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.

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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 13 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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Beth Wakefield

Beth Wakefield holds a B.S. and M. Ed. in Education from the University of Minnesota. She has been ...
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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 Saint Anthony Middle School. She has worked with students of all ages ...
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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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CSGA Enrichment

CSGA Enrichment provides before & after school enrichment activities for all ages. We also provide workshops and activities ...
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David Olson

David has been teaching ceramics to artists of all ages for 15 years.  He holds a B.F.A. in ...
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Elizabeth Barnard (E.B.)

E.B. did her undergraduate studies in anthropology and has a master's degree in education.  She has a background ...
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Heidi Ferris

Heidi Ferris

Creative, student-centered, and effective are three words people use to describe Ms. Ferris' teaching. For Heidi, teaching is ...
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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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John McCaffrey

John teaches interactive design and animation at Hennepin Technical College.  He has been working in art, design, and ...
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Kari Bronson

Kari has been teaching for 20 years.  She has a BA in English Education from The University of ...
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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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Nicole Hoiland

Nicole has taught art for the last twenty years.  She holds an MA in Drawing and an MFA ...
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Ross Eichele

Ross is the Librarian/Media Specialist at Eagan High School, where he also coaches speech and debate.  Before becoming ...
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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 an M.Ed in Education, and ...
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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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Zach Prax

Zach currently teaches Advanced Placement Psychology and World History at Eastview High School and has taught almost every ...
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