Staff information

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Pre-K- Beth Odegard

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Kindergarten – Jessica Stevens

  • Classroom wish list items: Laminating Paper, Cream of Tarter (for making playdoh), Building Toys, Fun Read Alouds,
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Read our weekly newsletters, communicate, send a snack for their child
  • Favorite restaurant:  Sushi/Tavern Grill/Cherry Pit
  • Favorite color:  Pink
  • Favorite snacks:  Popcorn/Strawberries/Bananas
  • Favorite candy:  Reese’s PB Cups/Sour Patch kids
  • Favorite dessert:  Cheesecake
  • Favorite drink:  Cold Coffee/Sparking water/Dr. Pepper/Caribou Campfire Mocha (skim/milk chocolate)
  • Favorite sports team: MN Vikings
  • Favorite flower:  Daisy 
  • Favorite scent: Mint
  • Favorite gum:  Mint
  • Favorite hobby: Reading/Baking
  • Dislikes:  Mushrooms/Candles (weird thing about scents 🙂

Kindergarten – Katie Hintz

  • Classroom wish list items: Laminating sheets, cardstock paper, wipes, paint brushes, arts and craft supplies
  • What can parents do to help the most: Volunteer, ask questions, have open communication! 🙂
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chick-fil-A/Chipotle
  • Favorite color:  Pink
  • Favorite snacks:  Popcorn/Raspberries
  • Favorite candy:  Kit-Kats
  • Favorite dessert: Cheesecake
  • Favorite drink:  Coffee/Green Tea/Vanilla Latte
  • Favorite sports team:  Green Bay Packers
  • Favorite flower:  Rose
  • Favorite scent:  Floral scents
  • Favorite gum:  Mint
  • Favorite hobby: Shopping/baking

Grade 1 – Heidi Johnson

  • Classroom wish list items:  White Board Markers, Lamination sheets, Card Stock
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Listen to readers, be supportive
  • Favorite restaurant:  Canes/Olive Garden
  • Favorite color:  Teal
  • Favorite snacks:  Popcorn/rasberries
  • Favorite candy:  M&Ms
  • Favorite dessert:  Cheescake
  • Favorite drink:  Mountain Dew
  • Favorite sports team:  MN Twins
  • Favorite flower:  Lilies
  • Favorite scent:  Baking bread/spring flowers 
  • Favorite gum:  Mint
  • Favorite hobby:  Crafts 

Grade 1 – Eleanor Menso

  • Classroom wish list items:  Still working on it!
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Volunteering when possible
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chipotle/Panera
  • Favorite color:  Purple
  • Favorite snacks:  Cheez-its/Grapes
  • Favorite candy:  Dark Chocolate
  • Favorite drink:  Lemonade/hot chocolate
  • Favorite flower:  Irises or lilacs
  • Favorite scent:  Lavender
  • Favorite gum:  spearmint
  • Favorite hobby:  Swimming, running, yoga

Grade 2 – Katie Dykhuizen

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  • Favorite restaurant:  Raising Canes / Any sushi Restaurant
  • Favorite color:  Blue or Yellow
  • Favorite snacks:  Chips of any kind/Watermelon
  • Favorite candy:  Chocolate
  • Favorite dessert: Ice Cream
  • Favorite drink:  Mountain Dew
  • Favorite sports team:  Twins
  • Favorite flower: Daisy
  • Favorite scent:  Lavender
  • Favorite gum: Mint
  • Favorite hobby:  Painting

Grade 2 – Kelli Meredith

  • Classroom wish list items:  Books, individual fruit snack packs for kids who don’t bring  a snack
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Be patient and please contact me for any reason if you have concerns or ideas!
  • Favorite restaurant:  Teresa’s/McDonalds
  • Favorite color:  Mint Green
  • Favorite snacks:  Popcorn/Berries
  • Favorite candy:  Any
  • Favorite dessert:  Cake
  • Favorite drink:  Coke/Vanilla Cappuccino
  • Favorite sports team:  Vikings
  • Favorite flower: Gladiolus
  • Favorite scent: Fresh Linen
  • Favorite gum:  Bubble gum
  • Favorite hobby:  Reading

Grade 3 – Lexi Weller

  • Classroom wish list items: Masking Tape, Laminating Sheets, Card Stock, Amazon wish list.
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Read weekly updates & communicate with me! Support their student, and read with them at home.
  • Favorite restaurant:  Panera/Any Mexican restaurant
  • Favorite color:  Yellow/Aqua
  • Favorite snacks:  Pretzels/Rasberries
  • Favorite candy:  Reese’s PB cups
  • Favorite dessert:  Tiramisu
  • Favorite drink:  Orangina/Sweet Cream Vanilla Cold Brew
  • Favorite sports team:  Not a sports fan
  • Favorite flower:  Sunflowers
  • Favorite scent:  Cinnamon/Nutmeg
  • Favorite gum:  Spearmint
  • Favorite hobby:  Traveling/Reading
  • Dislikes:  Seafood

Grade 3 – Kay Willenbring

  • Classroom wish list items: Laminating Sheets, Colored card stock, Large colored construction paper 11 x 14; Amazon Wish List
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Volunteer in the classroom
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chipotle/Panera/Sushi
  • Favorite color:  Purple
  • Favorite snacks:  Pistachios/blueberries
  • Favorite candy:  Almond joy/Dove
  • Favorite dessert:  Cake/Brownies
  • Favorite drink:  Spritzer water/Caribou/Dunn Bros
  • Favorite sports team:  Green Bay Packers
  • Favorite flower:  Sunflowers/Roses/Lillies
  • Favorite scent:  Lavender
  • Favorite gum:  Bubblegum
  • Favorite hobby:  Travel

Grade 4 – Bobbie Duncan

  • Classroom wish list items:  Wipes, colored cardstock, laminator sheets, colored chalk, dice, dry erase markers and playing cards
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Donate supplies
  • Favorite restaurant:  Jersey Mike’s/Jensen’s Supper club
  • Favorite color:  Maroon
  • Favorite snacks:  Nuts/Watermelon
  • Favorite candy:  Laffy Taffy
  • Favorite dessert:  Cheesecake
  • Favorite drink:  Dr. Pepper/White chocolate mocha
  • Favorite sports team:  St. Paul Saints
  • Favorite flower:  Tulip
  • Favorite scent:  Jasmine
  • Favorite gum:  Cinnamon
  • Favorite hobby:  Baking and cooking

Grade 4 – Angela Jacobs

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  • What can parents do to help the most:  Be flexible
  • Favorite restaurant:  Dairy Queen
  • Favorite color:  Red
  • Favorite snacks:  Popcorn/Watermelon
  • Favorite candy:  Lindt truffles
  • Favorite dessert:  Cake
  • Favorite drink:  Lemonade/Hazelnut flavored coffee
  • Favorite sports team:  Denver Broncos
  • Favorite flower:  Lilies
  • Favorite scent:   Pine
  • Favorite gum:  Any
  • Favorite hobby: Reading

Grade 5 – Amy Sullivan

  • Classroom wish list items:  white board markers
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Check emails
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chipotle/IWA Sushi
  • Favorite color:  Green
  • Favorite snacks:  Honey twist chips/Asian Pears/Honeycrisp Apples
  • Favorite candy:  Twix
  • Favorite dessert: Vanilla shake
  • Favorite drink:  Unsweetened tea/water/turtle mocha from Caribou
  • Favorite sports team:  Mississippi State University
  • Favorite flower:  Daisy
  • Favorite scent:  Sandalwood
  • Favorite gum:  Mint
  • Favorite hobby:  Jump rope/hula hooping
  • Dislikes:  Soda/Flavored Drinks

Grade 5 – Dori Bokusky

  • Classroom wish list items:  cardstock, glitter paper, laminating sheets, arts and craft supplies
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Keep up with the newsletter and volunteer for events
  • Favorite restaurant:  Canes/Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Favorite color:  Green
  • Favorite snacks:  Dots Pretzels/Berries
  • Favorite candy: Lindt Lindor Truffles/Starbursts
  • Favorite dessert:  Cheesecake
  • Favorite drink:  Iced Tea/Hot or Iced Mocha
  • Favorite sports team:  MN Twins
  • Favorite flower:  Sunflower
  • Favorite scent:  Lilac or Fireplace
  • Favorite gum:  Grape Icebreakers
  • Favorite hobby:  Knitting

Middle School – Julie Thilgen

  • Classroom wish list items:  6-8 grade level books
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Make sure that their planner is used at home!!
  • Favorite restaurant:  Golden wok/Olive garden
  • Favorite color:  Red/blue
  • Favorite snacks:  Pickles/ pickle roll ups with pastrami/Strawberries/raspberries
  • Favorite candy:  Hershey’s cookies and creme
  • Favorite dessert:  Mint ice cream
  • Favorite drink:  Orange pop (fanta/crush)
  • Favorite sports team:  Bemidji/Vikings/Twins
  • Favorite flower:  Rose
  • Favorite scent:  Most things except lemon or cinnamon
  • Favorite gum:  Mint
  • Favorite hobby:  Reading/crafts

Middle School – Mike Colenso

  • What can parents do to help the most:  Stay up-to-date on your student’s grades and behavior
  • Favorite restaurant:  New Fresh Wok/Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Favorite color:  Green
  • Favorite snacks:  Pretzels/Cantaloupe
  • Favorite candy:  M&Ms
  • Favorite dessert:  Pumpkin Pie
  • Favorite drink:  Diet Mountain Dew/Black coffee
  • Favorite sports team:  MN Vikings

Middle School – Zack Lee

  • Classroom wish list items:  Pencils, Pencil sharpener, Turn in bins
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Keep in communication
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chipotle/Red Lobster
  • Favorite color:  Purple
  • Favorite snacks:  Pistachios/Pineapple
  • Favorite candy:  Salted nut roll
  • Favorite dessert: Apple pie
  • Favorite drink:  Arnold Palmer
  • Favorite sports team:  MN Twins and Wild
  • Favorite flower:  Lavender
  • Favorite scent: Cinnamon
  • Favorite gum:  Mint
  • Favorite hobby: D & D

Middle School – Allen Hubert

  • Classroom wish list items: Folder organizers
  • What can parents do to help the most: Stay in touch with what students are learning.  If you have any questions let me know so I can help.
  • Favorite restaurant:  Cheesecake Factory/Five Guys
  • Favorite color: Ocean blue
  • Favorite snacks: Doritos/Strawberries
  • Favorite candy: Three musketeers
  • Favorite dessert: Cheesecake
  • Favorite drink: Hubert’s Lemonade
  • Favorite sports team:  MN Twins
  • Favorite flower:  Sunflower
  • Favorite scent:  Vanilla
  • Favorite gum:  Spearmint
  • Favorite hobby: Fishing

STEM –  Adeline Angst

  • Classroom wish list items: Clorox Wipes, Hot glue sticks, Science/Math/STEM books or items, any kinds of reusable/recycle items we can use for building (you can always send an email if unsure!)
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Encourage your student to be a creative, independent thinker! Also, donating any recycled building materials (think cardboard, boxes, plastic bottle caps, wire, wood pieces, foam, etc)
  • Favorite restaurant:  Jimmy Johns/Firehouse/Chili’s
  • Favorite color:  Blue
  • Favorite snacks:  Popcorn, Triscuits, strawberries
  • Favorite candy: Kit Kat
  • Favorite dessert: Brownies
  • Favorite drink:  Hot tea, Hot Chocolate, Smoothie, juice, fruit drinks
  • Favorite sports team:  MN United
  • Favorite flower: Lilies
  • Favorite scent: Rose, lavender
  • Favorite gum: All
  • Favorite hobby: Reading, Hiking, Camping

Gym – Dan Chapman

  • Classroom wish list items:  Footballs, mats, balls that are soft
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chipotle
  • Favorite color:  Orange
  • Favorite snacks:  Chips/banana
  • Favorite candy:  Skittles
  • Favorite dessert:  Brownies
  • Favorite drink:  Dr. Pepper
  • Favorite sports team:  Dallas Cowboys
  • Favorite hobby:  Golf

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Special Education – Regina Collinson

  • Classroom wish list items:  Drumsticks
  • Favorite restaurant:  El Burrito/India House
  • Favorite color:  Blue
  • Favorite snacks:  Ranch Doritos/Bananas
  • Favorite candy:  Dark Chocolate milky way
  • Favorite drink:  Starbucks Verona
  • Favorite flower:  Iris
  • Favorite scent:  Vanilla
  • Favorite gum:  Peppermint
  • Favorite hobby: Music

Middle School Resource Teacher/Advisory – Katie Comacho

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Special Education Interventionist – Elizabeth McCabe

  • Classroom wish list items:  books, dry erase boards and markers, laminator sheets
  • Favorite restaurant:  Anything Thai/nightingale, stray dog, pizza luce
  • Favorite color:  Purple
  • Favorite snacks:  Popcorn/Watermelon
  • Favorite candy:  Toffee
  • Favorite dessert:  Lemon bars
  • Favorite drink:  Bubbly water/iced coffee
  • Favorite flower:  peony, bee balm, dahlia, freesia
  • Favorite scent:  Citrus
  • Favorite gum:  Fruity
  • Favorite hobby:  Gardening

Pre-K Director/Student Support Manager- Lea Rydel

  • Classroom wish list items:  Fun Posters
  • Favorite restaurant:  Panda Express/Olive Garden
  • Favorite color:  Blue
  • Favorite Snacks: Peanuts/Peaches
  • Favorite candy:  Gummies
  • Favorite candy:  Chocolate Stuff
  • Favorite drink:  Monster energy/Mountain Dew/Hazelnut coffee
  • Favorite sports team:  Minnesota United
  • Favorite flower:  Fake ones – Lea kills everything 🙂
  • Favorite scent:  Blue
  • Favorite gum:  Mint
  • Favorite hobby:  Running

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Educational Assistant- Julie Johnson

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Educational Assistant- Samantha Keppers

  • Favorite restaurant:  Jersey Mike’s/Taproom
  • Favorite color:  Blue/Green
  • Favorite snacks:  Potato Chips/Raspberries
  • Favorite candy:  Anything sour
  • Favorite dessert: Brownies
  • Favorite drink:  Barq’s Root Beer/Iced Mochas
  • Favorite sports team:  MN Gophers/Wild/Twins
  • Favorite flower:  Dahlias
  • Favorite gum:  Spearmint
  • Favorite hobby:  Photography

Custodian/Maint- Dan Witt

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Kitchen Manager- Jodi Jones

  • Classroom wish list items: 4 inch hotel pans
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Ask me any questions they have or call with any concerns
  • Favorite restaurant:  Tom Moi Chinese/Olive Garden
  • Favorite color:  Turquoise blue
  • Favorite snacks:  kettle chips with top the tater/strawberries
  • Favorite candy: Reese’s PB cups
  • Favorite drink:  Rockstar zero grape/caramel iced coffee
  • Favorite sports team:  MN Wild
  • Favorite flower:  Carnation
  • Favorite scent:  Lilac
  • Favorite gum:  Orbit sweet mint
  • Favorite hobby: Reading

Discovery Kids Club- Maria Ramos

  • Classroom wish list items:  Disinfectant wipes/facial tissues/reams of copy paper
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Educate their kids about basic social skills, good manners, respect to others, consideration to their classmates and sensitivity to cultural differences or any other differences.
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chick-fil-a/Chili’s
  • Favorite color:  Mustard Yellow
  • Favorite snacks:  Sweet and salty cashew bars from Aldi/Guava
  • Favorite dessert:  Apple pies
  • Favorite drink:  Coke/Starbucks latte
  • Favorite sports team:  NY Yankees/MN Twins
  • Favorite flower:  Tulips
  • Favorite scent:  Mint
  • Favorite gum:  Mint
  • Favorite hobby:  Sculpture ceramic

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Director of Operations- Shannon Benalshaikh

  • Classroom wish list items:  Fun magnets for filing cabinets
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chipotle/Crave
  • Favorite color:  Aqua/Teal
  • Favorite snacks:  Sesame sticks/trail mix/pineapple
  • Favorite candy:  Skittles
  • Favorite drink:  Hot tea/black coffee
  • Favorite sports team:  DSU
  • Favorite flower:  Orchids
  • Favorite scent:  Anything not fruity/foodie
  • Favorite hobby:  Reading

Executive Director – Heather Lines

  • Favorite color:  Blue
  • Favorite snacks:  Wasabi Almonds/Any Almonds/apples/strawberries
  • Favorite candy:  Mounds Bar
  • Favorite drink:  La Croix Water/Dark roast coffee
  • Favorite sports team:  U of M
  • Favorite flower:  Lilies
  • Favorite scent:  Lavender or Rosemary