ExplorSchool Teacher Bios

MITY’s ExplorSchool teachers are experienced educators who enjoy working with middle school students. They understand the importance of keeping young people’s natural curiosity alive and design interesting activities that require critical thinking and collaborative problem-solving. Most importantly, they spend time making sure that every student feels empowered to be their true selves and enjoy being a part of the MITY family. 

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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