MITY Staff

MITY's teachers and staff are committed to developing young people’s talents in a safe, welcoming environment. They challenge eager learners to explore new things, seek answers to real world problems, and identify their own unique gifts. Most importantly, MITY’s staff creates a place where students can truly be themselves and have a voice in their future.

Erica Brewinski, Executive Director

Erica holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.A. in Educational Policy & Administration from the University of Minnesota, and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She is also a licensed K-12 Principal in the state of Minnesota and is certified in Professional Development. Erica has taught students in grades 6 - 12, undergraduates and graduates, and was a school administrator for ten years before coming to MITY.

Erica Brewinski

Andrea Heckel, Office Manager

Andrea holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an M.B.A. from Hamline University with a concentration in Finance. Previously, Andrea worked in the corporate sector, with seven years experience as the Director of Finance for a human services company.

Andrea Heckel

MITY Teachers

Abdo Karimi

Abdomohammed Karimi

Karimi teaches math and AP Physics at Como Park High School in St. Paul.  He holds a BS ...
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Anders Johnson

Anders Johnson

Anders is a teacher in the Roseville area school district.  He has taught 5th and 6th grade for ...
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Angela Larson

Angela Larson

Angela has been teaching for eight years in a variety of roles.  She has taught Life science, Earth ...
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Ann Francis-Gregg

Ann Frances Gregg

AFG is a theatre director and teacher at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul.  She directs at Shakespeare ...
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AnnMarie-Froehle

Ann Marie Froehle

For the past 30 years, AnnMarie has taught all grade levels and types of science ranging from middle ...
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Ann Whitting

Ann Whiting

In addition to teaching at the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth, Ann is the performing arts specialist at ...
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Bob Ihrig

Bob Ihrig

Bob holds a BA in History from Macalester College and an MS in History from Minnesota State University ...
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Bob Murphy

Bob Murphy

Bob has been teaching physics for 39 years in both Minnesota and abroad.  He holds a BS in ...
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Brenda Barret

Brenda Barrett

Brenda teaches elementary and middle school students as a curriculum specialist in White Bear Lake.  She has also ...
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Caitlin Catalano

Caitlin Catalano

Cailtin earned a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from UC Berkeley, as ...
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Carrie Arnold

Carrie Arnold

Carrie holds a BA in “Art, Community and Pedagogy” from Hamline University and an MA in Instruction from ...
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Clarice Jorenby

Clarice Jorenby

Clarice has had the good fortune to have been teaching students chemistry for nearly twenty-five years in California ...
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Dan Forseth

Dan Forseth

Dan comes to MITY with experience teaching in a variety of STEM and gifted-related classes.  He holds a ...
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Daryn Lowman

Daryn Lowman

Daryn began working in clay in 1992 at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. My passion for developing my ...
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David Quosig

David Quosig

David has been teaching high school science classes since 2008.  He holds a BS in Physics and Chemistry ...
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Dylan Brodeur

Dylan Brodeur

Dylan is a tutor with experience as a classroom teacher for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.  He has ...
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e² Young Engineers®

The highly-acclaimed, Europe-based company that teaches Robotics and STEM concepts in over 40 countries is now in the ...
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Elias Mamma

Elias Mamma

Dr. Mamma has been teaching AP/IB and General Chemistry classes at St. Paul Central High School since 2001.  ...
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Erik Brandt

Erik Brandt

Erik is a professional songwriter, musician, producer and former record label owner.  As a solo artist and as ...
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Ethan Cherin

Ethan Cherin

Ethan is an award-winning teacher and life-long learner.  He holds a BA in Government/Foreign Affairs from the University ...
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Gail Sarff

Gail Sarff

Gail coached debate for 33 years at Regis High School in Iowa and Wayzata High School in Minnesota.  ...
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Gayla Lindt

Gayla Lindt

Gayla is a curious person who loves learning new things. She especially enjoys learning alongside architecture students who ...
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George Dalbo

George Dalbo

George currently teaches high school social studies in Clinton, Wisconsin. Previously he taught middle and high school social ...
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Heather Bender

Heather Bender

Heather taught AP and Honors Biology at Rosemount High School for 20 years.  She is currently a Peer ...
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Heather Mastel

Heather Mastel

Heather has a BA in theatre and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Hamline University. She currently ...
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Heidi Ferris

Heidi Ferris

For Heidi, teaching is an opportunity to empower the learner in their problem-solving skills and unique talents through ...
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Jackie White

Jacquelyn White

Jacquelyn is a Social Studies teacher with the passion to help students  grow and reach their full potential ...
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Jenn Totz

Jenna Totz

Jenna earned a BS in Secondary Earth Science Education from St. Cloud State University and an MEd in ...
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Joni Anker

Joni Anker

Joni holds a B.S. and a M.Ed. in English Education from the University of Minnesota. She taught and ...
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Kaia Preus

Kaia Preus

Kaia is a writer and teacher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her first book, The War Requiem, was published by Essay ...
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Karen Estrada

Karen Estrada

Karen has been a professional actress and educator since graduating in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point ...
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Kari Rise

Kari teaches IB Geography at Highland Park Senior High in St. Paul. She has been a Model United ...
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Kate Redetzke

Kate is currently teaching French and English at a high school in the Mississippi Delta through Teach for ...
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Katleen Zimmerman

Kate Zimmerman

Kate currently works as a designer and 3D modeler for MG McGrath Architectural Surfaces.  She has a BA ...
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Kelly Schrandt

Kelly Schrandt

Kelly is currently a 7th and 8th grade S.T.E.A.M. teacher at Stewartville Middle School in southern Minnesota.  Over the last ...
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Ken Williams

Ken Williams

Ken has served as the head mock trial coach at Lakeville South High School for 14 years; under ...
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Keren Kroul

Keren is a practicing visual artist and educator. She is the recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals ...
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Kristina Novek

Kristina Novek

Kristina has been teaching courses in Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, and Wellness at Chippewa Valley ...
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Leah Klister

Leah Klister

Leah has taught art for over 10 years and is currently teaching at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. ...
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Lee Stagg

Lee Stagg

When not at MITY, Lee Stagg teaches English literature and Theory of Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate program ...
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Lisa Schibel

Lisa Schibel

Lisa has been teaching for more than 20 years in Saint Paul Public Schools. She teaches English at ...
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Maddie Hunt

Maddie Hunt

Maddie has her M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of St. Thomas. She has spent time in ...
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Mary Hanson

Mary Hanson

Mary is currently teaching Chemistry and Accelerated Chemistry at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul.  She ...
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Molly Hammel

Molly Hammel

Molly holds a BA in Elementary and Middle School Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and ...
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Nan Onkka

Nan Onkka

Nan is an educator and artist.  She studied studio art at St. Olaf College and earned an MA ...
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Nickie Mckeever

Nickie McKeever

Nickie is an Instructional Coach with Edina Public Schools and Co-Advisor of the nationally-ranked Edina High School Model ...
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Nicole Kronzer

Nicole Kronzer

Nicole teaches English at Champlin Park High School and is a former professional actor and improviser.  She loves ...
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Becky Lieffort

Rebecca Lieffort

Rebecca currently serves as a Peer Leader for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district where she does teacher observations ...
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Ronna Baca

Ronna Baca

Ronna holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art and Spanish from College of Saint Benedict in St. ...
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Ross Mau

Ross Mau

After graduating from UW – Madison with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Ross worked as a Hardware Engineer ...
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Sara Herman

Sara Herman

Sara has 10 years of experience in education, freelance set design and scenic painting.  She is the resident ...
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Sarah Geppert

Sarah Geppert

Sarah holds a BA in Spanish and a BS in Chemistry from Evangel University, and an MS in ...
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Sarah Schupanitz

Sarah Schupanitz

Sarah holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from UW Madison, and has put it to use ...
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Scott Greseth

Scott Greseth

Scott teaches Advanced Math and serves as the High Potential Coordinator at Maplewood Middle School. He holds a ...
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Scott Krohn

Scott Krohn

Scott has been teaching high school art for over 25 years and teaches colored pencil workshops across the ...
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Snapology

Snapology offers enrichment classes and camps in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). Their ...
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Stephanie Aumann

Stephanie Aumann

Stephanie has been a physics teacher for 23 years and enjoys teaching through inquiry and hands on modeling. ...
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StephanieSommer

Stephanie Sommer

A lifelong learner, Stephanie earned her MA in English Literature and MBA in Marketing in New  York City, ...
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Steve Jents

Steve Jents

Steve teaches IB Economic Systems at Central High School in St. Paul and recently received the Rising Star ...
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Sue Cranston

Sue Cranston

Sue is a working artist and professional art instructor who specializes in mixed-media art with a strong focus ...
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Summer McCall

Summer McCall

Summer received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and her master’s from the University of Arizona ...
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Susan Vaughan-Fier

Susan Vaughan-Fier

Susan has been teaching English for 24 years. She LOVES teaching young people, especially at MITY. A native ...
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Susie Wilson

Susie Wilson

Susie teaches 5th grade Ignite! (a 3rd-5th grade self-contained gifted program) in Lakeville Area Schools.  She earned a BS in ...
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Tech Academy

Formerly Computer Explorers, Tech Academy has been enriching Minnesota’s children with research-based Technology and Science classes and camps ...
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Tim and Brenda Barret

Tim and Brenda Barrett

Brenda teaches elementary and middle school students as a curriculum specialist in White Bear Lake. Tim created and ...
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Tim Larson

Tim Larson

Tim holds a BA in Elementary Education with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of WI-Eau Claire.  ...
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Tom Rodefeld

Tom Rodefeld

Tom teaches social studies and coaches hockey, volleyball and track at Irondale High School in Mounds View.  He ...
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Will Onkaa

William Onkka

Will is a multi-faceted educator having taught science and engineering in the traditional classroom, as well as outdoor ...
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Yosefa Carriger

Yosefa Carriger

Yosefa loves working and learning with children, and has been doing just that for most of her adult ...
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