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Position: Assoc Professor/Dean, SOE
Department: SOE Admin
Phone: (218) 723-7040
E-Mail: JOlsen@css.edu
Website: View

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.

Position: Coord, Educational Experience
Department: GTL
Phone: (651) 403-8634
E-Mail: DBaird@css.edu

I've been with St. Scholastica since December 2007. As Coordinator of Educational Experiences for the School of Education on the St Paul campus, I take care of placing our teaching licensure students for their field expereinces and student teaching, as well as maintaining student data. 

Position: Asst Professor, EDU
Department: Education
Phone: (218) 625-4995
E-Mail: JBauman@css.edu

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,the Dignitas program for First-Year students, and is the chair of the SOE Undergraduate Admissions Committee. His passions include his family, Faith, reading, and numerous outdoor activities.

Position: Data Specialist, Mobile CSP
Department: SOE Admin
E-Mail: cbeckworth@css.edu
Position: Assoc Prof/MEd Prog Dir, EDU
Department: Masters of Ed-ONLINE
Phone: (218) 723-7067
E-Mail: ABergstrom@css.edu
Position: Admin Asst, SOE Grad Programs
Department: GTL
Phone: (218) 723-6018
E-Mail: DChanslo@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, Grad Education
Department: Masters of Ed-ONLINE
Phone: (651) 403-8621
E-Mail: sdunigan@css.edu

Name:  Doug Long

Position:  Adjunct Professor

Department:  Elementary Education Degree Completion Program

Academic Degrees: B.S. Secondary Biology Education, College of St. Scholastica &  MA Teacher Leadership, University of Minnesota

Interest Areas: Coaching High School Hockey, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Technology and Blending Learning Opportunities.

Teaching Philosophy: My approach to teaching is to empower all students with the skills and resources to discover learning in a manner that best fits their style. I believe that students should be actively engaged in the learning process and work cooperatively to create their own learning for life.

Personal information: I have been teaching in the Stillwater School system since 1991 in the middle and high school setting as a life science teacher. I have taught Biology, Wildlife Biology, Chemistry, and Human Anatomy & Physiology. I have also been a high school hockey coach for over 25 years. I have worked as an adjunct instructor at St. Catherine University and the College of St. Scholastic, as well as in the College in the School program through the University of Minnesota in the Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology class. I am married and have 2 children, one of which is also a CSS graduate (2014)

Position: Asst Professor, EDU (STP)
Department: GTL
Phone: (651) 403-8628
E-Mail: detonguemayer@css.edu

Doreene Etongue-Mayer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, Graduate Teaching Licensure program. She also serves as the coordinator of the Graduate Teaching Licensure program on the St. Paul Campus.

She earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Her Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota. Her B. A is in Linguistics with Minors in English and French Languages from the University of Dschang, Cameroon.

Doreene has several years of teaching experiences in early childhood, primary and secondary education. 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 research and collaborative practices.

Position: Assoc Professor/Chair, EDU
Department: Education
Phone: (218) 723-5971
E-Mail: bfischer1@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, EDU
Department: GTL
Phone: (218) 723-6724
E-Mail: GGaetz@css.edu

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.

Position: Asst Prof, EDU (St Paul)
Department: GTL
Phone: (651) 403-8637
E-Mail: JHinrich@css.edu

Dr. Hinrichs 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. Dr. Hinrichs 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.

Dr. Hinrichs joined The College of St. Scholastica faculty in August, 2008, and works as the St. Cloud Graduate Teacher Licensure (GTL) program coordinator. He teaches educational seminars, foundation courses, research courses and conducts teacher observations and program orientations.

Dr. Hinrichs research interest: how best to teach canidates technology for the classroom and staragies for classroom management. 

Dr. Jesse Hinrichs and Dr. Amy Bergstrom (SOE) recently had their research paper  published in the SITE 2016 Proceedings and it was internationally distributed via LearnTechLib--The Learning and Technology Library.

They also presented at the SITE conference in Savannah GA. The title of the paper is: Perceptions of Technology Needs of Pre Service Teacher Education Candidates


Position: Asst Professor, EDU
Department: Education
Phone: 733-2236
E-Mail: BLavigne@css.edu
Website: View

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 taught middle and secondary level science classes including life, earth, and physical science for 13 years in the Duluth Schools, and has conducted workshops for teachers and volunteered in elementary science classrooms.  Her focus is on increasing teacher's abilities to use hands-on science activities that promote critical thinking.

Position: Admin Spec/Data Coord, SOE
Department: Education
Phone: (218) 723-6108
E-Mail: SLohman@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof/Crd Elem Ed Cmpl Pgm
Department: Elementary Degree Completion (2+2)
Phone: (651) 403-8659
E-Mail: jlong1@css.edu

Coordinator, Elementary Education Degree Completion Program and Assistant Professor, St. Paul Campus

Dr. Long has focused her research and scholarly work guiding teacher candidates as they develop effective teacher dispositions.  

Position: Asst Prof, EDU
Department: Special Education
Phone: (218) 723-6110
E-Mail: amurzyn@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, EDU
Department: Education
Phone: 733-2237
E-Mail: RPayne@css.edu

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 taught grades 3-5 in the public school system.  Her academic interests are technology integration, elementary math and reading 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 Rugby.

Position: Asst Prof, EDU
Department: GTL
Phone: (651) 403-8630
E-Mail: asimmons@css.edu

Annette M. M. Simmons

Is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Teaching Licensure Program — School of Education, at the College of St. Scholastica, St. Paul Campus. She instructs graduate courses in assessment, social studies teaching methods, student teaching fieldwork, and educational research methods. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota —Twin Cities. She instructed middle school social studies education for 13 years. Her research interests include civic education, political socialization, international social studies education, and professional development. You can reach her by email at asimmons@css.edu.

Position: Professor, EDU
Department: GTL
Phone: (218) 723-7052
E-Mail: clucarelli@css.edu
Position: Coord., Grad. Programs in Ed.
Department: Education Curriculum & Instruction
Phone: (218) 723-6169
E-Mail: CTrettel@css.edu

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.

Position: Assoc Professor, EDU
Department: Education
Phone: (218) 723-6155
E-Mail: nwitikko@css.edu
Position: Admin. Asst., St. Paul
Department: GTL
Phone: (651) 403-8652
E-Mail: dwood2@css.edu