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Dr. Olsen is the dean of the School of Education and has served as president of the State Chapter of the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE). She is an active member of the CAEP Accreditation Council and the TEAC Inquiry Brief Commission. She is nationally certified as a school psychologist, and worked for over 20 years in Wisconsin and Minnesota public schools. Jo is also a Minnesota licensed psychologist and worked as a mental health 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 an Ed.D. in educational leadership, M.S. in school psychology, and B.S. in psychology and sociology.. Her professional interests include educational leadership, organizational change, online teaching and learning, behavioral interventions, positive school climate, family systems and play therapy.
Dr. Chery Takkunen is an associate professor and Chair of Graduate Education 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 Minnesota 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 innovation and leadership, online learning, computer science education, educational technology, and teacher education.
John earned his B.S. in Elementary Education from Moorhead State University. His M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction was earned at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. John taught elementary students in the towns of Wabasso, MN and Northfield, MN. He is currently working to complete his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through the University of St. Thomas. John teaches in the School of Education, works as the institutional licensure officer, and is the chair of the SOE undergraduate admissions committee. His passions include his family, Faith, reading, numerous outdoor activities.
Randy brings 34 years of experience as a principal, teacher and coach to our education staff. Before joining the CSS School of Education, Randy was the 7-12 Principal in the Esko schools, a position he held for 7 years. Prior to that assignment he was the 7-12 Principal and AD at the Willow River school. His secondary teaching experience was at the Hermantown High School where he taught Physical Science, General Science and Biology. While at Hermantown he coached football and basketball for 24 years. He earned a bachelor's degree from Bemidji State University, an M.Ed. from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and completed his Education Administration Certification at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. Randy lives in Hermantown with his wife Marlene and they have two grown children.
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.
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.
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
Beth received her bachelor's degree in Natural Science from The College of St. Benedict. She completed a teaching certificate at UMD, and an M.Ed. from St. Scholastica. Beth has taught middle and secondary level science classes including life, earth, and physical science for 13 years in the Duluth Schools. Her focus is on increasing teacher's abilities to use hands-on science activities that promote critical thinking.
Doreene Langason earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, USA. Her M.Ed is in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota, USA. Her B. A is in English and French Languages with a minor in Linguistics from the University of Dschang, Cameroon. Doreene has several years of teaching experiences in both primary and secondary grades. She mostly taught Religious Education, English and French as second languages. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Dschang, she assisted with research, provided training and coordinated local language development and adult literacy work with the National Language Development Association an affiliate of Société Internationale de Linguistique. Her research interests include evaluating current teacher education practices, expanding views on teachers as leaders of change, who can effectively address social justice issues in curriculum and instruction. She also believes in bridging the knowledge and application gap between higher education and the workplace through evidence-based best practices.
Rachel earned her B.A. in English from the University of Rochester. She pursued a career in the media industry in Chicago until she moved with her family to Duluth in 1993. She earned her Bachelor's degree in education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and her Master's degree in education from St. Mary's University. She has taught in the Duluth public schools for the past six years. Her academic interests are technology integration, elementary math methods, working with at-risk students, and educational reform. She enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, theatre, and spending time with her husband Bill, sons Connor and Nate, and her dog Cosmo.
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.
Valerie began her teaching career at the Bugonaygeshig School on the Leech Lake Reservation, where she taught for three years in a self-contained classroom for children with emotional/behavioral disabilities. Valerie then moved to the Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School in Cass Lake, Minnesota. The Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School is a public school with an American Indian population of 80%. In Cass Lake, Valerie continued to work with children with emotional/behavioral disabilities. After three more years in special education, she moved to regular education and taught in a fifth grade classroom. In 1997, Valerie accepted a position with the Department of Children, Families and Learning-Office of Indian Education as supervisor for the Duluth Field Office of Indian Education. In the fall of 2003, she began to work as an assistant professor for the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Currently, Ms. Tanner resides as Chair of the Undergrad Program in the School of Education. Valerie received her B.S. from the University of North Dakota, her M.S. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and has taken course work in the Doctoral Program, "Educational Leadership", at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Valerie is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Reservation and the mother of three awe-inspiring children.
Sr. Clare Marie is a graduate of The College of St. Scholastica and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her concentrations were in administration and psychological foundations. She has had a variety of experiences in education that began with teaching upper elementary students. She served as a principal for fifteen years and then became superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Duluth. Her next experience was as elementary coordinator and teacher at The College of St. Scholastica. After leaving the College to serve as prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Duluth, she has returned as coordinator of the graduate education programs.