Administration

Bill Glenz
Bill GlenzPrincipal
Email: bglenz@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-235-5671
Where do you live?
Edina, MN

Where did you go to school?
Concordia College, Moorhead MN (BA), St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis (MA)

What is your role at MNVHS?
School Director

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Fishing, Golf

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
If you are looking for student-centered school that is flexible, yet offers a high-quality education. MNVHS is what you are looking for.

Kevin McKenzie
Kevin McKenzieDirector of Student Services
Email: kmckenzie@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-746-7983
Where did you go to school?
Undergraduate degree at Hamline University
Masters of Ed at University of Minnesota

What is your role at MNVHS?
Director of Student Services

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I’m the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Roseville High School

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
Provides students flexibility to fit their life style

Matthew Finnesgard
Matthew FinnesgardSpecial Education Coordinator
Email: mfinnesgard@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8132
Where do you live?
I live on the west-side of St. Paul.

Where did you go to school?
St. Peter High School in St. Peter, MN: High School Diploma
Crown College in St. Bonifacious, MN: B.A. in History
Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN: Special Education Teaching License (LD/EBD) and working on my Master’s in Special Education

What is your role at MNVHS?
I am the Special Education Coordinator. My role is to make the jobs of my special education teachers as easy as possible, so they are better able to service our students.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I’m a cyclist–I spend most of my summer riding and racing my bikes. Last year, I competed in about 20 different events, spend over 300 hours on the bike, and rode around 5,000 miles.

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
Ask for help! That’s what we are here for. We are innovative and flexible, but we don’t know how to help you until you tell us what you need.

Teachers

Kati Finley
Kati FinleyMath Teacher
Email: kfinley@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8523
Where do you live?
Saint Paul

Where did you go to school?
I went to Saint Cloud State University in Saint Cloud MN and Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. I graduated with a BA in Secondary Education and a BS in Mathematics.

What is your role at MNVHS?
I teach Geometry, Financial Literacy, and Math 6

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I love to work on mini renovation projects throughout my house. I also love to cook, paint, and go to the zoo!

Mat Coderre
Mat CoderreMath Teacher
Email: mcoderre@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8121
Where do you live?
Charlotte, North Carolina

Where did you go to school?
University of Minnesota – BA History
University of Phoenix – BA Elementary Education
University of St. Thomas – MA Special Education

What is your role at MNVHS?
Special Education Case Manager

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Camping, boating/water sports, fishing, hunting, hiking, vacationing and spending time with children.

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
MNVHS is more than just an online school. MNVHS provides students with unique needs, challenges or living situations an opportunity to better their lives by providing a quality and flexible education.

Darren Schluter
Darren SchluterMath Teacher
Email: dschluter@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8507
Where do you live?
Willmar, MN

Where did you go to school?
High School- Dawson-Boyd High School Dawson, MN
College- Minnesota State University Moorhead- graduating with a B.S. Mathematics Education in 2013

What is your role at MNVHS?
Algebra 2 and Game Development

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy learning new things (particularly in the areas of Science, Technology, Math, Movies, Logic, History, Psychology, and Apologetics), watching movies (especially Marvel and Disney), reading, and playing video games as well as table top games.

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
The staff here genuinely want you to succeed and will bend over backwards to help you meet your goals.

Martin Lukaszewski
Martin LukaszewskiEnglish Teacher
Email: mlukaszewski@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8993
Where do you live?
In a house in Blaine, MN

Where did you go to school?
Indiana University B.S. Ed.
Hamline University

What is your role at MNVHS?
Currently a member of the School board for Minnesota Transitions Charter Schools, a PLC leader, chairperson of the Graduation Committee, and the area I love most, an English teacher.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I love to work with N scale model railroading and am very active as an advisor to the National Parkinson’s Foundation Minnesota Chapter

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
It is where students go to learn!

Mark Loken
Mark LokenEnglish Teacher
Email: mloken@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8238
Paige Jahnke
Paige JahnkeEnglish Teacher
Email: pjahnke@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8156
Don Chamberlain
Don ChamberlainScience Teacher
Email: dchamberlain@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8920
Where do you live?
Brooklyn Park, MN

Where did you go to school?
High School: Anoka High School, Anoka, MN

College:
BS, Business Management, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
BS, Biology and Broad Field Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Superior
Graduate work in Teacher Leadership, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Graduate work in Educational Technology, Kellor Graduate School, Online

What is your role at MNVHS?
Science Teacher, currently Teaching High School Biology and Middle School Life Science

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Organic gardening, remodeling

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
If you are a self-motivated student that needs flexibility, we are the school for you!

Will Toney
Will ToneyScience Teacher
Email: wtoney@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-702-7554
Where do you live?
I live in South Minneapolis along beautiful Minnehaha Creek and Lake Nokomis.

Where did you go to school?
University of Kentucky; Bachelor of Science
University of St. Thomas; Masters Education

What is your role at MNVHS?
Chemistry teacher.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Hiking and reading.

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
It is a great place to work, and rewarding to have the freedom to be creative in designing course materials for students.

Lindsey Meuwissen
Lindsey MeuwissenScience Teacher
Email: lmeuwissen@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-520-1848
Where do you live?
Burnsville

Where did you go to school?
Burnsville High School
Ball State University, Indiana
University of Minnesota Duluth: Major – Teaching Physics, Minors – Dance, Astronomy, Certificate – Educational Technology

What is your role at MNVHS?
8th and 9th Grade Science Teacher

What are your hobbies outside of work?
My hobbies include dance, astronomy, reading, watching movies and cooking! I have been dancing a variety of styles since I was three and my favorites are ballet, tap and lyrical. I currently dance with the Minnesota Dance Collaborative. I enjoy learning about the universe and looking through my telescope. I also enjoy doing astrophotography wherever I go. The past few summers I have been fortunate enough to be an astronomy volunteer at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
All of the teachers here love helping students!

Gregory Elsen
Gregory ElsenSocial Studies Teacher
Email: gelsen@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8896
Where do you live?
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Where did you go to school?
University of Wisconsin- Madison- B.A. History
University of Wisconsin- Green Bay- Education License and ESL Minor

What is your role at MNVHS?
Social Studies Teacher (US History, US Government, Middle School US History)

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Yoga, grilling, brewing, playing piano, board games, fantasy novels, the Green Bay Packers

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
It empowers students to learn at their own time in their own way. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility.

Jacilyn Doyle
Jacilyn DoyleSocial Studies Teacher
Email: jdoyle@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-361-6577
Where do you live?
St. Paul, MN

Where did you go to school?
University of Wisconsin – River Falls
– B.S. Secondary Education Broad Field Social Studies
Saint Paul College
– A.A.S. Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator

What is your role at MNVHS?
Social Studies Teacher

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Spending time with my husband and daughters, being an amateur baker, running, hunting, fishing (especially ice fishing!), playing cards, and reading a good mystery novel.

Katy Byrd
Katy ByrdElectives Teacher
Email: kbyrd@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 651-560-5140
Where do you live?
I live in South Minneapolis in the Longfellow neighborhood.

Where did you go to school?
Towson University – B.S. Electronic, Media, and Film
St. Catherine University – Graduate Candidate: MAED (Visual Arts)

What is your role at MNVHS?
I am an art and electives teacher.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy welding, reading, photography, painting/collaging, and walking my dog Skylar.
I can often be found at an art museum or at a movie theatre.

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
MNVHS is a great place for students to flourish as independent thinkers.

Jill Larson
Jill LarsonElectives Teacher
Email: jlarson@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-568-2094
Where do you live?
Bloomington, MN

Where did you go to school?
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Bachelor of Science (BS) Physical Education emphasis in Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE), Coaching

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Master’s in Education Professional Development (MEPD) emphasis in Health Education and International Education

Bethel College, Special Education Teacher EBD Licensure Program

What is your role at MNVHS?
I teach Physical Education and Health Education.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Spending time with family and friends, biking, hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, travel, researching travel adventures, reading, movies, going to live theater performances, sporting events and volunteering.

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
Minnesota Virtual High School offers a flexible class schedule with dedicated staff that meets a student where they are in their education journey; offering support, motivation and encouragement to every student so they achieve their goal of earning a high school diploma.

Eric Goodman
Eric GoodmanElectives Teacher
Email: egoodman@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 715-821-0116
Where do you live?
River Falls, Wisconsin

Where did you go to school?
St. John’s University (Minnesota): B.A. English and Communication
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities: M.Ed. Second Languages and World Cultures Education (Licenses in ESL and Spanish)

What is your role at MNVHS?
Spanish Teacher
ESL Coordinator
Academic Coach

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Spending time with my family
Bodybuilding/Weightlifting
Watching sports (football, hockey, wrestling, track, baseball, skiing)

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
Our teachers truly want our students to be successful.

Peter Westby
Peter WestbySocial Studies Teacher
Email: pwestby@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 952-353-9827
Where do you live?
St. Paul
Where did you go to school?
Gustavus Adolphus College – Major in Social Studies Education
What is your role at MNVHS?
Social Studies and Electives Teacher

What are your hobbies outside of work?
– Reading (Developments in technology, neuroscience, and ancient philosophy)
– Video Games, Board Games, Role-Playing Games (Anything involving strategy)
– Figuring out how to break aforementioned games
– Music (Any and all genres – it’s an appreciation of art!)
What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
A fantastic learning environment where the focus is right where it should be – how to best help the student. All of the teachers have a deep concern for the students they teach, are flexible, and are forward-thinking in their design and delivery of curriculum.

Eric SliningerEnglish Teacher
Email: eslininger@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8611

Special Education

Steve Clock
Steve ClockCase Manager
Email: sclock@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8166
Where do you live?
St. Louis Park, MN

Where did you go to school?
Hopkins High School, Hopkins, MN
Minnesota State, Mankato – Majored in Political Science and Psychology, Minored in Sociology.
Bethel University, St. Paul – Majored in Education.

What is your role at MNVHS?
Special Education Teacher, member of the Outreach Committee.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I grew up in St. Paul and Hopkins, MN. I graduated from MN State, Mankato. After graduating from college I served in the Air Force. Later, I returned to school and earned my teaching license at Bethel University in St. Paul. I’m an avid runner, I love hockey! I enjoy travel, I like volunteer work. I’ve spent time volunteering at orphanages in Ukraine, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. I enjoy mentoring, I’ve mentored with “Confident Kids” and “Boulder Options”.

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
Behind the computer screen are people… Gifted, caring, passionate people. People working REALLY hard for your success, for your future. People who feel privileged, honored, and humbled to play a small part in your future. People who cheer for you…

Mat Coderre
Mat CoderreSpecial Education
Email: mcoderre@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8121
Where do you live?
Charlotte, North Carolina

Where did you go to school?
University of Minnesota – BA History
University of Phoenix – BA Elementary Education
University of St. Thomas – MA Special Education

What is your role at MNVHS?
Special Education Case Manager

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Camping, boating/water sports, fishing, hunting, hiking, vacationing and spending time with children.

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
MNVHS is more than just an online school. MNVHS provides students with unique needs, challenges or living situations an opportunity to better their lives by providing a quality and flexible education.

Paige Jahnke
Paige JahnkeSpecial Education
Email: pjahnke@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8156
Ryan Jaspers
Ryan JaspersSpecial Education Aide
Email: rjaspers@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-746-7979
Where do you live?
Minneapolis, MN

Where did you go to school?
Bachelor’s of Arts in History, Anthropology, German from the University of North Dakota

What is your role at MNVHS?
Special Education Aide

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Reading and exercise

Elizabeth Edwards
Elizabeth EdwardsSpecial Education Case Manager
Email: eedwards@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-440-9620

Enrollment and Administrative Assistants

Kristi Thao
Kristi ThaoAdmissions Coordinator
Email: kthao@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-746-7977
Where do you live?
North Minneapolis

Where did you go to school?
University of Northwestern – St. Paul Psychology

What is your role at MNVHS?
Admissions Coordinator

What are your hobbies outside of work?
AWANA Sparks Director, Small Group Facilitator, Home Improvement Dream (propelled by HGTV and Pintrest), Easy Sewing projects

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
MNVHS Leadership and Teachers want to be innovative, want students to learn, and want to provide the flexible option that some students needs.
MNVHS programming also takes a lot more self-discipline than what a lot of students anticipate.

Brenda Fager
Brenda FagerOffice Manager
Email: bfager@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-222-4900
Lorelei Lorentz
Lorelei LorentzCoordinator of Part-Tiime/Supplemental Students
Email: llorentz@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-524-5213
Where do you live?
I live in Eagan, MN.

Where did you go to school?
I went to school at DeVry University.

What is your role at MNVHS?
I am the coordinator for part time and supplemental students along with being an academic coach.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Some of my hobbies or what I spend time on outside of work are; working with horses, reading, puzzles, snowmobiling, or road trips.

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
MNVHS is a great school and has many perks. I love to see students take advantage of all the possibilities it has to offer. MNVHS has both full time and part time enrollment, Middle school and high school courses, flexible schedule and accessibility 24/7, 50 plus courses to choose from, PSEO option, and chrome book eligibility.

Tamlee Berndtson
Tamlee BerndtsonMARSS Coordinators
Email: tberndtson@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-235-5663
Where did you go to school?
Bloomington

What is your role at MNVHS?
Admissions

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
Good School,Good Teachers, You can work on your school work anytime, anywhere.

Sarah Bland
Sarah BlandMARSS Coordinators
Email: sbland@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 952-353-9821
Where did you go to school?
MN Transitions Charter School

What is your role at MNVHS?
Records

Kari Norman
Kari NormanRegistrar
Email: knorman@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-524-5221
Where did you go to school?
St. Cloud State University

What is your role at MNVHS?
Registrar, students with last names L-Z

Angela Elliot
Angela ElliotRegistrar
Email: aelliot@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-235-5664
Where did you go to school?
North Hennepin Community College
University of Northwestern – St. Paul – Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

What is your role at MNVHS?
Registrar

School Counselors

Jenna Krueger
Jenna KruegerSchool Counselor
Email: jkrueger@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-756-8215 (call or text)
Where do you live?
Plymouth, MN

Where did you go to school?
Bachelor’s degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota
Master’s degree in K-12 School Counseling from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls

What is your role at MNVHS?
School Counselor for students with last names beginning with A-G

What are your hobbies outside of work?
When I’m not working, I spend most of my time with family. In the summer, I enjoy being out on the lake, boating, or hanging out near the pool or beach. I also enjoy traveling when I get the opportunity and hanging out with friends.

What is one thing you would tell people about MNVHS?
The staff at MNVHS genuinely care about each student and want to see them succeed.

Jennifer PriemSchool Counselor
Email: jpriem@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-440-5216

Technology

Larry Herbison
Larry HerbisonTechnology Integrationist
Email: lherbison@emailmtcs.org
Phone: 612-746-7974
Where do you live?
Minneapolis, MN

Where did you go to school?
University of Wisconsin – River Falls
BS in computer science
Teaching license in math

What is your role at MNVHS?
Curriculum integrator – I work with the learning website and teachers to make sure the courses work for the students.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Computers, reading, motorcycling.