LILA Upper School Staff

New instructors for 2018-19 are noted with additional introductory information.

Languages

Profe Ceci - Language Acquisition: Spanish

 Ceci2016

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Hometown: Montevideo, Uruguay
Education: Instituto de Profesores Artigas, Montevideo, Uruguay - Language & Literature Studies

Profe Graham - Language Acquisition: Spanish

GINA GRAHAM 1.0 FTE Spanich Language HW Campus

Gina Graham
Hometown: Spooner, Wisconsin, USA
Education: Bethel University - Communication Arts & Literature Education and Spanish Education

Monsieur Schaumann - Language Acquisition: French, English as Second Language

 LILA Staff Schaumann Karl

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Hometown: White Plains, New York, USA
Education: Cornell College - B.A. French, English; Hamline University - M.A. ESL, pending

Karl is a product of the French immersion language program in Edina, MN, and has been speaking French since he was five years old. He attended Cornell College, majoring in both English and French, then went on to Hamline University to obtain a teaching certification. He has taught in Minneapolis, Anoka-Hennepin, and Osseo Public Schools, covering a total of five languages (primarily French and ESL, but with a dash of Spanish, German, and Ojibwe as well.)He loves learning about languages and is excited to begin his first year at LILA!

Liao Laoshi - Language Acquisition: Chinese

GRACE LIAO 1.0 FTE Chinese Language HW Campus min

Grace Anderson
Hometown: Southern California, USA
Education: Calvin College, Ann Arbor, Michigan - Spanish, Chinese; Secondary Education

Mr. Bufe, English Language & Literature

Bufe Brandon 18 19

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Hometown: Davenport, Iowa, USA
Education: St. Cloud State University - B.S. in Communication Arts & Literature, ESL (Summa Cum Laude), M.A. - TESOL, Woosong University, Daejeon, South Korea

Brandon has lived, studied and taught in the United States, South Korea, and China. He has lived and worked in South Korea as both a professional musician and as a professional ESL instructor at the secondary, post secondary, and graduate levels. Brandon spent six years living and teaching Chinese high school and middle school students and has three years of experience teaching MYP English. Brandon is enthusiastically looking forward to bringing all his personal and professional experiences and knowledge back to Minnesota and serving the LILA community.

Ms. Rasmussen - English Language & Literature / Individuals & Societies

Rasmussen Lynette

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Hometown: Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
Education: St. Catherine University - M.A. Education; University of Minnesota - B.A. History

Lynette taught 5th and 6th grades in Fridley, MN, for 14 years before moving to Monterrey, Mexico, where she spent the last two years teaching 5th grade. She is an avid sports fan, with football, hockey and tennis as favorites. She enjoys reading, yoga, traveling, and hanging out with her dog, Oliver.

Mrs. Ray - English Language & Literature/IB Diploma Program Coordinator

 Sarah Ray .5 English Teacher .5 IB DP Coordinator HW min

Sarah Ray
Hometown: Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
Education: University of Maryland, College Park

Ms. Taddei - English Language & Literature

Anna Taddei English Literature Language Arts

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Hometown: Santa Rosa, California, USA
Education: University of St. Thomas

Arts

Mrs. Farmer - Dance/Theater

MICHELLE FARMER .5 FTE Dance Teacher HW

Mickey Farmer
Hometown: Rome, New York, USA
Education: M.A. in Dance from State University of New York, Brockport; B.A. in Dance from State University of New York, Potsdam; Minnesota K-12 Dance License from Mankato State Univeristy

Meg Hirman - Theatre/Design

Details coming soon!

Visual Arts

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Mr. Schuster - Orchestra

Kenneth Schuster Orchestra Teacher HW

Ken Schuster
Hometown: Twin Cities area, Minnesota, USA
Education: University of Minnesota - Duluth, B.A. in instrumental music education; International Baccalaureate diploma from Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, Minnesota

Ms. Sloneker - Choir/Music Explorations

LILA Staff Sloneker Kiersten coach

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Hometown: Forest Lake, Minnesota, USA
Education: B.M. K-12 Music Education & B.M. Flute Performance

Outside of school, Kiersten coaches the LILA Color Guard (did you see the Guard in the 4th of July parade?!), and she teaches private flute lessons.

Mr. Zahler - Band

NICOLAS ZAHLER 1.0 FTE Band Teacher HW Campus

Nick Zahler
Hometown: USA
Education: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities - Bachelor in Instrumental Music Education

Maths

Ms. Kerr - Maths

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Hometown: Mankato, Minnesota, USA
Education: Martin Luther College and Western Governor's University

Danica lives south of the Twin Cities with her husband, Max, and puppy, Sephora. In their free time, they love to get outside for walks or hikes. Danica also enjoys playing piano, playing volleyball, sewing, knitting, reading, and learning. This is her third year teaching secondary math; she says, "I could not love it more. Thank you, LILA, for the wonderful teaching community!"

Mr. McNaughton - Maths

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Hometown: Monticello, Minnesota, USA
Education: Bethel University - B.A. in Math Education (5-12) and Spanish Education (K-12)

Mr. Munoz - Maths

THOMAS MUNOZ 1.0 FTE Math Teacher HW Campus

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Hometown: Selden, New York
Education: University of St. Thomas - Graduate Education Program; Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio - M.B.A.; State University of New York in Plattsburgh - B.S. Marketing

Mrs. Navratil - Maths

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Melissa Navratil
Hometown: Near Forest Lake (St. Francis High School graduate), Minnesota, USA
Education: University of Minnesota - Bachelor of Science, Math Education

Teng Laoshi - Maths

FeiTeng min

Fei Teng
Hometown: Dalian, China
Education: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - M.A. Scientific and Technical Communication; B.S. Mathematics

Individuals & Societies

Profe Erin - Individuals & Societies

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Hometown(s): The Midwest! Chicago, IL; Stillwater, Minnesota; Lindstrom, Minnesota, USA
Education: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL -  BA in History and African Studies and Secondary Education Licensure in Social Studies (grades 7-12)

Profe Alvaro - Individuals & Societies

LILA Staff Montero Alvaro

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Hometown: Valladolid, Spain
Education: History and Social Studies teaching degree

Alvaro, who some students know as Sr. Montero, had lived his whole life with his parents and older sister until coming to the U.S. He studied history in his hometown and decided to become a teacher of that subject. Alvaro has traveled to Ireland, Germany, France, Portugal, and within Spain. He came to the U.S. as a language ambassador at LILA, hoping for a great experience. "And that was exactly what it was," he says. "I discovered a great place to work, wonderful people, and a marvelous country." He loves to work with teenagers, and believes in LILA and the IB approach. "I am really looking forward to starting this new adventure with all of you," he says.

Ms. Natalie - Individuals & Societies/IB MYP Coordinator

Natalie Kainz Social Studies HW

Natalie Kainz
Hometown: Tomahawk, Wisconsin, USA
Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, master’s degree in Educational Psychology; UW-Madison, B.A. in secondary social studies education

Physical and Health Education

Profe Shelton - Physical and Health Education

Alyssa Shelton 6 12 Physical Health Education HW 

Alyssa Shelton
Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA
Education: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Health and Physical Education with a minor in Adapted Physical Education

Mr. Scott - Physical Education

MATTHEW SCOTT 1.0 FTE PE Teacher HW Campus

Matthew Scott
Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Education: Liberty University, M.A. in Teaching - Physical Education and Health; University of Minnesota, Bachelor's degree in Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies with a Youth Studies minor

Sciences

Ms. Brown - Spanish Immersion Sciences

CASSANDRA BROWN 1.0 FTE Science HW Campus

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Ms. Chen - Chinese Immersion Sciences

Chen Jing 18 19

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Hometown: China
Education: University of Minnesota - Ph.D in biological sciences

I am from China, and came to Minnesota for my graduate study at UMN. I earned my doctorate degree in biology from University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Mr. Miller - Sciences

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Ms. You - Sciences

Lijuan You Science Math HW

Lijuan You
Hometown: Zhangzhou, China
Education: University of Minnesota, Science Education program (Minnesota teaching license) and an M.A. in Science Education; B.A. in physics education at Zhangzhou Teaching College

Design

Mr. Zaccaro - Design, Choir

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Luke Zaccaro
Hometown: USA
Education: Michigan State University - Master's degree; St. Olaf College - Undergraduate degree

Upper School Student Support

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Upper School Special Ed

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Upper School Administration

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District Wide Administration

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  • Carrie Reed, Bus Driver

Cafeteria

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  • Deb Tyson