Teaching and Learning Department

Phone: 763-497-6505 or 763-497-3180 Ext 5505


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Jonah Barten

Testing Coordinator

The Testing & Assessment Coordinator is responsible for providing leadership and training regarding the collection, dissemination, and analysis of student data, and support for teachers and administrators in the effective use of data to measure student progress and inform and guide instructional practices. 

Testing & Assessment
   FastBridge Assessments
   NWEA Assessments



Degrees and Certifications:

Cassie Akerson

Supervisor of Curriculum and Student Programming

The Supervisor of Curriculum and Student Programming is responsible for providing leadership and organization for the implementation, planning, coordination, and evaluation of district-wide curriculum within specific content areas and/or grade level spans. Additional responsibilities include providing leadership and organization for General Education Intervention programming. They are also responsible for Federal Title Grant Applications.

Federal Title Grants
   Title I
   Title IV
Student Programming
High Potential Programming
   Grades 3-8 Student Identification
   Grade Level Acceleration Requests
General Education Intervention
World's Best Workforce


Phone: 763-497-3180 Ext 5168


Degrees and Certifications:

Sandi Ferris

Curriculum Technology Integration Coordinator

The Curriculum Technology Integration Coordinator is responsible for facilitating the integration of technology into curriculum and instructional practices district-wide, and provides staff development, leadership and support for staff members.  The Curriculum Technology Integration Coordinator also works with the Technology Department to assist in the implementation of the technology equipment and tools that are supported by the district as well as helps in communicating technology related information to students, parents, and community members.
   Manages Online Curriculum Resources
   Assists in the Selections of Curriculum Materials using Technology
   Supports Curriculum Adoption of Technology Resources
   Supports and Implements SSO (Single Sign-On) for Online Curriculum Materials and Resources
Staff Development
   Facilitates Technology Integration Training Sessions
   Supports Technology Enhanced Lesson Development
Technology Integration
   Leads Building Technology Integration Specialists with effective use and implementation of technology in the classrooms to increase student achievement
   Teams with Instructional Coaches to Integrate technology in the classrooms
   Coordinates sharing and curation of Technology Resources
Technology Department
   Coordinates with the Technology Department to communicate the technology needs of all staff and students and assist with the implementation and effective use of the technology resources available

Phone: 763-497-6531 or 763-497-3180 Ext 5531


Degrees and Certifications:

Teri Johnson

Director of Teaching and Learning

The Director of Teaching & Learning is responsible for providing leadership, coordination, and organization for the Teaching & Learning Department and for district-wide professional development, K-12 English Learner programming, and district advisory committees. Additional responsibilities include the oversight of federal title grants and the district's World's Best Workforce Plan. 

Advisory Committees
    American Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee
    District Advisory Committee (DAC)
English Learner Programs
    Grades K-12
Federal Title Grants
    Title II
    Title III
Student Programming
    Indian Education Programming Plan
    English Learner Programming
Staff Development
    District Staff Development Coordination
    Graduate Level Course Offerings
World's Best Workforce

Phone: 763-497-3180 Ext 5536


Degrees and Certifications:

Shari Ledahl

Curriculum Coordinator

The Curriculum Coordinator is responsible for the implementation, planning, coordination, and evaluation of district-wide curriculum at all grade levels (Early Childhood through Grade 12), and coordinating and facilitating all mentorship support programming for new-to-district staff members, probationary year two teachers, and probationary year three teachers.

   EC-12 Curriculum Review
   Curriculum Maps
   Curriculum Capital Outlay
   MN Common Course Catalog (MCCC)
   MN Student Survey
   Reading Well by Third Grade Plan
Mentorship Year 1
    District Mentorship Committee
    New Teacher Workshops
    New Teacher Support Sessions
Mentorship Year 2
   District Mentorship Committee
   Year Two Professional Development Support Sessions
   Year Two Observation Support
Mentorship Year 3
   Year 3 Professional Development Lesson Design Support Sessions

Phone: 763-497-3180 Ext 5300


Degrees and Certifications:

Emily Northenscold

Teaching & Learning Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant is responsible for providing clerical support to department staff members to ensure the efficient functioning of the Teaching & Learning Department.