Academic Faculty & Student Services
Karen Albrecht, Special Education Teacher
Ms. Albrecht joined SPCPA’s Special Education department in 2014. She earned her licensure in Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders at Augsburg College, where she is currently completing her Master’s degree. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, has completed coursework for Autism Spectrum Disorders at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and is a highly qualified K-12 teacher in English, Language, Literature and Composition. Ms. Albrecht taught K – 8 music in North Central Wisconsin then worked as a sourcing/business analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota before returning to school for her special education licensure.
Raymond Bailer, Social Studies Teacher
Mr. Bailer began teaching Government and Economics at SPCPA in 2013. He received his B.A. in Broadfield Social Studies for Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and spent time at the University of Southern Cross in Lismore, Australia. Mr. Bailer taught U.S. History and a course called Modern Problems focusing on Economics, Sociology and Public Policy at Wayzata High School before joining SPCPA’s Social Studies department.
Connor Bohne, English Teacher
Mr. Bohne received his B. A. in English Literature from Hamline University, and his Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the Wisconsin E.S.L Institute. He is a story lover with an enthusiasm for legendary knights and castles, and has traveled in 22 countries, including China where he taught prior to joining the staff at SPCPA.
Emily Deutschman, Dean / Counselor
Ms. Deutschman holds her B.A. in Theatre Education from Dordt College, an M.A. in Adlerian Psychology with a school counseling emphasis from the Adler Graduate School in Minneapolis, and carries her K-12 school counseling licensure, and a Certificate in Mindfulness in Education. She has spent the last 5 years working as a counselor in schools abroad: 3 years as a college counselor for a private high school in southern Turkey, and 2 years as a Grade 8 & 9 counselor for an international school in Moscow, Russia. Before becoming a school counselor, Ms. Deutschman worked throughout the Twin Cities metro area as a theatre educator teaching kids ages 3-18 for over 9 years.
Stephen Dymond, Science Teacher
Mr. Dymond earned his B. A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota, his M. A. in Science Education from Saint Vincent College and is certified in K-12 Environmental Education, as well as 9-12 Life Science. He began teaching in the science department at SPCPA in 2014. He received an award for excellence in science education from Saint Vincent College.
Zach Flessert, Science Teacher / Data Coordinator
Mr. Flessert began his education career in 2014 at SPCPA. He earned his B.S. in Biology at University of Minnesota where he studied herpes simplex virus for his research thesis. He is currently completing his graduate work at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Flessert loves the Twin Cities for the rich and diverse culture, great river trails, expansive food scene, and amazing people. He is passionate about developing scientific and critical thinking skills for all students and creating equitable spaces to achieve that.
Nick Fox, Dean / Counselor
Mr. Fox earned his B. A. in Elementary Education from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, his M.A. in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University in Winona and his ED. S. degree in K-12 School Administration from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis. He has spent the last 10 years as a classroom teacher at the Elementary and Middle School levels. He has experience leading High School ALC credit recovery and summer school programs. Mr. Fox has a passion for working with students to ensure academic and social success.
Lisa Flynn, Math Teacher
Ms. Flynn has over ten years experience teaching mathematics, developing many skills influenced by students, colleagues, and various curriculum. She gained her B. S. in Math Education from Minnesota State University of Mankato. Teaching in Fort Collins, Colorado public schools, students challenged her to link math to the real world, while colleagues taught her the importance of sharing best practices. While teaching at the Munich International School of Germany, Ms. Flynn collaborated on observing, discussing, and refining lessons. She prides herself on representing mathematics in a variety of ways, also teaching students how to communicate and reflect on math.
Noemi Garcia, Spanish Teacher
Ms. Garcia joined SPCPA’s World Languages department in 2014. She holds her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in classroom instruction and a Reading Endorsement from Concordia University in St. Paul. Ms. Garcia earned her pedagogy credits to obtain her teaching license from Bemidji State University. She has taught all levels of Spanish to a wide range of learners from beginners to advanced. Her educational philosophy lays on the belief that working together with parents, teachers, administrators and the community, we can all create the best educational environment for all learners to be academically successful.
Sean Gilbertson, Math Teacher
Mr. Gilbertson began teaching math at SPCPA in the fall of 2015. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Theater with a concentration in Educational Studies from St. Olaf College. Before arriving at SPCPA, Mr. Gilbertson taught in Bloomington, MN, and also worked as a LARP and archery instructor in Vermont.
Alison Green, College Advisor
Alison Green joined the SPCPA staff as a paraprofessional in 2013 and took on the role of Post-Secondary Advisor in 2014. A graduate of Colorado College with a B. A. in Economics, Ms. Green spent nine years in finance and marketing at 3M Company after graduation. Ms. Green has also received her Certificate in College Admission Counseling from Hamline University.
Mark Hannasch, Spanish Teacher
Mr. Hannasch attended Iowa State University where he studied Spanish and Linguistics. After spending six months in Spain, he graduated in 2015. He spent time in Guatemala serving locals in Puerto Barrios while practicing Spanish with them. After graduating, he spent one year serving with Americorps teaching Adult Education in Spanish at the Latino Economic Development Center.
Dustin Haug, Science Teacher
Dustin Haug has been a staff member since fall of 2008. He has taught SPCPA students in modern dance, improvisation, partnering, chemistry, physics, and physical science. In 2012, he created the J-Term piece Everything, All at Once for the Evening of Dance showcase. Before SPCPA, Dustin lived in Seattle, WA, where he taught high school science, horticulture, and visual art in addition to touring and performing with KT Niehoff’s lingo dancetheater. He also tutors students in ACT/SAT prep, teaches dance outside of SPCPA at Zenon Dance School, and performs with Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA Dances. He loves his job and is super inspired by his students every day.
Erik Herman, Social Studies Teacher
Mr. Herman holds his B. S. of Professional Education with a minor in History from Bemidji State University. He previously gave public presentation through the Historical Society at Bemidji Puclib Library. He has experience volunteered at previous charter high schools
Emily Johnson, English Teacher
Ms. Johnson earned her B. A. in Secondary English Education from Augustana College in Illinois, then her M. A. in English from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She began teaching English at SPCPA in 2014. Prior to working at SPCPA, she spent six years in the English department in Sterling, IL, and was the Scholastic Bowl Varsity Coach for four years.
Jacqueline Johnson, Social Studies Teacher
Ms. Johnson began teaching world history at SPCPA in 2015. She received her B.A. in Broad Field Social Studies for Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Ms. Johnson has traveled all over the U.S. to historical sites as well as having been to Germany and Austria.
Abbie Kaufenberg, French Teacher
Ms. Kaufenberg completed her B. A. in Strategic Communications and French at the University of Minnesota. Her holds her M. A. in Teaching from Hamline University where she completed primary research on second language writing for her Master’s capstone. Ms. Kaufenberg previously taught at L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion School and Stillwater Public Schools. In addition to teaching French, she is a classical ballet instructor with the St. Croix Ballet.
Caity Kissner, Special Education Teacher
Ms. Kissner joined the SPCPA team in her first year of teaching high school in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. She continued for her Master of Education at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with initial licensure in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ms. Kissner has four years of special education assistant teaching experience, working with preschool through junior high students.
Taylor Lohman, English Teacher
Ms. Lohman received her Social Studies Teaching major from Winona State University, and completed her double major in history and theology at Concordia University in St. Paul. She earned her Masters in English from the Oxford Brookes University in England, writing about the prevalence of the Frankenstein mythos in modern science fiction.
Thomas Long, Special Education Paraprofessional
Mr. Long received his B. A. in Organizational Communications and a Music Performance Minor from Salisbury University in Maryland. In addition to his work at SPCPA, Mr. Long is a Fitness Nutrition and A.C.E-certified personal trainer that works with a variety of youth and adult clients including those with disabilities. He enjoys coaching on- and off- ice conditioning for youth ice hockey.
Rachel Miller, Science Teacher
Ms. Miller began teaching in the Science department in 2014. She earned her B. S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Before joining SPCPA, she taught Biology, Chemistry and Wildlife Ecology in Baraboo, WI.
Kristi Newby, Math Teacher
Ms. Newby received her B. S. in Statistics with a minor in Spanish from the University of Minnesota, where she is currently pursuing her Masters in Mathematics Education.
Steven Petersen, Math Teacher
Mr. Petersen joined the team of SPCPA in 2016. He holds both Bachelors in Science and Arts in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics from the University of Minnesota.
Sara Peterson, Science Teacher
Ms. Peterson received her B. S. in Zoology and Biology Education with a minor in English Literature from North Dakota State University. She taught biology and physical science at West Fargo High School, and an Introduction to Science 9 summer school course at Roseville High School.
Natalie Reinhart, Social Studies Teacher
Ms. Reinhart earned her Social Studies licensure and B. A. in American Studies from Carleton College. Ms. Reinhart formerly worked in AVID classrooms as a tutor and co-teacher, and she spent the 2016 school year in Minneapolis Public Schools as a student teacher and reserve teacher.
Emma Stout, Guided Study Hall Teacher
Ms. Stout graduated from Macalester College in 2015 with a B.A. in History. She served as a teaching fellow at the Breakthrough Collaborative, a non-profit that supports high-achieving students from underserved communities. Ms. Stout also served as a Youth Program Assistant the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis from 2015 to 2016.
Jillian Wirth, Special Education Teacher
Ms. Wirth began teaching at SPCPA in 2012. She earned her B. A. in Social Studies Education and M. A. in Special Education with EBD and LD licensure through Bethel University. In addition to teaching at SPCPA, Ms. Wirth works with adults who have developmental and cognitive disabilities through her job at ACR Homes. Before joining the SPCPA staff, she worked at Forest Lake High School as an EBD teacher and at Community of Peace Academy as a special education paraprofessional.