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

Nienke Wijnia, Office Manager

Nienke holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Amsterdam. Before joining MITY, Nienke worked in higher education advising international students for fifteen years.

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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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Children’s Theatre Company

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for young people and serves a ...
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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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Jeff Boland

Jeff started at Dodge Nature Center in the summer of 2019 and moved into the role as Naturalist ...
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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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Laura Gandara-Chavez

Laura has been teaching in the South Washington County School district for 16 years, mainly as a dual ...
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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 Theory of Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate program at Highland Park ...
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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 International Baccalaureate English and Creative Writing at Champlin Park High School and is a former professional ...
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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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Sean Jones

Sean is currently a 4th grade teacher at St. Ambrose School in Woodbury where he has taught for ...
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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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