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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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New faces – Tim Swanson

Minnehaha Academy recently hired a new physics teacher, Tim Swanson. Before coming to Minnehaha, Swanson taught at a elementary school science program called Star-Base. When Swanson wanted a change and was in the market for a new job, his wife, a graduate of Minnehaha, recommended looking for a teaching position …

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Homecoming 2017 schedule

Minnehaha’s Got Talent! Ready or not, it’s already time for Homecoming 2017. M.A. Royalty Today, the Homecoming Court for the Class of 2018 was chosen: Lily Mullinix Sara Bakke Greta Hallberg Cynthia Garcia Balmaceda Anna Northenscold Kayla Williams   Luke Burnham JaVonni Bickham Hussein Farah Seth Retzlaff Forrest Ahrens Daniel …

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A walk for unity

“This sea of red warms my heart,” Minnehaha Academy President Dr. Donna Harris said as she stood atop a fire truck, surrounded by students, staff, and other community members. On Tuesday August 15, 2017, more than 1,000 members of the Minnehaha community gathered at the Minnehaha Academy Upper School, the …

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A helper in every way

Minnehaha remembers John Carlson As the Minnehaha community mourns the loss of John Carlson, it celebrates his life and his lifelong relationship with the school. Listen to an interview conducted by Talon staff writer Emma Melling from March 24, 2016, as she was working on a story published in April …

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