Academic Faculty


Eric Arlien graduated from Augsburg College in 2012 with a degree in history. He joined SPCPA in the fall of 2013 as a social studies teacher.

Raymond Bailer began teaching Government and Economics at SPCPA in 2013. He received his B.A. in Broadfield Social Studies for Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and spent time at the University of Southern Cross in Lismore, Australia. Mr. Bailer taught U.S. History and a course called Modern Problems focusing on Economics, Sociology and Public Policy at Wayzata High School before joining SPCPA’s Social Studies department.

Elizabeth Corbin joined the SPCPA Science faculty in 2013. Before teaching at SPCPA she taught for two years in Manteno, IL, just south of Chicago. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, and her teaching license and Master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Katie Corrigan began working at SPCPA as an English teacher in 2013.  She received a B.A. in Communication Arts and Literature from St. Cloud State University. She previously coached the Forest Lake high school dance team and chaperoned a group of 40 students on a school trip to Europe in 2012.

Jessica Cosgrove joined the math department at SPCPA in 2013. She previously taught at high schools around the Twin Cities metro area including South Saint Paul, Farmington and Lakeville. Ms. Cosgrove received her B.A. in Mathematics Education with a minor in Chemistry Education from University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

Allison Driessen began working as a Biology teacher at SPCPA in 2012. She received her BS in Environmental Science and is currently working on an MA in Education in Secondary Life Science, both at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Dreissen has extensive experience in Biological research, including both lab and field work, including time spent in China, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas.

Winona Duren joined the SPCPA science faculty in 2012. She received her B.A. from Luther College in Theatre/Dance with a minor in Biology, and received her M.A. in Life Science Education from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, UT. Ms. Duren also holds her EMT-B license through Inver Hills Community College. Before joining the SPCPA faculty, Ms. Duren worked at the Doorways Youth Project in Saltburn by the Sea, England. She worked as a youth director in Robbinsdale, MN, for three years and coached and taught dance in St. Paul, MN.

Bethany Franz joined SPCPA in the fall of 2012 as a Social Studies instructor. She graduated from Carleton College in 2002 with a B.A. in Political Science. Her college career included studies in American public policy, European political economy, and four years of NCAA basketball. She has teaching experience in Washington state, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and for the Department of Defense Schools in Naples, Italy. She also has experience as a victim advocate, legal assistant and Department of the Navy financial counselor.

Kimberly Hanson received her B.A. in Spanish Teaching from Edgewood College in Madison, WI, before joining the SPCPA language department in 2013. She is a member of the Regional Teacher Leadership Committee in Northern Illinois and spoke at the ACT convention in 2011, offering unique teaching tools and strategies across curriculum for ACT preparation. She has traveled to Spain several times and coordinated and led a trip to Spain with her students in 2012.

Jillian-Kate Harvalis joined the Science department in 2013 as the Chemistry and Physics teacher. She received degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and earned an M.A. in Education from the University of St. Thomas in 2013 after one year of medical school in Ohio. Ms. Harvalis is an 8-year member of the American Chemical Society.

Nicole Hughes joined the SPCPA staff in 2011 as an English instructor. Ms. Hughes received a BA in English from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a BS in Secondary English Education from Bemidji State University. Ms. Hughes also has experience coaching speech and mock trial.

Stephen Kemp joined the SPCPA staff in 2011 as a Mathematics instructor.  Mr. Kemp graduated from Concordia College with a B.A. in Mathematics Education and Spanish.  Mr. Kemp studied the history of mathematics during a study abroad trip to Egypt and Europe.  He also studied Voice at Concordia College and was a member of the internationally recognized Concordia Choir.

Kelly McQuillan joined the SPCPA staff in 2009 as a Social Studies instructor and took on the role of Academic Coordinator in 2013.  Ms. McQuillan graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a B.A. in Archaeology /Anthropology and the University of St. Thomas with a MA in Teaching.

Jillian Miller began her work in the SPCPA Special Education department in 2012. She received her BA in Social Studies Education and Special Education (E/BD & LD) licensure through Bethel University. She is currently completing her MA in Special Education, also at Bethel University. In 2011, she was named ACR Homes Staff of the Year and has previously worked at Forest Lake High School as an EBD Teacher and Community of Peach Academy as a Special Education Paraprofessional. In addition, she ran a music and arts venue for young adults in St. Paul called “The Space” for two years.

Laura Moyer joined the SPCPA English department in the spring of 2014. Ms. Moyer graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.A. in English and Minor in Music Performance, then earned her M. A. in English Education from the University of St. Thomas. She taught English and college composition at the Art Institutes International in Minneapolis for ten years, and has also worked as a Managing Editor at the University of St. Thomas within the division of Student Affairs, as well as an English and Yearbook teacher at Hill Murray School in Maplewood, MN. She has taught at the high school level in New Zealand, Wisconsin, and Oregon, and at the college level in Colorado and Minnesota.

Kristine Parker began teaching English at SPCPA in 2013. She received her B.A. and M.A. in teaching from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She also earned an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago. Ms. Parker has taught in both Washington state and Virginia, as well as in Minnesota.

Taylor Reece joined the SPCPA staff in 2010 as a Mathematics instructor.  Mr. Reece graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Math Education and Computer Science.  In addition to teaching in Minnesota, Mr. Reece has teaching experience in India and Hawaii.

Nathan Strenge joined the SPCPA staff in 2011 as a Mathematics instructor. Mr. Strenge graduated from Augustana College with a BA in Mathematics and Secondary Education. He has experience teaching in Minnesota as well as at the International School of Lausanne in Switzerland.

Erin Stuedemann joined the SPCPA World Languages department in 2013 as the French teacher. She received her B.A. in French – Secondary Education from Illinois State University and is licensed to teach French in Minnesota, Texas and Illinois. Ms. Stuedemann has taught French to many levels of students and once chaperoned a school trip to France.

Kjersti Vevle has been working as a part of the SPCPA staff since 2005 as a Social Studies instructor.  Ms. Vevle graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in History and Dance and a M.A.T. in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas.  In addition to being an AVID trained teacher, Ms. Vevle is a member of Phi Alpha Theta.

Josh Welter joined the SPCPA staff in 2010 as an English instructor.  Mr. Welter graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in English education.  In addition to teaching in Minnesota, Mr. Welter has teaching experience in Iowa and Mexico.

Kristin Westby began teaching in the Modern Languages department at SPCPA as a Spanish instructor in 2013. She received her B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Education and an endorsement in English Language Learning (ELL) from Luther College. Her Minnesota teaching license is valid for both K-12 Spanish and ELL. She spent a semester in college at La Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. Before joining the SPCPA faculty she worked with Putney Student Travel and National Geographic Student Expeditions as the director of Peru programming. Ms. Westby has teaching experience in Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Nevada, and has let community service trips to Peru and Costa Rica.