Academic Faculty

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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.

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.

Zachary Flessert began teaching Biology and Physics at SPCPA in 2014. He earned his B. A. in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he is currently working toward his Masters of Education, as well. He spent two years researching the herpes simplex virus and has taught in Minneapolis, as well as Berkeley, CA.

Morgan Steele holds a B. A. from Cornell College in French and Secondary Education. She also holds an M. A. in Teaching with an emphasis on Teacher Leadership from Grand Canyon University. After graduating from Cornell in 2007, she began her career teaching French in Houston, TX, where she taught 5th and 6th grades at an International Baccalaureate School for two years before teaching high school French for five years, teaching French I through AP French Language and Culture. Mrs. Steele has served as foreign language department chair and has presented at many Texas Foreign Language Association conferences on her own and with colleagues. She is passionate about language acquisition at all levels and continues to research best practices in her free time.

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.

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.

Kelly Wilke joined the SPCPA science department as a Chemistry teacher in 2014. She received her B. A. in Chemistry from Lafayette College with a minor in Anthropology and Sociology, and her D. V. M. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, along with her M. S. in clinical research. Ms. Wilke practiced applied physics, chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology as a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her role included training veterinarians, treating dog and cat patients in the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Units, and doing clinical research to advance veterinary medicine. An opportunity to fill in as a long-term substitute high school chemistry and physics teacher inspired her to continue working with high school students. Ms. Wilke is thrilled to share some of her experiences, as well as love of problem solving and critical thinking, with SPCPA students.