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.

 

Rachel Amundson

PreK Assistant Teacher

Rachel Amundson

PreK Assistant Teacher

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love the family feel of the community and how inclusive everyone is.

Contact Information

Email
ramundson@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

University of Minnesota Duluth – Unified Early Childhood Studies

Jane Anderson

Upper School Science Teacher

Jane Anderson

Upper School Science Teacher

Years at MPA: 24

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite is the whole child approach for our students.

Contact Information

Email
janderson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
404

Education

University of Montevallo – Chemistry and Biology

Anne DeVout Atchison

Middle School English Teacher

Anne DeVout Atchison

Middle School English Teacher

Years at MPA: 39

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 others who thirst for learning and goodness, who embrace hope, justice, and global responsibility, who aspire to curiously, creatively, and ethically pursue possibilities, and who strive to communicate with confidence, competence, and relentless compassion, and to be encouraged to know and love others and to dream big and do right in this crazy world of ours brings magic and meaning to my life."

Contact Information

Email
aatchison@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
430

Education

University of Minnesota – Elementary Education

Nate Bander

Marketing Manager

Nate Bander

Marketing Manager

Years at MPA: 6

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"As an alum, coming back to work at MPA means I get to give the gift of my incredible education to the next generation. I love being a 3 sport coach at MPA too, seeing the conversations from the classroom continue onto the court is really cool."

Contact Information

Email
nbander@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
518

Education

University of Minnesota – Communications

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: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"My favorite thing about MPA is being able to the work with our international students and the warm, welcoming environment of the MPA community."

Contact Information

Email
cbeckerkim@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
418

Education

Saint John's University – Social Studies Education

Candice Blazinski

Lower School Learning Support Specialist

Candice Blazinski

Lower School Learning Support Specialist

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

What really drew me to want to be part of MPA was the mission statement, “We teach students to think independently, communicate effectively, and act with respect and integrity in a diverse community that models ambition, global responsibility, and the joy of learning.” Those words spoke true to my heart and aligned with my values and ideals as a human being and teacher!

Contact Information

Email
cblazinski@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
560

Education

St. Cloud State University – Criminal Justice and Sociology
University of St. Thomas – M.Ed. in Special Education

Jessica Blue

Middle and Upper School French Teacher

Jessica Blue

Middle and Upper School French Teacher

Years at MPA: 10

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

Cindy Bruns

Panther Club Assistant

Cindy Bruns

Panther Club Assistant

Years at MPA: 1

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: 34

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: 1

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

Randy Comfort

Director of Guidance

Randy Comfort

Director of Guidance

Years at MPA: 18

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love that MPA is a community of people dedicated to learning and growing.

Contact Information

Email
rcomfort@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
602

Education

California State University Chico – Social Science
California State University Chico – Master's in Public Administration

Tom Connors

Custodial Supervisor

Tom Connors

Custodial Supervisor

Years at MPA: 4

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love my colleagues!

Contact Information

Email
tconnors@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
652

Education

Rhode Island College – Industrial Technology

Kaitlyn Cook

Kindergarten Teacher

Kaitlyn Cook

Kindergarten Teacher

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The sense of community that extends far beyond the classroom.

Contact Information

Email
kcook@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
448

Education

University of Wisconsin-River Falls – Elementary Education

Ashley Cooper

Middle and Upper School Counselor

Ashley Cooper

Middle and Upper School Counselor

Years at MPA: 4

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

Ian Cunningham

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Ian Cunningham

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The students!

Contact Information

Email
icunningham@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
420

Education

University of Minnesota – History
University of Minnesota – MEd

Marina Dale

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Marina Dale

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Years at MPA: 21

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love that the students are curious about their world. I love that the families of our students are incredibly supportive. 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

Liz DesLauriers

Lower and Middle School French Teacher

Liz DesLauriers

Lower and Middle School French Teacher

Years at MPA: 9

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The community! I am also very grateful that my kindergartner can come to school with me and be a part of all that MPA has to offer.

Contact Information

Email
ldeslauriers@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
416

Education

University of Wisconsin – French Education

Lauren Drake

Upper School English Teacher

Lauren Drake

Upper School English Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

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

Jake Eibon

IT Systems Administrator

Jake Eibon

IT Systems Administrator

Years at MPA: 20

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

Carlie Erdahl

Lower School Teaching Assistant

Carlie Erdahl

Lower School Teaching Assistant

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite thing is working with veteran, experienced teachers and of course all of the fun things the students say.

Contact Information

Email
cerdahl@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Cal State University - Fullerton – Film and Television Arts

Mari Espeland

Lower School Music Teacher

Mari Espeland

Lower School Music Teacher

Years at MPA: 32

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 and K-12 Licensure

Daniel Ethier

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Daniel Ethier

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Years at MPA: 29

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The students!

Contact Information

Email
dethier@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
414

Education

University of Minnesota – Computer Science
"Assumption College, University of St. Thomas" – Master's in Religious Studies

Tami Fischer

Second Grade Teacher

Tami Fischer

Second Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Everyone is so welcoming!!

Contact Information

Email
tfischer@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: 3

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: 7

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"Getting to see so many smiling faces, especially when the Lower School students are on their way into school for the day."

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: 10

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

Middle and Upper School Spanish Teacher

Marisue Gleason

Middle and Upper School Spanish Teacher

Years at MPA: 23

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
Universidad de Guanajuato – Master's in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language

Ashley Goetzke

Assistant Director of Development

Ashley Goetzke

Assistant Director of Development

Years at MPA: 5

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

Becca Gonsior

Lower, Middle and Upper School Counseling Intern

Becca Gonsior

Lower, Middle and Upper School Counseling Intern

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite thing about MPA is the community of people. MPA creates an environment that is welcoming and inclusive.

Contact Information

Email
bgonsior@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
541

Education

University of Minnesota – Family Social Science
Saint Mary's University – Counseling and Psychological Services

Ann Frances Gregg

Middle and Upper School Theatre Teacher

Ann Frances Gregg

Middle and Upper School Theatre Teacher

Years at MPA: 5

My Favorite Thing About MPA

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

Contact Information

Email
agregg@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
243

Education

Macalester College – Performance Theatre and Creative Writing
St. Thomas University – MEd

Dan Haase

Athletics Director

Dan Haase

Athletics Director

Years at MPA: 21

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 – Physical Education and Coaching

John Habermann

Middle and Upper School Choir Director

John Habermann

Middle and Upper School Choir Director

Years at MPA: 20

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

Robyn Hare

Assistant Director of Admission, Lower School

Robyn Hare

Assistant Director of Admission, Lower School

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I love that faculty and staff really care about innovation, creativity and joy. Everyone is extremely passionate about what they do and they do it to such a high caliber. It is an absolute delight to be at MPA."

Contact Information

Email
rhare@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
517

Education

University of North Dakota – English and Secondary Education

Rich Harris

Middle and Upper School Physical Education and Health Teacher

Rich Harris

Middle and Upper School Physical Education and Health Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The sense of community

Contact Information

Email
rharris@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
640

Education

Southwestern College – Physical Education and Health Education

Lauren Hernandez

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Lauren Hernandez

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Years at MPA: 4

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

Assistant to the Head of School

Cherie Honan

Assistant to the Head of School

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite about MPA is getting to support Dr. Hudson!

Contact Information

Email
chonan@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
522

Education

Rasmussen College – office Administration

Dr. Bill Hudson

Head of School

Dr. Bill Hudson

Head of School

Years at MPA: 8

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)

Emily Jaques

Middle and Upper School Technical Theatre Director

Emily Jaques

Middle and Upper School Technical Theatre Director

Years at MPA: 5

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The robust arts program!

Contact Information

Email
ejacques@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
241

Education

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Theatre Studies

Sarah Jeatran

PreK Teacher

Sarah Jeatran

PreK Teacher

Years at MPA: 1

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

Denise Johnson

Lower School Assistant

Denise Johnson

Lower School Assistant

Years at MPA: 4

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I get to do all sorts of things every day and I love the kids.

Contact Information

Email
djohnson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
562

Education

Century College –

Evelyn Johnson

Middle and Upper School Spanish and French Teacher

Evelyn Johnson

Middle and Upper School Spanish and French Teacher

Years at MPA: 17

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

Julie Johnson

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Julie Johnson

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"The focus on educating students while encouraging individuality, community and kindness. "

Contact Information

Email
jjohnson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
495

Education

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Elementary Education

Maria Jose Johnson

Lower and Middle School Spanish Teacher

Maria Jose Johnson

Lower and Middle School Spanish Teacher

Years at MPA: 3

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The vibe of the school. I feel it most when I'm talking to my colleagues. They are so motivated to inspire young minds.

Contact Information

Email
mjohnson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
421

Education

Universidad Santo Tom�s – ESL Education
Pontificia Universidad Cat�lica de Chile – Ense�anza del Espa�ol como Lengua Extranjera

Andrea Kaltved

College Counseling Assistant

Andrea Kaltved

College Counseling Assistant

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite thing about MPA is the leadership and passion for helping others that students demonstrate.

Contact Information

Email
akaltved@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
549

Education

Minnesota State University Mankato – Corrections
Minnesota State University Mankato – School Counseling K-12 and Student Personnel

Tara Keegan

Lower School Counselor

Tara Keegan

Lower School Counselor

Years at MPA: 2

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 – "Counseling, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health"

Michelle Keohane

Grades 7-12 Learning Specialist

Michelle Keohane

Grades 7-12 Learning Specialist

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The shared dedication to helping students succeed!

Contact Information

Email
mkeohane@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Kalamazoo College – History
Harvard University – Adolescent Counseling

Yamini Kimmerle

Fourth Grade Teacher

Yamini Kimmerle

Fourth Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 15

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

Vern Kissner

Facilities Manger

Vern Kissner

Facilities Manger

Years at MPA: 10

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love the community and close relationships.

Contact Information

Email
vkissner@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
650

Nicole Koen

Makerspace Coordinator

Nicole Koen

Makerspace Coordinator

Years at MPA: 20

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I love the students! I am grateful for the passionate educators I get to teach beside every day. They are inspiring, innovative, and forward thinking. "

Contact Information

Email
nkoen@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
491

Education

University of Minnesota – Elementary Education
University of St. Thomas – Engineering in Education

Julie Koster

School Nurse

Julie Koster

School Nurse

Years at MPA: 7

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I have wonderful colleagues and that makes a big difference.

Contact Information

Email
jkoster@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
509

Education

St. Paul College – Nursing

Robyn Kramer

PreK - 8th grade Learning Specialist

Robyn Kramer

PreK - 8th grade Learning Specialist

Years at MPA: 17

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
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: 21

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-hoeg@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
524

Education

Luther College – Spanish

Debbie LaChapelle

PreK Teacher

Debbie LaChapelle

PreK Teacher

Years at MPA: 9

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: 35

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: 2

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: 2

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 – Music Education
Boston University – Music Education

Heather Mastel

Lower and Middle School Theatre Teacher

Heather Mastel

Lower and Middle School Theatre Teacher

Years at MPA: 5

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

Michele Maturen

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

Michele Maturen

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

Years at MPA: 30

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"My colleagues, students and families."

Contact Information

Email
mmaturen@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
434

Education

University of Minnesota – Mathematics Education

Summer McCall

Upper School Social Studies Teacher

Summer McCall

Upper School Social Studies Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

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

Jaeden McFarland

On Campus Virtual School Supervisor

Jaeden McFarland

On Campus Virtual School Supervisor

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The community is so welcoming, and the students are fun.

Contact Information

Email
jmcfarland@moundsparkacademy.org

Sarah McFarland

Middle School English Teacher

Sarah McFarland

Middle School English Teacher

Years at MPA: 6

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

University of Minnesota – English
University of Minnesota – MEd in English

Pat McLees

Custodian

Pat McLees

Custodian

Years at MPA: 32

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

Morgan Mercer

Lower School Visual Arts Teacher

Morgan Mercer

Lower School Visual Arts Teacher

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I love that the students are so excited about art. I love how supportive, warm and welcoming our community is, both in terms of my students and colleagues!"

Contact Information

Email
mmercer@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
454

Education

University of Minnesota – Art and Journalism

Dr. Jenn Milam

Middle School Director

Dr. Jenn Milam

Middle School Director

Years at MPA: 3

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 – Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Studies
Texas A&M University – MEd Curriculum and Instruction and Science Education
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: 2

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: 6

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 everyday 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

Michael Moran

Academic Technology Integrationist

Michael Moran

Academic Technology Integrationist

Years at MPA: 1

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 – Master’s in Education Technology

Emily Moses-Thomsen

On Campus Substitute

Emily Moses-Thomsen

On Campus Substitute

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love the sense of community here. Everyone knows and cares about everyone.

Contact Information

Email
emoses-thomsen@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

St. Olaf College – English and Psychology
Augsburg College – Master's in Education for Communication Arts and Literature for 5-12

Katie Murr

Upper School Social Studies Teacher

Katie Murr

Upper School Social Studies Teacher

Years at MPA: 16

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: 19

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love the people I interact with.

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: 6

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: 11

My Favorite Thing About MPA

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

Contact Information

Email
ko'keefe@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
426

Education

College of St. Benedict – Elementary Education

Patti Osman

Grades 7-12 Learning Specialist

Patti Osman

Grades 7-12 Learning Specialist

Years at MPA: 22

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Contact Information

Email
posman@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
547

Education

Macalester College – Education
University of Minnesota – Child Development and Social Work

Lisa Pederson

Director of College Counseling

Lisa Pederson

Director of College Counseling

Years at MPA: 14

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"I love my job! I get to see the tremendous variety of dreams that our students want to pursue after graduation. It's wonderful to hear from alumni on how they've chosen to make a difference in the world. A few of my other favorite things about MPA are the Lower School Art and Music Show, the Spring Musical, and Senior Speeches"

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: 33

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: 6

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I appreciate that I can always find a colleague willing to support me when I need it.

Contact Information

Email
cpeterson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
409

Education

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Elementary Education

Dianne Peterson

Upper School Assistant

Dianne Peterson

Upper School Assistant

Years at MPA: 26

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"The students, faculty and staff that I work with!"

Contact Information

Email
dpeterson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
544

Education

North Dakota State University – Veterinary Technician

Kristy Petrich

Library Assistant

Kristy Petrich

Library Assistant

Years at MPA: 7

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

Adam Pettipiece

Controller

Adam Pettipiece

Controller

Years at MPA: 2

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

Doug Pittman

Food Service Director

Doug Pittman

Food Service Director

Years at MPA: 4

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Being able to make people smile with amazing food.

Contact Information

Email
dpittman@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
655

Education

Johnson & Wales University – Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts

Jenny Portis

Panther Club Assistant

Jenny Portis

Panther Club Assistant

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I like seeing the students figure out how to be people!

Contact Information

Email
jportis@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Carleton College – Psychology and Philosophy

Jessica Powell

Middle School Physical Education and Health Teacher

Jessica Powell

Middle School Physical Education and Health Teacher

Years at MPA: 4

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

Russell Purdy

Panther Club and Summer Program Coordinator

Russell Purdy

Panther Club and Summer Program Coordinator

Years at MPA: 5

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

Jennifer Rogers

Director of Development and Community Engagement

Jennifer Rogers

Director of Development and Community Engagement

Years at MPA: 3

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: 9

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 –

Laura Saavedra Myers

College Couseling Associate

Laura Saavedra Myers

College Couseling Associate

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The teachers. Hands down. They're exceptional educators and even better people.

Contact Information

Email
lmyers@moundsparkacademy.org

Education

Macalester College – Psychology and Anthropology
University of California Los Angeles – College Counseling Certificate

Mary Samuelson

Third Grade Teacher

Mary Samuelson

Third Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Everyone is so welcoming and it’s such a positive place to be a teacher.

Contact Information

Email
msamuelson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
468

Education

Concordia Moorhead – Business Education and Business Administration
Concordia St. Paul – Masters of Classroom Instruction and K-12 Reading Licensure

Anne Scalia

Second Grade Teacher

Anne Scalia

Second Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 15

My Favorite Thing About MPA

"My favorite thing about MPA is the students. They have an amazing way of welcoming all. They inspire each other, and their teachers, with their love of learning. "

Contact Information

Email
ascalia@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
455

Education

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

John Schneider

Custodian

John Schneider

Custodian

Years at MPA: 22

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: 7

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

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: 34

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: 5

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: 31

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 and Upper School Physical Education and Health Teacher

Tim Sheehan

Lower and Upper School Physical Education and Health Teacher

Years at MPA: 4

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

Renee Sonka

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

Renee Sonka

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

Years at MPA: 23

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 – Art Education

Jay Springer

Network Administrator and Webmaster

Jay Springer

Network Administrator and Webmaster

Years at MPA: 18

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: 24

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

Third Grade Teacher

Shelley Steingraeber

Third Grade Teacher

Years at MPA: 5

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: 36

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: 6

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 love 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: 27

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: 30

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

Hollee Towner

Panther Club Assistant

Hollee Towner

Panther Club Assistant

Years at MPA: 1

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: 23

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

Janet Vue

Accounts Payable and Student Billing Coordinator

Janet Vue

Accounts Payable and Student Billing Coordinator

Years at MPA: 1

My Favorite Thing About MPA

My favorite thing about MPA is how everyone helps out one another.

Contact Information

Email
jvue@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
502

Education

Concordia University-St. Paul – Accounting

Gina Wallraff

Chief Financial officer

Gina Wallraff

Chief Financial officer

Years at MPA: 13

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The students

Contact Information

Email
gwallraff@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
501

Education

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

Renae Wantock

Middle and Upper School Band Director

Renae Wantock

Middle and Upper School Band Director

Years at MPA: 22

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Contact Information

Email
rwantock@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
493

Education

Winona State University – Instrumental Music Education

Natalie Waters Seum

Director of Admission and Communication

Natalie Waters Seum

Director of Admission and Communication

Years at MPA: 5

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

Rose Wick

Accounting & Purchasing Clerk

Rose Wick

Accounting & Purchasing Clerk

Years at MPA: 11

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Watching the Lower School children learn and grow through the years.

Contact Information

Email
rwick@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
300

Education

Chippewa Valley Technical College – Media and Accounting

Karen Widerski

Payroll & Benefits Administrator

Karen Widerski

Payroll & Benefits Administrator

Years at MPA: 9

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Contact Information

Email
kwiderski@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
506

Education

emailed –

Michael Wilke

Night Desk Attendant

Michael Wilke

Night Desk Attendant

Years at MPA: 17

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: 21

My Favorite Thing About MPA

Connecting with my students and seeing the spark when understanding new knowledge comes to them

Contact Information

Email
swilson@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
117

Education

University of Colorado – Therapeutic Recreation
University of St. Thomas – MEd

Maddy Wolfe

Middle School English Teacher

Maddy Wolfe

Middle School English Teacher

Years at MPA: 2

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The people!!

Contact Information

Email
mwolfe@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
138

Education

University of Wisconsin – English Literature
University of Minnesota – Med

Renee Wright

Lower School Director

Renee Wright

Lower School Director

Years at MPA: 34

My Favorite Thing About MPA

I love that we provide a hands-on interdisciplinary learning opportunity for students in Lower School. Teachers instill the love of learning and nurture creativity and sense of wonder in our students. I love that we show students a variety of subjects so they can discover their interests and passions.

Contact Information

Email
rwright@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
542

Education

St. Catherine University – Elementary Education
Concordia University-St. Paul – Master's of Arts with Leadership

Dawn Zimmerman

Athletics Department Assistant

Dawn Zimmerman

Athletics Department Assistant

Years at MPA: 26

My Favorite Thing About MPA

The sense of community and everyone caring each other

Contact Information

Email
dzimmerman@moundsparkacademy.org

School Extension
631