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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 and Northfield, MN. He also completed advanced studies in Educational Leadership through the University of St. Thomas. John teaches in the School of Education, the Dignitas program for First-Year students, and serves as chair of the SOE Undergraduate Admissions Committee, long-standing member of the Mission Integration Advisory Board, Chair of the Catholic Studies Advisory Board, and many other ongoing capacities. He has been blessed by interactions with Sisters from the St. Scholastia Monastery throughout his entire life. In his early years of Faith formation, Sister Caprini Beauvais served at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Ely, MN.. Sister Sara Smedman helped him find his calling as an educator during his time at Moorhead SU. Sister Mary Rochefort & Sister Clare Marie Trettel were instrumental in his transition into and growth at the College. He is thankful for the ongoing mentorship of the Sisters of the St. Scholastica Monastery in his understanding of the Benedictine tradition. His passions include his family, Faith, teaching, reading, music, and numerous outdoor activities.
Doreene Etongue-Mayer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, She also serves as the Chair of the School of Education Undergraduate programs.
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 English and French Languages with a minor in Linguistics 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.
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 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.
Professor and Chair of Graduate Education Programs, Dr. Lucarelli oversees several graduate education programs, including the nationally ranked online Master of Education program and the Graduate Teacher Licensure program at the College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Lucarelli is committed to supporting inclusive learning and work environments. She believes that collaborative and inclusive settings provide the best opportunity for innovation. Dr. Lucarelli is the PI on the TeachCS@CSS grant funded by Google and the Co-PI on a National Science Foundation CS10K grant to scale up CS teacher professional development by leveraging online communities of practice. She is an experienced K12 teacher and licensed school administrator. Her research interests include innovation in higher education, online learning, educational technology, teacher preparation and teacher professional development.
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.
Dr. Matt Ridenour received his B.A. in Philosophy from Bethel University, completed graduate work in education (with a focus on curriculum and instruction) at Colorado Christian University, and received his Doctorate in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. His dissertation research focused on how college students define college readiness. Dr. Ridenour came to CSS after spending eight years as a classroom teacher in Minneapolis and two years as an Assistant Professor of Education at UW-Superior. His ongoing research interests involve examining teacher identity and teaching metaphors. As a former whitewater rafting and mountaineering guide, Dr. Ridenour still spends time in the backcountry and on the water with his wife and three children. Noteable awards and honors include: 2018 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, 2017 SoTL Homegrown Scholar, 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Nominee and 2014 Barringer Research Fellow.