How many years have you been at MPA? Four years

What do you love about MPA?
I love the relationships between the students and their teachers and other adults in the building. Those relationships are built upon trust and respect and creates a safe, nurturing, and joyful school culture.

How does MPA nurture students who forever dream big and do right?
Dreams are grounded in a sense of safety and through self-confidence and take flight through curiosity and creativity. MPA students thrive in such a culture and, through academic and character education, come to the realization that it is their responsibility to serve the common good.

If you have worked at another school, how has your experience at MPA been different?
Having grades PreK-12 all under one roof has brought me tremendous joy and a sense of purpose. To witness children and young people discover who they are is a privilege. I love to see the way in which our younger students look up to the older students and the responsibility the older students feel for their younger buddies is incredibly fulfilling.

What would you tell a parent considering MPA?
From my perspective as a long-standing educator and as a parent, I can unequivocally say that there is no other school like MPA. Not only are students receiving an excellent education, they are challenged to live lives of meaning and purpose.

In what ways are you preparing students for life in the 21st century?
MPA prepares students for life in the 21st century through a rigorous curriculum that awakens within them the ability to think critically and creatively about the world around them.

What do you hope for MPA students in 20 years?
My hope that our students live lives of meaning and purpose, successful both personally and professionally.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your MPA experience?
There is no place else I’d rather be. I feel incredibly fortunate to come to work each day in a place filled with such joy.

Mounds Park Academy, a PreK-12 private school in Saint Paul, is currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. For more information about admission and to schedule your tour, visit We look forward to getting to know your family!

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