Callie Jacobs, Director of School (Superintendent)
Callie Jacobs holds a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in teaching and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She is a licensed life science teacher, having taught Biology, Advanced Biology, Environmental Science, and Physical Science at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists for three years, Center for Training and Careers, and in the School District of Elcho, Wisconsin. She has been engaged in programs such as the Neuroscience Outreach Program and Brain Awareness Week, both established by the University of Minnesota to further engage teachers and students in opportunities that promote practical applications of science.
She continues to seek research opportunities for the purpose of integrating her interests in science, education, and leadership. In doing so, Callie obtained licensure as a school administrator and received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of St. Thomas.
Brian Goranson, Principal
Brian Goranson received his Ed.S. from the University of St. Thomas in 2014 and an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of MN in 1994. Since then, he has appeared in over 50 productions on many local and national stages, including: The Guthrie Theater, Florida Stage, Illusion Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Great American History Theatre, and The Jungle Theatre. He directed productions at Actor’s Theatre of MN, Illusion Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Great American History Theatre, The Playwright’s Center, Starting Gate, and 50 Foot Penguin. Brian served as Artistic Director for Theatre L’Homme Dieu for its 2006 and 2007 seasons. He also spearheaded the 2001 Sally Award-winning arts education program, The Chicago Avenue Project, from 1996 through 2003.
As a theater educator—in addition to numerous residencies in high schools and colleges all over the country—he taught for 7 years at the University of Minnesota. In 2004, Brian received the Lake Conference Achievement Award in Fine Arts, recognizing distinguished alumni. Previous to his role as Artistic Director (Principal) for SPCPA, he served as its Theatre Department Chair and has been with the school from its inception.
Monica Lonergan, Director of Special Education
Monica Lonergan holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Social Work and Psychology. She obtained her M.S. in Special Education from Purdue University and her Administrative License from Hamline University. Previous to her role as a Director of Special Education, she taught special education students in Kindergarten through transition-age programs. She has provided training to teachers on topics ranging from due process compliance to writing effective IEPs. Monica has received a Certificate of Recognition from the state for her work as a member of the Specific Learning Disabilities trainers network.
Kyle Clemins, Dean of Students
Kyle Clemins holds a B.S. in Art Education and a B.F.A. in Studio Art, both achieved at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. He is a licensed teacher in Wisconsin who taught Art at the Luck School District for ten years. Prior to his teaching career Kyle spent nine years in the Army National Guard as a 19D Cavalry Scout and 19K Armored Crewmember. Kyle served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006. In his free time Kyle is an amateur boxer and coach at Believers Boxing Gym in Forest Lake, MN.
Alison Green, College Counselor
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.
Susan Reiling, Executive Assistant to the Director of School (Superintendent)
Susan Reiling has been with SPCPA since 2005 and brings to the Conservatory 9 years of prior administrative experience in both for-profit and non-profit settings. She graduated from Minneapolis Business College in 1996 with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Office Administration. Prior to working at SPCPA, Susan was employed as an office coordinator with Family Support Network and administrative assistant in the corporate office of Midwest Auto Parts Distributors.
Meg Anderson, Executive Assistant to the Academic Director
Meg recently spent a year as an English Teaching Assistant in a French high school outside Paris, France. She previously worked as the Cultural Events Assistant for the French Studies program and was captain of the club lacrosse team at Saint Benedict. She has her B.A. in French Studies with a minor in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict. She joined SPCPA in 2018.
Nancy Galatowitsch, Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director
Nancy Galatowitsch joined SPCPA in 2012.
Patty Hall, Administrative Assistant, Wilkins
Patty Hall joined SPCPA in 2016. She is a local theatre artist, musician, and arts educator.