Faculty and Staff

GeorgetteWeb1Georgette Alexander, IT Coordinator

As the Technology Coordinator, Georgette keeps the network, computers, and devices updated and in working order. Georgette has earned her Associates in Computer Science from the Minnesota School of Business. In addition to her work with the Academy, Georgette previously served our country as a United States National Guard member in the 34th Infantry Division with the rank of Sergeant.



02-teacher-louisLouis Bakalars, Teacher Associate

Louie serves as a Teacher Associate in the Lake Nokomis classroom. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of St. Thomas.  Prior to joining Academy of Whole Learning, Louie was a Program Coordinator for Fraser’s Supervised Living Department.




Ms Kate Web1Kate Drechsler, Classroom Teacher

Kate teaches in our lower school in the Minnehaha Falls classroom. Kate graduated with her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Australian Catholic University in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Kate moved to MN in November 2015 and is in her third year working at AOWL.

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Mr Mike Web 1Mike Faeth, PhD  Language Arts Specialist and Classroom Teacher

Mike is a Language Arts/Social Studies Specialist and teaches in the St. Croix Falls classroom.  He received his PhD (ABD), MA in History and BA in History, Political Science and Spanish.  Prior to joining Academy of Whole Learning, Mike was an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a Lecturer at the University of Minnesota.

JenWebJen Finger, Office Manager
Jen graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. At AOWL, she serves as the front office manager and also assists with bookkeeping.  

Ms Sarah web1Sarah Fitzgerald, M.Ed.   Classroom Teacher

Sarah teaches in our Temperance River classroom.  She earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education Foundation and her Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota.  Sarah is licensed in Elementary Education K-6, Social Studies Education 5-8, Specific Learning Disabilities K-12 and Autism K-12.

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Ms Sierra Web1Sierra Gemheart, Teacher Associate

Sierra is a Teacher’s Associate in the Minnehaha Falls class this school year. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Sonoma State University in California with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Education and a concentration in Human Development. Prior to working at Academy of Whole Learning, Sierra worked as an ABA behavioral aide and as and academic tutor for children with learning differences.


PaulWeb1Paul Gloudemans, Marketing/Admissions

Paul handles marketing and admissions efforts at Academy of Whole Learning. He received his B.A. in Advertising from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and his teaching certificate from the University of St. Thomas.  He possesses an extensive marketing background, working for Best Buy, LifeTime Fitness, and various ad agencies. Paul decided to shift his focus to education and has worked for Richfield High School and now Academy of Whole Learning.


Ms Anita web1Anita Haas, M.Ed.  Classroom Teacher 

Anita teaches in our upper school in the Lake Nokomis classroom.  Anita received her B.S. in Communication Studies and Theater from South Dakota State University and her Masters in Special Education from the University of St. Thomas with a teaching license in Developmental Disabilities and Birth-12 Autism Spectrum Disorders. Prior to joining Academy of Whole Learning, Anita had many years of paraprofessional experience and two years of teaching experience with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Cognitive Disorders. This is her fourth year teaching at AOWL.

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Ms Rachel Web1Rachel Houle, Classroom Teacher

Rachel teaches 3rd-5th grade in the Gooseberry Falls classroom. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Elementary and Special Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Rachel is licensed in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.


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Ms Maggie Web1Maggie Jensen, Classroom Teacher

Maggie earned her baccalaureate degree in social work at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Prior to student teaching at AOWL, Maggie was the lead behavior therapist at an autism center where she conducted ABA therapy with children on the autism spectrum, implemented behavior plans and trained new staff on ABA techniques.  She returned to school to further her education, and recently graduated with her master’s degree in Special Education from Bethel University.


Boyden Lee Web1Boyden Lee, Behavior Associate

Boyden serves as the Behavior Associate at Academy of Whole Learning.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.  Prior to joining the team at Academy of Whole Learning, Boyden was a Behavior Therapist working with children with Autism using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  He also worked as a Youth Counselor in a treatment facility for adolescent and teenage boys with problematic behaviors.


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Mr Dylan Web1Dylan Mazza, Teacher Associate

Dylan serves as a Teacher Associate in the Temperance classroom.  He obtained a double major in Psychology and Family Studies from the University of St. Thomas.  Before joining Academy of Whole Learning, Dylan worked as a personal care assistant and as a youth supervisor at YMCA. 




Ms Gina Web1Gina Pogue, Physical Education Teacher

Gina works with students grades K-12 in physical education, focusing on individual and team sports or activities. She also teaches Health at Academy of Whole Learning. Gina is heavily involved in our sports, clubs and manages our Special Olympic events. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to coming to Academy of Whole Learning, Gina worked as a Physical Education Teacher in Northern Minnesota.

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01-teacher-karlaKarla Przybylski, Clinical Services Manager/Human Resources Coordinator

Karla serves as the Clinical Services Manager/Human Resources Coordinator at Academy of Whole Learning.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI. Karla has substantial experience in marketing, management, and small business operations. Prior to joining the team at Academy of Whole Learning, Karla was part of building and selling a successful startup company. 

LueWeb1Luella Ramberg, Executive Assistant

As an Executive Assistant, Luella provides administrative support for students, parents, and staff. Prior to her employment at Academy of Whole Leaning, she served as a Librarian at a community library, providing resources for individuals of diverse backgrounds. Lue also served as a leader of a 4H Club and on the 4H Leader Council, promoting the development of a wide variety of skills in young people between the ages of 4 and 18.



CarlyWeb1Carly Rasmussen, Business Manager

Carly reports to the Finance Committee and manages business relations and the school’s finances. She graduated with high honors from the University of Minnesota. Carly is the founder of a 501(c)3 nonprofit called Peerly Social: An Autism Network, a buddy program for young adults with autism spectrum disorder.



WyaynWeb1Wyayn Rasmussen, Head of School

As the Head of School, Wyayn, advocates for the mission and vision of the Academy.  Wyayn earned her Masters of Education in Special Education from Bethel University, a Masters of Art in Organizational Management from Concordia University – St. Paul, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Oklahoma. Wyayn completed her coursework for her doctorate in Educational Leadership in December 2015. She holds a principal’s license, and a special education teacher’s license through the Minnesota Department of Education.


 GregWeb1Greg SaundersDirector of Exceptional Learning

As the Director of Exceptional Learning, Greg supports the school’s vision as it relates to academics.  His desire is to see all students flourish and reach their full potential within a safe and nurturing learning environment.  Greg graduated from University of Northwestern St. Paul with a degree in Secondary Education.  Later, he received his masters degree in education from St, Mary’s University in St. Paul.  He has over 20 years of educational experience that include classroom and administrative roles.  His instructional technology expertise provided him the opportunity to serve as an Innovation Coach helping teachers integrate technology in their instruction.  Currently he is attending St. Cloud State University for his administrative license.



CindyWeb1Cindy Schriever,  Donor Relations Officer

At the Academy of Whole Learning, Cindy will lead Donor Relations in building relationships that enable existing and prospective donors to deepen their learning, engagement and giving that reflect their values and philanthropic interests.

Cindy’s background is in private school Stewardship Development where she oversaw the Annual Fund Campaign, multiple capital campaigns, an educational endowment and planned giving program.

Cindy received a teaching certificate in Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa and certificate of Fundraising and Fund Development from the University of St. Thomas Center for Business Excellence.

Katie Thormodsgaard, MSW, LICSW  Behavior Specialist

Katie serves as the Behavior Specialist at Academy of Whole Learning.  She received her B.A. in Social Work from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI and her graduate degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN. Prior to joining Academy of Whole Learning, Katie has worked in the field of Autism doing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. She also has been a behavior therapist, a lead behavior therapist and a supervisor providing 1:1 skills training, family skills training, implementation of skills programming and managing challenging behaviors in children ages 2 to 19 years old. Katie has experience doing 1:1 outpatient therapy with children and their families within their home and office settings. She has developed a program that focuses on working with the family system to provide new skills, replacement behaviors and reducing challenging behaviors.

Ms Kelsey Web1Kelsey Toetschinger, M.Ed.  Classroom Teacher 

Kelsey teachers Math and Language Arts in the Lake Harriet classroom and Vocational Skills and Technology to all of the upper school students. She also manages Scholastic book orders.  Kelsey earned her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Minnesota State University – Mankato and her Masters in Special Education from St. Mary’s University, Twin Cities.  She is licensed in both general education and special education. Kelsey came to Academy of Whole Learning with years of prior teaching experience.

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Ms Kaitlin Web1Kaitlin Walsh, Beyond the Bell Coordinator
Kaitlin is the Beyond the Bell Coordinator, teaches ASL classes and was previously working for us as a Teacher Associate.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Science. Prior to joining Academy of Whole Learning, she was a Personal Care Assistant for children with developmental disabilities, the case manager at a vocational day program for adults with disabilities, and volunteer classroom assistant at Northern Voices Oral School for the deaf.

01-teacher-addieAddie Washington, Teacher Associate

Addie is a Teacher Associate in the Lake Harriet classroom. She graduated from Beloit College, double majoring in Sociology and Comparative Literature. Prior to joining Academy of Whole Learning, Addie coordinated an elementary school reading program while shadowing first and second-grade teachers.  She has also worked extensively as a camp counselor and leader at a summer camp in northwestern Iowa. 



White Amanda Web1Amanda White, Classroom Teacher

Amanda teaches 4th through 6th graders in our Cedar Lake classroom. She received her undergraduate degrees in K-8 Elementary Education and K-12 Special Education from the University of South Dakota and continued her post-undergraduate work at Cal State Sacramento. She has over 12 years of experience teaching in autism-specific classrooms and leading transition programs.

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03-teacher-mollyMolly Yost, Classroom Teacher

Molly is a Teacher in the Lake Itasca classroom. She obtained her Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Human Services from the University of Minnesota – Morris. Molly is currently attending the University of Minnesota working towards her master’s degree in Special Education with a focus on Early Childhood Special Ed (ECSE) and ASD. Prior to joining Academy of Whole learning, she was a PreK teacher at KinderCare.



Ms Molly Z Web1Molly Zupon, Teacher Associate

Molly is a Teacher Associate in St. Croix and Temperance. She received her teaching license from Hamline University and taught at a Minneapolis Public School to kids in both general education as well as exceptional students in DCD and ASD. Before becoming a licensed teacher, Molly worked as a Special Ed paraprofessional in the St Paul Public Schools at Creative Arts Secondary. Molly has two BAs; one in theater and one in vocal performance and can be seen singing and playing her violin in her Irish comedy improvisation band, The Dregs. She also teaches violin and viola to a small studio of private students from her home in Robbinsdale. During the summers, Molly serves as the Music Director for the Sabes Jewish Community Center musical theater camps.