Faculty and Staff
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Email information is followed by @css.edu unless otherwise noted.
Department: SOE Admin
Phone: (218) 723-7040
Jo is the dean of the School of Education and has served as State Chapter president of the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE). She is a nationally certified school psychologist, having worked for over 20 years in Wisconsin and Minnesota public schools, and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota. Jo was a therapist in private practice for several years, specializing in child/adolescent issues and family systems. Prior to coming to CSS, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Education; School Counseling; and School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. At UW-Stout she taught graduate courses, supervised school placements and developed a distance learning supervision model for interns. She has a B.S. in psychology and sociology, an M.S. in school psychology and an Ed.D. in educational leadership. Her professional interests include educational leadership, organizational change, online teaching and learning, behavioral interventions, positive school climate, family systems and play therapy.
Phone: (218) 723-7052
Dr. Chery Takkunen is an associate professor and Chair of Graduate Programs for the School of Education at The College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Takkunen oversees the Master of Education and the Graduate Teaching Licensure programs. Her Ph.D is from Capella University where she focused on educational technology. She received a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Minnesota, and an M.Ed. in science and math education from The College of St. Scholastica. She is a licensed K-12 administrator and K-6 teacher. Previously, Dr. Takkunen taught at Churchill Elementary School in Cloquet, MN. She has served on the Minnesota Digital Learning Plan Committee, Minnesota Innovations Council, and the Minnesota Academic Standards Committee for Mathematics. Her research and teaching interests include online learning, educational technology, inquiry based learning, teacher education, and Web 2.0 technologies.
Department: Masters of Ed-ONLINE
Phone: (218) 723-7067
Phone: (651) 403-8632
Arnoldo Curiel holds a B.A. in Human Service from Metropolitan State University, and a M.P.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota and is currently working towards his Doctoral. Arnoldo has over 10 years of experience providing and developing training sessions around Social Justice. Arnoldo has done staff development for Americorp, Dunwoody Institute, Rasmussen College the St. Paul Police Department and several St. Paul and East Metro Publics. In addition, Arnoldo organizes the annual Shop with Cops program in St Paul in with the local Target Store, St Paul Police and several community partners.
Phone: (218) 723-6724
Gail has 15 years of elementary education teaching experience, 5 years as an elementary classroom teacher and 10 years as an elementary media generalist. She received a B.A. in elementary education from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and an M.L.S. from the University of Iowa. Gail is the graduate teaching licensure coordinator for the Duluth campus and also teaching courses in that program as well as the online teaching and educational technology certificate programs. Her educational interests include teaching the adult learner, as well as 21st century teaching and technology practices.
Phone: (218) 723-6110
Tom graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Sociology. He worked in retail and wholesale sales for three years before returning to the University to earn a degree in Elementary Education. Tom has fifteen years of teaching experience in grades one through six. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in elementary reading. Tom's educational interests include the writing process, teaching poetry, and teacher research.
Phone: (651) 403-8637
Jesse taught high school students for 13 years and served as administrator (Principal/Superintendent) for 13 years. He has a Minnesota secondary teacher's license and a superintendent license. Jesse graduated from Winona State University in Secondary Education, and received his Masters Degree from St. Thomas University in Training and Human Resource Development. He earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Administration (Ed. D.), from Bethel University. His Dissertation study title is: Policy Governance: The Impact on School Board Effectiveness and Turnover.
Jesse joined The College of St. Scholastica faculty in August, 2008, and works as the St. Cloud Graduate Teacher Licensure program coordinator, he coordinates student field placements in St. Cloud and in St. Paul, and teaches educational seminars, courses, and conducts teacher observations and program orientations
Phone: (218) 723-6026
Betty is associate professor in the School of Education. She served as Chair of Education for eight years and now teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, critical thinking, Universal Design for Learning, and special education/inclusion. Previously she was at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, as a researcher, administrator and consultant. Her publications are on disability in higher education, organizational change, teaching action research, authentic instruction, and technology in teacher education. Betty has a B.A. in English, M.S. in special education, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership. Her interests include fostering high quality intellectual work in K-12 education, qualitative research methods, and professional development of teachers.