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Staff Bios


Molly Dandelet, Partnership Director -  

Molly Dandelet, EdS - holds a Bachelors Degree from Purdue University and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.  Recently, she completed her Educational Specialists degree, also from St. Thomas, and holds her K-12 Principal Licensure.   Along with her formal education, parenting three boys with three different learning styles has greatly influenced her educational philosophy.  Because of this, she is a proponent of personalized learning plans for all students.  She passionately believes that the three vital components of student success are focusing on students’ strengths, encouraging student voice and advocacy, and building relationships with students.  Molly is an idea person and keeps an ever-growing list of ideas she would like to pursue.  She encourages her students to do the same.  She is looking forward to another great year at Level Up Academy!

651-408-5559 ext. 302


Daniel Juhlke, Dean of Students

Daniel Juhlke is a passionate educator and is privileged to be involved in the greatest profession in the world. Daniel was a collegiate baseball player and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree and K-12 Teaching License in Physical Education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Daniel then attended the University of Iowa International Job Fair and accepted a job offer from an IB World School (Gyeonggi Suwon International School) and served international students as an Athletic Director, Physical Education, and Health Teacher. During his time in South Korea, he received his Master's in Educational Leadership from Simpson University in Redding, California.  Daniel is currently pursuing his Minnesota K-12 Principal License through the University of Minnesota and is scheduled to finish the program in 2018. Daniel has a passion for student success and believes nourishing strong relationships is the key for this success. As an educational leader, Daniel seeks to empower and cultivate success in all of his Level Up Academy teammates and students, and is excited to be a part of the LUA Community!

651-408-5559 ext. 210


Leslie Sieleni, Office Manager - Leslie comes to LUA with over 20 years of office management experience.  In addition to her office management skills, she also brings 18 years of experience as a disability advocate at the State and local levels.  She has been involved with the Arc Minnesota Public Policy Committee and the Department of Education Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP). 

Leslie and her husband John live in WBL.  They have three children and five grandchildren.  In her free time, Leslie and her family enjoy spending time up north. 

Leslie is excited and very much looking forward to continuing her journey with Level Up Academy!

651-408-5559 ext. 300


Amber Espinosa, LUA Teacher - As a parent of two children at Level Up, Amber has seen first-hand that personalized learning can make a life-changing difference. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa in 1999 and a Master’s Degree in Children, Youth and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary in 2011.  She's has been working with children and young people all her life, as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, as a minister, and as a teacher. Amber believes that every person has unique gifts and strengths, and that surrounding children with encouraging and empowering adults is the key to helping children grow into fullness of life. 

Amber is excited about all the possibilities that the Summit Learning system offers to LUA middle schoolers.  She spent part of her summer as a Summit Learning Fellow training teachers from across the country in Summit Learning.

Amber lives in Lino Lakes with her husband, Nathan, her three sons, Carver, Zach and Andrew.  She loves camping, hiking, boating and swimming and relaxing with a good book.

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Joel Giese, LUA Teacher - Joel earned his Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Winona State University in 2002. Since then, his sense of adventure has afforded him the opportunity to teach in a public school in Arizona, a community school in Germany, a Montessori school in Minnesota and a private school in Mexico. He is looking forward to his second year at LUA! He looks forward to continue to create a stimulating, encouraging and supportive environment for all students and to continue to make a difference to children around the world.

651-408-5559 ext. 204



Lynn Hopwood, Special Education Coordinator 

651-408-5559 ext. 301


McKenzie Kruse, LUA Teacher

651-408-5559 ext. 126


Amelia Wykes, LUA Teacher

651-408-5559 ext. 100


Jill Knutson, LUA Teacher - Jill received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and her Master's degree in Education from the University of Minnesota.  Go Gophers!

She has worn many different hats since finishing school; general education paraprofessional, before and after school care, Title 1 teacher, ADSIS behavior teacher, and classroom teacher (kindergarten).  Jill loves teaching the youngest of learners through exploration, movement, sharing and play. 

Jill lives with her husband, Derrick, and four legged friend, Russell the Corgi, in North Branch, Minnesota.  They love spending their summer time camping around the state, biking state trails and putzing around the yard.  In the winter time Jill loves to knit and watch the Minnesota Timberwolves.

651-408-5559 ext. 100


Charlie Daniels, LUA Teacher

651-408-5559 ext. 134


Katy Jermann, Teacher - As a graduate from Iowa State University, Katy (Moen) Jermann received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Special Education, Reading, and English Language Arts. She taught as a classroom assistant throughout high school and college in the summer at an extended year school for students with moderate to severe disabilities. After student teaching in both a classroom for students with special needs and in a 4th grade room, she worked as a co-teacher in a German-immersion preschool and as a high school boys' and girls' cross country and track coach while training with Team USA Minnesota, an Olympic development group for American distance running. Now, as LUA's Title 1 Reading and Math interventionist, Katy's experience working with a variety of abilities and ages gives her a unique and creative perspective of student learning.

Inline with Level Up Academy's mission of personalized learning for all, she believes all students deserve and education that is appropriate and accessible. Katy is beyond excited to reconnect with students after a long summer break and begin year 2 at LUA



Jennifer Squires, LUA Teacher - My name is Mrs. Jennifer Squires. I am excited to be returning for my third year at LUA in first grade. This will be my 8th year of teaching.

What I love most about Level Up Academy is the personalized learning. In my free time I enjoy going on adventures with my husband and two teenage children as well as crafting.

651-408-5559 ext. 104


Amelia Walker, LUA Teacher - Amelia received her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Butler University in Indianapolis.  After graduating, she headed back home to Illinois where she taught for five years.  Four years ago, she made the move to Minnesota from Chicago to work with ed tech companies.  After training and working with teachers and students across the state of Minnesota, Amelia knew her heart was in teaching and transitioned back into the classroom.  Her favorite thing about teaching is building relationships with her colleagues, students, parents, and community.  She also loves to inspire her students to be lifelong learners and enjoys growing right alongside them.  She is thrilled to start her 10th year in education at LUA!

Currently she resides in New Hope with her husband, Jack, and two dogs, Reggie and Easton.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves her Chicago sports teams - especially the Chicago Cubs!  Go Cubs Go!

651-408-5559 ext. 208


Mike Stoesz, LUA Teacher

651-408-5559 ext. 126


Amy Colombo, LUA Teacher

651-408-5559 ext. 226


Paige Nelson, LUA Teacher

651-408-5559 ext. 200


Anessa Beimert, LUA Teacher

651-408-5559 ext. 201

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Diane Noll, LUA Music Teacher - Diane Noll has been teaching music at Level Up Academy since our opening year in 2015.  She received her degree in Music Education from Hamline University.  While she has had many work experiences before teaching (flight attendant, cantor, actor) teaching music is what she enjoys most!  Along with teaching general music, she also provides piano lessons for interested students at Level Up.  She is married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  It has been a wonderful experience for her to teach music at Level Up Academy!  She is looking forward to another rewarding year at LUA!