Expand Your Mind Teacher Bios

MITY’s EYM educators come from around the state of Minnesota, united by their joy in working with bright, diverse young people. MITY teachers inspire their students to think critically, take risks, be their unique selves, and change the world around them.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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