New UMA Staff
We are excited to welcome these highly qualified and experienced teachers and paraprofessionals to our school in August.
Jordan Tyler will teach high school Language Arts. Tyler has previous experience with Minneapolis and Woodbury school districts as well as four years at a St. Paul charter school. "The focus on real world connections and application of language arts is increasingly important, and thus an essential part of my practice."
Stephanie Suehr is our new Biology teacher. Her teaching duties also include science electives and Pathways program. Suehr has several experiences with Americorps, participating in forestry projects, clean-up of a polluted river and youth programming in Taos, New Mexico. "I integrate opportunities for students to collaborate and use technology resources to create an interactive and innovative classroom environment."
Zach Fjelstad comes from Natural Science Academy, a charter school similar to UMA. With twelve years of experience as a Special Education teacher, he will be supporting middle school students. "As a special education teacher, I am very passionate about working with students in their regular education classes through co-teaching and running small groups with the classroom teacher."
Stephanie Zeitz brings six years of experience teaching Science and will teach Middle School. Zeitz also brings non-profit work experience with youth and family organizations. "Students are my focus; empowering them in their education, community and discipline is imperative to their growth."
Christina Efteland has taught Math for two years in St. Cloud and spends her summer leading canoe trips on Lake of the Woods. "It is amazing to watch students conquer challenges, try new things, and discover their own potential." Efteland will be teaching Middle and High School Math.
Cassie Bowen joins UMA as a special education paraprofessional. She has 2-1/2 years experience in this role and also has a degree in Biology. "My experience has taught me the value of encouragement and patience."
Christopher Cowan joins UMA as a special eduction paraprofessional and most recently was in a similar role with Natural Science Academy. Cowan has experience with tutoring,
youth programs and has a degree in Biology. "I develop strong connections with students by actively listening and being genuinely interested in what they are learning and how each student learns best."
Erin Griffin recently completed her Masters degree from the University of Minnesota and will be teaching Middle School Language Arts. Griffin has prior experience as a YMCA camp counselor and adult education teacher. "I hope to contribute to your community of learners by fostering a love for storytelling, creative expression, and a desire to critically analyze the world around us."