Administration & Staff

UMA Administration & Staff

Bryon Adams

Science 6, Pathways 6

Bryon is a 10th degree arachnophobe, and acrophobe! He loves science and has since he was a little kid....

Sara Bartholomew

Special Education Teacher (6th Grade)

Sara is returning to Upper Mississippi Academy this fall as a Special Education teacher.  Sara has been in many...

Dina Berray

Culinary and UMAker Lab

Dina has been with UMA since it's inception, helping to create the school's Edible Schoolyard Pathway. She teaches the introduction...

Mark Dallmann

Language Arts 6, Social Studies 6

A lifelong Minnesotan, Mark enjoys all seasons and spends as much time outdoors as possible. A year round camper,...

David Ehrhardt

Special Education Paraprofessional

This is Dave's third year at UMA. He joined us from Paideia Academy where he was also a paraprofessional. Prior...

Amy Elverum

Associate Director & Director of Special Education

After serving as a founding member of the UMA Board of Directors during its first year of existence, Amy...

Lesley Ernst

Special Education Coordinator

Lesley Ernst is entering her 21st year as a special educator. She has worked with children of all ages,...

Karen Hartman

Special Education Teacher (7th Grade)

Karen is excited to be joining UMA this year as a 7th grade Special Education Teacher! She comes to...

Bill Hauer

Math Teacher

Billy Hauer is from Shakopee Minnesota, and grew up farming. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter Minnesota,...

Aaron Hefstad

Science 7, Pathways

Aaron’s love for the natural world started in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness where his family went for...

Daniel Kretchmar

High School Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy

Danr is a mechanical engineer, reenactor, blacksmith, woodworker, environmentalist, quaker, science teacher, math teacher, baker, father, magician, husband, amateur...

Alex Long

Special Education Paraprofessional

I have been working as a SPED Para since 2004. I have worked at many schools in the St....

Brian Nagel

Brian Nagel

Visual Arts

Brian received his BFA in studio arts from Iowa State University in 2009 and his teaching license from Concordia...

Michelle Norbin

Special Education Teacher

This is Michelle's sixth year as a special education teacher. Michelle loves working with students of all ages and is very excited to...

Erik Nordwall

Spanish

A long time ago, Erik Nordwall took a Spanish class just to keep his doors open for college. He...

Susan Peters

Special Education Paraprofessional

Susan is a Special Education Paraprofessional at UMA and has several years of experience working with students with diverse...

Kelly Winter

Middle School Math

Kelly is excited to be joining UMA as a middle school math teacher. Kelly has been teaching for nineteen...