Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

IB Teacher Profiles

Teacher Profile
Name: Ann Anderson

Teaching Assignment: IB Spanish 4 and 5

Academic Degrees/Location:
BA in German Carleton College (Northfield, MN)
Additional coursework in Spanish at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
Master's of Arts in Education St. Mary's University

Why I love teaching my IB course: First, I love teaching IB Spanish because my students are so invested in their own learning.  IB students are so eager to KNOW things and to be able to use their knowledge and skills in real world applications...this hunger for knowledge and experience invigorates me and inspires me to constantly find new ways to help my studnets reach their full potential.  I also love that IB classes end up being real learning communities.  We are always working toward a common goal, and the students support me and support each other in that journey. 

What I hear from past graduates who took my course: They tell me that they felt very prepared for their college Spanish courses, and that they are comfortable speaking in class! 

The best academic piece of advice to students: Ask questions and listen carefully to the answers that you get.  If you need more clarification, ask more questions!

Favorite things to do besides teaching IB classes:
Spend time with my family.  After that: travel, read, garden.


Teacher Profile
Name: Matt Anderson

Teaching Assignment: IB History 11


Academic Degrees/Location: 
B.A.A Social Studies Education - University of Minnesota, Duluth
Coaching Certificate - Univeristy of Minnesota, Duluth
M.A. Education - St. Mary's University, Winona
Graduate classes in Geographical Informational Systems - St. Cloud State University

Why I love teaching my IB course: The students are passionate, engaged and take ownership for their education.

The best academic piece of advice to students:  Focus on your speaking and writing skills to communicate your knowledge effectively.  Measure your improvement.  Advanced communication skills will serve you well in college and in your career.

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:
Travel, coach sports, watch movies, excercise.


 

Teacher Profile
Name: Christopher Baker-Raivo

Teaching Assignment: IB/AVID English 12

Academic Degrees/Location:
Bachelor's in English and Psychology from Hamline
Masters in Education at University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Why I love teaching my IB course:
It affords my students and the ability to critically engage with the language of both literature and media.  Every time I teach, I learn something new form my students and as a result, look at the world in a new way.  The best job in the world!!

What I hear from past graduates who took my course:
This course prepared them for the rigors of college and that the hard work is worth it!

The best academic piece of advice to students:
Get into the content, be motivated not only by the grade, but by the search for meaning.

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:
Run, camp, travel to other coutries, and eat crazy food.


Teacher Profile
Name: Beth Bethke

Teaching Assignment: IB Chemistry

Academic Degrees/Location:
Univeristy of North Dakota - Biology and Physical Science
Univeristy of Minnesota - Masters in Science Education

Why I love teaching my IB course:  The class is challenging and rigorous for the student.  I love watching the students grow over the 2 years.  There is a family that is formed.

What I hear from past graduates who took my course:  They feel well prpared for their studies.

The best academic piece of advice to students:  Challenge yourself in high school so you are ready for the next level.

Favoirte thing to do besides teaching IB classes:  Spending time with my family, play and watch sports, play piano and sing.

 


Teacher Profile
Name: Susan Browne

Teaching Assignment: IB French 4 and 5; Ab Initio French

Academic Degree/Location:
BS, BA: Second Languages and Culture Education at Univeristy of MN, TC
Masters in Education:  Second Languages and Culture, French at Univeristy of MN, TC

Why I love teaching my IB course:  A lifelong francophile, I love talking about french culture and languages.  I enjoy widening the cultureal competency of my students by studing the diversity of the french speaking world.  I love watching the student progression of skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the French language.

What I hear from past graduates who took my course:  Students tell me that they learned that different does not mean worse when it comes to culture. Many of my former students go on a semester abroad during their univeristy years.

The best academic piece of advice to students:  Learn how to study!  Short, intensive sessions of study are better then one long cram session.  Try to use some French every day: listen to French radio and read articles in French, use computer resources.  All humans have the capacity to learn several languages!

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:  Travel to France and Germany, reading over 1000 books per year, gardening, biking, dog training and photography.

 

 


Teacher Profile
Name: Kristin Ceronsky

Teaching Assignment: IB Math Studies

Academic Degrees/Location:  Miami Univeristy (Oxford, OH).  BA in Mathematics and Statistics and a BS in Integrated Mathematics Education.

Why I love teaching my IB course:  I enjoy the range of content IB Math Studies covers, and I love seeing students grow academically and personally over the course of the year as they stretch their ability as students and find success in a challenging course.

What I hear from past graduates who took my course:  They have felt prepared for subsequent coursework.

The best academic piece of advice to students:  Never give up on learning.  There are always people and resources available to help you when you are struggling - seek them out and you will find success!

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes: Spending time with my family.  Playing outside - running, hiking, wakesurfing, and skiing (Nordic & Telemark).


Teacher Profile
Name: Paul Darda

Teaching Assignment: IB History 12

Academic Degrees/Location:
Augusburg College - History Secondary Education
Masters at St. Mary's, Winona - Secondary Education

Why I love teaching my IB course:
Forces class to be student centered.  They learn to question the source...become inquirers.

What I hear from past graduates who took my course:
Overwhelmingly the are prepared for college.  Especially for reading and notetaking.

The best academic piece of advice to students:
Challenge yourself now because you will be more prepared for college.

Favoite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:
Be a Dad, watching historical plot movies, and training for triathalons.

 

 


 


Teacher Profile
Name:  John FitzSimmons

Teaching Assignment:  IB Math Studies

Academic Degree/Location:
BA - Math Ed at University of Mississippi
MBA - National University, San Diego, CA
MAT - University of St Thomas, MN

Why I love teaching my IB course:
It is challenging.  We are teaching higher level math skills to student who are not used to that level of rigor.

The best academic piece of advice to students:
This course (actually anything worth doing) takes effort.  You get out of the classes what you put into it.

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:
Go fishing and spending time with my kids.


Teacher Profile
Name: Jann Garofano

Teaching Assignment: IB English 11; IB/AVID English 11; Theory of Knowledge 1; Theory of Knowledge II

Academic Degrees/Location:
Bachelor's in English Education from University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire


Teacher Profile
Name: Michael George

Teaching Assignment: IB Head of School

Academic Degrees/Location:
Bachelor's Degree: Univeristy of North Dakota
Master's Degree: Saint Mary's Univeristy Minneosta
Adminstrative Licensure:  Saint Mary's University Minnesota

What I love about IB:
I love the opportunity it creates for our students while they are engaged in the program here at our school, as well as those created for our students following high school.

What I hear from past graduates:
How well this program prepared them for college...and life.

Best academic piece of advice to students:
Invest in your education by chalenging yourself and doing your best.  "You don't have to be great to start something, you have to start something to be great" - Zig Ziglar

Favorite thing to do outside of school:
Spend time with my family.  They mean the world to me!


Teacher Profile
Name: Sieglinde Grivna

Teaching Assignment: IB Music


Academic Degrees/Location:
BA in Music, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
Master's of Arts in Differentiated Instruction (in progress) Concordia University, St. Paul, MN

Awards/Accolades

Recipient of "The Great Educatiors 2012 Award", sponsored by Paperclip Publishing


Why I love teaching my IB course: I have the best kids at Champlin Park! :)   I love their radomness, their creativity, and their brillance.  If a student is going to study music in college, there really is no better music prep course than this. 

What I hear from past graduates who took my course: They have appreciated what they learned in IB Music.  They have either been able to test out of classes or earn elective credits.  One of my students who is going into music education used our IB class activities for her practicum work. 

The best piece of academic advice to students: Stick with it!  It makes college easier.

Favorite things to do besides teaching IB classes:
Spending time with family and friends, Playing clarinet in a community band, Sewing, Reading, Crafting.


Teacher Profile
Name: John Holzhaeuser

Teaching Assignment: IB Business & Management

Academic Degrees/Location:
 
B.S. Comprehensive Business Education--University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire
M.E.D. Education, St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN

Why I love teaching my IB course:  I think the content is very practical.  The concepts and ideas I teach are things students can use right now.

What I hear from past graduates who took my course: I hear how surprised they are that what we talk about is class is what they see in college

The best piece of academic advice to students:  Be Great!

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:

Football--everything to do with it, Spending time with family, Remodeling.


Teacher Profile
Name: Ashley Hyatt

Teaching Assignment: IB Math Studies

Academic Degrees/Location:
Bachelor's in Math Education and Psychology from Concordia University, St. Paul
Master's in Counseling/Psychology from St. Mary's University

Why I love teaching my IB course: Gives students a variety of math areas and allows them to see how math is used in real life situations.

What I hear from past graduates who took my course:
"It helped me so much in my college math course"
"It was so easy in college"
"I was surprised how much other kids didn't know"

The best academic piece of advice to students: Do your work and do it on time...work is never assigned for no reason, it is to help you be successful!

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes: 
Spend time with my family and friends, read, watch movies, and card making.


 

Teacher Profile
Name: Nicole Kronzer

Teaching Assignment: IB English 12

Academic Degrees/Location: 
BFA in Acting from University of WI Stevens Point
MED in English Education from University of Minnesota--Twin Cities
MA in Teaching Creative Writing and Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ

Why I love teaching my IB course:  The students.  They are great critical thinkers.  They suport and take care of each other.  I love the content of the course.

What I hear from past graduates who took my course: No one has taken this course, but have heard college is much easier.  Prepares you for college writing.

The best academic piece of advice to students:  Don't procastinate.  It's all totally doable if you don't.

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:  Love to read, knit, be outside, and play with my family/kids.

 

 


 

Teacher Profile
Name: Georgia Larson

Teaching Assignment: IB Coordinator/IB English 11 Teacher

Academic Degrees/Location:
B.A. English Education--St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
M.S.T English Education--University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire
Masters of Divinity--Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

Why I love teaching my IB course:  I just love seeing students succeed and be creative thinkers!

What I hear from past graduates who took my course: Students claim two major things: 
1.  They learned to write well after being in IB for two years.
2.  They learned to be great participations in classroom discussion.

And while they may not realize it, IB students have learned to become good, creative thinkers!

I argue that these are the basics of the collegiate experience.  If you can learn to do these things well before you leave high school, you will be successful in college.

The best academic piece of advice to students: Stick with the challenges!  No one ever said it was going to be easy, they just said it was going to be worth it!

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:
Play with my kids, hang out with my husband, watch movies, exercise in any way I can.

 



Teacher Profile
Name: Rachel Malchow Lloyd
Teaching Assignment:  Theory of Knowledge

Academic Degrees/Location:
Ph.D./M.A. Curriculum and Instruction, English Education at University of MN - Twin Cities

Why I love teaching my IB course:
I will be new to IB in 2013-14.  However, I am very excited to be joining this program.  In particular, I am drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of IB overall and TOK specifically.  I believe we all learn best by building connections and achnowledging the contrasts between ideas, texts, people, and cultures.  I see the IB program as promoting more fruitfully than many other academic programs in K-12 and higher education do.

The best academic piece of advise to students:
Writing is REwriting: in order for writing to become effective it takes time, persisitence, a test audience, and sometimes many drafts.




Teacher Profile
Name:  Angie Manbeck

Teaching Assignment:  AbInitio - Spanish

Academic Degrees/Location: 
B.S. Education - Spanish University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse
M.S. Education - St. Mary's University, Winona

Accolades/Publications/Awards:
Wrote Program manager for EMC textbook "Navegando"
Was nominated for teacher of the year

Why I love teaching my IB course: The Kids are fun and motivated.  Since it's an honors level course I can push and challenge them and they rise to the challenge!  I will also have the same students for two years so it's a wonderful opportunity to get to know them, build relationships and see them improve in Spanish.

The best academic piece of advice to students:


Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:


Teacher Profile
Name: Pete Ouckly

Teaching Assignment: IB Biology 11

Academic Degrees/Location: Biology degree at Augsburg College, Mpls

Why I love teaching m IB Course:  It is very intellectually challenging for the students (and for me).

What I hear from past graduates who took my course:  I haven't gotten that far yet.  I'm hoping my students do well on the IB tests this spring. I am doing everything I can to give them a great experience and hope they get a lot out of the class.

The best academic piece of advice to students:  Learning is a growth process that takes time.  Keep working to understand.  Your brain will get it eventually.

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:  Coach football

 


Teacher Profile
Name: Judy Oliverius

Teaching Assignment: IB Business & Management

Academic Degrees/Location: 
Marketing Education at U of M Twin Cities. 
Traffic & Safety Education at St. Cloud 
Masters in Curriculum Education at St. Thomas University, St. Paul.

Why I love teaching my IB courses:  Love the topics (Marketing and HR) and the projects involved in the class.  Because I'm new with IB, I really enjoy the experiences and find them enriching and educational in topics that I'm passionate about.

What I hear from past graduates who took my course: I am new with IB so I have not had any students graduate yet.

The best academic piece of advice to students:  Pursue your passion in life.

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:  Outdoors - camping, biking, rollerblading, and cross country skiing.


Teacher Profile
Name: Jason Peterson

Teaching Assignment: IB Mathematics SL

Academic Degrees/Location:
B.S. Math and Math Education--Northwestern, St Paul, MN
M.A. Education--St Mary's University

Why I love teaching my IB course:  I love the challenge that it give the students.  I really stretches them.  When students get stuck, I love that "A-Ha" moment when things start to click for them.

What I hear from past graduates who took my course: I have heard that it prepared students well.


The best piece of academic advice to students: Never give up!!!!

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:
Enjoy the great outdoors, travel (US--eventually the world), Read.


Teacher Profile
Name:  Julie Rita

Teaching Assignment: IB Biology 11 and 12

Academic Degrees/Location: 
New Mexico State University - degree in Secondary Life Science
St. Thomas University for a graduate degree in Secondary Curriculum

Why I love my IB course:  I get to teach the top students in the school. Love the International Curriculum!

The best academic piece of advice to students:  Learn how to look over your notes every night for 15 minutes to study-not cramming the night before.  Also, READ your textbook.

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:  Teach fitness classes at Lifetime Fitness and travel with my husband.

 


Teacher Profile
Name: Loren Tenold

Teaching Assignment: IB Mathematics HL 11


Academic Degrees/Location:
Bachelor of Science-- Mathematics, University of Minnesota--Twin Cities
M.E.D. Mathematics Education, University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Why I love teaching my IB course:  I really enjoy working with students who are thinking at a high level and working on rigorous content while preparing to pass exams.

What I hear from past graduates who took my course:

When they get into their calculus classes in college, they are much better prepared than their peers.  Also, many have said that the calculus class here at CP mimicks the college experience to a greater extent than some of their other high school courses.


The best piece of academic advice to students: Don't be afraid to work outside of your comfort zone.

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:
Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Geo-caching, Scuba diving, Playing with my kids.



Teacher Profile
Name: Michelle Weise

Teaching Assignment: IB Psychology

Academic Degrees/Location:
Augsburg - Political Science/English
St. Mary's - Masters in Education
U of M, Twin Cities - Psych

Why I love teaching my IB course:
The students make me laugh every day and I get to share my passion for learning and they get it.

What I hear from past graduates who took my course:
College Psych is just like IB Psych.
I learned more in IB Psych than I do in my college classes.

The best academic piece of advice to students:
Proper prior planning prevents poor performance!

Favorite thing to do besides teaching IB classes:
Spend time with my husband and my two sons.



 

Teacher Profile
Name: Julie Yager

Teaching Assignment: Associate Principal for the IB School

Academic Degrees/Location:
B.S. Mathematics - Univeristy of North Dakota
M.A. Educational Leadership - University of St. Thomas
Ed.S. Educational Leadership - Univeristy of St. Thomas

Why I love about IB:
The academic rigor it provides for students and the preparation it provides students as they learn to ask challenging questions and devleop a sence of self and culture.

What I hear from past graduates who have taken IB classes:
* How well the IB classes have prepared them for college.
* Happy to hear they earned college credit from the IB courses they took in high school.

The best academic piece of advice to students:
Challenge yourself.  It will help you as you prepare for life after high school.

Favorite thing to do outside of school:
Spending time with my family and making cards (stamping)