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Our Team

Academic Arts High School is a Teacher Powered School.  Our team of teachers and support staff make decisions about everything that happens in our school from curriculum and scheduling to hiring and setting budgets.  This means that teachers and staff have the freedom and autonomy to be adaptive to individual student needs and to try new and innovative things to help students succeed.  It also means that we are completely accountable for results.  

This is why personal relationships are so important to us.  Students are the most important part of our team.  Knowing each student as an individual helps us better understand the needs of our learning community.  Without our awesome students, our team would be incomplete (and we just wouldn't have as much fun!).  Learn more about our amazing team below.

 

Our Staff


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Sam Albers - Paraprofessional

sam.albers@academicarts.org

What is your position at AAHS? Paraprofessional

What are your two favorite hobbies? Reading (sci fi/fantasy), Making music

What are you most passionate about? People and how they communicate/relate to each other through art, music, and storytelling.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Denim, because I rock a Canadian Tuxedo on the daily.

What do you love about working at AAHS? Making a difference in the lives of kids and watching them grow as people.


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Stephanie Bade - Special Education Case Manager

stephanie.bade@academicarts.org

What is your position at AAHS? Special Education Teacher/Case Manager

What are your two favorite hobbies? camping & boating

What are you most passionate about?sleep

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? periwinkle; I love this color

What do you love about working at AAHS? Getting to know the students and working with the great staff.


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Ryan Bauer - Social Studies

ryan.bauer@academicarts.org 

What is your position at AAHS? Social Studies Teacher

What are your two favorite hobbies? Long boarding/snowboarding and going to hockey games

What are you most passionate about? Other than education, St. Cloud State hockey and spending time with friends and family

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Red, favorite color (SCSU ;)

What do you love about working at AAHS? Working in a smaller school has been nothing but amazing. Being able to connect with all staff and students is something very special. Its truly a well connected community who cares for and respects each other. With smaller class sizes, I am able to connect with students on a higher level both academically and emotionally.


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Danyelle Bennett - Language Arts

danyelle.bennett@academicarts.org

What is your position at AAHS? Language Arts Department

What are your two favorite hobbies? Eating at new restaurants/Trying new foods and gardening

What are you most passionate about? Food and dreaming about classes I want to design in the future.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Leopard. I really want someone to create a leopard crayon.

What do you love about working at AAHS? The students and the staff...AAHS is a community of incredibly beautiful people. I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin as I do here.


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Ty Cody - School Psychologist

ty.cody@academicarts.org

What is your position at AAHS? School Psychologist

What are your two favorite hobbies? Snowboarding/skateboarding/biking to explore the Twin Cities and going to concerts.

What are you most passionate about? Helping high school students develop their social/emotional learning and understanding how to discover their passions.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Forest green. It reminds me of going on hikes in northern Minnesota or in the mountains.

What do you love about working at AAHS? I love working in a small setting where you can really connect with students and co-workers. We face many challenges throughout our school days but the rewards always remind me that we're doing good work to help educate our students and prepare them for success - however they choose to define it.


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Heather Fjelstad - Special Education Case Manager

heather.fjelstad@academicarts.org

What is your position at AAHS? Special Education Teacher

What are your two favorite hobbies? Being outside with my family and taking care of animals, reading

What are you most passionate about? Social Justice

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Orange - I try to stay positive as much as positive and always see the bright side of things

What do you love about working at AAHS? I love working with and advocating for our students.  We try to offer a program for students that do not "fit the mold" that the traditional schooling model tries to form them into.  I think students have so many other talents, skills, and abilities than a traditional school often identify and we have a lot of freedom to explore those things in our progressive setting.


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Melinda Haas - Paraprofessional

Bio coming soon!


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Crista Flodquist - Paraprofessional

crista.flodquist@academicarts.org

What is your position at AAHS? SPED paraprofessional

What are your two favorite hobbies? A few of my favorite hobbies are communing with nature, making and fixing things, and looking at shiny things.

What are you most passionate about? I'm most passionate about learning about how stuff works: people, machinery, art, life...everything!

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? If I was a crayon, I would be infrared or ultraviolet. I haven't seen those colors yet. They are highly underrepresented! I would be scented some kind of woodsy-rhubarb-grapefruit-rose, too.

What do you love about working at AAHS? I feel like I have a daily impact on people's lives. I have a lot of responsibilities here, which makes me feel useful and appreciated. Great camaraderie and appropriate levels of silliness, too! It feels like home.


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Jinan Foss - Paraprofessional

Bio coming soon!


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Jacqueline Ozuna - Paraprofessional

jacqueline.ozuna@academicarts.org

Bio coming soon!


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Mallery Hammers - School Social Worker

mallery.hammers@academicarts.org

What is your position at AAHS? Social Worker

What are your two favorite hobbies? Traveling and anything outdoors!

What are you most passionate about? Human connectedness. Restorative justice. Supporting our young people to find their voice, acknowledge their worth, and discover their own strengths, passions, and magic!

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Turquoise! It's the color of my kitchen chairs and a lot of my jewelry.

What do you love about working at AAHS? Besides absolutely loving the staff and students, I love the uniqueness of our community! We are a hodgepodge of quirky, fun, and wildly diverse individuals. AAHS is a place that invites and welcomes individuals to...BE YOU!


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Sam Kvilhaug - Behavior Lead

sam.kvilhaug@academicarts.org

What is your position at AAHS? Behavior Lead

What are your two favorite hobbies? Painting/building things, road trips

What are you most passionate about? Helping others live their best life

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Magenta because I can't decide between pink and purple.

What do you love about working at AAHS? Working at AAHS has opened my eyes to many walks of life. I love being around the students and learning new things to not only better their lives but mine as well.


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Kaelyn Lecander - Paraprofessional

kaelyn.lecander@academicarts.org

Bio coming soon!


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Sarah Lentz - Paraprofessional

sarah.lentz@academicarts.org

Bio coming soon!


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Josh MacLachlan - Science & Music

josh.maclachlan@academicarts.org

What is your position at AAHS? Advisor/Teacher (Science)

What are your two favorite hobbies? Music, Camping

What are you most passionate about? The future of our species

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Green, because reminds me of winter and the holidays.

What do you love about working at AAHS? The students!


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Mari Parrilla - Paraprofessional

mari.parrilla@academicarts.org

Bio coming soon!


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Julie Peterson - Special Education Case Manager

julie.peterson@academicarts.org

What is your position at AAHS? Special Education Case Manager

What are your two favorite hobbies? Doing mosaics and singing in the car

What are you most passionate about? I am passionate about my family and that others know their importance.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Obviously Cerulean- it looks like an ordinary blue on the outside, but when you use it, it is surprisingly bright and bold in a comforting way.

What do you love about working at AAHS? I love our small setting. It is an amazing opportunity we have to know every staff and student who attend our school. Academic Arts empowers me to make a difference. It starts within our school and I work to pass that empowerment onto my students. We are all a little different here and we strive to celebrate those differences.


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Michael Reed - Paraprofessional

michael.reed@academicarts.org

What is your position at AAHS? paraprofessional

What are your two favorite hobbies? Basketball and Music

What are you most passionate about? I am most passionate about helping young people achieve their goals short and long term... Growing up in a big city where the pace is very fast, i didn't have anybody to help me in the "directions of life" so after my professional career, I decided to BE for someone else the way i never had someone to BE for me...

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Black because black is beautiful...

What do you love about working at AAHS? I love working at AAHS because I love working with youth and young adults and giving back to the community...


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Jenny Rubio - Receptionist

Bio coming soon!


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Shoua Yang - Administrative Manager

shoua.yang@academicarts.org

What is your position at AAHS? Administrative Manager

What are your two favorite hobbies? Reading and Hiking

What are you most passionate about? I am passionate about helping children find their passion in life.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? If I were a crayon, I would be the color green!  Winter in MN is long and harsh and I love seeing the trees and grass come back to life with their green colors.

What do you love about working at AAHS? I love the small community we have at AAHS.  It gives us the opportunity to really get to know the students and their family.