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Director  
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Nicole Rasmussen, ext. 101
 
 
  
 I've been an educator for nearly 20 years. I have spent time in public and private schools as a special education teacher, assistant principal and principal. I have a Bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College, a Master's degree in Educational Administration & Leadership from St. Cloud State University and a M.B.A. in Change & Leadership from the College of St. Scholastica.  Outside of school I'm an animal lover, sports enthusiast, and love the outdoors (hiking, mountain biking, skiing, camping, gardening, etc.). I love to go new places locally and travel  throughout the world.
 
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Assistant Director/High School Coordinator  
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I have been in education for over 17 years and have worked with students from Pre-K through adult, ages 4 to 60, on campus and online.  I have worked as a high school science teacher and advisor for 10 years and a special education teacher for 5 years.  I have a Bachelor's degree in Biology from UW-River Falls and a Master's degree in Education from the U of M. As Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning at CVA I get to use my experience and passion for learning to help students identify their strengths, confront their challenges, develop their passions, and prioritize their goals.  I live in Saint Paul with my wife and two young children.  Outside of school I enjoy outdoor-adventure sports such as: rock-climbing, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, and downhill skiing.  I am always trying to stay busy reading, looking for agates, tinkering around the house, and just trying to keep up with my kids!
 
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Special Education Director  
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Elizabeth Knoll,
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I have been at CVA for eight years. I have my Master's Degree in special education. I enjoy reading, working out, being in nature, hiking, biking, spending time with my daughter Emma as well as with family & friends and my two Bichon Frise dogs, Chloe and Hugo.           
 
 
 
   
Student Services Coordinator  
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Smita Corpron
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 I am happy to be back at CVA! My son also attends middle school here, and we both really like being part of the positive and supportive educational culture at the school.  After 4 years in California, and adventures in homeschooling and travel, Smita, Michael and their son are back enjoying the delights of Saint Paul and Minnesota (winters notwithstanding). 
 
 

   
Technology Coordinator  
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Gerry Fuller, ext 204
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    I've been with Cyber Village Academy since the summer of 2001.  I enjoy the unique IT challenges that come with working at a public school.  It forces me to stretch my technical imagination.  Away from CVA, I like staying active.  Tennis, football, hiking are just a few of my favorite activities.  I've gotten the taste of being a European traveler and see many more visits in my future. A man and a woman posing on a bridge
   
Student Behavior Specialist  
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Nicky Bohm
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   I have been in education since 1999 as a paraprofessional and a special education teacher since 2008.  I have a Bachelor's degree in special education (Learning disabilities and Emotional Behavior Disorder) from Augsburg College.  This will be my second year at Cyber Village Academy, but first year as a behavioral specialist.  My passions in life are my family, teaching, and advocating.  I currently have eight animals, three dogs, three lizards and two birds.   In my spare time I enjoy biking, basketball, drag racing, music, and hanging with my three nephews and niece.   
     
HR/Business Operations Administrative Assistant
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Rishma Adam
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Receptionist/ Attendance Administrative Assistant
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Esther DeLaCruz, ext. 103
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
     

TeachersTop of Page


 Special Education
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Nora Abbott
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 I started out my career in education right here at CVA as a paraprofessional.  In February 2019 I began teaching special education. I have a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and am working on my Masters of Special Education from the University of St. Thomas. I have lived in Minnesota my whole life and absolutely love the twin cities! In my free time I like to read pulpy murder mysteries, watch horror movies, spend time outside with my dog Disco, and am slowly teaching myself to crochet.    A dog laying in the grass between legs
 High School English Language Arts
 
Amanda Weissner
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I have been teaching for a number of years in St. Paul and surrounding schools. I had the opportunity to do two long term substitute positions at CVA and the community was one of the best that I have worked at, I am happy to call it my 2nd home. I am excited to step in and continue working with the CVA students, families and staff.    
 High School  Mathematics
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Kyle Belshan
ext. 302
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I graduated from Winona State in 2012 and have been working at CVA since 2014.  I currently live in Saint Paul with my wife, Cassy, my baby daughter, Alana, and pet bunny, Quibbler.  We are excited to have bought a new house last summer!  In my free time I enjoy being outside, enjoying the local parks, gaming,  films, watching sports, and working on the new house.

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Science
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Dan Bowler
ext. 220
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 I am very excited to be returning to CVA for my third year!  I doubled majored in Psychology and Biology at Indiana University-Bloomington and spent two years teaching in Indianapolis before moving up to the Twin Cities.  I spent several years teaching around the area before landing at CVA.  During that time I met my wife, had a wonderful son named Miles, and now own two cats and a crazy beagle.  A second son will be joining the family in early November!  My hobbies include spending time with the family, board games, playing sax and piano, and doing almost anything outdoors.  A happy family at a Renaissance Festival
Kindergarten and Grade 1
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Christy Buxman
ext. 106
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I have been at CVA since 2001 and have taught 4th, 3rd, and now Kindergarten and 1st here.  I enjoy using my background in music and theatre to engage the youngest CVA students in active learning experiences.  I live in Eagan with my husband and two children.  I graduated with an Elementary Education (K-6) major and Speech Communication minor from Bethel University, which included a semester abroad in England.  I obtained a K-12 Teaching English as a Second Language certification from Hamline University.  My Masters degree is in Information and Learning Technologies with an emphasis on eLearning Design and Implementation from the University of Colorado - Denver.  Please contact me if you have any questions about our awesome K-1 program! 

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 Speech-Language Pathologist
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Marjorie Carlson
I attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, where I earned a Master's Degree in Communication Disorders in 2002. I have clinical background experience across age ranges from preschool through adulthood in a variety of settings including schools, group homes, day programs, private practice, in-home services and summer camps. I am passionate about being a Speech-Language Pathologist and truly love working as a team with the kids, their families, teachers and other service providers in creating innovative, unique and fun ways to learn to communicate. I love to volunteer, paint, draw and create, practice yoga and spend time with family and friends.   
 
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 Social Work
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Taylor Clements
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I am excited to be returning to CVA this year, and to continue working with students as they pursue their social and emotional health goals! I received my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota and have previous experience working in both public and charter schools in St. Paul. This past year I purchased my first home and have enjoyed renovating the space and learning along the way. In my free time I also enjoy being outside, going to musicals, traveling, and checking out new restaurants in the Twin Cities.

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 Lead Teacher /PASCAL Coordinator 
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Robyn Consoer
ext. 207
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I have been a part of CVA since the first full year of its existence (1998) and have really enjoyed seeing the changes and growth over the years. I received my BA in Elementary Education from Gustavus Adolphus College and my Middle School License in the areas of math, language arts and social studies from Hamline University.  I live in St. Paul with my husband, Nick and daughter, Reagan…and our adorable, slobbery, energetic dog, Percy.  I enjoy supporting the local music and theater scenes as well as reading, traveling, hiking and spending time with friends and family.

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 Special Education
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Julie Davis
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I began working in education in 1996 as a teaching assistant in a Montessori school and have been here at CVA since 2015. I earned a BA in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and am currently in graduate school finishing my degree in Special Education. I am a lifelong resident of Highland Park/Mac-Groveland and have three daughters and a puppy. In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading, baking, being on the lake, spending time with my extended family, and binging on Netflix documentaries.
 

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English
Language Arts 
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Emily Eggers
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I went to school at UW-River Falls where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Education and just finished my Master of Arts in Teaching at Hamline University. I currently live in Woodbury, MN with my husband, Rodney, our daughter, Penelope, and our 2 dogs, Nala and Simba. My husband and I love to do outside activities like camping, fishing, and four-wheeling. I don’t have a lot of spare time with our new baby, but when I get some, I love to read!

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 Social Studies
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Carol Gale
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Special Education
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Kati Gosselin
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 I have been a special education teacher since 2004, and have been at CVA since February 2015. I received my degree from Luther College in Decorah, IA (GO NORSE!), as well as an additional licensure through Bemidji State.  When not at CVA, I can be found hanging out with my husband Chris and playing with my two daughters Callie (8) and Maya (4).  I am a reluctant but persistent runner, and completed my 9th half marathon race this summer.  A smiling family posing near a tree

 Occupational Therapist
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Emily Iniguez
 I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology and a minor in Family Violence Prevention, then went on to get my Master of Occupational Therapy from the U of MN in 2011. I began working at Advance Therapy in the summer of 2011. I love being an occupational therapist because I really enjoy being active and “playing” with kids all day. (Don't worry, it looks like we're playing, but the kids are actually working hard!) In my free time I love traveling, running, reading, and spending time with my family.  
Science and Technology
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Frank Leo
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  This is my third year at CVA and I already can’t imagine teaching anywhere else.  My family and I recently moved here from Minneapolis and we’ve been having fun fixing up our “fixer-upper” on the East Side ever since.  In addition to teaching, I’m also a working musician and during the summer months, I operate a semi-professional recording studio out of my basement.  I’ve been told I’m fairly obsessed with the sport of soccer and I spend a lot of my free time watching, playing, and coaching “the beautiful game”.  Although my background is mainly in physics, I love that teaching at CVA gives me the opportunity to branch out into a few other STEM subjects that I’m also very interested in.   A man playing a Nintendo 64
Physical Education
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Rebecca Main
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I am Rebecca Main, your Physical Education teacher here at CVA. Hailing from Wisconsin Rapids, WI, I am a TRUE “cheesehead” loving the Packers, Badgers and Brewers. That said, my respect for Minnesota is immense as a graduate of the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Graduating with multiple degrees of MA- Physical Education and DAPE, BS-Kinesiology, BM- Music Education (K-12 Choral) and Coaching Certificate (Track & Field, Strength & Conditioning); was always in the cards and yet a true journey indeed. Some of my favorite hobbies center around my 18+ years in the sport of Powerlifting, as I stay involved by competing, coaching and acting as an International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) Referee. My summer of 2016 was spent becoming a Category II Level IPF Referee and Senior National USAPL (USA National Team) Coach. It is a JOY to work with United States youth to create Junior/Sub Junior (Ages 14-23) Powerlifting World Champions. My true enjoyment of all things Harry Potter, bowling and the desire to travel to historical sights rounds out my Quirky demeanor. Honorable mention to my “furry baby” named Brinkley.

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 Spanish
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Lauren Odle
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I have a BA in Spanish with a K-12 teaching license from U of M, Duluth, and a BA in vocal/choral music from California State University of Los Angeles.  I have been teaching since 1997 and came to Cyber Village Academy in 2006.  I love playing with the Spanish language with my students and using reading, storytelling and music in my classes.  I also direct handbells here at CVA as a club, and currently serve as secretary of the CVA School board. I am also an avid gardener and reader.  My husband Gary and I have been married since 1977 and we are privileged to have 2 incredible daughters and 5 fabulous grandchildren. He is an airlines guy and we enjoy traveling as often as we can.

 
 
 
Special Education
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Melissa Onyango-Robshaw
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I have been with Cyber Village Academy since 2010, but for my first six years I served as the Student Services Coordinator. I am glad to be returning in my third year as a special education teacher! I received my BA in History and Women's Studies at Guilford College in North Carolina, and my Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities at the University of St. Thomas. When not at CVA, I enjoy gardening, reading, camping, visiting museums and historical sites, travel, taking community ed classes, and wild times with my four children.

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Grade 4
 
Lisa Nedberg
ext.118
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My name is Lisa Nedberg. I have recently relocated to the Twin Cities after spending some time in the south teaching. I attended Purdue University and look forward to joining the CVA community.

 

Music
 
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Margy Peterson
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Margy began teaching at CVA in 2015. During high school and college French horn and piano were her main instruments but later on she discovered a love for singing and composing. Prior to CVA her experience was in public schools and her church. When she's not at CVA she enjoys gardening,  arranging Norwegian music for a women's choir she leads and keeping in touch with her 3 grown children and her dog, Luna.  She is amazed by the deep learning offered by music, and the wonderment of teaching children..She grew up in Bemidji, MN, graduated with a BA in Philosophy and Norwegian from St. Olaf College and got her K-12 vocal certification (MAT) at the University of St. Thomas.

 


 
Grades 2 and 3
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Allison Pint
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Special Education

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Jean Smith
ext. 233
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I am new to the CVA family this year as a special education teacher working with the high school. Previously, I worked as a high school sped teacher in South Washington County Schools.  I have a lifelong love of learning and a collection of degrees and licenses that go with it, including a BA in music performance from Luther College, a MA in special education from St. Thomas, and an MS in learning design and technology from Purdue. This has led to three teaching licenses in special education. When not in school I enjoy spending time with my family, crafting, and cooking.

 
Special Education
 
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Joanna Weber ext. 223
 
 
 

ParaprofessionalsTop of Page


Education Assistant
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Cassy Belshan
 

Cassy is an artist, rabbit keeper, and mother of a speedy baby daughter to chase around. This is her 3rd year at CVA and she could not be anymore excited!

CVA is like a family to Cassy in not just the non traditional sense, but also because she is married to Mr. Belshan, the High School math teacher. Outside of education she has a passion for photography, Harry Potter, the outdoors, and really good food. Cassy's Bio photo was taken this summer at Lake Winona in Winona, MN, where Cassy and Kyle both went to college.

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Education Assistant
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Greg Bringgold
 "This is my first year at CVA and I'm so excited to be here! I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. My hometown is Eagan so I've lived in the Twin Cities my entire life. Now my wife and I live in St. Paul by the U of M campus. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, being on the lake, spending time with my wife and family."  
 Education Assistant
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Kayla Chosa
   
Education Assistant
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Rodney Eggers
   
Education Assistant
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Emily Forti
   
Education Assistant
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Jennifer Hernandez
 
 Education Assistant
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Charis McCann
   
Education Assistant
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Jenifer Mische
Education Assistant
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Dana Noack
   
 
Education Assistant
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Andrew Notaras

I am returning for my fourth year at CVA. I received a BA from Macalester College in Chinese Language and Literature and International Studies in. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and reading both fiction and non-fiction. Last year, I read seventy-one books. Two of my favorites were Zinky Boys by Svetlana Alexievich and Omeros by Derek Walcott.

 
Education Assistant
 
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Jonathan Shepard

I am excited to be back at CVA for a second year! I received a BA in Biology at Earlham College in 2012. I live in Saint Paul with a couple of housemates and my cat Junior. In my free time I engage in a variety of activities, but I am mostly just a huge nerd.

 
Education Assistant
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Leah Stanek

This is my second year at CVA as a paraprofessional. I recently moved into St. Paul from Oakdale. The closer proximity to St. Paul is very nice for the commute each day. I reside with my two cats, Punkin and Peanut. In my leisure time I enjoy doing all sorts of arts and crafts, being a deacon at my church, volunteering for the Dakota County Historical Society and spending time with my cats. I have a grown daughter and am a grandmother. I love to travel when I can. My favorite destination is Ireland. I have been there twice and love the culture, the history and the beauty of the island. I am looking forward to a good year at CVA!

 
 Education Assistant
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Julie Swanson
   
 Education Assistant
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Kelley Velleux