Faculty Staff

We are pleased to present the faculty and staff of Nova Classical Academy. We are fortunate to have secured such an outstanding group of professional educators, each master of his/her craft and everyone dedicated to bringing the best classical education to students.

Dr. Brett Wedlund—Executive Director

 

Position: Executive Director

Joined Nova: 2019

​Email: bwedlund@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 208

Educational History

B.S. Liberal Arts, Broad Field Social Studies with a History Emphasis, UW-River Falls

M.A., Teaching, Bethel University

Ed.D., Leadership in K-12 Administration, Bethel University

 

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

Nova was appealing to me because it exemplifies how a school can deliver a great education to students by breaking away from the model that is often seen in traditional public schools.  I was also excited to join a team that has created such a standard of excellence.

 

Hobbies/Interests

I enjoy trying new restaurants, reading, attending local sporting events, live music, traveling, and I also collect watches.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

​My favorite authors are Hemingway and Malcolm Gladwell, but my favorite thinker is Marcus Aurelius.  I try  to revisit Meditations about once a year.

 

Favorite Books

Animal Farm (George Orwell), Fighting the Flying Circus: The Greatest True Air Adventure to Come out of World War I (Eddie Rickenbacker), Blind Man’s Bluff (Sherry Sontag), Courageous Leadership (Bill Hybels),

 

Favorite Work of Art

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich and any of Michael Birawer’s paintings of Twin Cities landmarks.

 

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“Whenever you say ‘yes’ to something unimportant, you’re saying ‘no’ to something important.” – Joshua Fields Milburn

Mr. Michael Pelofske—Upper School Principal

Position: Upper School Principal

Joined Nova: 2013

Email: mpelofske@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 308

Educational History

B.A.S. Secondary Education: Earth and Space Science – University of Minnesota-Duluth, 2007

Masters of Education in Educational Administration – Grand Canyon University 2012

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I first heard about Nova when I attended the National Charter School conference and was able to see one of Nova’s students perform as part of the event program, and was able to hear about the positive impacts and impression Nova had made on the community. Coming into Nova’s classical program was a unique challenge, as I was unfamiliar with the classical model and its curriculum, however over the past 6 years I have come to embrace the pedagogy and culture of Nova Classical Academy and the opportunity for a rich and meaningful school experience it provides for its students.

Hobbies/Interests Rock climbing, hiking, biking, reading, and traveling with my family.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure Galileo

Favorite Books The Consolation of Philosophy: Boethius, The Divine Comedy: Dante Alighieri, The Prophet: Khalil Gibran, The Tao te Ching: Lao Tzu, A Brief History of Time: Stephen Hawking

Favorite Work of Art The Creation of Adam – Michaelangelo

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”
– Khalil Gibran

Ms. Brooke Tousignant—Lower School Principal

Position: Lower School Principal

Joined Nova: 2015

Email: btousignant@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 401

Educational History

M.Ed., Elementary Education, University of Minnesota

B.S., Foundations of Education, University of Minnesota

MN Licenses held:

K-12 Principal

K-6 Elementary Education

Grades 5-8 Language Arts/Communication

Email: btousignant@novaclassical.org
Voice: 651.209.6320, extension 401

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I appreciate the way that virtue education is embedded into the curriculum to help develop good citizens as well as bright scholars. I am excited to be part of such a great community of staff, parents, and students!

Hobbies/Interests

I enjoy running, biking, playing bingo, spending time with family and friends, and seeing live music.

Favorite Books

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak because it illustrates the wonder of a child’s imagination.

Favorite Work of Art

The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Ms. Missy Johnson—Academic Director

Position: Academic Director

Joined Nova: 2011

Email: mjohnson@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320, ext.209

 

Educational History

Masters in Contemplative Education, Naropa University, 2010
Masters in Classics, University of Colorado, 2004
Bachelors in English Literature, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2002

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

As a Classicist, Nova’s model of education was a natural choice for me as an educator.  I hold the teaching of grammar, logic, rhetoric, and values in high regard for learners of all ages.  Nova’s community model is inspiring, and I hope to bring as much richness to it as it offers me in return

Family

My husband Bob and I live in St. Paul with our dog Sulo. We have many friends and family in the great state of Minnesota, which was the impetus for bringing us home from Colorado.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Chogyam Trungpa, the founder of Naropa University in Boulder, CO.  He believed that in education, the change one makes in themselves can have an enormous impact on the community and the world.

Hobbies/Interests

I love to read, cook, write, write music, play the violin and sing with friends. I also recently learned to ride a scooter, so I love to scoot around St. Paul.

Favorite Books

I recently re-read the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. It is an amazing series. I also enjoy novels of Ancient Rome such as Medicus, by Ruth Downie, which opens in Roman Britain during the time of Trajan.

Favorite Works of Art

I love the Laocoön group in the Vatican.

Personal Motto
“You have a choice whether to open or close, whether to hold on or let go, whether to harden or soften.” – Pema Chodron

Ms. Kriscel Estrella—Human Resources Director

Position: Human Resources Director

Joined Nova: 2017

Email: kestrella@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 306

Educational History:
BA Liberal Arts, French and Spanish – University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Français pour non-Francophones – Université Laval

 

Why I Choose to Work at Nova:

As a lifelong lover of learning, I appreciate and support all that the classical model of education offers to students. The opportunity to provide support and resources to staff who provide and embrace this model is truly an honor.

Hobbies/Interests:

Music, art, reading, cooking, and dogs.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure:

It is quite difficult to select only one: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Eliot, Lao Tzu, Henry David Thoreau, Maya Angelou, Miguel de Cervantes, C.S. Lewis, Søren Kierkegaard

Favorite Books:

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote:

You become the sum of your inputs or, as Jim Rohn put it, “You become like the five people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.”

Ms. Natalie Ferguson-Special Education Coordinator

Position: Special Education Coordinator

Joined Nova: 2014

Email: nferguson@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 239

Educational History

M.A., Special Education, Bethel University
B.A., Educational Studies, Bethel University
Licensure, State of MN

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I enjoy the support I receive from colleagues and families. The students want to learn and are eager to do so, which makes my job all the more rewarding.

Hobbies/Interests

I love being outdoors and traveling.

Favorite Author

Harper Lee

Favorite Book

To Kill a Mockingbird

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

Every day is a fresh start.

Ms. Melissa Guertin—Communications Manager

Position: Communications Manager

Joined Nova: 2015

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 238

Email: mguertin@novaclassical.org

Educational History

B.S. Communications, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

As a parent of 4 children, I am inspired by the level of integrity and dedication of the people who fill these hallways (including Nova students). I am grateful that my kids are getting fundamental virtues that will guide them in future life decisions.

Hobbies/Interests

I enjoy being outside, reading, cooking, and traveling to new places.

Favorite Author

Hunter S. Thompson, John Irving, Paulo Coehlo, Barbara Kingsolver, T.C Boyle, Thich Nhat Hanh

Favorite Book

The Giving Tree

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. -John Lennon

Ms. Meghan Kelly—Business Office Manager

Position: Business Office Manager

Joined Nova: 2015

Email: mkelly@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 223

Educational History: BS; University of St Thomas

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote:

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Mrs. Michelle Maciej—Operations Coordinator

Position: Operations Coordinator

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: mmaciej@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 230

Educational History 

B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

MN Licenses held:

K-12 Principal

K-6 Elementary Education

Grades 5-8 Mathematics

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I fell in love with the school when I completed my admin internship during the 2018-2019 school year. The students and staff exude their love for learning and how much they love coming to school every day.

Hobbies/Interests

Comparing books to their movies

Geocaching

Learning about new technology

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

J.K.Rowling

Favorite Books

Harry Potter series

Favorite Work of Art

Almond Blossom by Vincent Van Gogh

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

 

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t– you’re right.” Henry Ford

 

“We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter series

Mr. Jesse Prins—Facilities Coordinator

Position: Facilities Coordinator

Joined Nova: 2018

Email: jprins@novaclassical.org

Voice: 651.209.6320 

Educational History

B.A., St. Mary’s University

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I want to continue to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our students and staff here at

Nova. Nova is a great facility.

Hobbies/Interests

I enjoy going to family friendly events around the twin cities with my wife and daughters. Playing golf

on a warm sunny day. Grilling out with friends.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Andy Stanley

Favorite Books

Wisdom Lunch Warrior by Rod Olson

Favorite Work of Art

Dogs Playing Poker, by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

If you don’t have time to do it right, when are you going to have time to do it over? – John Wooden

Mr. Christian Rovn—Activities Director

Position: Activities Director

Joined Nova: 2003

Email: crovn@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 234

Educational History

B.A., Physical Education, Luther College
M.Ed., Athletic Administration, University of St. Thomas
MN Professional Licensure, Concordia University

Why I choose to work at Nova

I chose to come to Nova because I believe in educating the whole person. I found that movement, personal fitness, game skills, and sportsmanship can encourage students to be better people and give them confidence in other areas of learning. I was extremely excited to also have a critical role in building a school from the start. I am very pleased with how our school is growing and developing the Trivium and thrilled to see how I can be helpful for future development.

Hobbies/Interests

My hobbies are mostly golf, tennis, and wakeboarding, but I also love to work with my hands on projects involving wood and carpentry. Building things from scratch give me a sense of fulfillment when finished. I am also a very novice gardener; I rely on my father to help me with that mostly.

Family

I have a wonderful wife, Jennifer, a daughter Madeline, and a son, Davis, who started in first grade at Nova this year.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Pierre de Coubertin: Founder of the Modern Olympics. I enjoy making correlations of the Modern Olympics and the Ancient Olympics in discussions during Physical Education classes. I have always been extremely inspired by watching the Modern Olympics since I was a little boy. I remember watching the 1980 Olympic Hockey team win the gold medal and thinking how great it would be to be part of something like that. It has been nice to bring a passion of mine to teaching students how the role of competition and the Olympic spirit can change your life.

Ms. Ginger Gabor—Lower School Office Manager

Position: Lower School Office Manager

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: vgabor@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 402

Educational History

Masters in Library and Information Science, Pratt Institute, New York, NY

Masters in Philosophy, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Bachelors with a double major in Mathematics and Philosophy, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

​I love the curriculum for its content and  structure and am in a happy place where amazing teachers are inspiring students to learn cool stuff that equips them to exist thoughtfully in an ever-changing world.   

Hobbies/Interests

​Baking, weaving, rug hooking, most fiber crafts, stained glass

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

​Heidegger & Kierkegaard

Favorite Books

Anna Karenina, Plato’s Republic, and Dante’s Divine Comedy–it’s like a 14th century version of Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series. 

Favorite Work of Art

The Unicorn in Captivity (the best of seven woven hangings known as the Unicorn Tapestries at the Cloisters branch of the MET)

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

Things could be worse. 

Ms. Barb Heitzig—Upper School Office Manager

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Position: Upper School Secretary

Joined Nova: 2016

Email: bheitzig@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 206

Educational History

B.A. German & Political Science, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Technical Certifications

Certified Casper Administrator (CCA)

Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP)

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I like the idea of a rigorous and virtue-based education in a public school environment.

Hobbies/Interests

I enjoy knitting socks, canning vegetables, and being outdoors.

Favorite Books

The Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series by Betty McDonald

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle which inspired me to name my cat Tesseract

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“You can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.”  Misty Copeland

Ms. Nadia Hussain—Scholar Zone Director

Position: Scholar Zone Director

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: nhussain@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 225

Ms. Kim Hyvarinen—Food Service Director

Position:

Food Service Director

Joined Nova: 2009
Email: khyvarinen@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 236

Educational History
B.A. University of Minnesota

Why I choose to work at Nova

Ever since I read A Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edith Hamilton’s Mythology as a kid, I have loved the classics. Choosing Nova to educate my son and as a place to work was easy, I believe in Nova’s mission.

Hobbies/Interests

Reading, biking, playing guitar, knitting, hiking, and birding.

Family

My husband John is a jazz guitarist and pianist. Our son is a student at Nova.

Favorite

Author/Thinker/Historical

Figure

Thomas Jefferson

Ms. Anna Landry—Food Services Coordinator

Position: Food Services Coordinator

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: alandry@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 235

Ms. Holli Richgels—District Receptionist

Position: District Receptionist

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: hrichgels@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 400

Ms. Leah Rogers—Administrative Assistant

Position: Administrative Assistant

Joined Nova: 2009

Email: lrogers@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 237

Ms. Jenny Xiong—Health Office Manager

Position: Health Office Manager

Joined Nova: 2018

Email: jxiong@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 404

Mrs. Amy Gleason—Kindergarten

Position: Kindergarten

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: agleason@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 115

Educational History

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire: Bachelor of Arts: Organizational Communication (minor German)

Concordia University St. Paul: Master of Arts in Teaching (concentration: Elementary Education K-6)

Why I Choose to Work at Nova: Classical education just makes more sense to me!  I love the structured, traditional environment, and I appreciate the partnership we have with students’ families to ensure a more productive learning experience.

Hobbies/Interests: Running, biking, scrapbooking, traveling, writing

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure: Dr. Seuss, Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Favorite Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Cat in the Hat, The Velveteen Rabbit (I have also written my own novel series, and several children’s books, and I really like those too! J)

Favorite Work of Art: I love Norman Rockwell paintings, and anything my daughters make

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote:

“Now, go do the right thing!” (Dr. Laura Schlessinger)

“Plan ahead!  It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark!” (my dad 🙂 )

Ms. Morgan Hanlon—Kindergarten

Position: Kindergarten

Joined Nova: 2018

Email: mhanlon@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 116

Ms. Sara Knudsen—Kindergarten

Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Joined Nova: 2012

Email:sknudsen@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 114

Educational History

B.S., Elementary Education, Degree, Southwest State University
Kindergarten-Sixth Grade, State of MN

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I love how the classical instruction embeds moral virtues into the curriculum.

Hobbies

I love to camp!

Favorite Author
My favorite author is Dr. Seuss.

Favorite Book
I highly recommend Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Favorite Work of Art
Pablo Picasso’s Dove of Peace

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So. . . get on your way.
— Dr. Seuss

Ms. Jennifer Rogge—Kindergarten

Position: Kindergarten Teacher

Joined Nova: 2014
Email: jrogge@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 113

Educational History

B.S., Elementary Education, Minor: Early Childhood Education, University of Wisconsin: River Falls
Licensure: State of Minnesota and State of Wisconsin

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I appreciate the structure and moral guidance the classical model provides young scholars.

Hobbies/Interests

Bargain hunting! You can find me searching for a deal at thrift stores and garage sales.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

My favorite children’s author is Shel Silverstein.

Favorite Books

The Giving Tree

Favorite Works of Art

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,  Georges Seurat

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“You are never too young to set another goal, or dream a new dream.”
—C.S. Lewis

Ms. Heather Albrecht—First Grade

Position: First Grade Teacher

Joined Nova: 2014

Email:  halbrecht@novaclassical.org

Voice: 651-209-6320 ext. 100

Educational History: Bachelor of Arts and elementary education teaching license from Hamline University

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I love the energy at Nova.  I feel the energy come from my colleagues in the form of great ideas, enthusiasm for teaching, and genuine care for one another.  Student energy comes from their joy for learning and it radiates through the school. They are so proud of their hard work!

Hobbies/Interests

Gardening, cooking and baking, making things, listening to podcasts, being pulled along running trails by my husky pup, reading, kickboxing

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

J.K. Rowling, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Favorite Books

The Giver by Lois Lowry, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, and all books by Louise Erdrich

Favorite Work of Art

The Song of the Lark, painting by Jules Adolphe Breton

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“I like you just the way you are.” -Mr. Rogers

Ms. VanMoorlehem-First Grade

Position: First Grade Teacher

Joined Nova: 2020

Email: kvanmoorlehem@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 103

Educational History:

BS Elementary Education, Metropolitan State University

BA Biology, University of MN

Email:  kvanmoorlehem@novaclassical.org

Voice: 

Why I Choose to Work at Nova: 

I love the focus that Nova puts on our students becoming lifelong learners. I believe that the attitudes towards learning that students develop when they are young will stay with them throughout their lives. 

Hobbies/Interests: 

I love to travel, camp, hike, waterski, garden  and spend time with my two children. 

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure:

John Muir / Benjamin Franklin / Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Favorite Books
My favorite books to share with first graders are The Lorax” by Dr.Seuss and “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein. 

Favorite Work of Art
The Starry Night – van Gogh

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“Talk doesn’t cook rice.”  – Chinese Proverb  

“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”  – John Muir

 

Favorite Quote

Ms. Maddie Larsen—First Grade

Position: First Grade Teacher

Joined Nova: 2016

Email: mlarsen@novaclassical.org

Voice: 651.209.6320 ext. 101

Educational History

B.A., Elementary Education with Endorsements in Preprimary and Early Childhood, Bethel University
Licensure: State of Minnesota

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I choose to work at Nova because of all the supportive staff, faculty, and parents. This place is filled with people that are dedicated to the life-long learning of its students. I love being part of a community that focuses on meeting everyone’s needs so that everyone can do their very best at what they do!

Hobbies/Interests

There are many things that I like to do but my favorites are: drinking coffee, walking, biking, singing, reading, going to new restaurants, traveling, and bargain hunting!

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

There are so many great authors that I can’t choose just one!

Favorite Books

As above, there are so many great books that I don’t have just one favorite!

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“Teachers who l’ve teaching, teach children to love learning.” -Unknown

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent.” -Dr. Seuss ( I LOVE elephants!)

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -Steve Jobs

Ms. Becky Lund—Second Grade

Position: Second Grade Teacher

Joined Nova: 2003

Email:blund@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 107

Website: https://sites.google.com/novaclassical.org/mslund/home

Educational History

M.A., Education, Hamline University
B.A., Elementary Education, Augsburg College
Licensure: Reading K-12 and Elementary Education 1-6, State of MN

Why I Choose to Work at Nova
I love the joy of learning that is shared by every member of this community and the energy and enthusiasm my students have when they’ve learned something new. And where else could I read Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors to second graders who enjoy it as much as I do?

Hobbies/Interests
I enjoy reading, writing, reading some more, being creatively theatrical or theatrically creative, singing along, making lefse, and spending time with my nieces and nephew.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure
In Science, the second graders study simple machines and the more I learn about the historical development and uses of simple machines, the more intrigued I am by Archimedes.  He developed a screw to raise water, a pulley system that allowed him to move a fully-loaded ship by himself, and a war machine that lifted attacking ships by the prow causing the rear of the ship to sink which in turn pulled the whole boat under.   It’s amazing how he had the vision to create so much out of things so simple.

Favorite Books
I highly recommend anything by Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, or Mo Willems. I think at least half of the books I’ve read in the past year have been by one of these three authors.

Favorite Work of Art
The Promenades of Euclid by Rene Magritte

Favorite Quote

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo

Ms. Jo Shultz—Second Grade

Position: Second Grade Teacher
Joined Nova: 2008

Email: jshultz@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 105
Class website: click HERE

Educational History
M.Ed, Master of Education, University of Minnesota
B.S., Foundations of Education, University of Minnesota
K-6 Elementary Education, 5-8 Communication Arts/Literature

Ms. Traci Taylor—Second Grade

Position: Second Grade Teacher
Joined Nova: 2009
Email: ttaylor@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 102

Educational History
M.A., Education, Hamline University (in progress)
B.A. Language Arts Secondary Education, Bethel University

Why I Choose to Work at Nova
I choose to work at Nova because I strongly believe in our mission of educating young people to be intelligent, hard-working, moral individuals.  I feel blessed to work with such amazing teachers and families and it’s so encouraging to work in such a helpful, supportive community.

Hobbies/Interests
I enjoy reading, practicing yoga, cooking (or helping my husband – he’s a much better cook!), going for walks, traveling, and spending time with family.

Favorite Author/Thinker
My favorite authors are Margaret Atwood, Amy Tan, and John Irving. Two of my favorite thinkers/historical figures are Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. I find their writing to be beautiful and thought-provoking, and I love the emphasis on nature, self-reflection, and simplicity.

Favorite Books
I highly recommend Walden, The Great Gatsby, A Prayer for Owen Meany, On the Road, The Handmaid’s Tale, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Siddhartha.

Favorite Work of Art
My favorite work of art is anything my young daughter creates!

Personal Motto
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” (from Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats)

Ms. Jamie Halvorson—Third Grade

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Position: Third Grade Teacher
Joined Nova: 2015

Email: jhalvorson@novaclassical.org

Voice: 651.209.6320 ext. 109

Educational History
Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

Masters of Art in Teaching, Hamline University (in-progress)

Why I Choose to Work at Nova
The children. Each and every day at Nova, I see a scholar use his or her virtues to better the lives of those around them. This kind of school-wide community is astounding. You simply don’t see that in other schools.

Hobbies/Interests
I enjoy walking, yoga, swimming, reading, learning, and spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite Author/Historical Thinker
Phillis Wheatley. Phillis was a slave during the Revolutionary War. She was also an amazing poet- her first book of poems was published in 1774. She studied Latin, geography, and mathematics- much like our scholars! She is an inspirational and fascinating historical figure who overcame all odds and used her fortitude to change the perception of people all over the world.

Favorite Books
            The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Favorite Work of Art
Any of Theo Jansen’s kinetic sculptures.

Favorite quote
“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”-Socrates

Mr. Chad Long—Third Grade

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Position: Third Grade Teacher
Joined Nova: 2003

Email:clong@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 120

Teacher website: Click HERE

Educational History

B.S., magna cum laude, Elementary Education, University of Mary
M.Ed., Elementary Education, University of North Dakota

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I choose to teach at Nova because I embrace life-long learning and love being a part of the students’ excitement for learning the rich curriculum. A great education is paramount to shaping the citizens of tomorrow.

Hobbies/Interests
Reading, gardening, playing board games with my son, brainteasers/mind puzzles.

Family
I live in Roseville with my husband, 15-year-old son, our huge cat, and our pug.

Favorite Historical Figure
Queen Elizabeth was such a remarkable leader, yet privately very vulnerable. Following in the footsteps of her father (Henry VIII) and half-sister (Mary) was quite challenging; but Elizabeth forever changed England and thus, the world.

Favorite Books
I highly recommend the Skippyjon Jones series (written by Judy Schachner) for all parents and teachers. Skippyjon has quite a wonderful imagination and is absolutely adorable! His adventures in his bedroom closet make for a great read-aloud!

Favorite Work of Art
Edward Munch’s The Scream

Personal Motto
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

Mr. Nicolas Ritz—Third Grade

Position: Third Grade teacher

Joined Nova:

Email: nritz@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext.

Teacher Website: CLICK HERE

Educational History

 

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

 

Hobbies/Interests

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

 

Favorite Books

 

Favorite Works of Art

Ms. Mary Pat German—Fourth Grade

Position: Fourth Grade Teacher

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: mgerman@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320

Ms. Claire Gilbert—Fourth Grade

Position: Fourth Grade teacher

Joined Nova: 2016

Email: cgilbert@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 124

Teacher Website: CLICK HERE

Educational History

B.A., Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, 2017

M.S., Teaching, College of Saint Scholastica, 2016

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I love the rigor of the academic program at Nova.  I see how well it serves our students, forming them into highly skilled, capable people.

Hobbies/Interests

Poetry, photography, videography, hiking, travel, biking, piano, harmonica

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Benjamin Franklin

Favorite Books

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

1984, by George Orwell

Favorite Works of Art

“Las Meninas,” by Diego Velazquez

Mr. Derek Johnson—Fourth Grade

Position:  Fourth Grade Teacher

Joined Nova:  2020

Email: dgjohnson@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext.  122

Teacher Website:

Educational History:  BS in Elementary Education from Northern Michigan University

Why I Choose to Work at Nova:  I love the accelerated pace and high expectations for the scholars at Nova.  Students and their families are dedicated to Education and you can clearly see the impact that has on everything they produce.

Hobbies/Interests:  I enjoy watching all sports, playing golf, collecting sports cards, spending time with my family, watching movies, reading, and even playing video games.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure:  

Favorite Books:  I love the Harry Potter series, The Giver, To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite Works of Art

Ms. Laura Buri—Fifth Grade

Position: Fifth Grade Teacher

Joined Nova: 2008

Email: lburi@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 120

Educational History
M.A., Teaching, University of Portland
B.A., English, University of Portland
Licensure: Communication Arts and Literature 5-12 & Mathematics, 5-8, State of MN

Why I Choose to Work at Nova
I was fortunate enough to have received a classical education and got to experience firsthand the power of learning how to think. More specifically, as a language arts teacher, I want to share with my students the joy of working hard to unlock the depth and beauty of the written word.

Hobbies/Interests
Growing up, I loved being a competitive athlete, and as an adult, I try to maintain some of that spirit of competition in my life. This includes playing (read: trying not to injure myself) in women’s basketball leagues and competing with the inner voice in my head while training for and completing running races. Beyond that, spending time with my large family and other loved ones with some music playing and food shared are about as good as it gets for me.

Family

I have the pleasure of seeing the world through the eyes of my opinionated, strong-willed, hilarious toddler, Jake.

Favorite Books
The book I have read again and again is The Giver by Lois Lowry. At a young age, it challenged me to think about the value of pain and imperfections in humanity, and it’s a theme that I’ve found to be worth reflecting on throughout my life. As an adult, I read Watership Down by Richard Adams, and it is a book that has stuck with me. By now, I’ve read that book to my students over a dozen times, and without fail, it moves me to tears every time.

Favorite Quote

My students know how excited I get teaching Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “A Psalm of Life, particularly because it gives weight to the pursuit of a virtuous life. With that in mind, my quote is a long one from that poem:

“Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,

With a heart for any fate;

Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labor and to wait.”

Mr. Matt Kimble—Fifth Grade

Position: Fifth Grade teacher

Joined Nova: 2017

Educational History

Email: mkimble@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 126

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I love being part of a staff that enjoys challenging young minds and preparing students to become successful throughout life.

Hobbies/Interests

I enjoy spending time with my family. When I’m not chasing my son Grant around, we enjoy going to different restaurants, going to the cabin, reading and fantasy football.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Not sure if I have just one favorite. Many presidents are very interesting to me. I really enjoy history.

Favorite Books

Champ by Marcia Thornton Jones. This book is very touching. I enjoy when people do great things for others.

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself.” – Warren Buffett

Mr. Alex Weninger—Fifth Grade

Position: Fifth Grade

Joined Nova: 2018

Email: aweninger@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 130

Educational History

Bachelor’s Degree from University of Wisconsin River Falls 

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I love the school environment here at Nova. The students are excited to learn new things. I really enjoy teaching ancient history to my students. 

Hobbies/Interests

I am a huge Vikings fan. I try to go to a couple of games each season. I also enjoy playing golf and tennis. 

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien is a wonderful series. The movies are my favorite movies of all time. 

Favorite Books

Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, The Maze Runner series, The Hunger Games series. 

Favorite Work of Art

Just about anything by Van Gogh or Jackson Pollock

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them

– Walt Disney

Ms. Meagan Juedes-Art

Joined Nova: 2020

Email: mjuedes@novaclassical.org

Email:  mjuedes@novaclassical.org

​Voice:  651.209.6320, ext. 112

Educational History Visual Arts/Education Degree from UW Oshkosh

Why I Choose to Work at Nova Teaching students in a classical education model is inspiring and rewarding!

Hobbies/Interests  Gluing things to other things, running, playing in the woods with my dog, 

volunteering at the Raptor Center, and consuming lots of coffee and cake. 

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Bob Ross. He is a more modern historical figure, but a noble one. He encouraged 

love for our planet, and held the philosophy that anyone was capable of bringing beauty to the world if they chose to. 

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote 

 Life is short. Eat dessert first. –Jacques Torres

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? –Mary Oliver

 

Ms. Connie Knowles—Reading Teacher

Joined Nova: 2015

Email: cknowles@novaclassical.org

Mr. Jonathan Martin—Physical Education

Position: Physical Education Teacher
Joined Nova: 2009

Email: jmartin@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext: 410

Teacher website: HERE

Educational History
B.A., Physical Education, Luther College

Why I Choose to Work at Nova
I chose to work at Nova because of the school’s focus on classically educating the students in ways that prepare them for life beyond the classroom. I also strongly agree with the mission of physical education: a healthy body promotes a healthy mind. Being at Nova means that I will have the opportunity to educate students to be lifelong learners and help encourage students to live actively.

Hobbies/Interests
I enjoy tennis, golf, being outside, traveling, and watching Minnesota professional and college sports teams.

Personal Motto
“Work Hard, Play Hard”

Ms. Kelly O’Rourke—Reading

Position: Reading Specialist
Joined Nova: 2015

Click here to visit the Read 180 website.

Email: korourke@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 325

Educational History

Reading Specialist coursework, Hamline University
M.Ed., University of MN, Twin Cities
B.A., Elementary Education, College of Saint Benedict

Licenses

K-6 Elementary Education Licensure, State of MN
K-12 Reading Specialist Licensure, State of MN

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

Initially, I chose Nova for the immersion into classical culture for my children. I loved the continuity of historical periods reaching across subject domains. The strong values curriculum was also compelling to me as a parent. Professionally, I’ve always had a great passion for reading and believe wholeheartedly in the possibilities of each child. I love combining reading research to the application of supporting readers.

Hobbies/Interests

When not spending time with my family, I love gardening, especially creating edible landscapes. I love to escape to the woods of Wisconsin with a good book, and a half-finished knitting project.

Favorite Books

Many of my favorites are in the curriculum taught at Nova. Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Willa Cather are among my favorites.

Favorite Quote

“There is no Frigate like a book to take us Lands away.”
—Emily Dickinson

Ms. Heidi Reynolds—Latin

Position: Lower School Latin Teacher

Joined Nova: 2012

Email: hreynolds@novaclassical.org

Voice: 651.209.6320 ext. 220

Website: http://www.quia.com/profiles/hereynolds

Classroom Blog

Educational History

M.A., Educational Technology, Western Michigan University
B.S., Latin, History, Secondary Education, Western Michigan University

MN Licenses held:
K-12 Latin

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I love the focus on History in the curriculum and the belief that Latin be both a core subject in itself but also a foundation for other learning.

Hobbies/Interests

I play ice hockey on a women’s team in St. Paul, and I love playing with my two young sons.

Favorite Books

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams has always been a standby, but I love to read and will read all kind of books as much as possible if given the time.

Favorite Work of Art

Trajan’s column is the most awe-inspiring piece of art I’ve ever seen in person.

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

Always do your best.

Ms. Diane Jean-Yarusso Ruday—Math

Position: Math Teacher

Joined Nova: 2009
Email: druday@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 125

Educational History

MA., Teaching, Hamline University, 2011
B.A., Quantitative Methods, St. Thomas College, 1987
License: Elementary Education K-6; 5-8 math, State of MN

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I choose to teach at Nova because I believe that students should learn not for school but for life. I want to play a part in creating the great thinkers of tomorrow. My goal as a math teacher is to give students the self-confidence needed to embrace new challenges.

Hobbies/Interests

I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, camping, raising monarch butterflies, exploring the North Shore of Minnesota and reading a good mystery novel.

Favorite Historical Figure

My favorite historical figure is Melba Pattillo Beals. She is one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High School in 1957. She risked her life for the good of future generations.

Favorite Books

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals

Favorite Work of Art

“Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Pierre Auguste Renoir

Favorite Quote

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” – Anne Frank

Ms. Rebecca Urbrock—Music, K–5

Position: Music Teacher, K-5
Joined Nova: 2003

Email: rurbrock@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 130

Educational history
B.A., Piano Performance, Macalester College
M.A., Instrumental and Classroom Music Education, University of St. Thomas

Why I Choose to Work at Nova
I enjoy the enthusiasm of the students and the small class sizes. I have continually received positive support for the music program from many Nova families. Teaching music to Nova students is challenging, fun, and rewarding; there is always a good element of surprise and creativity in the classroom. I am especially proud of my students when they showcase their talents at the concerts.

Ms. Renae Williams—Music

Position: Music
Joined Nova: 2012
​Email: rwilliams@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 132

Educational History : AA from Normandale Community College, BMA from Augsburg University
Why I Choose to Work at Nova: I liked the Classical approach to education and the family atmosphere.
​Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, sewing, cooking

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure: C.S. Lewis

Favorite Books: The Outlander series
Favorite Work of Art: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
Personal Motto/Favorite Quote: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” (Winston Churchill)

Ms. Diana Johnson—Art and Study Skills

Position: 6th-7th Grade Art

Joined Nova 2016

Email: djohnson@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651209.6320 ext. 212

Educational History

B.A. Fine Arts, Amherst College

M.A. History of Art, Williams College

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I love that history and the humanities have such a prominent place in the curriculum. And I love the people (families and colleagues) who value such robust learning.

Hobbies/Interests

I enjoy doing yoga, cooking, reading, sketching, taking walks and hikes surrounded by natural beauty, and relaxing with my family and dog.

Favorite Books

Too many to list! Among recent favorites is Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane, a memoir about growing up in a ghetto township in apartheid-era South Africa.

Favorite Work of Art

Impossible to say! But to start the conversation, I’ll go with Fallingwater (the Kaufmann House in Bear Run, Penn.) by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” (My mother)

Ms. Nicole Hoiland—Art

Position: Art Teacher

Joined Nova: 2012

Email: nhoiland@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 314

Educational History

M.F.A., Ceramic Sculpture, SFASU
M.A., Drawing, SFASU
B.A., Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
Art Ed K-12, State of MN

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I was ready for a change; I had been teaching at the college level for 13 years, but I was ready to move on. I moved from St. Peter three years ago with my family.

Family

I have my English teaching husband, Aaron and three children: Zoe, Sebastian, and Ani.

Hobbies/Interests

Camp with my family, kayak, swim, play tennis, read, make art, travel.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

I read all books; I don’t think I have a favorite author. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is lovely as well as our own Louise Erdrich. As for artists, I enjoy post-modern makers—contemporary artists that are really stretching contemporary practice.

Favorite Books

Anything by Louise Erdrich.

Favorite Work of Art

I love the work of Petah Coyne and Eva Hesse.

Ms. Sarah Brown—English Language Arts

Position: English Language Arts

Joined Nova: 2017

Email: sbrown@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 322

Educational History

B.A. Literature, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

M.A. Liberal Arts, St John’s College, Annapolis, MD.

 

Why I choose to teach at Nova

 

At Nova, we give children a steady diet of some of the highest expressions of the human spirit.  I am proud of that. I have a decade of experience in private classical schools and it is a joy to share rich texts in this broader community.

 

By requiring broad learning, we give them their proper human inheritance and equip them to more fully appreciate our wondrous world.  

 

We habituate them to a life of growth, a life where struggle and difficulty is considered a good part of living joyfully.  

 

My own children flourish in ways that matter to me here. Thus as a Nova parent in my tenth year and now a Nova staff member, I can give back to a community that has nourished and nurtured our three children.

 

Favorite Books:

Plato’s Republic, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War—-the ancient Greeks set conversation at the middle of their understanding of reality.  Their history is a conversation, their philosophy is a conversation, their theatre and poetry is a conversation.

 

Conversation requires characters and characters require reader buy-in, decision-making even loyalty.  I love introducing students to these conversations.

 

Favorite Art:

Bernini’s sculpture “David”—not only is the sculpture impossibly lithe and buoyant as art in marble but it demonstrates an artist who by his imagination enters the world of this moment of courage in every detail of the work.  He gives a David full of life, brimming with capacity, engaged in the struggle. It is for me an image of the life of action.

 

Motto:

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

Favorite quotation:

Courage then, said Socrates, is the ability to preserve one’s opinion of what is terrible.

Ms. Melissa Kibler -English Language Arts

Position: Language Arts

Joined Nova: 2020

Email: mkibler@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 320

Ms. Nelly Konkin—English Language Arts

Position: English Language Arts

Joined Nova: 2017

Email: nkonkin@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 227

Website: https://sites.google.com/novaclassical.org/la6/home

Educational History
B.A. Communication Studies and Communication Arts Literature Education 5-12
Bethel University

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

Nova is a special place. I chose Nova because in my interview I realized I was surrounded by experts in my content area. I knew I would be in a place where I could learn, teach, and grow with colleagues who would inspire me. I was right! 

Hobbies/Interests

 

Reading to my daughter, eating picnics at state parks, trying to pursue a healthy lifestyle, and inhaling knowledge from random areas of interest at the local library.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

 

Shakespeare. My grandmother.

Favorite Books

 

Perhaps I should list my least favorite instead?

Favorite Work of Art

Anything by Monet.

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” (From Hamlet by Shakespeare)

Dr. Margaret McCarney—English Language Arts

Position: Language Arts Teacher
Joined Nova: 2010

Email: mmccarney@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 301

Educational History

Ph.D. English Renaissance Literature, University of Rochester B.A., English Literature, B.A., College of St. Thomas

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

The curriculum and classical method open learning in ways that seem exponential rather than linear.  It’s very rewarding to watch students’ expand not only their intellectual abilities but also the capacity for a lifetime of synthetic learning.

Hobbies/Interests

I like to travel, bike, attend local plays, spend time with family and friends, and read.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

I would probably say, Shakespeare, because the arc of his plays contains so much mastery of theater as well as human complexity. At the same time, I could make a pretty convincing case for at least a dozen other authors. I like authors who push against expectations and challenge readers to find new perspectives on timeless questions.

Favorite Books

I highly recommend my tenth-grade curriculum map.

Favorite Work of Art

Florence’s Duomo has a wonderful story attached to it. Vermeer’s paintings draw viewers in with their placid complexity.  My brain is always soothed by Brancusi’s Bird in Flight and Mondrian’s Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow.

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

My new favorite (though I have dozens) is “Exile is a dreadful thing for one who knows his rightful place.”

Mr. Brendan O’Hara—English Language Arts

Position: Language Arts and Rhetoric Teacher
Joined Nova: 2014

Email: bohara@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 305

Educational History

M.F.A, Creative Writing, Hamline University
B.A., English/Education, University of Iowa
Licensed in Communication Arts & Literature 5-12, State of MN

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

For the opportunity that it gives me to bring my creativity and quirky passion for teaching to Nova’s unique and exciting student population.  I also value small, diverse learning communities who take risks in education.

Hobbies/Interests

When I am not at Nova, I can most likely be found adventuring the cities with my wife and two-year-old son, who both bring me immense joy. In addition, biking, hiking, writing poetry, posting letters, baseball, bonfires, and my record player, round out some of my more recent tastes.

Favorite Books

This is an unfair question for a Language Arts teacher to answer. How about I include my recent favorites in each genre…

Poetry: Black Aperture by Matt Rasmussen (heart-wrenching)
Creative Non-Fiction: The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (wondrous)
Fiction: The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss (nerdy and lovely)

Favorite Work of Art

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt van Rijn. What a sharp look at the virtue of compassion!

Ms. Sara Seal—English Language Arts

Position: Rhetoric and Literature

Joined Nova: 2017

Email:  sseal@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 309

Educational History
B.A. in Literature and History and participant in the Lasallian Honors Program, Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota
M.A.I. in Communication Arts and Literature Instruction, Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota.

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

Classical Education has the power to make intelligent and virtuous human beings. Working at Nova allows me the privilege of helping students grow not only in knowledge but also in virtue. Additionally, I am thrilled with the opportunity to teach both rhetoric and literature and share my passion for these subjects.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy reading, seeing theatre productions, studying art history, traveling to historical sites and museums, and spending time with my husband, son, and family.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

This is a challenging question for a literature and history lover. Pressed to answer, I would say Dante Alighieri, William Shakespeare, or T.S. Eliot for their examination of the human condition.
Favorite Books: Some of my favorite books include The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot, The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.

Favorite Work of Art

I am particularly drawn to Italian art, and some of my lasting favorites are The Sistine Madonna by Raphael, Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi, The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, and The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

My favorite quote is from The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare. It is said by Florizel to his beloved Perdita “when you do dance, I wish you/ A wave o’ the sea, that you might ever do/ Nothing but that” (Shakespeare 4.4.140-142).

Ms. Sarah Taylor—English Language Arts

Position: Language Arts Teacher, Grades 7 and 8

Joined Nova: 2006

Email: staylor@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 229

Educational History

M.A., Education, University of St. Thomas
M.B.A., Banking & Finance, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Psychology, Yale University
Licensure, State of MN

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

Teaching at Nova is a joy. I admire Nova’s commitment to offering top-notch classical education in a public school setting, and I am proud to be part of the faculty. The material is challenging and rewarding, and I am continually inspired by my colleagues as well as my students.

Hobbies/Interests

I play the violin with the Century College Chamber Orchestra.  I love cross-country skiing, sailing, and hiking, and I just started golf lessons.

Favorite Authors

Charles Dickens and George Eliot are two of my favorite authors, along with Mark Twain, Willa Cather, Margaret Atwood, and John Green. The list goes on and on.

Favorite Books

Too many to list. My favorite book is whatever I’m enjoying right now.

Favorite Work of Art

I love the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. and the unbelievably gorgeous artwork on the ceiling of The Library of Congress. One of my favorite paintings is “The Song of the Lark” by Jules Breton. Michaelangelo’s David sculpture is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I’m also a big fan of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures.

Favorite Quote

“There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away.”  – Emily Dickinson

Dr. Luke Brekke—History

Position: History Teacher
Joined Nova: 2014

Email: lbrekke@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 307

Educational History
Ph.D., European History, University of Minnesota, 2009
M.A., European History, University of Minnesota, 2006
B.A., History and Social Studies Education, St. Olaf College, 2000

Why I Choose to Work at Nova
I like and admire Nova’s curriculum of building skills of critical thinking and expression on a foundation of core knowledge, and the way our program strives both to help students become independent thinkers and to connect them to the legacy of thinkers in the Western tradition. I believe working at Nova gives me the opportunity to help students be prepared not only for college but, even more importantly, to become thoughtful citizens and lifelong learners.

Hobbies/Interests
Running, music, world history, world religions, philosophy, East Asian civilization

Favorite Books
The plays of Sophocles, the plays of Euripides, Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle, Analects by Confucius, the Mencius, Essais by Montaigne, The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky, the Commedia by Dante, Candide by Voltaire, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Favorite Work of Art
The Unbelief of St. Thomas by Caravaggio

Ms. Nancy Broen—History and Logic

Position: History and Psychology Teacher

Joined Nova: 2008

Email: nbroen@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 224

Educational History

B.A. in Social Studies from Hamline University, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum Laude

Why I choose to work at Nova

I consider it a privilege to work at Nova because its classical academic focus is purposeful and deliberate. In addition, the administration and staff all embrace a deep love of learning which naturally overflows into the classrooms. As a result, the students pick up on this energy and regularly rise to the challenges presented to them. With strong family support and the teaching of virtues, students are provided a strong framework in which to learn wise decision-making and good citizenship. I truly enjoy my interactions with our students! Each one is uniquely engaging and contributes significantly to all that makes up the Nova community.

 

Hobbies/Interests

Hiking, water skiing, singing, plunking on the piano, bicycling.

Family

When we all gather around the table, my husband and I have six adult children with their families, which include five grandchildren.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

I have never been one to decide on a “favorite” of anything. However, I am continually drawn to true stories of individuals who overcome major challenges.

Personal Motto

“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”

Mr. Brandon Foat—History and Logic

Position: History and Logic Teacher, Pedagogy Lead
Joined Nova: 2003

Email: bfoat@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 216

Educational History

B.A., Fine Arts, Augsburg College
M.A., magna cum laude, Education, College of St. Catherine

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I chose to work at Nova because I believe that classical methodology and content has the greatest potential to create tangible, positive social change.

I study and teach European swordsmanship from the 13th to the 19th C. I am also a board member, fellow, and traveling lecturer for the Oakeshott Institute, a sword and armor museum in Minneapolis. I also paint, skateboard, and grow bonsai trees.

Favorite author: (currently) Steinbeck

Favorite books: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Dune, East of Eden, Fight Club

Work of Art: Doryphoros

Quote:

“[For] practice is better than empty art, for practice is fully sufficient without art but art is not fully sufficient without practice.

The Pol Hausbuch (MS 3227a)/13v – 17v

Dr. Jeremy Hubbell—History

Position: US History

Joined Nova: 2018

Email: jhubbell@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 213

Educational History

BA, U of MN English/Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature

M.Litt. University of Aberdeen, UK

Ph.D. History, University of Stony Brook, NY

 

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

When I decided to return to a career in history instruction, I also decided I wanted to teach in a classical education setting; the type of education I had wanted for myself growing up. Fortunately, I found Nova and they happened to be looking for more teachers. I appreciate the way the Nova system matches student ability with content and its use of liberal education. I also value the fostering of virtues and instruction in a “way of life,” which is not so different from what I was doing previously as a teacher of the Taoist Internal Arts. I am looking forward to becoming a classical education teacher and working at Nova long-term.

Hobbies/Interests

Tai Chi/martial arts/Taoist philosophy/hiking/touring prehistoric sites.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Favorite Books
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce

French critical theory (especially Deleuze and Guattari; Luce Irigaray).
Taoist philosophy (especially the transcripts of Osho).

Favorite Work of Art

Miserere mei, deus, as written by Gregorio Allegri, stolen by Mozart, and published (with a printer’s mistake) by Felix Mendelsohn.

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“You are your own life’s project.” – Grandmaster C.K. Chu

Mr. Chris Shepard—History

Position: History Teacher

Joined Nova: 2012

Email: cshepard@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 315

Educational History

BA, University of Minnesota; Masters in Urban Planning, New York University; candidate for Masters in Education, University of St. Thomas

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

Nova provides teachers the opportunity to work with young people who are intellectually curious.

Hobbies/Interests

I enjoy non-fiction in any form, as well as classic American literature. I also enjoy a variety of sports.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Edward Abby, that redneck intellectual, blows me away. Martin Luther King, Jr. embodied everything that was right, including human frailty.

Favorite Books

A Fools Progress, Franny and Zooey, Heart of Darkness, Walden, others…

Favorite Works of Art

art that my friends or family have made

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

memories don’t make themselves

Dr. Don Burrows—Latin

Name: Dr. Don Burrows

Position: Latin/Greek instructor

Joined Nova: 2014

​Email: dburrows@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 228

Educational History

Ph.D., University of Minnesota — Classics

M.ed., University of Minnesota – K-12 World Languages and Literature

B.A., University of Arkansas – Classics, History, Journalism

Why I Choose to Work at Nova: 

As a classicist, I was drawn to Nova not only because of its classical education, but also because of its focus on developing the skills of critical thinking, reasoning, argument, and rhetoric. My favorite times in high school happened on the debate team, which later led me to become an editorialist and columnist before pursuing the classics. I firmly believe that the skills Nova teaches are vital to properly operate within a democracy as a full citizen.

Hobbies/Interests: Science fiction and fantasy, current events, my three kids

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure: Lucian, a 2nd century C.E. Syrian critic and satyrist whose Greek works lampooning classical authors and historians are second to none.

Favorite Books: Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe, Apuleius’ Golden Ass, Lucian’s True History, the Homeric epics, Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

Favorite Work of Art: Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera *same

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote: Uno itinere non potest perveniri ad tam grande secretum. – Symmachus, in a dispute over the altar of Victory: “By one path it is not possible to arrive at so great a mystery.” (SAME)

Mr. Cole Conlin—Spanish

Position: Spanish Teacher
Joined Nova: 2013

Email: cconlin@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 327

Educational History
M.A., Spanish, Middlebury College
M.A., Critical and Creative Thinking, UMass Boston
B.A., Spanish and Philosophy, Colby College

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

Because the earnest pursuit of truth and goodness is beautiful.

Hobbies/Interests

Soccer, hockey, music, philosophy

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Julio Cortázar

Favorite Books

Don Quijote

Favorite Work of Art

The Treachery of Images by René Magritte

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“To know that we know what we know and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.” Confucius

Ms. Jennifer Facendola—Latin

Position: Latin Teacher
Joined Nova: 2020

Email: jfacendola@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext.
Teacher website:

Educational History BA, Classics, Gustavus Adolphus College

Why I Choose to Work at Nova I want to teach and learn alongside fellow lovers of Latin and the arts.

Hobbies/Interests Plants, Hiking, Biking, Exploring

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure Lupita Nyong’o, Marsha P. Johnson, Virginia Woolf

Favorite Books Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer

Favorite Work of Art 

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote



Please update my name. It is spelled wrong on the school website.

 

Garvin’s Theorem: “Words become irregular via over-usage.”

Mr. Joshua Garvin—Latin

Position: Latin Teacher
Joined Nova: 2008

Email: jgarvin@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 329
Teacher website: HERE

Educational History

M.F.A., Translation/Latin, University of Arkansas
M.A., Comparative Literature-Latin and Greek, University of Arkansas
B.A., magna cum laude, Classical Studies, University of Arkansas and American Academy in Rome

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I am very excited to be at Nova Classical Academy because I love Latin and I love to teach. Nova values scholarship, discipline, and classical education, and this creates just the kind of productive learning environment in which I want to work and share my love of Latin with my students.

Hobbies/Interests

Sailing, movies, racquetball, cooking.

Family

I have a wife named Ashley and a dog named Tula.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Edger Allen Poe and John Steinbeck.

Personal Motto

Garvin’s Theorem: “Words become irregular via over-usage.”

Dr. Maura Williams—Latin

Position: Latin

Joined Nova: 2016

Email: mwilliams@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 328

Site: http://drmwilliams.edublogs.org/

Mr. Micah Chibana—Math

Position: Math
Joined Nova: 2019

Email: mchibana@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 226

Educational History

B.S. in Physics and M.S. Aerospace Engineering, both from Purdue University. Worked for five years as an acoustical test engineer at Trane Co. in LaCrosse, WI before teaching in higher education for seven years (Concordia University, McNally Smith College of Music, University of Northwestern, and Minneapolis Media Institute).

Why I Choose to Work at NovaHobbies/Interests

I am excited to help a variety of students gain positive connections with the field of mathematics and to equip them with analytical tools needed for success in life.

Hobbies/Interests

Playing guitar, songwriting, and home recording

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Soren Kierkegaard

Favorite Books

Kierkegaard Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing, Dostoyevsky The Brothers Karamazov, David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest

Favorite Work of Art

On Kawara’s Postcard (Series)

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“Ichariba chode” is an Okinawan phrase that means “though we meet but once, even by chance, we are friends for life.”

Mr. Mark Conkle—Math

Position: Math Teacher
Joined Nova: 2014

Email: mconkle@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 324

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I love being part of a school that lives up to what so many schools pay only lip service to high academic standards; rigor; and a sense of community.  I am very happy with my teaching schedule of Geometry, Statistics, and Calculus, and am pleased to be offering Calculus for University of Minnesota credit through the CIS program.

Hobbies/Interests

My passion in life is games. I enjoy board games, card games, video games, role-playing games, and more. I love learning new games as well as delving deep into the strategy of a particular game to become the best I can be.

Favorite Quote

“The problem with quotes from the internet is it is difficult to verify their veracity.”
– Abraham Lincoln

Mr. Duane Heidemann—Math

Position: Upper School Mathematics Teacher

Joined Nova: 2017

Email:  dheidemann@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651-209-6320 ext. 202

Educational History

B.A. in Mathematics from St. Olaf College

M.Ed. from St. Mary’s University

 

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

Over the past few years, I’ve been fortunate to be able to coach the varsity boys’ basketball program as well as send my children to Nova.  That experience has shown me the great community that is Nova and I appreciate the opportunity I have to be even more involved with it.  It is great to be challenged and grow as I am able to challenge and help others grow.

Hobbies/Interests

In my free time, I like to read to my children. I also like to golf, watch basketball and ride my Ural motorcycle.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

My favorite author is David Eddings

Favorite Books
The Chronicles of Narnia, The Belgariad series, When Pride Still Mattered, A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Favorite Work of Art
The Thinker

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

Try not to become a man of success, but rather to become a man of value.

Albert Einstein

Ms. Regina McDonald-Math

Position: Math
Joined Nova: 2019

Email: rmcdonald@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 204

Ms. Sasha Ross—Math

Position: Upper School Math Teacher
Joined Nova: 2014

Email: sross@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 326

Educational History

B.A., Classics and Mathematics, Lawrence University

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

As a math and classical enthusiast, Nova offers a unique experience to work with students and a community as interested in ancient cultures and traditions. Nova’s fantastic reputation preceded it and I am very excited to be joining such an enthusiastic and well-rounded school.

Hobbies/Interests

Theater, hiking with my dogs, math-themed cross-stitch.

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

My favorite author has to be Homer. The Iliad is one of the greatest works of art addressing the complex nature of the human spirit. Also a huge fan of Horace, Walt Whitman, Bayard Rustin, Kurt Vonnegut.

Favorite Books

Iliad, Ender’s Game, The Giver, Howl, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Favorite Work of Art

Carracci’s Peita

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“Words are the litmus paper of the mind.” – Terry Pratchett

Ms. Jeanie Anderson—Music

Position: Music

Joined Nova: 2007

Email: janderson@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 131

Educational History; North Central University, BA Vocal Music; Hamline University, Music Education Licensure

Why I Choose to Work at Nova  I love that the curriculum is organized around history, and that virtues are valued and taught.

Hobbies/Interests: Singing in the Minnesota Valley Women’s Chorale, camping and hiking in our National Parks

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure:  Abraham Lincoln

Favorite Work of Art: Starry Night, Van Gogh

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote:  “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”  – Henry Ford

Ms. Renae Williams—Music

Position: Music Teacher

Joined Nova: 2010

Email: rwilliams@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 132

Mr. Jason Belter—Science

Position: Science Teacher

Joined Nova: 2007

Email: jbelter@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 313

Educational History

B.S. Biochemistry, UW Madison 2001
MN Professional Licensure Biology and Chemistry, Hamline University 2010

 

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

At Nova learning is more than just work done by the students, it is a passion. This zeal for learning carries over into the faculty and staff as well.

 

Hobbies/Interests

Baseball, Football, and RPGs

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Carl Sagan: He is most well known for the PBS miniseries Cosmos, which with only modest updates has remained a masterpiece of science communication after almost 30 years. His most admirable qualities though have to do with his continual appeal to the best of our human natures. Like almost every great thinker his knowledge was not restricted to just a single subject. He was a strong public policy advocate on space science, environmental science, and humanitarian issues.

Favorite Books

I highly recommend Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory, and Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman.

Favorite Work of Art

Images from the Hubble Telescope

Ms. Tonopah Nee-Science

Position: Science
Joined Nova: 2019

Email: tnee@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 211

Ms. Stephanie Johnson-Health

Position: Health
Joined Nova: 2020

Email: sjohnson@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext.

Ms. Kimberly Strand—Science

Position: Upper School Science Teacher

Joined Nova: 2012

Email: kstrand@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 312

Educational History

Teaching Certificate, Minnesota State University, Moorhead

M.S., Fisheries and Wildlife, South Dakota State University
B.S., Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
5-8 Science and 9-12 Life Science Licensure, State of MN

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

Nova wants students to work hard and achieve their goals. I live the same way.

Hobbies/Interests

Fishing, canoeing, biking, gardening, house remodeling, running, cross-country skiing.

Favorite Work of Art

Van Gogh’s The Mulberry Tree. I was in awe when I saw it for the first time.

Mr. Gary Stueck—Science

Position: Upper School Science

Joined Nova: 2018

Email: gstueck@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 311

Educational History B.A., Material Engineering,  UW-Milwaukee
M.A., Materials Engineering , UW-Milwaukee
B.A., Physics, Augsburg College
Teaching Certificate, Augsburg College

Why I Choose to Work at Nova
I chose teaching as a second career to make a difference.   Nova is a place where I can do that. I love teaching science,
and in particular physics, to students that are excited about learning.

Hobbies/Interests
Cooking, Woodworking, Home Improvement, and the BWCA

Favorite Books
Astrophysics for people in a hurry – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Favorite Work of Art
Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote
“Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement.” – Mark Twain

Ms. Mary Lutz—Study Hall Supervisor

Position: Study Hall Supervisor

Joined Nova: 2005

Email: mlutz@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 225

Ms. Kelly O’Rourke—Reading Specialist

Position: Reading Specialist
Joined Nova: 2015

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Email: korourke@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 325

Educational History

Reading Specialist coursework, Hamline University
M.Ed., University of MN, Twin Cities
B.A., Elementary Education, College of Saint Benedict

Licenses

K-6 Elementary Education Licensure, State of MN
K-12 Reading Specialist Licensure, State of MN

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

Initially, I chose Nova for the immersion into classical culture for my children. I loved the continuity of historical periods reaching across subject domains. The strong values curriculum was also compelling to me as a parent. Professionally, I’ve always had a great passion for reading and believe wholeheartedly in the possibilities of each child. I love combining reading research to the application of supporting readers.

Hobbies/Interests

When not spending time with my family, I love gardening, especially creating edible landscapes. I love to escape to the woods of Wisconsin with a good book, and a half-finished knitting project.

Favorite Books

Many of my favorites are in the curriculum taught at Nova. Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Willa Cather are among my favorites.

Favorite Quote

“There is no Frigate like a book to take us Lands away.”
—Emily Dickinson

Ms. Emily Cranberg—K-8 School Counselor

Position: School of Grammar and School of Logic Counselor

Joined Nova: 2018

​Email: ecranberg@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 319

Educational History

BA Psychology University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

MA Educational Psychology University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

K-12 Minnesota School Counseling License

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

I have the unique opportunity as a student advocate to ensure that Nova’s outstanding educational model is accessible and beneficial to all students. It is rewarding to see our students flourish in this rigorous environment.

Hobbies/Interests

I live in Minneapolis where I love to bike in the summers, and stay in to cook and bake in the winters. On the weekends, you can find me spending time with friends and family,  probably at my latest favorite restaurant!

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

 My educational and counseling philosophy  is very much derived from the work of Carl Rogers. He was a psychologist who co- founded the humanistic approach to psychology. He  theorized that a classroom tone of support and trust facilitates student growth and achievement.

Favorite Books

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Favorite Work of Art

Melody of the Night- Leonid Afremov

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

“When you learn, teach, when you get, give.” – Maya Angelou

Mr. David Shuman—High School Counselor

Position: Upper School Counselor

Joined Nova: 2017

Email: dshuman@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 321

Mr. Shannon Hooge—Lower School Special Education

Position: Lower School Special Education

Joined Nova: 2017

Email: shooge@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 207

 

Ms. Naomi Walther—Upper School Special Education

Position: Special Education Teacher

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: nwalther@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320, ext. 323

Educational History:

Undergrad from University of Jamestown in Elementary Education, Masters in Special Education from Concordia University, St. Paul 

Why I Choose to Work at Nova:

I chose to work at Nova for their smaller class sizes and the schools dedication to instill lifelong learning in their students.

Hobbies/Interests:

Playing volleyball, hiking, enjoying the good weather days of Minnesota!

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure:

Martin Luther King Jr. and Temple Grandin

Favorite Books:  

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Educated by Tara Westover

Redeeming Love by Francis Rivers

Favorite work of art:

Anything by Ansel Adams

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote:

In a world where you can be anything- be kind. -Jennifer Dukes Lee

Ms. Lee Schultz—Lower School Special Education

Position: Lower School Special Education

Joined Nova: 2016

Email: lschultz@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 217

Ms. Melissa Weninger—Upper School Special Education

Position: Upper School Special Education

Joined Nova: 2017

Email: mweninger@novaclassical.org

Phone: 651.209.6320 ext. 225

Ms. Emily Hierlmaier - Reading Intervention Coordinator

Joined Nova: 2018

Email: ehierlmaier@novaclassical.org

Mr. Adam Eberhardt - Reading Specialist

Joined Nova: 2006

Email: aeberhardt@novaclassical.org

Ms. Noelle Frost - English Language Learning

Joined Nova:

Email: nfrost@novaclassical.org

Ms. Kimberly Johnson - Lower School English Language Learning

Joined Nova:

Email: kjohnson@novaclassical.org

Ms. Christine Page - Reading Specialist

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: cpage@novaclassical.org

Mr. Christopher Tomhave - Math Specialist

Joined Nova: 2015

Email: ctomhave@novaclassical.org

Ms. Claudine Altunbilek

Joined Nova: 2017

Email: caltunbilek@novaclassical.org

Ms. Ann Anderson

Joined Nova: 2018

Email: aanderson@novaclassical.org

Ms. Courtney Eller

Joined Nova: 2015

Email: celler@novaclassical.org

Mr. Daniel Fish

Joined Nova: 2020

Email: dfish@novaclassical.org

Ms. Madeline Fyten

Joined Nova: 2017

Email: mfyten@novaclassical.org

Ms. Brenda Gill

Joined Nova: 2020

Email: bgill@novaclassical.org

Ms. Anne Kingston

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: akingston@novaclassical.org

Mr. Jacob Larson

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: jlarson@novaclassical.org

Ms. Brittny Lee

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: blee@novaclassical.org

Ms. Maria Mallberg

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: mmallberg@novaclassical.org

Ms. Suzanna Maye

Joined Nova:

Email: smaye@novaclassical.org

Ms. Renee Miller

Joined Nova: 2018

Email: rmiller@novaclassical.org

Mr. Michael Noyes

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: mnoyes@novaclassical.org

Ms. Johnine Ornelas

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: jornelas@novaclassical.org

Ms. Annette Olson

Joined Nova: 2008

Email: aolson@novaclassical.org

Ms. Adriana Reynolds

Joined Nova: 2018

Email: areynolds@novaclassical.org

Mr. Zachary Reynolds

Joined Nova: 2019

Email: zreynolds@novaclassical.org

Ms. Alyssa Rose

Joined Nova: 2020

Email: arose@novaclassical.org

Ms. Kate Tetmeyer

Joined Nova: 2010

Email: ktetmeyer@novaclassical.org

Ms. Kari Walker

Joined Nova: 2006

Email: kwalker@novaclassical.org

Ms. Carrie Webb

Joined Nova: 2016

Email: cwebb@novaclassical.org

Ms. Mary Corrigan - Building Substitute

Joined Nova: 2013

Email: mcorrigan@novaclassical.org