Alissa Abelson

Dean of Students


Alissa comes to UMA after teaching at the Friends School of Minnesota as a first and second grade teacher and then middle school humanities teacher for seven years. She coordinated the nationally recognized Conflict Resolution Program and has trained other schools in the model, as well as presented nationally and locally about the benefits of teaching young people how to advocate for themselves and peacefully resolve conflicts.

Alissa has a B.A. in psychology and a M.A. in counseling from Marquette University. In her prior career, Alissa was a mental health case manager who worked with adults in Ramsey county who live with severe and persistent mental illness. She completed the M.A.T program at Hamline University and has a K-8 teaching license with a social studies concentration.

Alissa, her husband, Dan, and their two children live in Saint Paul. She enjoys baking, camping, spending time outdoors, running, reading  and spending time with her family.