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Arvidson, Jesse
Adjunct Faculty
Special Education
Email: jarvidson1@css.edu
 
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Bauman, John
Bauman, John
Asst Professor, EDU
Education
Office: T3106
Phone: (218) 625-4995
Email: jbauman@css.edu
 
Bergstrom, Amy
Bergstrom, Amy
Assoc Prof/Chief Diversity Off
Inclusive Excellence
Office: T2108
Phone: (218) 723-7067
Email: abergstrom@css.edu
 
 
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Chanslor, Dione
Chanslor, Dione
Admin Asst, SOE Grad Programs
GTL
Office: T3101A
Phone: (218) 723-6018
Email: dchanslo@css.edu
 
Chanslor, Dione
Chanslor, Dione
Admin Asst, SOE Grad Programs
GTL
Office: T3101A
Phone: (218) 723-6018
Email: dchanslo@css.edu
 
 
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Chaplin, Leslie
Adjunct Faculty
MSW- Masters in SWK
Email: lchaplin@css.edu
 
 
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Deadrick, Stacy
Asst AD, Fac & Event Mgmt
Athletic Director
Office: BWC258
Phone: (218) 723-6299
Email: sdeadric@css.edu
 
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Dolensek, Kiersten
Adjunct Faculty
Honors Program
Email: kdolensek@css.edu
 
 
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Etongue-Mayer, Doreene
Etongue-Mayer, Doreene
Asso Prof/Ch Gr Lcs Tch Pgrms
Education
Office: T3103
Phone: (218) 723-7040
Email: detonguemayer@css.edu
 
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Fischer, Brenda
Fischer, Brenda
Assoc Prof/Dean/Anew Grant Mgr
SOE Admin
Office: T3103B
Phone: (218) 723-5971
Email: bfischer1@css.edu
 
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Hinrichs, Jesse
Hinrichs, Jesse
Assoc Prof
GTL
Office: St. Paul Campus
Phone: (651) 403-8637
Email: jhinrich@css.edu
 
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LaVigne, Beth
LaVigne, Beth
Asst Professor, EDU
Education
Office: T3405
Phone: 733-2236
Email: blavigne@css.edu
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Lake, Pauline
Lake, Pauline
Curriculum/Prof Develop Coord
Center for CS Education
Phone: (218) 723-6377
Email: plake@css.edu
 
 
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Lo Bello Miller, Jana
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: jlobellomille@css.edu
 
 
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Loeffler, Susan
Adjunct Faculty
Elementary Degree Completion (2+2)
Email: sloeffler@css.edu
 
 
Long, Jill
Long, Jill
Asst Prof/Crd Elem Ed Cmpl Pgm
Elementary Degree Completion (2+2)
Office: St. Paul Campus
Phone: (651) 403-8659
Email: jlong1@css.edu
 
Lucarelli, Chery
Lucarelli, Chery
Professor/Chair, Grad Pgms ED
EdD program
Office: T3113
Phone: (218) 723-7052
Email: clucarelli@css.edu
View Site
 
 
 
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Miller, Annette
Miller, Annette
Associate Prof, EDU
GTL
Office: St. Paul Campus
Phone: (651) 403-8630
Email: amiller19@css.edu
 
Murzyn, Amy
Murzyn, Amy
Assoc Prof/Spec Ed Prog Coord
Special Education
Office: T3100
Phone: (218) 723-6110
Email: amurzyn@css.edu
 
 
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Niemi, Jennifer
Niemi, Jennifer
Instructor/Native Studies Dir
SAL Admin
Email: jniemi@css.edu
 
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Olesewski, Shawn
Olesewski, Shawn
Coord., Outdoor Recreation
Pursuit
Office: BWC106
Phone: (218) 723-6196
Email: solesewski@css.edu
 
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Pothast, Michael
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: mpothast@css.edu
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Pristash, Sharon
Adjunct Faculty
Masters of Ed-ONLINE
Office: ECI
Phone: (218) 733-2294
Email: spristas@css.edu
 
 
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Ridenour, Matthew
Ridenour, Matthew
Assoc Prof & Chair, UG Prog
Education
Office: T3413
Phone: (218) 723-7029
Email: mridenour@css.edu
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Rissling, Karen
Rissling, Karen
Asst Professor, Education
Masters of Ed-ONLINE
Office: T3401
Phone: (218) 723-6310
Email: krissling@css.edu
 
 
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Roche, Ingrid
Adjunct Faculty
Masters of Ed-ONLINE
Email: iroche@css.edu
 
 
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Rollag Yoon, Stephanie
Assistant Professor, EDU
Elementary Degree Completion (2+2)
Office: St. Paul Campus
Phone: (651) 403-8636
Email: srollagyoon@css.edu
 
 
Roux, Judi
Roux, Judi
Visiting Asst Professor, EDU
Education
Office: T3108B
Phone: (218) 723-6448
Email: jroux@css.edu
 
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Saamanen, Renee
Saamanen, Renee
Assoc Dir, Enrollment Comm
Graduate & Non-Trad Enrollment
Office: S3312
Phone: (218) 625-4821
Email: rsaamanen@css.edu
 
Sims, Jane
Sims, Jane
Dir, Acad Tech & Online Learng
Center for Instructional Design
Office: S1222C
Phone: (218) 723-6477
Email: jsims@css.edu
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Staniger, David
Head Coach, Men's Basketball
Mens Basketball
Office: BWC262
Phone: (218) 723-6609
Email: dstanige@css.edu
 
 
Stewart, Sarah
Stewart, Sarah
Assoc Dir, Office of EDI
Institutional Diversity
Office: T2124
Phone: (218) 723-6453
Email: sstewart@css.edu
 
 
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TeeGarden, Lori
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: lteegarden@css.edu
 
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Weets, Darci
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: dweets1@css.edu
 
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Weil, Roberta
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: rweil2@css.edu
 
 
Witikko, Neil
Witikko, Neil
Assoc Prof/Dir Ctr Teach & Lrn
Academic Affairs
Office: T3109A
Phone: (218) 723-6155
Email: nwitikko@css.edu
 
 


Jesse Arvidson, MS Special Ed.

Jesse Arvidson (MS in Special Education & MS in Teaching, The College of St. Scholastica) is a Special Education Teacher at South St. Paul Public Schools and an adjunct instructor at CSS. He is excited to meet with CSS students who are interested in special education.

Originally from South St. Paul, Minnesota - Jesse now resides with his family in St. Paul. In his free time he can be found gardening, spending time at the cabin, or reading a book in his front porch.

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John Bauman, MA

John earned his B.S. in Elementary Education from Moorhead State University. His M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction was earned at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. John taught elementary students in the towns of Wabasso and Northfield, MN. He also completed advanced studies in Educational Leadership through the University of St. Thomas. John teaches in the School of Education, the Dignitas program for First-Year students, and serves as chair of the SOE Undergraduate Admissions Committee, long-standing member of the Mission Integration Advisory Board, Chair of the Catholic Studies Advisory Board, and many other ongoing capacities. He has been blessed by interactions with Sisters from the St. Scholastica Monastery throughout his entire life. In his early years of Faith formation, Sister Caprini Beauvais served at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Ely, MN.. Sister Sara Smedman helped him find his calling as an educator during his time at Moorhead SU. Sister Mary Rochefort & Sister Clare Marie Trettel were instrumental in his transition into and growth at the College. He is thankful for the ongoing mentorship of the Sisters of the St. Scholastica Monastery in his understanding of the Benedictine tradition.  His passions include his family, Faith, teaching, reading, music, and numerous outdoor activities.

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Amy Bergstrom, EdD

 

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Dione Chanslor,

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Dione Chanslor,

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Kiersten Dolensek, MA, Minnesota Elementary Education (K-6) license

About Instructor: 

 

Kiersten Dolensek brings a practical approach to the St. Scholastica Elementary Education Degree Completion Program. With 6 years of teaching experience as a third-grade general education teacher, Ms. Dolensek has the experience to bring the course material to life for students and prepare them for practical real-world teaching practices.  

 

 

Academic/Professional Credentials: 

 

MA, Education with an Emphasis in Differentiated Instruction, Concordia University

 

BS, Elementary Education (K-6) with middle school math endorsement (5-8), Bemidji State University 

 

 

Academic Focus: 

 

Prioritize high-quality student-teacher relationships and high expectations for all students, combined with implementation of current best practices, that positively impacts academic growth and achievement for all students with an equity lens. 

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Doreene Etongue-Mayer,

Doreene Etongue-Mayer is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, She also serves as the Chair of the School of Education Graduate Teaching Licensure Program. 

She earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Her Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota. Her B. A is in English and French Languages with a minor in Linguistics from the University of Dschang, Cameroon.

Doreene has several years of teaching experiences in early childhood, primary and secondary education. She mostly taught Religious Education, English and French as second languages. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Dschang, she assisted with research, provided training and coordinated local language development and adult literacy work with the National Language Development Association an affiliate of Société Internationale de Linguistique.

Her research interests include evaluating current teacher education practices, expanding views on teachers as leaders of change, who can effectively address social justice issues in curriculum and instruction. She also believes in bridging the knowledge and application gap between higher education and the workplace through research and collaborative practices.

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Brenda Fischer,

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Jesse Hinrichs,

Jesse taught high school students for 13 years and served as administrator (Principal/Superintendent) for 13 years. He has a Minnesota secondary teacher's license and a superintendent license. Jesse graduated from Winona State University in Secondary Education, and received his Masters Degree from St. Thomas University in Training and Human Resource Development. He earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Administration (Ed. D.), from Bethel University. His Dissertation study title is: Policy Governance: The Impact on School Board Effectiveness and Turnover.

Jesse joined The College of St. Scholastica faculty in August, 2008, and works in the Graduate Teacher Licensure program teaching research courses, field experince seminars, and also conducts student teacher observations. 

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Beth LaVigne, MEd

Beth received her bachelor's degree in Natural Science from The College of St. Benedict. She completed a teaching certificate at UMD, and an M.Ed. from St. Scholastica. Beth taught middle and secondary level science classes including life, earth, and physical science for 13 years in the Duluth Schools, and has conducted workshops for teachers and volunteered in elementary science classrooms.  Her focus is on increasing teacher's abilities to engage and support all students. 

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Pauline Lake,

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Jana Lo Bello Miller, PhD

Jana LoBello Miller's scholarly interests include elementary teacher education, technology integration, equity-based pedagogies as well as identity constructions within formal and informal educational spaces. She has taught in both elementary and special education contexts where culturally responsive pedagogies inform both her teaching and learning. 

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Susan Loeffler, MA, Elementary Education, Pre-Primary

Susie Loeffler has a BA in Theater from Macalester College, and a Masters in Education from St. Catherine University. She studied acting, movement, and classical theater in London for a semester, and wrote her Masters capstone on the integration of theater and art in the elementary classroom. Susie is currently a 4th grade teacher at King Elementary in Deer River, MN.

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Jill Long, EdD

Jill Long, EdD - Assistant Professor/Degree Completion Director

Dr. Jill Long holds an EdD in Educational Leadership from Hamline University, M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas and a BA in Elementary Education from The College of St. Scholastica. She is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Elementary Degree Completion Program in the School of Education and Social Work at The College of St. Scholastica. Her work includes teaching and curriculum writing with a focus on equity and social justice. Jill spent several years teaching in a K-6 classroom, served as an educational consultant providing professional development to practicing teachers and led several elementary schools through successful accreditations. She maintains an active K-6 teaching license and is currently serving on the Executive Board of Trustees at a prominent high school. Jill also serves on several community college education advisory boards to create paths for supporting all students' educational journey. Jill’s research and scholarly activities include studying the impacts on and development of effective teacher dispositions and creating partnerships with community colleges in providing a path for underserved populations to become teachers. In addition, she has presented nationally and internationally on a curriculum model infusing computational thinking and computer science in a teacher licensure program.

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Chery Lucarelli, PhD

Professor and Chair of Doctoral and Graduate Education Studies, Dr. Lucarelli serves as the director of the online Doctorate in Educational Leadership and the nationally ranked Master of Education and certificate programs. She is committed to supporting collaborative inclusive learning and work environments to support innovation. Her research interests include best practices to support design thinking and innovation in social sectors, online learning, learning technologies, and educator professional development. Dr. Lucarelli has served as the PI on the TeachCS@CSS grant funded by Google and as Co-PI on an NSF CS10K grant to scale up CS teacher professional development by leveraging online communities of practice. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the annual Teaching and Learning Conference. She is a former elementary teacher. She holds a PhD in Professional Studies in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology from Capella University, an M.Ed. in Math and Science Education from the College of St. Scholastica, and a BAS in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Dr. Lucarelli believes in the positive potential that others bring to collaborative spaces and is intentional about seeking joy in work and play.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherylucarelli/

Twitter: @cherylucarelli

 

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Annette Miller,

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Amy Murzyn, Ed.D.

Dr. Murzyn is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Special Education Programs and Masters in Education Program at the College of St. Scholastica. She has a Doctorate degree in Teaching and Learning from the University of Minnesota. Her work at the College has involved the development of a graduate online special education licensure program, a graduate certificate in Special Education, and an online undergraduate Special Education minor, as well as teaching in the undergraduate licensure programs, graduate licensure programs, the MEd, and the Ed D. Amy’s research interests focus on equitable teaching and learning practices in online environments, Universal Design for Learning, and the integration of professional learning communities in online environments. Amy holds teaching licenses in Minnesota in the areas of K-12 Special Education-Learning Disabilities and K-6 Elementary Education. Her background in K-12 and higher education have afforded her a unique perspective in teaching and learning as they relate to students with disabilities, knowledge of adult learning practices, building a community of learners, and best practices within special education and K-12 public schools.

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Jennifer Niemi, M.Ed

Jennifer Niemi is the Director of the Native Studies at CSS. Her passion lies in equity and inclusion. Jennifer has been a Qualified Administrator (QA) of the Intercultural Development Inventory, since 2006, which is a tool for assessing intercultural competence at the individual and group level. Jennifer comes from 8 years of service with the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) in their Learning Initiatives Department as the Program Manager for Split Rock Lighthouse. Prior to MNHS Jennifer worked for 11 years in higher education as the academic advisor for Gekinoo’imaagejig, a program committed to the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Native Americans interested in becoming teachers. In that role she also assisted in program development and accreditation. Jennifer has a Bachelor's degree in History and American Indian Studies and a M.Ed in Environmental Education. 

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Shawn Olesewski,

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Michael Pothast, MA

Mike Pothast has been in public education for 25 years. For 19 of those years, he taught English/Language Arts at Hermantown Schools, grades 6-12, and for the last six years he has been the Technology Integration Specialist at Hermantown Schools, grades 5-12. In that role, he coordinates all technology related professional development and training for teachers in grades 5-12 and assists with technology integration in various ways for those grade levels.

Mike has also taught in both the GTL and Master of Education programs at Saint Scholastica for the last five years, teaching a variety of courses, centering mainly on educational techology integration and leadership.  Along with these courses, Mike has also worked with The School of Education and The National Center for Computer Science Education at Scholastica on various grants to incorporate Computer Science and Computational Thinking into grades K-12.

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Sharon Pristash, MEd, EdD

My name is Dr. Sharon Pristash. I have been in education as a teacher and principal for 37 years. I have also been married to my husband, Bob, for 37 years. We have no children, just one spoiled cat.

 

I currently live in Cave Creek, Arizona, just north of Phoenix. I moved here in 2009 to accept the challenge of becoming the founding principal of a new Catholic school. We opened the school with only 2 grades, 1st and 2nd, and a total of 23 students. We added one grade per year and are now a complete K-8 school with 240 students. It has been very exciting!

 

I moved to sunny AZ from Duluth, MN, where I had a 25-year career as teacher and principal at a Catholic School. I also taught full time at St. Scholastic in the Elementary Education Dept from 1995-1998. During that time, CSS started the Distance Learning Program that has evolved into the Online Master’s program we have today. When I left CSS to be a principal, I became an adjunct instructor in the Online Master’s program.

 

I am also a CSS alum. I received my B.A. in Elem Ed and my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from CSS. I received my doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2001 from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

 

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Matthew Ridenour, EdD

Dr. Matt Ridenour is an Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Education Programs at CSS. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, he also teaches in the Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD) program. Matt received his B.A. in Philosophy from Bethel University, completed graduate work in education (with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction) at Colorado Christian University, and received his Doctorate in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Matt's dissertation research focused on how college students define college readiness. Matt came to CSS after spending eight years as a classroom teacher in Minneapolis and two years as an Assistant Professor of Education at UW-Superior. His ongoing research interests involve examining teacher identity and teaching metaphors. Matt is also Co-Editor of the Northwest Journal of Teacher Education, a national peer-reviewed journal that serves as a critical and generative forum for scholars, supervisors, preservice educators, K-12 practitioners and administrators. As a former whitewater rafting and mountaineering guide, Matt still spends time in the backcountry and on the water with his wife and three children. Notable awards and honors include: 2018 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, 2017 SoTL Homegrown Scholar, 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Nominee and 2014 Barringer Research Fellow.

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Karen Rissling, PhD, MA,

My name is Karen Rissling, and I am an education professor that teaches both undergrad courses, as well as courses in the Literacy Certificate program in the M.Ed program here at CSS. Originally a Canadian transplant from Vancouver, British Columbia, I immigrated to the U.S. (El Paso, Texas) after completing my Bachelor’s degree to do some volunteer work, and ended up staying.

My teaching background is in secondary education, and I was an ESL (English as a Second Language) certified 7th grade English Language Arts teacher in El Paso for 9 years. It was an incredible experience to teach in a Title 1 public school on the border of Mexico, and I loved teaching middle school!  In August 2019, I packed up my car and moved to Duluth, Minnesota from Pittsburgh, where I completed my Language, Literacy, and Culture PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. There I was able to teach classes and help facilitate practicums, supervised reading specialist candidates, and worked closely with refugee and immigrant students as part of my dissertation study. 

Some of my personal interests include volunteering, learning Spanish, playing tennis, kayaking, enjoying live music, writing young adult fiction, and traveling. 

 

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Stephanie Rollag Yoon, PhD

Stephanie Rollag Yoon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at The College of St. Scholastica. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota, with a focus on Literacy and multimodality. She received her B.A. in English Language Arts Education and Spanish from Concordia College and her M.S. in Educational Leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University. She has taught middle school Language Arts and Reading in rural and urban districts, preservice teachers at the University of Minnesota, and practicing teachers in many school districts.

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Judi Roux, EdD

Dr. Judi Roux completed a B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College in 1990. A Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree from Mankato State University in 1994 connects to her current position in the Graduate Teaching Licensure program. Teacher leadership and professional learning experiences led to the completion of a Doctorate in Teaching and Learning (Ed.D.) in 2013 from the University of Minnesota Duluth. As an educator for over 25 years, Dr. Roux has taught secondary life science, informal science classes for elementary students, and courses in education, science education, and biology for undergraduate and graduate students. She has also facilitated professional learning sessions in research-based teaching strategies, digital tools, classroom assessments, and culturally responsive teaching. In recent years, she wrote and edited instructor guides, test banks, and PowerPoint lectures for two editions of a college-level introductory biology textbook.  As a member of the Institutional Review Board, Dr. Roux enjoys reading about research projects and collecting data related to online learning. 

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Renee Saamanen, MBA, Certificate in Project Management, Higher Education Leadership

Renee is the Assistant Director of Enrollment Management at the College of St. Scholastica, working with students who have been out of school for some time to help them with plans to return and finish their credential or degree. Renee has career experience in advising non-traditional, adult, and online learners, financial aid and communications. 

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Jane Sims, PhD

 

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Sarah Stewart,

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Darci Weets, MSEd.

Darci graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a B.A. in Physical Education/DAPE/Coaching and continued on to receive her Masters Degree in Special Education. Currently, she teaches Special Education at Hermantown High School (17 years) and is an adjunct instructor for the College of St. Scholastica (5 years).

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Neil Witikko,

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