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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.
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.
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
Doreene graduated from the University of Dschang, Cameroon West Africa, with a B.A. in English and French languages. Before and after her Bachelor's degree she taught English language, French Language and Religious Education at our Lady of Lourdes Secondary and High School, Bamenda, Cameroon. During her time 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 the International Institute for Linguistics. Doreene became interested in the concept of teachers as leaders of change and decided to pursue a Master's degree in Education. She holds a Master's degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota. She served as facilitator, consultant and mediator at the Center for Policy Planning and Performance, and the Leadership Empowerment and Development Group. She is an adjunct Instructor at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, where she is completing her Doctorate in Education. Her research interests include evaluating current professional practices, expanding views on developing human knowledge and skills to effectively address social justice issues and bridging the gap between higher education institutions and workplaces in developing professional capacity for evidence-based best practices.