Phone: (800) 764-8166 x 115
Christie Allison went to school at Kent State University in Ohio where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Special Education in 2005 and her Master's Degree in 2007 in Special Education with a Transition Endorsement. Ms. Allison has worked as a Transition Teacher since 2006, on Kent State Campus and at Stillwater Area High School. In 2006, she received a grant to develop a curriculum for students with autism to learn job skills. Ms. Allison is currently continuing her study at Kent State as an online Ph. D. student in Educational Psychology researching learning within online gaming environments.
Phone: (612) 703-0370
Kimberly Breeden has taught mathematics to students in grades 8 through 12 since 1997. She received her Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth; in 2002 she completed her Masters in Educational Technology at St. Thomas. She began her teaching career at Chisago Lakes High School and has most recently taught at Rockford High School. In addition to teaching mathematics, Ms. Breeden has been active in other areas of education: teaching careers and study skills, coaching math league, and tutoring one-on-one. At MNOHS she currently teaches Sketchpad Geometry, Calculus and Discrete Math.
Phone: (612) 245-8838
Lori Breidenbach has over fifteen years experience teaching English and Language Arts. She currently teaches Myths and Legends, English Survey, American Literature Survey, Research Learning, World Literature and British Literature at MNOHS. She is also the lead teacher for the independent study/credit recovery program at Hopkins High School. She previously taught traditional classroom English at Kentridge High School in Kent, Washington for several years before returning to Minnesota. Ms. Breidenbach received her bachelor’s degrees in English and Secondary Education from the University of North Dakota and earned graduate level credits at Seattle Pacific University. She also started her own tutoring business and has tutored students in English, reading, study skills, and math.
Phone: (612) 703-3494
Heather Dehn-Brastad has been teaching for fifteen years, at MNOHS since 2005, where she teaches Math Survey, Algebra 1, and Math Reasoning. Previously she taught middle school and high school math in Hawaii and northern Minnesota, tutored students individually in math, and taught enrichment mathematics. She has also designed and taught a paraprofessional training course in central Minnesota that is a hybrid between an online course and an on-site course. Ms. Dehn has her BS in mathematics from Bemidji State University and has taken graduate courses from St. Cloud State University. She is licensed to teach mathematics for grades 7-12 in Minnesota.
Phone: (612) 703-7064
Scott Fodness Language Arts, teaches American Literature, Genre Studies and Effective Writing at MNOHS. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1973, Mr. Fodness started teaching at Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Minnesota, where he also coached debate and speech. He returned to the University to obtain Special Education certification, later receiving a M.A. in Education from The College of St. Scholastica. Mr. Fodness taught graduate students in English Education for the College of St. Scholastica from 2006-2011. In 2005, a nomination from a student led to Mr. Fodness receiving a U.S. Department of Education Teacher Recognition Award. In 2010, he retired from teaching at Jefferson after 37 years.
Phone:(800) 764-8166 x 134
Lauren Fox has been teaching since 1986 after earning her Bachelors in English from Rollins College and a teaching certification program from Southern Connecticut State University. She started her career teaching high school English in a private school in Connecticut. In 1993, Lauren returned to Southern Connecticut State University to earn her Masters degree in English, focusing her thesis on film analysis. After relocating to Maryland in 1997, she taught writing courses at Frederick Community College. Here in Minnesota, she became a Reading Specialist, earning her certification from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN. Lauren has been teaching for Lakeville Public Schools since 2005, where she lives and raised two children. She loves watching films, reading and cooking. She joined MNOHS to teach Journalism.
Phone: (612) 598-0375
Jeremy Holien comes to the Minnesota Online High School with over 12 years of visual art and media arts classroom teaching experience. His teaching credentials include being the K-12 Visual Arts Department Chair for the Northfield public schools, teaching K-12 teachers as the instructor and consultant for the Perpich Center for Arts Education’s Adult Courses in Education – Media Arts, and Media Arts at MNOHS. He has been recognized with the TIES (Technology Information Education Services) Exceptional Teacher Award, presenter of “Animate the Arts” at the 2005 National Art Education Association’s Annual Conference, and his work with standards-based art education was featured on the Perpich Center for Art Education’s “Profiles in Success” DVD. His students have gained state wide and national recognition for the high caliber of work they exhibit.
Phone: (800) 764-8166 ext. 13
Leah Holmgren joined MNOHS as an adjunct teacher for the 2005-06 school year. She currently teaches World Geography, Economics, American Government and Civics at MNOHS. Leah is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas. While attending St. Thomas Leah studied History, Secondary Education, and Economics. Leah has also taught Human Geography for ISD 191 and in the past has aided at Mahtomedi High School, coached swimming for North High (North St. Paul), and coordinated a reading program for Community of Peace Academy in St. Paul, MN. Her interests and hobbies include competitive swimming, reading, watching good movies, cooking, and learning new things. Leah earned her Masters of Education degree in the Spring of 2008 from St. Thomas University.
Phone:(800) 764-8166 x 130
Julie Lindholm teaches English as a Second Language (ESL). She is also licensed in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and has a Masters in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education. After college she taught American Culture and Work Experience to Southeast Asian refugees in a Thai refugee camp. For seven years she taught ESL to secondary students in Minneapolis. In addition, she spent two years teaching elementary and secondary ESL for the East Metro Integration District schools, Harambee and Crosswinds. Her resume includes several years teaching ESL to adults, including her current job as an ABE instructor with St. Paul Public Schools at the Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning.
Phone: (612) 978-3492
Anastasia Martin is a licensed Social Studies educator (grades 6-12) who has taught since 1999 in Connecticut, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Her Social Studies teaching experiences include middle school and high school students in a wide variety of courses. She has also taught in a college setting and worked with students earning their GEDs. A North Dakota native, Anastasia loves to travel and has been to five continents. Anastasia received her BA in Political Science and Education from North Dakota State University and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. She currently teaches American History, World History and Psychology at MNOHS.
Phone: (612) 701-6248
Darcie McGee is a grades 7-12 certified Spanish teacher. A native of Iowa, she earned her BA and MA in Spanish teaching from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She has studied and lived in Mexico, Costa Rica and Spain. Her 11+ years of teaching Spanish has taken her all over the country and even the world! She has taught in Tomball, Texas and St. Louis Park, Minnesota and spent a year teaching Spanish at the American Community Schools in Athens, Greece. Darcie has also worked as an instructor, credit facilitator, assistant dean and dean with Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota. She currently lives in Iowa with her husband and two daughters. She currently teaches Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3 and Spanish 4 at MNOHS.
Phone: 1-800-764-8166 ext. 105
Britt Pennington graduated with a B.A. in Sociology (minor in Special Education) from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. After working in the non-profit world for 2 years Britt earned her Master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. During her graduate coursework Britt was an intern at Phoenix Alternative High School in Minneapolis, Northeast Middle School in Minneapolis, and Fernbrook Elementary school in Maple Grove. These internship experiences gave Britt the opportunity to work with diverse groups of students in a variety of school communities. Making a positive impact on the lives of students is Britt's passion and she is excited to begin another year as a School Counselor at MN Online High School. Britt feels fortunate to work in such a unique educational setting and is especially energized by the fact online learning gives students with a variety of life experiences the chance to earn their high school diploma. Outside of work Britt enjoys playing hockey and soccer, reading, watching movies, and laughing with friends and family. Britt is a MNOHS School Counselor for students with a last name ending in A-L.
Phone: 1-800-764-8166 ext. 110
Monica Potter has worked as a Counselor at MNOHS since 2009. She holds a M.S.E. in School Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a B.A. in Psychology from Emmanuel College. Monica is an avid knitter who loves spending time with family and friends. She also is passionate about traveling and discovering “hidden gems” in fine dining, throughout the state and country. Monica loves her job as a school counselor and feels that high school is an exciting and intense time for students and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with students as they move through this time in their lives. In particular, Mrs. Potter, enjoys working with students to explore their present and future possibilities, whether it is helping students find direction in their courses currently, or helping them plan out a career or college path, Mrs. Potter is willing to help students discover and achieve their goals. Mrs. Potter is a MNOHS School Counselor for students with a last name ending in M-Z.
Elissa Raffa, Interim Executive Director and Dean of Academic Programming
Phone: 1-800-764-8166 ext 103
Elissa Raffa, MNOHS Interim Executive Director and Dean of Academic Programming, teaches some MNOHS Chemistry courses. Please see the Administrative Team page for her biography.
Phone: (612) 644-1719
Lynn Randazzo earned her Master's Degree at the University of St. Thomas in 2004. Since that time she has taught in North and South Washington County. Prior to that, she taught at the Elementary level in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota and Oakland, California. Ms. Randazzo earned her undergraduate degree at Macalester College majoring in German and International Studies. Lynn is a Special Education teacher at MNOHS.
Phone: (612) 703-0521
Terrance Reisch has taught various Social Studies and Career Exploration courses since 1986. He added online teaching to his resume in 1999. He continues to teach in a traditional public school setting as well as teaching here at MNOHS. Terrance has earned masters level status in education and has an undergraduate degree in Sociology.
Phone: (218) 371-1414
Rebecca Rennicke has been teaching science for 30 years. She is certified by the state of Minnesota to teach all sciences, grades 7-12. Over the course of her experience, Rebecca has taught Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy and a specialized Environmental Research course. Rebecca also teaches online Earth Science and Physical Science courses for college level students going into the field of teaching. Rebecca uses the Inquiry Method for learning whenever possible. At MNOHS she currently teaches Earth Science, Physical Science, and Physics.
Phone: (612) 245-8852
Bonnie Rosenfield has a B.S. with majors in Physical Education and Health from the University of Minnesota. She taught Health Education for Minneapolis Public Schools from 1999 to 2010, most recently at Washburn High School and before that at Roosevelt High School for 4 years. Ms. Rosenfield pioneered Minneapolis Public School’s Online Health Education program and taught Health Science I and II online starting in 2003. She also modified and taught Health II for online ESL students in Minneapolis. She has also taught as a substitute in the Minneapolis and Bloomington schools and has coached gymnastics, swimming, and track and field. She is currently teaching Health and Physical Education at MNOHS.
Phone: (612) 501-8896
Jenny Russell teaches Biology at MNOHS. She is a 2001 graduate of the University of Wisconsin- River Falls with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Agricultural Education. She began teaching in 2001 and has been teaching online since 2005. Before teaching at MNOHS, Jenny taught high school agricultural education. She has been active in agricultural industry. Outside of teaching she is an active volunteer with 4-H and Girl Scouts.
Phone: (612) 598-7989
Stephanie Snidarich is a veteran Art Instructor with over 20 years experience teaching a variety of ages in various settings. She currently teaches Visual Arts and Arts Appreciation at MNOHS. Stephanie has also developed and taught Fine Arts and Media Arts courses at Nay Ah Shing High School, for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She has also served the Brainerd School District in the capacity of Elementary Art Coordinator for the district’s eight elementary schools, assisting and in servicing the 160+ teachers as well as developing and teaching art curriculum. Ms. Snidarich has also taught for Apple Valley Schools at the Elementary and Middle School levels. She is a practicing artist and writer with a focus on painting, drawing and poetry, although recently she has developed a real fondness for anything related to media arts, including video editing, digital photography and graphic design.
Phone: (612) 205-6831
Vanessa Spano loves being a social studies teacher and has taught since 2009. She earned her degree in secondary education at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is certified for 5-12 grade social studies classes. Vanessa has taught on the Mystic Lake Reservation and now is excited to be at MNOHS.
Phone: (612) 501-8829
Dave Wilfahrt is a mathematics instructor at Minnesota Online High School. He has been teaching mathematics since 1991. In addition to teaching Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus and Calculus, Dave has also taught Astronomy, Physics, and Consumer Math. Dave also teaches mathematics in Mankato, Minnesota, where he has coached basketball. Dave has been involved in many technological aspects of instruction, including online teaching. In July 2005, Dave received his Master’s of Education degree with an emphasis in distance education. In June 2011, Dave also received a Master’s degree in Administration. Dave has been teaching for Minnesota Online High School since 2005. He is currently teaching Geometry, Algebra 2 and Precalculus.
Phone: 1-800-764-8166 ext. 126
Erin Winchell has been teaching music since 2002 to band, general music and private students. Erin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Master's of Arts in Teaching from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She currently plays french horn with the South of the River Community Band and the Dakota Brass Quintet. Erin is an avid knitter, loves to read, enjoys skiing when there is snow on the ground and working in her garden when the snow is gone. Erin teaches music at MNOHS.