomes and appreciates each person--students, parents, faculty and staff."

Contact Information

Email
bhudson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
522

Education

Central Michigan University – Political Science and Speech Communication
Oblate School of Theology – Master's of Divinity (MDiv), and Educational Specialist (EdS)
University of St. Thomas – PhD in Educational Leadership (EdD)

Bakari Jackson

Communications Coordinator

Bakari Jackson

Communications Coordinator

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite thing about MPA is the consistent atmosphere of positivity!

Contact Information

Email
bjackson@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Hamline University – Global Communication & Media Studies

Emily Jaques

Middle and Upper School Technical Theatre Director

Emily Jaques

Middle and Upper School Technical Theatre Director

Years at MPA: 6

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The robust arts program!

Contact Information

Email
ejaques@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
241

Education

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Theatre Studies

Jennifer Jasinski

Admission Coordinator

Jennifer Jasinski

Admission Coordinator

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I truly appreciate the welcoming environment at MPA. There is a spirit of joy that is evident in the students, staff, and families.

Contact Information

Email
jjasinski@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
515

Education

Augsburg University – Business Administration and Marketing

Sarah Jeatran

PreK Teacher

Sarah Jeatran

PreK Teacher

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Everyone is so welcoming and cares for each other. The students are amazing!

Contact Information

Email
sjeatran@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

University of Wisconsin-River Falls – Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development
UW- River Falls –

Evelyn Johnson

Middle and Upper School Spanish and French Teacher

Evelyn Johnson

Middle and Upper School Spanish and French Teacher

Years at MPA: 19

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"The sense of community, the wonderful parents and my amazing students."

Contact Information

Email
ejohnson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
432

Education

University of Vermont – French

Mariajose Johnson

LS/MS Spanish Teacher

Mariajose Johnson

LS/MS Spanish Teacher

Years at MPA: 5

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The relationship with my students

Contact Information

Email
mjohnson@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Universidad Santo Tomas, Chile/ Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile – ESL K-12 / Teaching Spanish as a Second Language

Dr. Ann Jurewicz

Interim Lower School Director

Dr. Ann Jurewicz

Interim Lower School Director

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The caring community!

Contact Information

Email
ajurewicz@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Boston College – English Literature
University of Minnesota – MA in Political Science
Bethel University – Ed.D in Educational Leadership

Tara Keegan

Lower School Counselor

Tara Keegan

Lower School Counselor

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I love that with our small class sizes, each child receives unique, individualized attention and support in order to grow and succeed academically, socially, and emotionally."

Contact Information

Email
tkeegan@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
570

Education

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Psychology
St. Mary's University /University of Minnesota – "Counseling, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health"

Yamini Kimmerle

Fourth Grade Teacher

Yamini Kimmerle

Fourth Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 16

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"The students, my colleagues, and the welcoming environment."

Contact Information

Email
ykimmerle@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
106

Education

Colgate University – Economics

Scott Klasen

Upper School Science Teacher

Scott Klasen

Upper School Science Teacher

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The community at MPA is amazing

Contact Information

Email
sklasen@moundsparkacademy.org

Ryan Klein

3rd Grade Substitute Teacher

Ryan Klein

3rd Grade Substitute Teacher

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love how the community is so close-knit and caring for one another

Contact Information

Email
rklein@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

George Washington University – Human Services and Social Justice

Robyn Kramer

Lower and Middle School Learning Specialist

Robyn Kramer

Lower and Middle School Learning Specialist

Years at MPA: 19

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I love the relationships I have and the time that I spend with students, families, teachers, and administrators. MPA is a wonderful and supportive place to learn and grow. I feel blessed to be part of the MPA family as a parent and as the Lower and Middle School Learning Specialist."

Contact Information

Email
rkramer@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
603

Education

St. Catherine University – Elementary Education, K-6
University of St. Thomas – Master's in Special Education: Learning Disabilities (K-12)

Kari Kunze-Hoeg

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Kari Kunze-Hoeg

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Years at MPA: 22

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"MPA requires excellent thought and effort without requiring one right way to think or to be. Students develop deep content knowledge so that they can think critically and with an open mind. The creativity fostered in the curricular requirements helps students to problem solve with different lenses. When put all together, this makes for joyful learning. And it is insanely fun to teach students who find joy in learning. "

Contact Information

Email
kkunze@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
524

Education

Luther College – Spanish

Debbie LaChapelle

PreK Teacher

Debbie LaChapelle

PreK Teacher

Years at MPA: 10

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The entire community.

Contact Information

Email
dlachapelle@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
415

Education

University of Minnesota – Early Childhood Development
St. Catherine University – Elementary Education

Nancy Lage

Librarian

Nancy Lage

Librarian

Years at MPA: 36

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"My favorite thing about MPA is the new Martin Lenz Harrison Library, which helps us foster a love of learning in our students."

Contact Information

Email
nlage@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
561

Education

St. Catherine University – Library Science and Education

Jolynn Lassonde

Middle School Assistant

Jolynn Lassonde

Middle School Assistant

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Joyful students and amazingly supportive and caring colleagues.

Contact Information

Email
jlassonde@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
565

Education

Metropolitan State University – Communications

Hannah Lawson

Middle and Upper School Orchestra Director

Hannah Lawson

Middle and Upper School Orchestra Director

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love the support for the Fine Arts. Families and school administrators whole heartedly believe that the arts are an important part of a whole-child education.

Contact Information

Email
hlawson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
443

Education

Bowling Green State University, Boston University – Music Education
Boston University – Music Education

Jackie Lynch

Substitute Teacher

Jackie Lynch

Substitute Teacher

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Contact Information

Email
jlynch@moundsparkacademy.org

Dinah MacPhail

5th/8th Social Studies teacher

Dinah MacPhail

5th/8th Social Studies teacher

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite thing so far about MPA is how welcoming everyone has been, and how much effort people have made to help me settle in and get comfy.

Contact Information

Email
dmacphail@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Beloit College – International Relations and French
UMass-Amherst – Secondary Education–History

Heather Mastel

Lower and Middle School Theatre Teacher and Director

Heather Mastel

Lower and Middle School Theatre Teacher and Director

Years at MPA: 7

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The arts are considered core subjects and I love creating relationships with students as their drama teacher for their entire time in Lower School.

Contact Information

Email
hmastel@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
221

Education

Hamline University – Theatre Arts
Hamline University – Master's of Arts in Teaching

Summer McCall

Upper School Social Studies Teacher

Summer McCall

Upper School Social Studies Teacher

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My relationships with my students and fellow faculty.

Contact Information

Email
smccall@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
435

Education

University of Minnesota – History
University of Arizona – Master's in History

Sarah McFarland

Middle School English Teacher

Sarah McFarland

Middle School English Teacher

Years at MPA: 7

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"Philosophically/pedagogically, MPA feels like home. My values match MPA's values. It's also a place where my children have attended, and it's been a wonderful place for them. "

Contact Information

Email
smcfarland@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
464

Education

Augsburg University, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities – English, Mathematics, Secondary Education
University of Minnesota – MEd in English

Pat McLees

Custodian

Pat McLees

Custodian

Years at MPA: 33

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I like the people I work with and I love the variety of things I do.

Contact Information

Email
pmclees@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
436

Patti Meras

Middle School Dean

Patti Meras

Middle School Dean

Years at MPA: 15

My Favorite Thing About MPA

MPA is my village; it is an incredibly engaging, challenging, and nurturing community that truly believes in and wants what is best for kids. I love my colleagues, students, and families.

Contact Information

Email
pmeras@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Cal State, Fullerton – English
Bethel University – MA – Special Education

Dr. Jenn Milam

Middle School Director

Dr. Jenn Milam

Middle School Director

Years at MPA: 4

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"My favorite thing about MPA is the amazing Middle School kids I get to be with every day! They are joyful, creative, funny, bright, optimistic, and absolutely the most fun!"

Contact Information

Email
jmilam@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
598

Education

Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University – Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Studies
Texas Tech University – MEd Curriculum and Instruction and Science Education; Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Culture and Curriculum Studies
Texas A&M University – PhD Curriculum and Instruction and Cultural Studies

John Milam

Middle School Science Teacher

John Milam

Middle School Science Teacher

Years at MPA: 4

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Students and the community!

Contact Information

Email
johnmilam@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
410

Education

University of North Carolina at Wilmington – Middle Grades Education with an emphasis on Science and Mathematics
Texas A&M University – STEM Education Curriculum and Instruction

Sara Mohn

Upper School English Teacher

Sara Mohn

Upper School English Teacher

Years at MPA: 7

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love everything about MPA! I especially love how our size gives me flexibility in the classroom. We are a school that strives every day to live with intention and the students and teachers both have a sense of purpose. And I love my colleagues. I love it all!

Contact Information

Email
smohn@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
465

Education

Gustavus Adolphus College – English
University of Minnesota – MEd

Myles Moore

Lower School assistant teacher

Myles Moore

Lower School assistant teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Relationships and Connections I have made with students and teachers is what fills my bucket.

Contact Information

Email
mmoore@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Rainy River Community College, Saint Cloud State University – Secondary Education

Michael Moran

Academic Technology Integrationist

Michael Moran

Academic Technology Integrationist

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I absolutely love the family-feel culture of MPA and the inclusivity.

Contact Information

Email
mmoran@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
559

Education

St. Cloud State University – Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts and Literature
Concordia University St. Paul РMaster’s in Education Technology

Katie Murr

Upper School Social Studies Teacher

Katie Murr

Upper School Social Studies Teacher

Years at MPA: 17

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"Driven, engaged, caring students!"

Contact Information

Email
kmurr@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
417

Education

Wellesley College – Political Science

Courtney Nagle

Middle School Science Teacher

Courtney Nagle

Middle School Science Teacher

Years at MPA: 26

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love the opportunity to provide new, fun, creative experiences for my students.

Contact Information

Email
cnagle@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
457

Education

Miami University – Elementary Education
University of Iowa – Science Education

Dr. Jules Nolan

School Psychologist

Dr. Jules Nolan

School Psychologist

Years at MPA:

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The dedication and commitment of teachers and staff

Contact Information

Email
dnolan@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Psychology
Minnesota State University Mankato – School Psychology

Jay Noland

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

Jay Noland

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

Years at MPA: 7

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The freedom to be myself in my classroom and put a really personal touch on how I teach.

Contact Information

Email
jnoland@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
408

Education

Minnesota State University Moorhead – Mathematics Education
South Dakota State University – Mathematics

Kari O'Keefe

First Grade Teacher

Kari O'Keefe

First Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 12

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The students fill my buckets every day and I fill theirs!

Contact Information

Email
kokeefe@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
426

Education

College of St. Benedict – Elementary Education

Jane O’Halloren

Part-time Upper School English Teacher

Jane O’Halloren

Part-time Upper School English Teacher

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The people here have been pretty incredible to work and interact with.

Contact Information

Email
johalloren@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

St. Olaf College – English and French
DePaul University (M.A.) – Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse

Lisa Pederson

Director of College Counseling

Lisa Pederson

Director of College Counseling

Years at MPA: 15

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I love my job! MPA provides a significant amount of time for me to meet with students, both individually and as a class. It's tremendously rewarding to help each one pursue their dreams after graduation, and later to hear from alumni about how they're contributing to the world."

Contact Information

Email
lpederson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
520

Education

Gustavus Adolphus College – English

Kristine Petersen

Kindergarten Teacher

Kristine Petersen

Kindergarten Teacher

Years at MPA: 34

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Our students!

Contact Information

Email
kpetersen@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
447

Education

University of Wisconsin-River Falls – Elementary Education

Chris Peterson

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Chris Peterson

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Years at MPA: 7

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The community and environment that has been created within MPA.

Contact Information

Email
cpeterson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
409

Education

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Elementary Education

Kristy Petrich

Library Assistant

Kristy Petrich

Library Assistant

Years at MPA: 8

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love being able to watch the students grow from year to year.

Contact Information

Email
kpetrich@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
561

Education

Bethel University – Communications and Music/Vocal Performance

Adam Pettipiece

Controller

Adam Pettipiece

Controller

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"The sense of community for both faculty and staff, and the students."

Contact Information

Email
apettipiece@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
507

Education

University of Minnesota – Political Science

Pokey Phillips

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Pokey Phillips

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Everyone is so welcoming. This is a place where students can be creative, themselves, and learn in a safe environment. There is such a wonderful vibe of energy that you feel the minute you walk in the door whether you are visiting for the first time or are already a member of the community.

Contact Information

Email
pphillips@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Middlebury College – Mathematics and Computer Science
Saint Mary's University – M.Ed

Jessica Powell

MS/US Physical Education and Health Teacher

Jessica Powell

MS/US Physical Education and Health Teacher

Years at MPA: 6

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love how inclusive the MPA community is

Contact Information

Email
jpowell@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
644

Education

University of Minnesota Duluth – Physical Education and Health Education
Saint Mary's University – Master's of Teaching and Learning

Chris Pula

Food Service Director

Chris Pula

Food Service Director

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Contact Information

Email
cpula@moundsparkacademy.org

Russell Purdy

Panther Club and Summer Program Coordinator

Russell Purdy

Panther Club and Summer Program Coordinator

Years at MPA: 6

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The daily interaction with students

Contact Information

Email
rpurdy@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
571

Education

Hamline University – Communications
Hamline University – MEd

Justin Quam

College Counselor

 

Justin Quam

College Counselor

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Jennifer Rogers

Director of Development and Community Engagement

Jennifer Rogers

Director of Development and Community Engagement

Years at MPA: 5

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"My favorite thing about MPA is the sense of community felt and exhibited by everyone who is a part of our school. We support one another, care for each other, keep one another healthy and safe, and give back to make MPA all that it can be. From our alumni network, to families, to our incredible faculty and staff, everyone embodies what it means to live and learn as a true community."

Contact Information

Email
jrogers@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
532

Education

Troy University – Political Science
Western Kentucky University – Master's in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities

Josh Rohricht

Facilities

Josh Rohricht

Facilities

Years at MPA: 10

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I love that it's a wonderful environment to work in, everyone is so nice! "

Contact Information

Email
jrohricht@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Century College –

Sean Ryther

Physical Education/Health Teacher

Sean Ryther

Physical Education/Health Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The feeling of being a large family.

Contact Information

Email
sryther@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Minnesota State University - Mankato – Physical Education
University of Northern Iowa – Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership

Shaun Saeger

Business Office Assistant/Transportation Coordinator

Shaun Saeger

Business Office Assistant/Transportation Coordinator

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Everyone has embraced & welcomed me since day 1. I feel I have found my "home".

Contact Information

Email
ssaeger@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Anoka Ramsey Community College – Business Administration and Management

Samantha Sanchez

Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging

Samantha Sanchez

Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Everyone I have met has been so kind and helpful. I have been warmly welcomed by so many people and absolutely love the community feel on campus.

Contact Information

Email
ssanchez@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara – Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies, Minor in Music
New York University – Master of Arts in Sociology of Education

Regina Santiago

Kindergarten teacher

Regina Santiago

Kindergarten teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite thing about MPA is the way that children and adults are so welcomed and cared for in this community. MPA's values are more than just words on the wall or website; I see the school's commitment to its values in action every single day.

Contact Information

Email
rsantiago@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Macalester College – Psychology
Hamline University – Master of Arts in Teaching - Literacy and Critical Reflection

Anne Scalia

Second Grade Teacher

Anne Scalia

Second Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 16

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"My favorite thing about MPA is the students. They inspire each other, and their teachers, with their love of learning. It is a joy to build relationships with them and watch them continue to grow through the years."

Contact Information

Email
ascalia@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
455

Education

University of St. Thomas – Elementary Education
St. Mary's University – Elementary Education

Ellen Scharfenberg

Lower School Art Teacher

Ellen Scharfenberg

Lower School Art Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite thing about MPA is our fine arts program and how welcoming our community is here.

Contact Information

Email
escharfenberg@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

University of Wisconsin - Stout – K-12 Art Education

John Schneider

Custodian

John Schneider

Custodian

Years at MPA: 23

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The people. It reminds me of a small town. I know everyone so well and they know me so well.

Contact Information

Email
jschneider@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
461

Education

Century College –

Jason Schwalen

Upper School English Teacher

Jason Schwalen

Upper School English Teacher

Years at MPA: 8

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I love how connected I am to students and with the smaller class sizes, I actually know the families too. Also, as an English teacher, I love being able to provide more specific writing feedback."

Contact Information

Email
jschwalen@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
467

Education

University of St. Thomas – English
University of St. Thomas – English Composition and American Literature

Liz Schwalen

Upper School Learning Specialist

Liz Schwalen

Upper School Learning Specialist

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love that MPA is a safe place where supportive relationships are formed, and teachers see the potential in every child.

Contact Information

Email
lschwalen@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Northern Arizona University – Hospitality Management
Bethel University – Special Education with a license in Learning Disabilities

Mike Scinto

Lower, Middle and Upper School Physical Education and Health Teacher

Mike Scinto

Lower, Middle and Upper School Physical Education and Health Teacher

Years at MPA: 36

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love watching the students move from Lower to Middle and finally to Upper School.

Contact Information

Email
mscinto@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
641

Education

Hamline University – Physical Education and Health Education

Mark Segal

Upper School Director

Mark Segal

Upper School Director

Years at MPA: 6

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"My favorite thing about MPA is the people. The relationships are like none I have ever experienced: student - to- student, student-to-adult, and adult - to- adult. "

Contact Information

Email
msegal@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
516

Education

Drake University – Political Science
University of St. Thomas and St. Mary's University – Social Studies Education and Secondary Education Leadership

Marc Shapiro

Upper School Science Teacher

Marc Shapiro

Upper School Science Teacher

Years at MPA: 32

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"It is too hard to restrict this to one favorite thing! I love the autonomy I am given as a teacher to do what I think best for my students. This autonomy is a vote of confidence from our administration and the wider community, and I think it has proven to be a successful strategy!"

Contact Information

Email
mshapiro@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
462

Education

Minnesota State University Mankato – Physical Science
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School – Theology

Tim Sheehan

Lower School Physical Education Teacher

Tim Sheehan

Lower School Physical Education Teacher

Years at MPA: 5

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The people!

Contact Information

Email
tsheehan@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
642

Education

University of St. Thomas – Physical Education and Health Education

Lamar Shingles

Director of Equity and Belonging

Lamar Shingles

Director of Equity and Belonging

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

What I appreciate most about MPA is the welcoming environment and strong sense of community.

Contact Information

Email
lshingles@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Central Michigan University – Entrepreneurship
Central Michigan University – Administration

Lukas Skrove

Middle School Band Director

Lukas Skrove

Middle School Band Director

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The People! (Students, Teachers, Staff, Administration, and Families). Everyone is so positive, welcoming, kind, and they go out of their way to make sure that you feel like you belong. I love it here.

Contact Information

Email
lskrove@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

University of Minnesota Morris – Music and Secondary Education

Hannah Smith

Assistant Director of Admission, Lower School

Hannah Smith

Assistant Director of Admission, Lower School

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love and admire the fierce inclusiveness that MPA expects. As well as the high importance placed on respect and thoughtfulness for each community member.

Contact Information

Email
hsmith@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities – Political Science

Renee Sonka

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

Renee Sonka

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

Years at MPA: 24

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Having PreK-Grade 12 students in one building fosters community and deepens relationships in a way not possible when divisions are in separate buildings.

Contact Information

Email
rsonka@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
400

Education

Iowa State University – BFA in Art Education

Jay Springer

Network Administrator and Webmaster

Jay Springer

Network Administrator and Webmaster

Years at MPA: 19

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The wonderful opportunities that MPA gives students so they can be themselves and discover new things.

Contact Information

Email
jspringer@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
555

Education

University of Minnesota – Design

DeeDee Stacy

Fourth Grade Teacher

DeeDee Stacy

Fourth Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 25

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The community is wholeheartedly dedicated to the wellbeing of every learner in our care.

Contact Information

Email
dstacy@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
116

Education

University of Minnesota – Elementary Education and Psychology

Shelley Steingraeber

First Grade Teacher

Shelley Steingraeber

First Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 6

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The amazing kindness that infuses this entire community!

Contact Information

Email
ssteingraeber@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
438

Education

St. Olaf College – English and Environmental Studies

Renette Stinson

Third Grade Teacher

Renette Stinson

Third Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 37

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"The collaborative, inclusive environment"

Contact Information

Email
rstinson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
487

Education

St. Catherine University – Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development
Concordia University-St. Paul – Leadership

Hannah Sullivan

Upper School Science Teacher

Hannah Sullivan

Upper School Science Teacher

Years at MPA: 16

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love the freedom to be the kind of teacher I want to be. I love providing opportunities for hands-on science. I love the enthusiasm and passion for learning that our students have.

Contact Information

Email
hsullivan@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
459

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Civil and Environmental Engineering

Wendy Sullivan

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

Wendy Sullivan

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

Years at MPA: 28

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"Having a mix of motivated students, supportive parents, and creative colleagues"

Contact Information

Email
wsullivan@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
476

Education

Amherst College – Psychology
University of Pennsylvania – Educational Leadership

Mitch Thomsen

Upper School Science Teacher

Mitch Thomsen

Upper School Science Teacher

Years at MPA: 31

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"The cohesive, collegial, learning community"

Contact Information

Email
mthomsen@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
474

Education

Augsburg College – Biology
Hamline University – Science Education

Roy Timm

Facilities Manager

Roy Timm

Facilities Manager

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The people, everyone been so nice and supportive.

Contact Information

Email
rtimm@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Hennepin Technical and Anoka Technical College – HVAC and Pneumatics

Hollee Towner

Panther Club Site Manager

Hollee Towner

Panther Club Site Manager

Years at MPA: 3.5

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite thing about MPA is that everyone is welcome and accepted as they are.

Contact Information

Email
htowner@moundsparkacademy.org

Mike Vergin

Upper School Social Studies Teacher

Mike Vergin

Upper School Social Studies Teacher

Years at MPA: 24

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Sharing the MPA experience with my own children.

Contact Information

Email
mvergin@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
471

Education

University of Minnesota – Political Science

Gina Wallraff

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Gina Wallraff

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Years at MPA: 14

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The students

Contact Information

Email
gwallraff@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
501

Education

University of Minnesota – Finance and Accounting
University of Minnesota – Certified Public Accountant

Renae Wantock

Upper School Band Director

Renae Wantock

Upper School Band Director

Years at MPA: 24

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love the relationships I have with my students. I love how open they are to trying and learning new things.

Contact Information

Email
rwantock@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
493

Education

Winona State University – Instrumental Music Education

Jocque Warner

Middle School General Music & Choir Teacher

Jocque Warner

Middle School General Music & Choir Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The students! I am inspired and empowered by all the innovators and dreamers that these young people are. They give me such Hope and Joy!

Contact Information

Email
jwarner@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

St. Olaf College – Bachelor of Music in K-12 Vocal Music Education
Western Governors University – Master of Science in Curriculum & Instructional Design

Natalie Waters Seum

Director of Admission and Communication

Natalie Waters Seum

Director of Admission and Communication

Years at MPA: 6

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"As both a staff member and parent of a lifer, MPA has made me a better human being. It has taught me how to parent wisely, work collaboratively, and strive for greatness. I am fortunate to work with the most dedicated, brilliant, and wise colleagues and see the joy on children's faces each day. It's simply a beautiful place to be. "

Contact Information

Email
nwatersseum@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
535

Education

University of Minnesota – Public Relations and Journalism

Michael Wilke

Night Desk Attendant

Michael Wilke

Night Desk Attendant

Years at MPA: 18

My Favorite Thing About MPA

MPA is like a family for me.

Contact Information

Email
mwilke@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
525

Scott Wilson

Fourth Grade Teacher

Scott Wilson

Fourth Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 22

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Connecting with my students and families and sharing the joy of discovery.

Contact Information

Email
swilson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
117

Education

University of Colorado – Therapeutic Recreation

Maddy Wolfe

Middle School English Teacher

Maddy Wolfe

Middle School English Teacher

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The people!!

Contact Information

Email
mwolfe@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
138

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison – English Literature
University of Minnesota – MEd

Barclay Woodbury

10th Grade Western Literature Long Term Substitute

Barclay Woodbury

10th Grade Western Literature Long Term Substitute

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

love the sense of community here. Everyone from the faculty and staff to the students are so kind and welcoming. I haven't stopped smiling on my first day.

Contact Information

Email
bwoodbury@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

University of Redlands – Giving the Past A Voice: Bringing The Ancient World To Life In A Modern Classroom
Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology – MA in Teaching

Dawn Zimmerman

Athletics Department Assistant

Dawn Zimmerman

Athletics Department Assistant

Years at MPA: 27

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The sense of community and everyone caring each other

Contact Information

Email
dzimmerman@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
631