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....

Arslan Aziz

Co-Director, Director of General Education

Arslan Aziz is entering his 24th year in education and is excited to be joining the staff at UMA. Mr....

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...

Elizabeth Brown

Language Arts 7 & 8

Elizabeth is happy to be returning to UMA for her third year teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts. She has...

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,...

Sam Eberhart

Social Studies 7 & 8

Sam's background includes a variety of experiences from teaching to government research contracts.

Sam obtained his B.A. in history from...

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

Co-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, Special Education Teacher (6th Grade)

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

Jamie Fitzgerald

Human Geography, American History, World History

Jamie is excited to be starting her third year at UMA! For as long as she can remember, she has...

Denise Goldman

High School Language Arts

With a philosophy of trying new things, switching directions, and finding what makes her heart beat fast, Denise is...

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

Middle School Math

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...

Heidi Jaeger

Social Worker

Heidi is delighted to be serving the UMA community as School Social Worker again this year. She is dedicated...

Mo Jawadi

Special Education Paraprofessional

 

Having just relocated to the Twin Cities, Mo was looking for an opportunity to help others. He joined UMA...

Ella Kearney

Special Education Teacher (10th Grade)

Ella has been working in the field of education since 2003. Though her undergraduate degree from the University of...

Daniel Kretchmar

Science 8

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....

Chris Mortenson

Biology, High School Pathways

Chris Mortenson is a founding member of Upper Mississippi Academy and active in program development at UMA, especially at...

Brian Nagel

Brian Nagel

Visual Arts

Brian has been working in education for six years in various roles and responsibilities. This year is Brian’s first...

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...

Susan Peters

Special Education Paraprofessional

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

Joclyn Teidt

Social Worker

Joclyn is very excited to join the UMA school community this year as a School Social Worker. She incorporates...

Genna Thompson

Special Education Teacher

Genna is thrilled to be joining UMA for the new school year! This is her fourth year as a Special...

Kelly Winter

Middle School Math

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