Karen Albrecht, Special Education Teacher
Ms. Albrecht earned her M.A. and licensure in Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders at Augsburg University. She also earned a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin—River Falls and has completed coursework in Autism Spectrum Disorders at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She enjoys teaching elementary students in Apple Valley during the summer and playing the flute. She joined SPCPA’s Special Education department in 2014.
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.
Leah Dorschner, English Teacher
Ms. Dorschner earned her B.A. in English Literature and M.Ed. in English Education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Before joining SPCPA, she taught English at a bilingual school in Mexico and has worked in several districts around the Twin Cities.
Shelley Duffy, Learner Strategies Teacher
Ms. Duffy earned her B.S. in Education and Special Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She began her career at SPCPA in 2011 and has two daughters who are now alumnae. Prior to working at SPCPA, she spent five years teaching Special Education in Lakeville, MN.
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.
James Grev, Math Teacher
Mr. Grev joined the SPCPA staff in 2017. He spent several years private tutoring in math and music, as well as additional studies in physics and economics. Mr. Grev holds an A.S in Engineering Fundamentals from Inver Hills Community College, a B.S. in Math from the University of Minnesota, and his currently pursuing his Masters in Math Education at the University of Minnesota.
Kim Hanson, Spanish Teacher
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 Public Library. He has experience volunteering at previous charter high schools.
Andrew Hess, Mathematics Teacher
Mr. Hess completed his B.A. in Mathematics with a concentration in education from St. Olaf College in 2015.
Daniel Jay-Dixon, Mathematics Teacher
Mr. Jay-Dixon received his B.S. in Physics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities at the College of Science & Engineering. After completing his Physics and Math teaching program at Hamline University, Mr. Jay-Dixon taught math at the former Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins.
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.
Devin Johnston, Spanish Teacher
Ms. Johnston received a B.A. in Communications and Spanish from Augsburg University in Minneapolis and is currently working towards her Masters degree in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (May 2019). Additionally, she studied abroad and lived with a host family in Seville, Spain during her undergrad years.
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.
Elizabeth Echavarría Nelson, American Sign Language
Ms. Nelson is a Texan native from humble beginnings now living in Minnesota with her seven children. She has received a Master of Education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in Human Resource Development as a Ray G. Price Fellow and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chicano Studies. Her professional accomplishments include National Association of Profession Women 2013/14 Woman of the Year Award, University of Minnesota Women of Color Tapestry Award 2012, a certified Meyers Briggs Type Indicator I&II practitioner, and Ms. Nelson serves on the Minnesota Judicial roster of interpreters.
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.
Gina Sekelsky, English Teacher
Ms. Sekelsky holds a B.A. in Education from St. Mary’s University. After teaching elementary school in St. Louis Park, MN, she owned a graphic art studio for over twenty years before returning to education. Ms. Sekelsky joined the SPCPA community first as a parent; she began teaching in the English department in 2016.