The Upper Mississippi Academy Board of Directors is responsible for the success of the students and the school. From the direction of the school’s strategy and finances to oversight of school activities, the board works to make sure the school continues to operate smoothly and maintains a high priority for student education and well-being.

The Board includes UMA staff members, current parents, and community members, who come from a wide array of backgrounds. Through this diversity, the Board is able to incorporate a wonderfully broad and holistic approach to managing and maintaining general school functions.

The Board can be reached at [email protected]

2023-2024 Board of Directors

We are seeking Community Members for the UMA Board of Directors.

Gordon Paynter, Parent Member, Board Vice-Chair
Term: 1/18/2023-06/30/2025

Nicole Still, Parent Member
Term: Appointment 7/19/23 -06/30/2024

Bryan Haza, Parent Member
Term: 9/20/2023-06/30/2026

Katie Camacho, Teacher Member, Board Chair
Term: Appointment Sept 21, 2022 -06/30/2024

Jordan Tyler, Teacher Member
Term: 7/19/2023 -06/30/2026

Andreas Jurewitsch, Teacher Member, Treasurer
Term: Appointment-06/30/2025

Vacant Seat (x3), Community Member
Term: 9/20/23-06/30/2024
Term: Appointment -06/30/2025
Term: 07/01/2022-06/30/2026

Anna Braun, Ex-Officio Member, Interim Executive Director

Board Meetings

The UMA Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:15pm, unless otherwise noted.  Additional special meetings are called as needed.

Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Check the UMA Calendar for dates. Meetings are held onsite at school on the main floor, Room 1004.

Board Documents

2023-2024 Board Packet and Meeting Agendas are available here:

Board Minutes are published and approved in the subsequent Board Packet. Older Board Packets and Minutes are available here:

Board Policies

Approved UMA Board Policies are available here:

Board Elections

Directors serving on the Upper Mississippi Academy (UMA) Board are elected by our community; eligible voters are all parents and legal guardians of current UMA students, all current UMA Board members, and all current employees of UMA.

Board Members are nominated in the Fall Semester and elected at the Annual Meeting in accordance with UMA’s Bylaws.

The best way to learn more about UMA? Stop by for a tour.

Upper Mississippi Academy

Upper Mississippi Academy is a public charter school providing high-quality education for students in grades 6-12 in the St. Paul-Minneapolis metro area. Located in downtown St. Paul, UMA’s experiential, collaborative environment encourages dynamic teaching and learning through an interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional instructional approach.



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