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.
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.
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.
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.
Jody King, Guided Study Hall Teacher
Ms. King joined the SPCPA staff in 2015. After receiving her B. A. in Elementary Education from Augsburg College, she worked with students grades 7-12 in St. Paul public high school-based clinics. Ms. King has taught many subjects in Minneapolis Public Schools for the past four years, including reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Her experiences have guided her to helping students achieve academic excellence at SPCPA.
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.
Eric Lassila, English Teacher
Mr. Lassila joined the SPCPA English department in 2014. He earned his B. A. in English from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and his M. S. in Education from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Mr. Lassila has worked in the education field for seven years in Illinois, North Dakota and Minnesota.
Matt Logan, Paraprofessional
Mr. Logan joined the SPCPA staff in 2014. He earned his B. A. in Spanish with a minor in Education and holds his Minnesota K-12 license in World Languages. He taught Spanish for two years at Highland Senior High School in St. Paul and spent one year in Spain teaching English.
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.
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.
Joshua Rains, English Teacher
Mr. Rains earned his B. A. in English Literature from James Madison University in Virginia. Before joining SPCPA in 2014 as an English teacher, he taught for five years, including internationally in Indonesia, Kuwait and the Northern Marianas Islands. Mr. Rains is currently enrolled in the Teacher Ready program from the University of West Florida, received categories 1, 2, and 3 I. B. PYP training, and attended the 2012 I. B. regional conference in Madrid, Spain. He also presented a workshop at P. E. A. K. (Professional Educators Association of Kuwait) in 2012.
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.
Nora Sobering, Paraprofessional
Ms. Sobering experience includes her B. S. in Theatre with a concentration in Dance at Kansas State University. She is pursuing her M.S.E. in School Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
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.