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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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Cole, Jillian
Adjunct Faculty
SOE Admin
Email: jcole3@css.edu
 
 
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Davis, Jessica
Adjunct Faculty
Elementary Degree Completion (2+2)
Email: jdavis22@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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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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Francisco, Anna
Adjunct Faculty
Masters of Ed-ONLINE
Email: afrancisco@css.edu
 
 
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Gibbs, Sandra
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: sgibbs@css.edu
 
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Gill, Lukas
Adjunct Faculty
Masters of Ed-ONLINE
Email: lgill@css.edu
 
 
Gilpin, Staci
Gilpin, Staci
Asst Prof, Special Education
Special Education
Office: T3403
Phone: (218) 723-6234
Email: sgilpin@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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Lake, Pauline
Lake, Pauline
Curriculum/Prof Develop Coord
Center for CS Education
Phone: (218) 723-6377
Email: plake@css.edu
 
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Larson, Jon
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: jlarson23@css.edu
 
 
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Lindner, Clayton
Adjunct Faculty
Elementary Degree Completion (2+2)
Email: clindner@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
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Maki, Jerome
Adjunct Faculty
Education
Email: jmaki6@css.edu
 
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Marsman, Edward
Adjunct Faculty
Education
Email: emarsman@css.edu
 
 
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Martin-Kerr, Keitha-Gail
Adjunct Faculty
Elementary Degree Completion (2+2)
Email: kmartinkerr@css.edu
 
 
Miller, Annette
Miller, Annette
Associate Prof, EDU
GTL
Office: St. Paul Campus
Phone: (651) 403-8630
Email: amiller19@css.edu
 
 
Miller, Cynthia
Miller, Cynthia
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: cmiller20@css.edu
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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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Olesewski, Shawn
Olesewski, Shawn
Coord., Outdoor Recreation
Pursuit
Office: BWC106
Phone: (218) 723-6196
Email: solesewski@css.edu
 
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Patrow, Scott
Adjunct Faculty
Elementary Degree Completion (2+2)
Email: spatrow@css.edu
 
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Podgornik, Diane
Adjunct Faculty
Education
Email: dpodgornik@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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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
Asst Director, Enrollment Serv
Graduate & Non-Trad Enrollment
Office: S3312
Phone: (218) 625-4821
Email: rsaamanen@css.edu
 
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Salentiny, Adrienne
Adjunct Faculty
Masters of Ed-ONLINE
Email: asalentiny@css.edu
 
 
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Samuels, Erin
Adjunct Faculty
Elementary Degree Completion (2+2)
Email: esamuels1@css.edu
 
 
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Schnagl, Gregory
Adjunct Faculty
Elementary Degree Completion (2+2)
Email: gschnagl@css.edu
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Schroeder-Davis, Stephen
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: sschroederdav@css.edu
 
Schutte, Nikki
Schutte, Nikki
Senior Instructional Designer
Center for Instructional Design
Office: S1222B
Phone: (218) 625-4883
Email: nschutte@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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Takkunen, Bradley
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: btakkunen@css.edu
 
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TeeGarden, Lori
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: lteegarden@css.edu
 
 
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Watters, Amy
Watters, Amy
Assoc Prof/Dir Grad HIIM Pgrm
Health Info. Mgmt.-Masters Prog.
Office: S1222B
Phone: (218) 723-7094
Email: awatters@css.edu
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Weets, Darci
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: dweets1@css.edu
 
 
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Wilken, Christy
Adjunct Faculty
Special Education
Email: cwilken@css.edu
 
 
Witikko, Neil
Witikko, Neil
Assoc Prof/Dir Ctr Teach & Lrn
Academic Affairs
Office: T3109A
Phone: (218) 723-6155
Email: nwitikko@css.edu
 
 
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Wold, James
Adjunct Faculty
Elementary Degree Completion (2+2)
Email: jwold@css.edu
 
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Wolfson, Terry
Adjunct Faculty
GTL
Email: twolfson@css.edu
 
 
 


Amy Bergstrom, EdD

 

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Jillian Cole, MA

Jillian is an adjunct instructor at The College of St. Scholastica. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, in Integrated Elementary and Special Education and master's degree in special education from the University of St. Thomas. Jillian holds teaching licenses in Minnesota in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Specific Learning Disabilites, Emotional Behavior Disorders, and Elementary Education. 

For the past 8 years, she has worked as a special education teacher in the Twin Cities. Her academic interests include reading and math intertventions, social skills instruction, and social emotional learning. 

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Jessica Davis, MAT, MNTOY2019

A native to Minnesota, Jess Davis grew up in St. Joseph, MN and graduated from St. Cloud Apollo in the late 90s. Davis holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Minnesota State University Mankato, and a mathematics teaching license and Master’s in Teaching from Hamline University. Davis served as a mathematics teacher in the Twin Cities metro from 2006 - 2020, and was a founding advisor of the Black Pride Organization at South Saint Paul Secondary School. She possesses an educational philosophy deeply rooted in student agency.  Davis believes student-voice is an essential cornerstone often missing in the revolution of our educational system.  

 

In May of 2019, Davis was selected as Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year by the state’s 86,000-member statewide educators union.  In being named, she was described as an educator who is “modeling for students that equity needs to be deliberate and intentional.”  

 

Davis joined the Racial Equity team at St. Louis Park Schools as an Instructional Coach this fall, 2020.

 

Davis’ work can be seen in her publication ‘Motivational Attitude: The Effects of Motivational Principles on Student’s Attitudes towards Mathematics’, intentional twin cities programing highlighting engagement with professionals of color, as well as public testimony endorsing equity focused legislation like Minnesota’s Increase of Teachers of Color Act 2020.

 

Jess is excited to join the College of St. Scholastica as an adjunct instructor in the department of Education beginning the fall of 2021.

 

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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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Anna Francisco, MS, K-6 and 5-8 Science License

I live in Grand Rapids with my husband Luke and 3 sons, Otto, Milo and Arlo. Luke and I grew up in Grand Rapids and both attended St. Scholastica for our undergraduate years, which was a wonderful experience. We enjoy spending a lot of time on the lake in the summer and are busy with hockey and skiing in the winter.

I taught elementary school for a few years in the Grand Rapids area and then took a new position at Itasca Community College teaching and coordinating for the Class Act Pre-Education Program. I also teach developmental reading and health courses at ICC and enjoy running the College for Kids Program in the summer. I am an adjunct instructor for St. Scholastica and am also teaching for the new Elementary Education Degree Completion Program that is coming to Grand Rapids this Fall 2021! 

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Lukas Gill, MS

Lukas Gill is a lecturer of Computer Science and a high school Technology Education teacher in Orchard Park, NY. He also serves as a Professional Development Facilitator for the National Center for Computer Science Education, training teachers on the Mobile Computer Science Principles curriculum. He received a Bachelors of Science in Technology Education and a Masters of Science in Technology Education from Buffalo State College. Lukas is committed to promoting K-12 STEM education with a focus on computer science. He strives to integrate computer science and technology-based learning through collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects.

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Staci Gilpin, MS Ed

Staci is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Social Work at The College of St. Scholastica and a Ph.D. Student in Educational Foundations and Research at the University of North Dakota. She teaches and designs graduate and undergraduate courses using multiple delivery methods to include face-to-face, hybrid, and online.

 

Before moving into higher education, Staci worked in both urban and rural K-12 schools for nearly 20 years as a teacher for students with emotional/behavioral disabilities, elementary classroom teacher, instructional coach, and special education administrator. She is an advocate for quality online instruction as an avenue to provide access to higher education for students who live in rural areas, historically underrepresented communities, and to address teacher shortages in rural communities.

 

Staci's research utilizes quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods designs with social justice and equity lens to study the scholarship of teaching and learning, online learning, open educational resources, and teacher preparation. She presents at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), OpenEd, and AERA National Conferences. Staci is also widely published. She recently published a model of persistence for online learners and has two forthcoming book chapters about designing and using equitable online discussions. Further, she is a 2020-2021 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Open Educational Resources Fellow.

 

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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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Pauline Lake,

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Jill Long,

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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 and innovation in education, online learning, educational technology, 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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Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr, PhD

Dr. Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr has been in education for over 25 years. She has taught at the elementary, secondary, and tertiary levels in Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, and New York City. She holds a teacher’s diploma in Primary Education from the College of Agriculture Science and Education in Jamaica, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica, and two Master’s degrees one in Literacy Acquisition from City College of New York and the other in School District Administration from Touro College, NY.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Martin-Kerr has taught literacy content and pedagogy courses to pre/in-service teachers. Dr. Martin-Kerr is a phenomenologist; her research is connected to the educational needs of students from “non- traditional families”, educational inclusivity, and literacy practices in and out of school settings. She has presented at several educational conferences at the regional, national, and international level. She has published articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries in her area of study- teaching queerly and educational inclusivity. Dr. Martin-Kerr is an Executive Board Member on the Minnesota Reading Association, and the past president of the Minnesota Academy of Reading, and a field officer for the Literacy Research Association.  She currently works as a School Advocate at the Regional Center of Excellence in the Southeast/Metro area in Minnesota where she supports schools in the areas of evidence-based implementation science and equity. Dr. Martin-Kerr enjoys engaging in intellectually stimulating conversations around issues relating to equity, social justice, and educational inclusivity.

 

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Annette Miller,

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Cynthia Miller, M.Ed.

Cindy Miller earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from CSS in 1992 and a M.Ed. in Educational Media and Technology in 1998.  She is licensed for Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade and Media Specialist, and has been teaching as a Media/Technology Specialist and Grades 1-5 classroom teacher since 1994.  Cindy has been teaching in the GTL Program since 2017 and offers several professional development courses online and in person for the Duluth Public Schools.  When not on campus, Cindy can be found with her five children and husband in the north woods of Minnesota.

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Amy Murzyn, Ed.D.

Dr. Murzyn is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Special Education Programs 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, on-line special education licensure program, a graduate certificate in Special Education, and an on-line undergraduate Special Education minor. 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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Shawn Olesewski,

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Scott Patrow, MS

Scott Patrow joined the adjunct faculty in 2021, after retiring from years of public education serving as a K-12 Principal and Activities Director at Bigfork School (Bigfork, MN) and a Business Education teacher at Grand Rapids High School (Grand Rapids, MN) and Floodwood High School (Floodwood, MN).

He completed his Educational Administration plus Leadership at St. Cloud State University, and his graduate (Business Education and Coaching) and post-graduate (Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction) work at Bemidji State University.

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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 36 years. I have also been married to my husband, Bob, for 36 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 235 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 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. His dissertation research focused on how college students define college readiness. Dr. Ridenour 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. As a former whitewater rafting and mountaineering guide, Dr. Ridenour 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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Adrienne Salentiny, PhD

Dr. Adrienne Salentiny has been an adjunct professor for the College of St. Scholastica Masters of Education program since 2017. She has over 20 years’ experience in instructional design, education, and technology. Her work at the University of North Dakota and at other institutions has contributed to the success of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and non-credit activities including arts and sciences programs; continuing education and outreach; aviation education; medical, nursing, and health care education; and government-required environmental safety compliance training. 

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Gregory Schnagl, EdD

Dr. Schnagl earned his BA in Business Management from Augsburg University. He earned both his Masters and Doctorate from Saint Mary's University -Twin Cities campus. His doctoral research focused on the needs of newly- hired experienced teachers who recently joined an existing grade-level team. His research interests also include examining grade-level team cohesion and new-hire onboarding all of which informed the content of his book, Not My First Classroom: A Guide to Supporting Exerpeinced Teachers in New Roles. Prior to joining CSS, he spent nearly twenty years teaching in Minnesota, Virginia, and Guam. He and his wife of over 25 years have two grown children and a Labradoodle named Penny. He enjoys completing crossword puzzles, reading deep-dive nonfiction, playing old-man hockey, and strumming Eagles songs on his guitar.

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Stephen Schroeder-Davis, EdD

LICENSURE

Secondary Language Arts, Coaching, Developmental Reading

 

EDUCATION

Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership—University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Master of Arts, Education of the Gifted—Saint Cloud State University, Minnesota

Bachelors of Science, Comprehensive Language Art—Saint Cloud State University, MN

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Nikki Schutte, MS

I provide instructional and program design expertise for the development and support of the College’s online courses and programs. I collaborate with faculty and staff to create web-based teaching and learning environments that reflect the College’s Catholic, Benedictine heritage. I also provide pedagogical support for active, blended, and hybrid learning. 

In addition, I teach part-time for the SOE specifically the Universal Design for Learning course. 

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Sarah Stewart,

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Bradley Takkunen, MA

Life Science 7-12, Middle School Science, Physics 9-12

High School Science Instructor 1994-present

CSS online instructor 2014-present 

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Amy Watters, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA

Dr. Watters has a doctorate in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  She completed her master's and bachelor's course work in Health Information Management, including a Certificate in Healthcare Informatics, from The College of St. Scholastica. Before moving into academia, Dr. Watters spent over 10 years in the HIM industry, working in the areas of release of information, HIM and admitting management in acute care settings, product management at a software and consulting firm, and HIPAA security at a multi-specialty physician group. She is credentialed as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and was awarded Fellowship of AHIMA in 2011.

As Director of the Health Information Management Graduate Program, Dr. Watters coordinates the activities and leads the ongoing development of the graduate program. In her role as Associate Professor, she teaches courses at the graduate level, such as Foundations of Management in HIM, and Applied Project Research and Writing. She is an active member of the Minnesota Health Information Management Association, and is past-president of the Northeastern Minnesota Health Information Management Association.  She has served on the AHIMA Foundation Scholarship Committee and is currently serving a 3 year term as a member of the Health Information Management Accreditation Council for the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Dr. Watters' personal interest lies in life-long learning, and the impact sense of community has on the learning process. She enjoys assisting students in their growth both educationally, and professionally, as each strive to reach their own personal goals. She is also interested in online learning principles, and incorporating technology in education. 

Dr. Watters is co-editor and chapter co-author for the 5th edition of the textbook Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles & Practice.  She previously served as editor of the Instructor Manual for the 4th edition of the textbook, and in the 3rd edition, she and her colleague, Pam Oachs, co-authored the chapter Informatics in Healthcare.  She also co-authored a chapter in the textbook Data Analytics in Healthcare Research, and most recently co-authored an article in a refereed journal on the impact of the EHR Incentive Program on cultural competence in healthcare.  

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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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Christy Wilken, EdD

Christy is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. She then attended Southern Illinois Univeristy at Edwardsville, where she earned a M.S. in Psychology (Counseling focus) and an Ed.S. in School Psychology. After starting her career as a school psychologist, Christy attended University of Wisconsin - Platteville to earn her educational administrative credentials. She later attended Western Illinois University to complete her doctoral degree. She is also licensed as a special education director.

Christy has worked in the field of education for over 25 years, primarily with rural school districts in Illinois. In addition to working as a school psychologist, Christy's professional career has included working as a school administrator for nine years. Her responsibilities over the years also included CPI instruction, Extended School Year coordination, MTSS data coordination and programming, professional development in special education for school districts, oversight of a Setting IV day treatment program, grant writing, and many aspects of special education consultation. 

Now in Minnesota, Christy has returned to her professional roots as a school psychologist, working at Hermantown Schools. She is a strong advocate for students and for the use of data-based decision making. 

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Neil Witikko,

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