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The stork comes to Minnehaha

Staff members Kristin Overton, Julie Stone and Jennifer Tillman welcome new babies If you were at the upper school last spring, chances are you saw multiple staff members ready to have a baby. Counselor Kristin Overton gave birth to Jesse Michael Overton IV on September 13.  “Jesse comes from a …

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Job changes – Ryan Larson

Many students know Ryan Larson as one of the directors for the upper school band. But this year he’s taken on a new role, as a member of the tech team. “I’ve always had a fascination with technology. I’ve enjoyed using it in my own classroom, and I think it’s …

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Job changes – David Hoffner

As of the 2017-2018 school year, economics teacher David Hoffner has assumed a new role in the Minnehaha community as Executive Director of Faith Formation. For Hoffner, the change was one he felt God was calling him to through friends, loved ones and colleagues who repeatedly said, “I think you …

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Writing the story of “US”

Student written fall play seeks to find meaning of “US” On November 9th, 10th and 11th, Minnehaha Academy Players will be performing a student-written play called “Us.” The play will take place at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio. Four writers were chosen to make the script, and there are in …

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Job changes – Robyn Westrem

Robyn Westrem, who has been teaching English at Minnehaha Academy for 19 years, has taken a position as the Library Director, which used to be filled by librarian Bonnie Morris. Westrem is now responsible for the task of rebuilding the collection of books and materials in the library and media …

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New faces – Kristin Henderson

You might’ve seen her around school, or teaching English 9 and 10, Kristin Henderson, is a new teacher at Minnehaha Academy. An avid reader and writer from a young age, Henderson chose to teach at MA because, she said, “it’s an opportunity to bring so many things that are important …

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New faces – Stephanie Sommer

Minnehaha’s new 10th and 11th-grade English teacher, Stephanie Sommer, decided to become a teacher only a few years ago. What preceded her career move was many years as a marketing executive across various industries and companies, including Estee Lauder and Lysol. Following ten years in New York City, she and …

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New faces – Dante Britten

Dante Britten is one of the new additions to the Upper School this year, teaching P.E. and learning lab. Last year Britten taught second grade at Minnehaha’s South Campus. “The big difference would be just the interactions I have with the kids,” said Britten. “I can have more mature conversations with the high …

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New faces – Tána Mesíková

Junior Slovakian student, Tána Mesíková, is adjusting and is grateful of the new community and experience of learning here at Minnehaha Academy. “I like the community of people because everyone is so nice and welcoming and willing to help you,” said Mesíková. Mesíková was chosen for the scholarship program at …

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New faces – Hana Jakubíková

    Junior Slovakian exchange student, Hana Jakubíková, is both adjusting to and appreciating the different learning experience and culture at Minnehaha Academy.    “It definitely is tiring having to speak in a different language the entire day but I think it’s a great learning experience because it forces you out of your …

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