LILA Upper School Staff

New instructors for 2017-18 are noted with additional introductory information.

Languages

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Profe Ceci - Language Acquisition: Spanish

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

GINA GRAHAM 1.0 FTE Spanich Language HW Campus

Profe Graham - Language Acquisition: Spanish

Gina Graham
Gina grew up in northwest Wisconsin and graduated from Spooner High School. She completed bachelor degrees in Communication Arts & Literature Education and Spanish Education at Bethel University. Gina studied abroad in Spain, where she fell in love with the culture and language even more. She enjoys using technology in the classroom and developing new curriculum. Gina is excited to work with students at LILA to help them become lifelong learners with a passion for language and literature.
KAYLA LEMON .4 FTE EL Teacher .6 Sped Teacher HW Campus

Ms. Lemon - English Language, Individuals & Societies

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Originally from South Dakota, Kayla moved to Minnesota for collegeI, where she majored in ESL Education. She began her teaching career in Wuhan, China. She returned to the United States after two years and taught in the Roseville district and in the Fridley school district. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, watching Netflix, spending time with friends, and working in her garden.

Liao Laoshi - Language Acquisition: Chinese

GRACE LIAO 1.0 FTE Chinese Language HW Campus min

Grace Anderson
Grace was born and raised by Taiwanese immigrants in Southern California until she attended Calvin College in Michigan, where she pursued a double major in Spanish and Chinese and completed the secondary education program there. She has studied abroad in Spain, China, and Taiwan, and taught English as a Second Language in China and Taiwan, served as a teacher aide in a Spanish classroom, and student-taught in both Chinese and Spanish at an urban IB magnet school. Grace is delighted to be a Mandarin Chinese teacher at LILA staff.

Ms. Mensen - English Literature / Language Arts

JENNA MENSEN 1.0 FTE English Language Arts HW Campus

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Jenna began her educational career with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bethel University, where she studied the history of psychology in Europe and discovered a love for travel and learning about diverse cultures. After interning as a crises counselor in Minneapolis, she earned a master’s degree in education from St. Catherine University in St. Paul. She taught for three years at a mainstream high school in St. Paul as well as one year at a school in St. Francis that educates male juvenile delinquents currently undergoing treatment. She was thrilled to join the LILA team and share in the creative energy and passion that drives the success of the program.

Mademoiselle Norkol - Language Acquisition: French

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Emily Norkol
Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota, USA
Education: University of Minnesota - Duluth, double bachelor’s degrees: French Studies and French Education

Mrs. Ray - English Language and 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 Literature / Language Arts

Anna Taddei English Literature Language Arts

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

Arts

Profe Jody - Choir/Music

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Hometown: Stillwater Area, Minnesota, USA
Education: University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas - Bachelor of Music in Music Education

Ms. Farmer - Dance/Theater

MICHELLE FARMER .5 FTE Dance Teacher HW

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Ms. Jacobs - Visual Arts

Ann Jacobs 6 12 Art Teacher HW

Ann Jacobs
Hometown: USA
Education: St. Mary's, master’s degree in Teaching and Learning; Luther College, B.A. in Art

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

Mr. Zahler - Band

NICOLAS ZAHLER 1.0 FTE Band Teacher HW Campus

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Nick graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a Bachelor in Instrumental Music Education. There he studied conducting with Jerry Luckhardt and wrote an honors thesis on transcribing Debussy piano works for band. Previously, he taught band, choir, and music theory in the Willow River District in northern Minnesota. He also taught marching band in both the Willow River and Osseo school districts. Nick completed his college student teaching at Forest Lake High School and was excited to return to the Forest Lake community with Lakes International Language Academy.

Maths

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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Tom grew up in Selden, New York, which is on Long Island. He earned a B.S. in Marketing from the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, about one hour from Montreal, Canada. He also has an M.B.A. from Cleveland State University, in Cleveland, Ohio. He changed careers in 2009 and enrolled in the Graduate Education Program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, then transferred to the University of St. Thomas. He has taught math in middle school for several years. He enjoys traveling, cooking, following sports (baseball & football), and keeping watch for the next Marvel movie.

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

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Fei is from Dalian, in the north part of China, and came to the United States in 2009 to study Mathematics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She holds a master’s degree in Scientific and Technical Communication and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. She has taught Chinese and Mathematics, covering a variety of topics. She truly enjoys teaching and interacting with children. Her grandmother was an elementary school teacher and her grandfather was a high school principal. She is proud that she has grown up to be a teacher, too.

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)

Sr. Reyes - Individuals & Societies

Pedro Reyes Garcia Social Studies Teacher HW

Pedro Reyes
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Education: University of Minnesota, master's degree Social Studies Education; Complutense University of Madrid, B.A. and M.A. in History

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 Jenni - Physical Education

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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

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Sciences

Ms. Brown - Sciences

CASSANDRA BROWN 1.0 FTE Science HW Campus

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Mr. Miller - Sciences

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Ms. You - Sciences

Lijuan You Science Math HW

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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

Head Shot Luke Zaccaro

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Luke graduated from St. Olaf College in 2003, and he has taught in Iowa and Wisconsin before heading abroad to teach in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. He has completed a master's degree in education with Michigan State University.

Academic Administration

Ms. Megan - Academic Counselor

Megan Kalberg school counselor HW

Megan Kalberg
Hometown: Minnesota, USA
Education: Adler Graduate School, master’s degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in School Counseling; University of Wisconsin - Stout, bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies

Upper School Student Support

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Upper School Administration

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  • Sarah Ray, IB Diploma Program (DP) Coordinator
  • Natalie Kainz, IB Middle Years Program (MYP) Coordinator

District Wide Administration

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  • Carrie Reed, Bus Driver

Cafeteria

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  • Deb Tyson