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 10 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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Christina Nelson

Christina currently teaches visual art at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School in St. Paul.  She has ...
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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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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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Jim Tisel

Jim has been teaching and coaching for over 40 years, including two decades teaching abroad in Germany, the ...
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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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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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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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Urban Boatbuilders

Founded in 1995, Urban Boatbuilders’s mission is to empower youth to succeed in work and life through woodworking ...
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Yosefa Carriger

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