Faculty

Erik Akre, Lower Elementary Guide

B.A., The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN (Comparative World Religions)
M.A,. St. Mary's University, Winona, MN (Instruction)
Lower Elementary Montessori Certification, Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, Evanston, IL
Early Childhood Montessori Certification, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

E-mail: eakre@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: 651-305-2780

Erik has been guiding children in Montessori environments for over eleven years. He grew up in Duluth and still considers the northern part of the state his "home in spirit." Erik moved to St. Paul in August of 2012 with his wife and two daughters. Aside from Montessori education, Erik's interests include yoga, writing, reading, making art, and studying religions of all kinds. He has a special interest in the spirituality expressed in and engendered by the Montessori method. He has a weakness for coffee shop culture and can sometimes be found haunting these locations around the Twin Cities.

Scott Alsleben, A1 Field Studies

B.A. University of Minnesota, Duluth
College of St. Scholastica GTL
M.Ed College of St. Scholastica (in progress)
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012

E-mail: salsleben@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: 651-305-2780 Cell: 612-723-3699 extension 109

Scott grew up in Brooklyn Park, MN and went to Park Center High School. After high school Scott moved to Duluth, MN to enjoy the great outdoors and attend University of Minnesota Duluth. Some of his studies included all aspects of geography, outdoor recreation and environmental sciences. Scott is passonate about exploring and learning about the natural world. On his free time Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, friends and family. When he is not doing that he likes to spend his time outdoors and on the Ultimate field.

Karen Anway, Upper Elementary Guide

BA, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
MFA, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
MAED, St. Catherine's University, St Paul, MN
AMS Montessori 6-12 certification

Karen earned a BA from St. Olaf College, where she majored in philosophy and creative writing. She earned an MFA from Hollins University in writing, and later an MAED from St. Catherine's University when she was getting Montessori training. She lives in St Paul with her husband, two daughters and two cats.

Karen comes to Great River from Bright Water Montessori in north Minneapolis, where she was the founding teacher for the E2 program. While there, she helped her students find their inner hunger to learn and help, which led to service learning projects, writing and performing plays and songs, project fairs, Rube Goldberg machines, and other interesting work.

Her first career was in writing, and she is an amateur musician and member of a family of science geeks and math nerds. She also enjoys skiing, tearing her house apart, rewiring things, and travel (to get away from the torn-up house). She loves teaching elementary students because she gets to do some of everything.

Emily Blue, Spanish Guide

B.A., Scripps College, Claremont, California
MAT, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota (in progress)
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012

E-mail: eblue@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 129

Emily grew up in St. Paul, but moved to California to attend Scripps College, where she majored in anthropology. After graduating, Emily moved to Isla Mujeres, Mexico to teach English at a small private elementary school. Later, she opened Ixchel Language Institute, where she taught English and Spanish to students of all ages. In 2007, she returned to the Twin Cities, enrolled in a Master's program at Hamline University, and taught Spanish at St. Paul Preparatory School. Emily enjoys reading, cooking, playing soccer, and spending time with her two children.

Andrea Christensen, A3 English Guide

B.A., Luther College, Decorah, IA
M.Ed., U of M, Minneapolis, MN
International Baccalaureate Trained (Language A: literature & TOK)
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012

Additional website: http://classjump.com/andreaa3english/

Andrea grew up in Mound, MN, just outside of Minneapolis. After high school, she attended Luther College in Iowa where she majored in English and Spanish. Her sense of adventure spurred her to spend a year studying Spanish in Valparaiso, Chile and Salamanca, Spain. After graduating from college, Andrea got her teaching license and a Masters Degree in Education from the U of MN. She currently lives in Saint Paul with her two cats, Smokey Robinson and Mr. Sparkle. In her spare time, Andrea likes to laugh, read, bike, run, and play ultimate frisbee.

Alexis Dickey, Adolescent 1 Social Studies Guide

Kira Donnelly, Upper Elementary Guide

B.A., Scripps College, CA
M.A., Claremont Graduate University, CA
American Montessori Internationale, Elementary Diploma, 2012

E-mail: kdonnelly@greatriverschool.org
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Kira has been teaching math at a variety of levels and locations for the past 20 years. She has taught in both California and Minnesota, at public and private schools and she has taught everything from 5th grade math through college algebra. Kira has been at Great River since 2006.
Kira and her husband Mike live in St. Paul with their 3 children all of whom attend Great River. Kira completed Montessori Elementary Training at MTCM in the summer of 2012.
During her free time, Kira likes to scrapbook and spend time with her family and friends.

Mary Donovan, A3 Educational Assistant

B.A.,University of Dayton
M.Ed., Wright State University

E-mail: mdonovan@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: 651-305-2780 X 118 extension 118
Website: http://www.greatriverschool.org

Mary was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Univ. of Dayton with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in English.
She later earned a Masters of Education from Wright State University with licensures in three areas of Special Education.
Her early and later career years were in elementary schools as an elementary teacher and as a Special Ed. teacher in both Ohio and Minnesota. One notable job experience was the 13 years she spent as a teacher on a psychiatric unit while working for Dist. 011. Mary also spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica as a teacher trainer. She loves travel, gardening and volunteering in her community.
In June 2005, Mary retired after 20 yrs. as a Special Ed. teacher in Anoka-Hennepin School District 011 before coming to Great River School as a teacher assistant in the Special Ed. Dept.

Jessy Eaton, Lower Elementary Guide

B.S., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
EI/EII Montessori Credentials, St. Catherine University
MN state teaching license, St. Catherine University

Jessy graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science in Education in 2009. Over the last two years, she has been training and working to attain a MN teaching license as well as Elementary Montessori Credentials at St. Catherine University.
During her training at St. Kate's, she worked as a teaching assistant and an intern at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet. She enjoyed seeing the students she worked with at J.J. Hill grow into such caring, respectful, intelligent, independent thinkers - traits any proper Montessori education should foster. She has already seen similar traits in the students at Great River, and is excited to be a part of the GRS community.
After living near the U of M for the past six years, Jessy has recently moved to a new place with her Fiance, Ted, in south Minneapolis in the Powderhorn neighborhood. She enjoys biking around Minneapolis, board games, and hot chai tea lattes.

Michael Flood, A3 Math Guide & Idea Lab Guide

M.Ed, University of Minnesota
B.A., University of California at Berkeley
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2006
International Baccalaureate Trained

E-mail: mflood@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 139
Website: https://grs.managebac.com/login

Michael Flood is heading up the math program in the high school and the “Idea Lab” – a creative workshop at Great River. Michael graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Architecture and spent several years in the Bay Area working as a software designer. During the summer of 2006, Michael attended training to implement the International Baccalaureate program at Great River School. Michael received his M.Ed from the University of Minnesota in 2010.

He moved to Minnesota in 2001 to be with his wife, Gretchen Pick. With the move came a career change to Montessori Education. Michael worked at Lake Country School when he first arrived and helped get Great River School off the ground. Michael has completed several Twin Cities Marathons and the City of Lakes Loppet.

He lives in the Powderhorn Neighborhood with Gretchen and their three children. In 2012, he joined Project Powderhorn365 as a resident photographer. You can see his work at Powderhorn365.com.

Mary Gantenbein, Upper Elementary Education Assistant

Academy of Dramatic Arts
B.A., College of St. Catherine
Association Montessori Internationale, audit of complete Elementary Course, 2004

E-mail: mgantenbein@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: 612-701-4455

A graduate of the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Mary Gantenbein has taught high school English in the Minneapolis and the Bloomington school districts since 1994. Drawing on her skills as a twenty year member of the Twin Cities professional theatrical community, "Ms. G " has directed over 35 productions, both musical and dramatic, in the schools. For several summers, she taught at Chanhassen First Act summer theater camp. Ms. Gantenbein is classically trained in theater and spent 2003 attending the Centro Internazionale Studi Montessoriani in Bergamo, Italy. Her daughter attended Lake Country Montessori from Children's House through eighth grade and graduated from Smith college.

Enrique Garita, Spanish Guide and 504 Coordinator

B.A., Universidad Internacional de las Americas, San Jose, Costa Rica
International Baccalaureate Trained (Spanish)
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012

Enrique comes to Minnesota from Costa Rica. He attended the University in San Jose where he majored in teaching English as a second language. He is excited to share his language and interest in culture with students. He loves the summer here, but finds the cold of winter challenging. Throughout the year, he loves to play soccer and, in fact, plays on several teams at once.

Sarah Hanson, Adolescent 1 Mathematics Guide

Lourdes Harris, Lower Elementary Education Assistant

Kate Indrelie, A2 English Guide

B.A. Secondary Education, Bethel College, Roseville, MN
M.A. University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012

E-mail: kindrelie@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 129
Website: http://classjump.com/grsa2english

Kate grew up outside of Chicago, IL and moved to Minnesota to attend Bethel University, majoring in English Education and minoring in film. After finding the Twin Cities such a wonderful place to live, she decided to stay. Before coming to Great River School in 2008, Kate helped to open and taught English at the St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artists. In 2011 she finished her MA in English at the University of Saint Thomas, with an emphasis on Marxist theory and film studies. Kate also loves technology and art, and spends summers teaching at a technology camp. Recently, she also started a mobile application development company with friends. She enjoys camping, filmmaking, traveling, ultimate frisbee, and distance running.

Nelson Inz, A2 Social Studies Guide

B.A. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
M.A. C.W. Post, Long Island University, Brookville, NY.
M.A.T. Hamline University, St. Paul, MN (in Progress)
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012
International Baccalaureate Trained (History and Theory of Knowledge)

E-mail: ninz@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 129
Website: http://www.classjump.com/Nelsons/

Nelson grew up in New York, where after earning an M.A. in Theater Arts, he worked on the American Masters series for PBS. He has lived in Minneapolis for 15 years, working as a teacher, coach and bar tender. In 2009 he worked on drama/oral history projects with the Minnesota Historical Society in Wadena and Staples. He was proud to be named a "Change-maker of the Year" in 2005 by the Minnesota Women's Press for his efforts in planning and implementing a successful strategy to increase the Minnesota minimum wage, and continues to organize and advocate for tipped employees. This past year he was a candidate for state representative in South Minneapolis. He also loves cycling, cooking, and swimming in Lake Nokomis. He and his wife Emily have twin boys.

Stacey Kreger, School Systems Manager

Ilse Larsen, Athletic Director

B.A., Lawrence University, Appleton, WI (French, Psychology)

E-mail: ilarsen@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: 651-336-7598 (cell)

Ilse grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin where she started playing tennis at 10 years old. She played competitively through high school and college. She has coached girls' tennis and taught tennis lessons to kids, juniors, and adults. Ilse worked in the corporate world for a number of years, most recently at Target Corporation as a Business Analyst in IT. She took a number of years off to raise kids and volunteer at their schools and in the community. Ilse and her husband Todd have two kids, one a student at Great River School and one a student at Twin Cities Academy. In her free time, she loves to play tennis both competitively and with her family, attend exciting athletic events, read, travel, take her dog for a walk by the river, and bike.

Sarah Lawrence-Lupton, A1 and Elementary Special Education Guide

B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
M. Ed., University of MN, Minneapolis, MN
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2009

E-mail: sarah@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 108
Website: http://classjump.com/grsresourceroom/

Sarah received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Michigan and her M.Ed. in special education - learning disabilities from the University of Minnesota. Her areas of interest are in Montessori education and learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, brain based methods, mindfulness and yoga training for students with attention deficits and sensory concerns. She is trained in the Orton Gillingham reading method and Yoga Calm for children.

Sarah lives in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis with her ferocious yet charming black cat, Chaos. Sarah moved to Minnesota, sight unseen, about 10 years ago to serve as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at the Minneapolis American Indian Center where she worked on literacy programming. Between becoming a teacher and being a VISTA Sarah worked with adolescents and families at non-profit agencies. In her spare time Sarah enjoys cycling, backpacking, jogging, Hatha Yoga, cooking and eating ethnic vegetarian food, listening to folk music and storytelling, and watching independent films.

Tami Limberg, Adolescent 2 Science Guide

Laura Machacek, Visual Arts Guide

Lydia McAnerney, Project Manager

B.A., Colby College, Waterville, ME
M.S., Northeastern University, Boston, MA

E-mail: lmcanerney@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 102

Lydia received her Bachelors from Colby College in American Studies and Masters from Northeastern University in Recreation Administration. She has lived most of her life in New England, but moved to the mid-west to work for the Girl Scouts. After 6 1/2 years with the Girl Scout Council in St. Paul, she went to work for Tapestry Folkdance Center in South Minneapolis as the External Relations and Development Director. When a position opened up in the Minneapolis Public School that her children attended, she took it. After 5 years as the Parent Liaison, she moved to Great River School. Both of her children graduated from GRS. One has graduated and one is at the U of MN.
When she is not looking for resources to support the school, she is in the garden, reading a book or making some delicious baked item. You can also find her camping or on her bike.

Maggie McCaffrey, Lower Elementary Assistant

Randi McClure, Visual Arts Guide

B.A., Clark University, Worcester, MA
M.A.T., Clark University, Worcester, MA
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012

E-mail: rmcclure@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 119
Website: http://classjump.com/grsarts/

Randi grew up in South Minneapolis and attended a Lake Country, a Montessori school k-8th grade. She knew at a very young age that she wanted to be an artist. She took all sorts of classes growing up from ceramics and painting to glassblowing and quilting. Believing there is nothing quite as satisfying as making something with ones hands, she went to college in Worcester, MA where she studied studio art and art history. She organized a program that worked with at-risk teens and began volunteering in nearby schools. After six months of working in one of London's most esteemed galleries for modern art, she abandoned the corporate art world and turned to teaching.

When not doodling, Randi can often be found reading, biking or making handmade pasta. She loves traveling to new, exciting places and hopes to get to Patagonia sometime soon.

Matt McElrath, Student Services Coordinator & LIST League Coordinator

B.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
B.S., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
M.Ed, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012
Administrative License,Hamline University, St. Paul, MN (In Progress)

E-mail: mmcelrath@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: 651-305-2780, ext. 103

Matt has lived in the Twin Cities for the better part of the past decade and considers it his home. However, he has also called a few other places home - including several places next door in Wisconsin, Chicago, the top of a mountain in Idaho, the French Alps, the Harry Potter castle in Alnwick, England and most recently, San Salvador, El Salvador. He has served as a teacher and administrator for most of his stay in the Twin Cities, working with adolescents and adults after initially getting into education through coaching Alpine Skiing and Soccer as a university student.

Academically, Matt has an interesting background with an undergraduate degree in History and French, and Business Management, a masters degree in social studies education (5-12), and is in the process of completing an administrative license at Hamline University.

When Matt is away from school, the outdoors are where you would find him as much as possible, biking, running, camping, canoeing, skiing and fishing, among many others, with his wife, family and friends. When forced indoors, he can still be happy reading, playing with plants or pets and baking pizza.

Nadine McNiff, Lower Elementary Education Assistant

Caroline Miesle, Vocal Music Guide & Occupations

B.A. St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
M.A.M.E. University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2008
International Baccalaureate Trained

E-mail: cmiesle@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 129
Website: http://classjump.com/grsmusic

Caroline grew up in a large and wonderful family in Indianapolis. After high school, she left Indiana to pursue a dual degree in music education and Norwegian at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. After college, Caroline moved to Norway to work as an au pair for several months before returning to the states to begin teaching. Outside of school, Caroline enjoys playing piano and guitar, running and cross country skiing, and reading. During the summer, she travels internationally with high school student ambassadors from the Twin Cities area.

Julia Nelson, Front Desk Coordinator

E-mail: jnelson@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 100

Samuel O'Brien, Head of School

B.A. Carleton College, Northfield, MN
M.ED Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN (in progress)
International Baccalaureate Trained (Art)
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012

Sam uses his professional experience as an outdoor educator, organic farmer, landscape designer, structural bodyworker, and sculptor to enrich the classroom experience. He has worked teaching ages 2 - 82 instructing widely varied topics such as organic gardening, ultimate frisbee skills, coaching and team building, and entrepreneurial skills for homeless youth ages 15-22.

At Great River School, Sam teaches Drawing & Design, Ceramics, and IB Visual Art. Sam also works collaboratively with subject teachers to integrate visual art and hands-on activities into core curriculum, enhancing student learning through engagement. In visual art classes, the curriculum at Great River utilizing classical drawing, art history research, literacy, experimentation, and personal expression.

While not teaching, Sam spends time with his partner and three children in the Longfellow neighborhood of south Minneapolis. They enjoy growing food, cooking meals, and breakdancing in the living room. Sam also enjoys making sculptures, playing polyrythmic guitar, napping with his children, and thinking about tensegrity in the human body.

Amanda O'Dowd, Upper Elementary Education Assistant

Jay Peterson, Chemistry Guide

Melanie Peterson-Nafziger, A3 Social Studies Guide & IB Coordinator

B.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
M.A. (in progress), St. Mary's University, Minneapolis, MN.
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012
International Baccalaureate Trained in History, IB Coordination, CAS, Extended Essay

E-mail: melanie@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 139
Website: https://grs.managebac.com/login

Melanie graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in foreign studies. During college she worked with a women’s art and community development cooperative and the World Food Programme in rural Kenya for six months.

During and after college, Melanie worked as an editor at a magazine, newspaper and investment banking firm. She investigated food security policies and international development policy while earning her master’s degree and teaching in human and cultural geography at the University of Colorado — Boulder.

Melanie has a teaching license in grades 5-12 social studies and has nearly completed her master’s degree in education. She volunteers as a Board member for the Macalester Groveland Community Council and is involved with environmental activism in the Twin Cities.

Her husband Erik teaches at Highland Park Senior High School, and Melanie has two daughters Chloe and Greta. In her free time, Melanie loves to travel, garden, cook, play soccer, read, camp, hike, bike, and do yoga.

Hannah Radant, Middle and High School Special Education Guide

Zach Scott, Instrumental Music Guide

B.A., University of Hartford, Ct.
M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
California Teaching Certification Program: Multiple Subjects K-8, California State
University Los Angeles
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012

E-mail: zscott@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 119
Website: http://www.classjump.com/instrumentalmusic/

Zachary teaches instrumental music and the International Baccalaureate music class. Zachary grew up in a small town outside of Hartford, Connecticut where earned his BA in Music Composition at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. After completing his degree, he worked in the Granby Schools as a composer-in-residence and as a tutor, while giving drum lessons on the side.
In 2000, Zachary left Connecticut and headed to Los Angeles where he completed his MFA in Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts. Striving for greater challenge, he accepted a position selling Italian ice at Six Flags. Considered an old-timer by amusement park standards, he was forced out of the Italian ice business by a sixteen year-old nacho salesman looking to move up. Zachary returned to education, working for three years as a math and percussion teacher at the Renaissance Arts Academy in Los Angeles before moving to Minnesota last year. He currently lives in South Minneapolis with his wife Phala and daughter Larcom.
In his spare time Zachary enjoys being a dad, plucking stringed things, record collecting, writing songs, reading, listening to Skeeter Davis, and playing drums in the Halcyon Brothers and the Beatles tribute band "A Hard Day's Night".

Abram Shapiro, A1 Math Guide

B.S. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
M.A.T. Hamline University, St. Paul, MN (in progress)

Abram Shapiro studied Computer Science and Jazz Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, and is mostly done with a Masters in Teaching (K-8 Math) at Hamline University. Abram spent ten years working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley, developing search engine systems for Inktomi, Yahoo!, and Searchme. He left industry in order to become a stay-at-home dad to his two young children for three busy and wonderful years. Before coming to Great River, Abram taught engineering at Laura Jeffrey Academy in Saint Paul.

Abram's hobbies-in-remission are jazz organ, rock climbing, and leisure reading. He lives with his family and two cats in the Hamline/Midway neighborhood, where you might see him pedaling his Dutch cargo bicycle around.

Andria Sibert, Accounting and Human Resources Coordinator

B.S., Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

Andria holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato where she majored in Communication Studies and double minored in Psychology and Child Development & Family Studies. She lives in Brooklyn Park with her husband, Jason, and daughter, Mila. Her interests include travel, home design/decorating, reading, gymnastics, dance, and spending time with family and friends.

Anne Springfield, A2 Mathematics Guide

B.A. Mathematics, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
M.S. Mathematics, University of Minnesota
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012

Originally from Boston, Anne completed her undergraduate degree in mathematics at Macalester. Following graduation, she joined the founding year of the MATCH Corps; an intensive tutoring program at the MATCH school in Boston aimed at closing the achievement gap. Following this, Anne was a data analyst for a few years but found she really missed teaching so returned to Minnesota to pursue a graduate degree in math and earn her teaching credentials. Before Great River, Anne taught at an alternative school in Minneapolis, Hyde Leadership Charter School in Bronx, NY and taught UMTYMP courses at the University of Minnesota.

Raederle Sterling, Adolescent 1 English Guide

Lucy Suits, Communications and Outreach Manager

Sheila Sullivan, A3 Science Guide

B.A., St. Mary's University of MN, Winona, MN
M.Ed., University of MN, Minneapolis, MN
IB Environmental Systems and Societies certified, Montreal, Canada
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012

E-mail: ssullivan@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 139

Sheila comes to GRS with a B.A. in Natural Science and an M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education. Her teaching experience includes schools in Madison, WI, Quito, Ecuador and here in St. Paul, MN. She teaches physics and IB Environmental Systems and Societies. As someone who loves the outdoors she enjoys camping, hiking, swimming and biking with her husband, four children and dog Kelly.

Ethan Sutton, Elementary Special Education Guide

Erica Tesdell, English Language Learner Guide

B.A. Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota
M.A.T. School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont
Montessori classroom assistant training, MTCM, St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota licensure in ELL, French and German

E-mail: etesdell@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 103

Erica lives in St. Paul with her family, their dog and three cats. She loves to travel and has lived in the Middle East and Europe. Some of her interests include reading, gardening, cooking, doing yoga and photography. Before coming to Great River, she taught French at Lake Country School in Minneapolis.

Seth Tupper, MSW, LICSW, School Social Worker

B.A. Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
MSW University of MN, Minneapolis, MN

E-mail: stupper@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 ext 110 or (612) 462-3652

Seth grew up in South Central Wisconsin and moved to the Twin Cities to attend Hamline University where he received his B.A. in Social Justice and Conflict Studies. Seth worked in a Minneapolis alternative school for five years as a Student Support Coordinator, before deciding to pursue a Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of MN. Since completing his MSW, Seth has continued to work in charter schools as a school social worker. Seth is a trained circle keeper and incorporates restorative justice into his daily work and life.
Seth lives in South Minneapolis with his wife, Nissa, and their son, Nolyn. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his family, cook, be outdoors; biking, camping, hiking, canoeing, hammocking, playing soccer and skiing. Seth loves adventures, traveling and experiencing new cultures.

Logan Weiss, A3 Educational Assistant

B.A. Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Logan grew up in Lexington, MA and came to Minnesota to attend Carleton College where he majored in studio art. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his two housemates and their Jerusalem cherry tree Dave. In his free time he enjoys traveling, reading, listening to music, playing ultimate Frisbee with the twin cities based club team SubZero, and cooking communal meals for friends.

Brad Wildman, A3 Special Education Guide

B.A., Concordia College, Moorhead MN
M.A., University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
ED.S. University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Special Education License (DCD, EBD), University of St. Thomas, St. Paul
NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate, 2012

E-mail: bwildman@greatriverschool.org
Telephone: (651) 305-2780 extension 118

Brad comes to GRS with a background in Special Education, Social Studies and IB. He is currently working on finishing his Doctoral degree in Education Administration at Bethel University. Brad is licensed in DCD, EBD, Social Studies 7-12 and currently holds a Ed.S. degree from the University of St. Thomas. He also coaches soccer, has experience in marketing and event planning and could help you with a real estate transaction if you needed it.

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