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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.  This past year she completed her Educational Specialists degree, also from St. Thomas, and received 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, teaching students self-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!



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!



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 17 years of experience as a disability advocate at the State and local levels.  She is 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.  Their youngest son Sean, is a Senior at WBLAS South Campus.  In her free time, Leslie and her family enjoy spending time up north and coaching the WBLAS Unified Bears Special Olympics team.

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



Regan Cerza, LUA Teacher -  Regan holds a K-12 teaching degree in Art Education from UW River Falls.  While working as part of the special education team at Level Up Academy for the last two years, she developed a deep passion for working with children of all abilities while differentiating lessons to meet students' needs. Regan is now combining the creativity of her art background and passion for students as she completes her masters in special education at Bethel University.  As a teacher, she strives to make a positive difference in the lives of her students by building strong relationships, being open to new ideas, and being a life-long learner herself.  During her free time, she enjoys cooking, backpacking, and making art. She looks forward to another great year at LUA!


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 an innovator at heart and is looking forward to developing the new middle school program at Level Up.

She lives in Lino Lakes with her husband, Nathan, her three sons, Carver, Zach and Andrew, Maisy the Cockapoo and Stripey the Leopard Gecko.  This summer she’s watched her sons play a lot of baseball and enjoyed camping and boating with friends and family.  Amber ran her first Warrior Dash in July, ended up covered in mud and is excited for the next one!  She loves to read, hike and learn new things.

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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 this new Charter School experience at LUA! This past year he has also completed his certification as an International Baccalaureate educator in their Primary Years Program. He looks forward to fostering a stimulating, encouraging and supportive environment for all students and to continue to make a differenceto children around the world.



Becca Holman, LUA Teacher Rebecca Holman is excited to be back at Level Up Academy this year! Rebecca holds bachelor degrees from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in both Physical Education and Health. She taught physical education for three years at the elementary level, then decided to pursue a change in her education career and teach special education. She is finishing her Masters in Special Education and holds an Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) license. Rebecca thoroughly enjoys working with students, families and colleagues. She believes building strong relationships is essential to student success and strives to create them with honesty, respect and open communication. Rebecca is from Wisconsin, but moved to Minnesota after marrying her husband Adam. Rebecca married into a family of teachers, as Adam and four of his siblings also teach in the Twin Cities area. They enjoy family dinners on many Sunday nights, which often involve lots of collaborative conversations about teaching and support from one another. Adam and Rebecca live in Maplewood with their two year old son Isaac. They enjoy spending time together with family and friends, outdoor activities, and traveling during breaks.


Lynn Hopwood, Special Education Coordinator 



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.


Anthony Larkin, LUA Teacher

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Katy Moen, LUA Teacher - As a graduate from Iowa State University, Katy Moen received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Special Education, Reading, and English Language Arts. Most recently, Katy has served as co-teacher in a German Immersion Preschool. She currently enjoys her role as the head boys’ and girls’ cross-country coach at Totino-Grace High School while competing professionally for Team USA Minnesota, an Olympic development group for American distance running. Katy's experience working with a variety of ages and settings has given her a unique and creative perspective of student learning.

In addition to Level Up Academy’s mission of personalized learning for all, she believes all students deserve an education that is appropriate, accessible, and equitable.

This summer, Katy spent her downtime hiking in the grand canyon, camping in the mountains, and playing with her 4 year old and 2 year old nieces in the Cities. She is overjoyed to begin her first year with Level Up Academy in the role of Title 1 teacher for K-8 students!


Gavin Nachtigall, LUA Teacher


Jennifer Squires, LUA Teacher - Jennifer has taught elementary education for five years.  She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree from St. Cloud State University.  She has taught Kindergarten, Third Grade, and Title I.  She loves to watch children learn and explore through creative ways and is excited to join the Level Up Academy team again this year. 

Jennifer enjoys spending her summers with her two teenage children and her husband.  She loves crafting and exploring new places with her family.


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.  Three years ago, she made the move back to Minnesota and started working with technology and educational companies.  After training and working with teachers and students across the State of Minnesota, Amelia knew her heart was in teaching and belonged back in 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.  

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!


Stef Clasen - LUA Physical Education Teacher


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Diane Noll, LUA Music Teacher - Diane Noll has been teaching music in White Bear Lake since 1999.  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!  She is married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  It has been a wonderful blessing for her to teach music at Level Up Academy!  She is looking forward to another rewarding year here at LUA!







If you would like to join our team, please contact for more information about employment.


2018-2019 School Year Needs:

Substitute Teachers

Substitute Paraprofessionals


~  Paraprofessional :  If you are interested in being considered as a Paraprofessional, please contact Ms. Dandelet for more details.

Substitute Teachers : We are currently building a pool of teachers with K-8 licensure that would be interested in working as substitutes on an as needed basis. Both short-term and long-term subs are encouraged to apply. If you are interested or have additional questions, please contact Ms. Dandelet for more details.

~ Substitute Paraprofessionals/Educational Assistants : We are currently building a pool of both general education and special education substitutes on an as needed basis. If you are interested in being considered, please contact Ms. Dandelet for more details.

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Level Up Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate among applicants on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, or veteran status. We encourage applications from people of color and historically underrepresented groups.