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

Positions: 

Open Positions displayed in orange with a link to job descriptions.

2017-2018 School Year Needs:

Special Education Coordinator

 

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.

Level Up is organizing as a Teacher Professional Practice in order to allow teachers to have greater say in decision making. For more information on a Teacher Powered School, click here.

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.

 

Staff Bios

 

Molly Dandelet, Partnership Director -  Molly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.  In addition to her formal education, parenting three boys with three different learning styles has greatly influenced her philosophy as an educator.  Because of this, she is a proponent of personalized learning plans for all students.   She passionately believes the most important component of student success is building relationships with students.  Molly is an idea person who keeps an ever-growing list of ideas she would like to pursue, and encourages students to do the same.  She looks forward to leading Level Up Academy to another successful year!

dandelet@levelupacademy.org

651-408-5559

 

Regan Cerza, Paraprofessional and Art Teacher - Regan Cerza went to school at the University of Wisconsin River Falls and received a degree in Art Education. This wIll be her first year teaching as an art teacher and is very excited about that. During her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, baking, anything outdoors, and being silly. Regan is a very easy going down to earth person and always down for a good laugh. 

She is eager to start challenging students to think outside of the box and liven up the school with art. As far as art goes, Regan loves macrome, ceramics, surface design, weaving, knitting, crocheting, and felting to name a few. She is always excited to learn new things and most importantly, she cant wait to meet all of the students here at LUA!

regan@levelupacademy.org

 

Lisa Jaroslawski, Special Education Coordinator - Lisa has been involved in the charter school community for over 15 years. She began as a special education teacher for three years and then transitioned into the role of special education coordinator. Lisa enjoys supporting special education staff within the charter school setting and considers herself an advocate for teachers, students and parents.  Lisa received her degree in Elementary Education and her special education licensure from the University of North Dakota. She is very excited to join the Level Up Academy team and looks forward to helping create a successful special education department.  

Lisa lives in Stillwater with her husband and daughter and in her free time she enjoys reading, playing games with the family, biking, jogging and everything HGTV.

jaroslawski@levelupacademy.org

 

Amber Espinosa, 6th and 7th Grade 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.

espinosa@levelupacademy.org

 
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Kathy Hatch, Special Education and Title 1 - Kathy has a passion for helping people of all ages achieve their full potential in the classroom and in their community.  Along with her husband Jeff they have 3 children ranging in age from 12 to 22. They all have very different learning styles and the two oldest have special needs (ADD and Autism). It was in advocating for their needs and learning strengths that Kathy felt called to pursue licensure as a special educator. Kathy has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of North Dakota and chose Bethel University for her special education Master’s work.

She is completing license work for both the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Applied Behavioral Strategist (ABS) areas. Kathy is looking forward to utilizing her technical background along with the skills she has learned at home and as an educator to help balance the needs and strengths of the Level Up Academy students. In addition to special education teaching and support Kathy will also be serving in the capacity of Title 1 educator. Title 1 is designed to help students served by the program to achieve proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards.

In her leisure time Kathy enjoys a variety of hobbies. Activities like reading, gardening, hiking, biking, watching sports and regular walks with the family dog are some favorites. Kathy also spends time playing strategy games and supporting the boys at home with their Boy Scout, band and sports adventures.

hatch@levelupacademy.org

 

Becca Holman, Special Education Teacher - Becca received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. She is completing her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Bethel University. Becca has worked in charter schools for 3 years as a physical education teacher and special education paraprofessional. She strongly believes that every student has immeasurable worth and is passionate about guiding them to discover their bright and beautiful potential. She loves using movement, games, exploration, and cooperation in her classroom and is dedicated to building positive relationships with students, parents, and staff. Becca is very excited to join the Level Up Academy team this year!

She lives with her husband and one year old son in Maplewood, Minnesota. They enjoy spending time together as family visiting parks, traveling, swimming at the lake, and playing games. She loves to hike, garden, go on walks with family and friends, read, and play the piano.

holman@levelupacademy.org

 

Ross Jones, Physical Education Teacher - Ross received his Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and minors in Development Adaptive Physical Education and Coaching from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2009.  The last two years he has been teaching in the Stillwater District and before that he was teaching at a charter school in North Minneapolis. 

He currently stays very busy by keeping up with his 6 month old daughter Abigail.  He also enjoys going to the movies (whenever grandma can babysit) with his wife Erin as well as watching plenty of sports!  His favorite teams are as follows: Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football, Gopher Hockey and whoever is playing the Green Bay Packers!! 

jones@levelupacademy.org 

651-408-5559

 

Jill Knutson, Kindergarten & 1st Grade 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.

knutson@levelupacademy.org

 

Jennifer Squires, 1st and 2nd grade - 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. 

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

squires@levelupacademy.org

 

Anthony Larkin, 5th Grade Teacher - has been an educator for over 12 years. He started as a paraprofessional for St. Paul Schools. He has been a licensed teacher for 6 years with the past two years at Harambee Community Cultures and Environmental Science School in Roseville. Anthony received his degree in Elementary Education from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He is very excited to join a new school and is a big advocate for personalized learning. He is also looking forward to integrating gaming and technology. He values fostering strong relationships with students and helping to make sure every student meets their academic potential.

Mr. Larkin lives in Eagan, MN with his family and his hobbies include sports (coaching and playing), theater, writing, learning new things, video games, and much more.

larkin@levelupacademy.org

651-408-5559 X 204

 

Diane Noll, 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 in it’s first year!  She is looking forward to another rewarding year here at LUA!

noll@levelupacademy.org

651-408-5559

 

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 16 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 4 grandchildren.  Their youngest son Sean is a junior 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 beginning her new journey with Level Up Academy!

sieleni@levelupacademy.org

651-408-5559

 

Robin Jones, Paraprofessional - Robin has spent the last 12 years working as a paraprofessional, three years in traditional public school then the last nine years in a charter school setting. In the summer she spends two days per week supervising a Kids Club program. Helping children learn and seeing the progress each child makes in just one school year is a very rewarding part of her job.  She has seen the beauty of discovering a child’s learning style and the difference it can make in their life.  She looks forward to getting to know the students at Level Up Academy and helping them grow in their education.

After two years studying Commercial Art at Northwestern University, her experience with children began when the first of four children was born to her and husband Dan.  She volunteered in school,church,sports,and any other activities her children were involved in.

Robin lives with her husband on a small hobby farm near Lindstrom, MN.  They have a few barn cats for pets. When she gets the chance, Robin likes to spend time with family, especially her hilarious one year old grandson, garden, go on walks, help her husband with building projects, and travel.

 

Debbie Meyer, Paraprofessional - Prior to coming to LUA, I spent over 20 years in Early Childhood Education as an Assistant teacher and earned a Child Development Certification in 2011. I feel that there isn’t any better work environment than a school. Every day is different, both fun and challenging but always rewarding. A New York State native, I have also lived in Virginia, Connecticut and Rhode Island before settling in my husband’s home state of Minnesota. I live in White Bear Lake with my husband Dave. I have two daughters, both teachers. I enjoy knitting, bike riding and going to movies and game day with my family. I am also an active volunteer for the North St. Paul Lions Club.

meyer@levelupacademy.org

 

Michaela Bennet, Paraprofessional - Michaela has worked with special education students since she was in the third grade in the Mounds View School District. She was asked to assist with special need students in her class and continued to do so all the way through high school. This lit a fire of passion under her to work lifelong with special needs students. She is fluent in American Sign Language and pursuing a lifelong dream to work with special needs students.

After high school, she received her Associates Degree in Medical Assisting from Minneapolis Business College.  Before joining Level Up Academy in 2015, Michaela worked as a Personal Care Attendant for several clients. She also worked as a Paraprofessional for North East Metro 916 School District.  In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, attending church functions and spending time with her family, friends and pets.

bennet@levelupacademy.org
 

 

Kyleen Bedell, Lunch Server- Kyleen is very excited to be a new member of LUA's team this year, in the Lunch Server position.  She really enjoys working with kids and realizes lunch is a very important part of their day, both nutritionally and socially. 
Kyleen grew up in White Bear Lake and has her B.A. in Psychology and English from Hamline University.  She worked in Nutrition Services in the South Washington School District for the past two years, doing everything from prepping food to running the cash register for all grade levels.  She and her family have recently moved back and are very excited to be a part of this awesome community again!

She really enjoys jogging, bike riding, playing with her two kids and spending a lot of time up at the family cabin.  

bedell@levelupacademy.org
 

 

Teaching Staff/Bios to come:

Brynn Berryhill – Long Term Substitute Teacher (After school clubs – paid by families)