Staff information

Want to help out a classroom?  Recognize a teacher?  We asked our teachers and staff and below are some supply requests and gift ideas!

Kindergarten – Jessica Stevens

  • Classroom wish list items: laminating pages, cream of tarter (for making playdoh), cardstock paper, astrobrights paper
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Read our weekly newsletters, communicate
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chipotle/HyVee Market Grille
  • Favorite color:  Pink
  • Favorite snacks:  Popcorn/Strawberries
  • Favorite candy:  Reese’s PB Cups
  • Favorite dessert:  Cheesecake
  • Favorite drink:  Cold Coffee/Sparking water/Caribou Campfire Mocha (skim/milk chocolate)
  • Favorite sports team: MN Vikings
  • Favorite flower:  Daisy 
  • Favorite scent: Mint
  • Favorite gum:  Mint
  • Favorite hobby: Reading
  • Dislikes:  Candles (weird thing about scents 🙂

Kindergarten – Katie Hintz

  • Classroom wish list items: Books, construction paper, astrobrights paper, expo markers, paint, etc.
  • What can parents do to help the most: Volunteer, ask questions, have open communication! 🙂
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chick-fil-A/Cheesecake Factory
  • Favorite color:  Pink/Gold
  • 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:  Lavender
  • Favorite gum:  Wintergreen
  • Favorite hobby: Anything outdoors (walking, biking, hiking etc)

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 – Grace Jacobs

  • Classroom wish list items:  Laminating Pouches, Whiteboard Markers, Blue Painters Tape, Clorox Wipes
  • What can parents do to help the most: Communicate and Support Me
  • Favorite restaurant:  Jersey Mike’s/Taco Bell/Olive Garden/Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Favorite color:  Black but Turquoise if I have to choose
  • Favorite snacks:  Dots Pretzels/bananas
  • Favorite candy:  Kit Kats
  • Favorite dessert: M&M Cookies
  • Favorite drink:  Tea (Iced/Hot) Sprite/Starbucks iced latte
  • Favorite sports team:  St. John’s University
  • Favorite flower:  Daisy
  • Favorite scent:  Lavender
  • Favorite gum:  Spearmint
  • Favorite hobby: Reading/drinking coffee
  • Dislikes:  Dark Chocolate

Grade 2 – Kayla Olson

  • Classroom wish list items:  Pens, Post-it’s, fun games
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Volunteer when they can or are able!
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chipotle/Tavern Grill
  • Favorite color:  Light Blue
  • Favorite snacks:  Popcorn/Stawberries/Pineapple
  • Favorite candy:  Reese’s PB Cups
  • Favorite dessert: Ice Cream
  • Favorite drink:  Coffee/Starbucks Iced Latte
  • Favorite sports team:  University of St. Thomas
  • Favorite flower:  Sunflower
  • Favorite scent:  Anything girly
  • Favorite gum:  Wintergreen
  • Favorite hobby: Crafting

Grade 2 – Angela Bianchi-Rossi

  • Classroom wish list items:  Kleenex, extra books, colored paper, pencils
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Give recommendations of things that work best for the children; be supportive
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chipotle/The Tavern
  • Favorite color:  purple
  • Favorite snacks:  salt & vinegar chips/pineapple
  • Favorite candy: snickers
  • Favorite dessert:  cheesecake
  • Favorite drink:  iced coffee/iced vanilla
  • Favorite sports team:  MN Vikings
  • Favorite flower:  Sunflower
  • Favorite scent:  sea-breeze clean
  • Favorite gum:  mint
  • Favorite hobby:  outdoor activities

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:  Flexible seating on Donors Choose
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Read with students/cut out needed items
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chipotle/Panera
  • Favorite color:  Purple
  • Favorite snacks:  Almonds/grapes
  • Favorite candy:  Almond joy/Dove
  • Favorite dessert:  Cake/Brownies
  • Favorite drink:  Spritzer water/Almond or Hazelnut coffee
  • Favorite sports team:  Green Bay Packers
  • Favorite flower:  Any
  • Favorite scent:  Lavender
  • Favorite gum:  Sugarless bubblegum
  • Favorite hobby:  Biking

Grade 4 – Casey Difronzo

  • Classroom wish list items:  Any books would be great!
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Volunteer in the class/help prep projects and activities
  • Favorite restaurant:  Dairy Queen/Chilis
  • Favorite color:  Teal
  • Favorite snacks:  Chips/apples
  • Favorite candy:  Kit Kat
  • Favorite dessert:  Cookies
  • Favorite drink:  Hot chocolate
  • Favorite sports team:  MN Wild
  • Favorite flower:  Lilies
  • Favorite scent: Coconut
  • Favorite gum: Mint
  • Favorite hobby:  Crafting
  • Dislikes:  Dark Chocolate

Grade 4 – Jessica Scott

  • Classroom wish list items:  15 personal whiteboards, math manipulatives, electric pencil sharpener, class set of crayons and liquid glue
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Small group pull outs, recess monitor, help students catch up on missing work, help students edit work, chaperone trips, cut and staple, organize
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chipotle/Outback Steakhouse
  • Favorite color:  Olive green
  • Favorite snacks:  Chips/Strawberries
  • Favorite candy:  Starburst/Snickers
  • Favorite dessert:  Chocolate chip cookies
  • Favorite drink:  Juice/Ice latte w/ caramel and vanilla
  • Favorite sports team:  MN Wild
  • Favorite flower:  Peony
  • Favorite scent:   Subtle scents
  • Favorite gum:  Cobalt/Spearmint
  • Favorite hobby:  Kayaking

Grade 5 – Amy Sullivan

  • Classroom wish list items:  paper clips, command strips, cardstock
  • What can parents do to help the most:  volunteer to come and help with small groups
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chipotle/Jimmy Johns/Sushi
  • Favorite color:  Green
  • Favorite snacks:  Almond/Asian Pears
  • Favorite candy:  Twix
  • Favorite dessert: Peanut butter & chocolate ice cream
  • Favorite drink:  Unsweetened tea/water/turtle mocha from Caribou
  • Favorite sports team:  Mississippi State University
  • Favorite flower:  Daisy
  • Favorite scent:  Cucumber melon
  • Favorite gum:  Juicy fruit or grape
  • Favorite hobby:  Painting/Reading

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

Grade 6 – 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

Grade 7 – 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

Grade 8 – 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

STEM –  Adeline Angst

  • Classroom wish list items: Notebooks, Pencils, Clorox wipes, tissues, recycle items (cardboard, tubes, boxes, bottle caps, bottles, containers, pictures, wood, etc.)
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Donate any STEM items they may have at home or have in their recycling. Think construction and building supplies.
  • Favorite restaurant:  Jimmy Johns/Firehouse
  • 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: Lilac, 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

Music – Jessica Erickson

  • Classroom wish list items:  Kleenex, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, donations for large instruments
  • Favorite restaurant:  Noodle’s and Company/Mucci’s
  • Favorite color:  Blue
  • Favorite snacks:  Cheez-its/Goldfish/Strawberries
  • Favorite candy:  Nerds/Gobstoppers
  • Favorite dessert:  Apple Pie/Apple Crisp
  • Favorite drink:  Water/Chai Tea Late
  • Favorite sports team:  Twins/Vikings
  • Favorite flower:  Anything that is not an orchid
  • Favorite hobby:  Reading, playing with cats, cuddling my baby

Art – Amber Rogers

  • Classroom wish list item:  Tempera Paint, Acrylic Paint, watercolor paper, hot glue guns and sticks
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Donating supplies; especially paper
  • Favorite restaurant: Chipotle/Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill
  • Favorite color:  Ultramarine Blue
  • Favorite snacks:  Bacon/Raspberries
  • Favorite candy:  Sour Patch Kids
  • Favorite dessert:  Apple Crisp
  • Favorite drink:  Coffee
  • Favorite sports team:  Green Bay Packers
  • Favorite scent:  Lavender
  • Favorite gum:  Mint
  • Favorite hobby:  Painting

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

Special Education – Sophia Leurquin

  • What can parents do to help the most:  Communicate with me positively
  • Favorite restaurant:  Panda Garden/Applebee’s
  • Favorite color:  Lavender
  • Favorite snacks:  Pickles/Popcorn/Mango
  • Favorite candy:  Kit-Kat
  • Favorite dessert:  Brownies
  • Favorite drink:  Sprite/Hazelnut or iced with almond milk
  • Favorite sports team:  Green Bay Packers
  • Favorite flower:  Tulip
  • Favorite scent:  Apple cinnamon or fall scents
  • Favorite gum:  Mint
  • Favorite hobby:  Running or reading

Title I/Intervention – 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

ELL – Amber Garrison

  • Classroom wish list items:  Pencils/black whiteboard markers
  • What can parents do to help the most:  Read to your kids everyday
  • Favorite restaurant:  Cane’s/Red Robin
  • Favorite color:  Purple
  • Favorite snacks:  Pistachios/Banana
  • Favorite candy:  Reese’s PB cups
  • Favorite dessert:  Cake/brownies
  • Favorite drink:  Lemonade
  • Favorite flower:  Daffodils
  • Favorite hobby:  Reading
  • Dislikes:  Coffee/Tea/Licorice

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

Educational Assistant- Mandy Mitlyng

  • Favorite restaurant:  Panda Express/Perkins
  • Favorite color:  Purple
  • Favorite snacks:  Sunflower seeds/Strawberries
  • Favorite candy:  Milk Duds
  • Favorite dessert:  Strawberry Shortcake
  • Favorite drink:  Mountain Dew/Holiday Coffee
  • Favorite sports team:  MN Twins/Vikings/Wild
  • Favorite flower:  Lily
  • Favorite scent: Light outdoorsy scents/fresh linen
  • Favorite gum:  Wintergreen
  • Favorite hobby:  Photography/Scrapbooking/Camping

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- Luis Mejia

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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

Office Manager- Alicia Landa

  • Classroom wish list items:  Pens/Sharpies/note pads
  • Favorite restaurant:  Chinese/Chipotle
  • Favorite color:  Pink
  • Favorite snacks:  Peanuts/Strawberries
  • Favorite candy:  Chocolate with almonds
  • Favorite dessert:  Cream cheese pie
  • Favorite drink:  Cherry Coke/any coffee
  • Favorite sports team:  Patriots
  • Favorite flower:  Rose
  • Favorite scent: Flowers
  • Favorite gum:  Watermelon
  • Favorite hobby:  Vollyball

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