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Our Staff

Supporting Academic Excellence & Spiritual Formation

Our Staff

Supporting Academic Excellence & Spiritual Formation

Our Team

Teachers and staff use email as the primary means of communicating with parents. However, a good old-fashioned phone call is always welcome. You should expect a return communication within 24 hours (weekends and breaks not included). Parents should always begin conversations regarding concerns with classroom teachers and then include the principal as needed. For general inquiries, please send an email to our office.

Business Administration

Bonnie Jungels

Principal

Dr. Bonita Jungels has passionately served in Catholic schools for over thirty years working with preschool through 12th grade students. She holds several degrees including a doctorate in Leadership, Policy and Administration. She believes that our primary goal is to share the joy of Christ with others and through Him we will grow, learn and serve others in an amazing NDA faith community we call family.

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Bonnie Jungels

Principal

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Liz Flom

Business Administrator

Mrs. Liz Flom has been working in the school office since 2014, and has a business and education background. Over the past nineteen years, she has been involved in the school as a parent, volunteer and employee. Her favorite time of year is back to school time when the students and families are back in the building.

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Liz Flom

Business Administrator

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Louise Wilson

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Louise Wilson is the first person you meet when you come to Notre Dame Academy. Her English accent is noticed by all and loved by the students, who repeat all the announcements she makes on the PA system. She previously worked at St. Gabriel’s Parish before starting at Notre Dame Academy in 2013, where she is happy and blessed working with your children every day.

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Louise Wilson

Administrative Assistant

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Vivian Pritchard

Development Director

Ms. Vivian Pritchard comes to Notre Dame Academy after spending many years doing Development work and volunteer work in a variety of Catholic school settings. Ms. Pritchard started at NDA teaching in the preschool, and then was excited to transition to the newly created development role to use her expertise to advance the mission of the school. Ms. Pritchard loves the welcoming and receptive demeanor of the NDA community.

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Vivian Pritchard

Development Director

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Joann Meyer

Marketing & Enrollment Manager

Mrs. Joann Meyer began working at Notre Dame Academy in 2016. Mrs. Meyer, her husband and their three children have been part of the school community since 2006. After working in the corporate world for several years, Mrs. Meyer feels blessed to spend her days in the school office and loves welcoming new students and their families.

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Joann Meyer

Marketing & Enrollment Manager

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Jennie Schletty

School Assistant

Mrs. Jennie Schletty and her husband, Mark, have three children at Notre Dame Academy. John is in eighth grade, Grace is in fifth grade, and Thomas is in third grade. Mrs. Schletty is happy to help wherever she is needed at school. When she isn’t at NDA, Mrs. Schletty is going to grad school. Learning is fun and education is so important.

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Jennie Schletty

School Assistant

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Discovery Center Teachers

Marlissa Carpenter

Site Director / Lead Discovery

Site Director and Lead Discovery Teacher, Marlissa Carpenter joined Lake Area Discovery Center right out of college in 2008 and has been teaching and mentoring for several years. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education/ PrePrimary Speciality from the University of Northwestern St. Paul and has a MN teaching licence. Marlissa is a dynamic, energetic teacher who enjoys being that first step into school, developing a love for learning at a young age. She joined the NDA Discovery Center Fall of 2019. When not at school, Marlissa enjoys being with friends and family at the cabin, watching the MN Twins, board games, bike riding, and spending time at home with her husband Jacob and daughter Maevyn.

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Marlissa Carpenter

Site Director / Lead Discovery

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Sarah Van Valkenburg-Gernert

Lead Kinderstart

Mrs. Sarah Van Valkenburg-Gernert is joining the Notre Dame Academy team for the 2020-2021 school year. She graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in Elementary Education and has her MN Teaching License. In her free time, Sarah likes to spend time with her husband, family, and friends. She also enjoys crossword, jigsaw, and sudoku puzzles. Sarah is very excited for the school year ahead!

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Sarah Van Valkenburg-Gernert

Lead Kinderstart

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Melissa Bodea

Lead Kinderstart / Discovery

Mrs. Bodea received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Northwestern in 2009. This is her fourth year teaching preschool, but she has also previously taught infants, toddlers, and school-age children. Mrs. Bodea loves being able to help children learn and develop academic and life skills. She enjoys their contagious energy and caring hearts. When she is not at school, Mrs. Bodea enjoys spending time outside with her husband, visiting family, travelling to new places, and gardening.

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Melissa Bodea

Lead Kinderstart / Discovery

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Rebecca Holmgren

Lead Explorers

Ms. Rebecca Holmgren first taught for the LADC teaching team in 2017. She has her BA from Bethel College in Teachers’ Training/Instruction, as well as an MA in Curriculum from the University of St. Thomas. Rebecca has her Minnesota Teaching License for Kindergarten-6th grade. 

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Rebecca Holmgren

Lead Explorers

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Heather Discher

Extended Adventure/Assistant Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Heather Discher

Extended Adventure/Assitant Teacher

Jody Bylund

Extended Adventure/Assistant Teacher

This is Ms. Bylund‘s second year being a teacher assistant with NDA, and this is her 17th year of working in early childhood education/preschool. Children are the love of her life. They bring such enthusiasm in learning about God and the world. Ms. Bylund’s specialty is in working with children in social/emotional learning in areas such as learning to share, managing emotions, and individual/group problem solving. Ms. Bylund‘s family consists of her adult son, Jacob, her daughter, Katie, and her son-in-law, Forrest. Her other passion is scrapbooking.

Jody Bylund

Extended Adventure/Assistant Teacher

Alyssa Malecha

Assistant Teacher/Extended Adventure

Assistant Teacher, Alyssa Malecha joined the NDA Discovery Center team in 2019. She graduated from Hamline University in 2019 with a degree in psychology, and plans to attend graduate school to become a school psychologist. Alyssa has always loved working with children, including working in a daycare and in an elementary school before coming to NDA. She has a joy for serving families and a special love for her students, as she helps them to grow and learn each day. In her free time, Alyssa loves to bake cookies and pies, watercolor paint, and play the ukulele!

Alyssa Malecha

Assistant Teacher/Extended Adventure

Chelsea Smith

Extended Adventure/Assistant Teacher

Assistant Teacher, Chelsea Smith, joined the NDA Explorer Center in 2020. Chelsea has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Teaching degree through St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. When students show their imagination and creativity in art, it warms Chelsea’s heart. In her spare time, she enjoys playing frisbee golf with her husband and two step-children. When she has a moment to herself she enjoys embroidery and sidewalk chalk projects.

Chelsea Smith

Extended Adventure/Assistant Teacher

Kendall Conn

Extended Adventure/Assistant Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Kendall Conn

Extended Adventure/Assistant Teacher

Amy Jo Dupre 

Extended Adventure/Discovery 

Mrs. Amy Jo Dupre received her degree from the University of Minnesota in Natural Resoures. She has years of experience working with restoring/enhancing habitat for wetland wildlife, managing prairie habitat, vegetation surveys, conducting bird counts while working with the Trumpeter Swans. When she is not in school, she is active at Saint Anne’s and spends time with her family hiking, riding bikes and reading.

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Amy Jo Dupre

Extended Adventure/Discovery

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Hallie Keenan

Kindergarten

Hallie Keenan is the Kindergarten teacher at Notre Dame Academy. She strives to create a hands-on, active environment for her students to succeed and grow. Through the use of STEM and other engaging activities, Miss Keenan helps students to become excited learners and problem solvers. You may view the Kindergarten website page here.

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Hallie Keenan

Kindergarten

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Jamie Tschida

Kindergarten

Mrs. Tschida is excited to be teaching at Notre Dame Academy. She has a background in business and education and has been working in Catholic schools for the past few years. It is her passion to instill a love of learning in students and help them develop a desire to become life long learners. In her free time she enjoys being with family and friends, attending her children’s sporting events, swimming, going for walks with her dogs, biking, reading, and traveling.

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Jamie Tschida

Kindergarten

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Katie Schneeman

First Grade 

Mrs. Schneeman is so excited to teach her third year at Notre Dame Academy. She is a graduate from the University of St. Thomas and has a passion for the Lord and working with children. She takes the time to get to know all of her students and strives to create a welcoming and fun classroom environment where everyone can reach their full potential.

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Katie Schneeman

First Grade

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Prudence O’Connor

Second Grade

Ms. Prudence O’Connor is a dedicated, well-educated teaching professional. She comes from a family of educators and has experience with a variety of children in a wide range of settings. Ms. O’Connor embodies the principles of a lifelong learner.

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Prudence O’Connor

Second Grade

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Kirsten Segar

Second/Third Grade

Teaching at Notre Dame Academy is like coming home for Mrs. Segar, for 12 years she taught third grade with Mrs Gross! Her recent experience is with 2nd and 3rd graders, as well as serving as a math and reading interventionist for all elementary grades. She created a class called “Academics in Motion” where students were able to learn math and reading skills while being physically active. Mrs. Segar lives in Chaska with her husband and two daughers.

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Kirsten Segar

Second/Third Grade

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Mary Ellen Gross

Third Grade

Mrs. Gross is the third grade teacher at Notre Dame Academy. She has committed her entire professional career of over twenty-five years to Catholic education. Mrs. Gross brings our NDA mission to life every day providing a program of academic excellence, grounded in faith, maximizing the strengths of her students. She is an advocate for her students’ needs and strives to meet the potential of all her students. 

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Mary Ellen Gross

Third Grade

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Andrew Weeres

Fourth Grade

Mr. Weeres loves being the fourth grade teacher at NDA and we are excited he joined the downstairs hallway! Mr. Weeres has been a Catholic school teacher for the past five years. When Mr. Weeres is not teaching, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his fiancé and their dog, Bo.

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Andrew Weeres

Fourth Grade

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Janel Dysart

Fifth Grade

Mrs. Janel Dysart is in her twenty-first year of teaching. She has taught fifth grade for the past eighteen years and also spent three years as an Elementary Music Specialist. She loves coming up with new and creative projects for her students, enjoys incorporating technology whenever she can, and her favorite class activity is Literature Circles. She enjoys music, superheroes, and spending time with her family. Please feel free to visit her class website.

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Janel Dysart

Fifth Grade

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Middle School Teachers

Jerry Dargis

Science and STEM

Jerry Dargis graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Environmental Education and Natural Resources in 1998 and started his teaching career outside as an environmental education specialist. He then taught in conventional classrooms at Nativity of Mary, St. Alphonsus, Visitation, and Thomas Jefferson High School. Mr. Dargis is in his fifth year at Notre Dame Academy. He lives in Bloomington, MN, with his wife of 27 years, three daughters, two cats, one dog and a corn snake named Sid. 

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Jerry Dargis

Science and STEM

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Kelly Dopp

Social Studies

Mr. Kelly Dopp lives in Elk River, Minnesota with his wife, two children and two dogs. This is his fifth year teaching Social Studies at Notre Dame Academy and couldn’t possibly love his job any more than he already does! He previously taught at a Jewish school in St. Louis Park, and prior to that he spent twelve years in the printing industry.

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Kelly Dopp

Social Studies and History

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Aggie Maurer

Language Arts

Ms. Aggie Maurer enjoys teaching language arts. This is her fourth year at Notre Dame Academy. She loves getting to know each and every one of her students. During her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, music, photography and reading. Ms. Maurer loves meeting new people, and is sure she will be learning just as much as her students!

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Aggie Maurer

Language Arts

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Scott Athey

Religion and Math

Mr. Scott Athey joins NDA after one year of teaching high school and middle school Mathematics at Holy Trinity in Winsted followed by one year of teaching Theology at Cathedral High School in Saint Cloud. Mr. Athey looks forward to being able to teach both middle school Religion and Math. He has recently moved to the area with his wife, Sydney, and their son, Peter. Mr. Athey attended Saint Cloud State for his undergraduate studies; he has done post graduate studies at The University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul and The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy. Mr. Athey enjoys praying, discussing current events and theological topics, watching movies, and of course spending time with family and friends.

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Scott Athey

Religion and Math

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Pam Murphy

Math

Bio coming soon!

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Pam Murphy

Math

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Specialist Teachers

Lori Wukmir

Music and Theatre

Mrs. Lori Wukmir has spent the last fourteen years with the NDA community, teaching music and drama! A native of Colorado, she first made a living in the Twin Cities as an actress before receiving her teaching license from the University of Minnesota. She loves getting to know ALL the kids at NDA, but looks forward most to putting them all on stage!

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Lori Wukmir

Music and Theatre

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Adam Bestler

Band and Staging

Mr. Bestler came to be the Director of Bands at the Hopkins/Minnetonka Catholic Schools in 2000 after several years of working at Hopkins High School. In addition to directing the Notre Dame Academy Bands, he is a performing multi-instrumentalist in the Twin Cities metro area and conducts two adult professional bands. He also teaches the Jazz Studies program at Chaska High School and is the owner operator of a local small business. If you’d like to reach his class website, click here.

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Adam Bestler

Band and Staging

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Maggie Turner

Spanish

Mrs. Maggie Turner started at St. John’s in 2007 and has been with NDA since the beginning. She loves seeing the kids practice speaking in another language and being excited to learn about different cultures. Mrs. Turner enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

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Maggie Turner

Spanish

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Bill Kobe

Art

Dr. Bill Kobe, after being a chiropractor for twenty-five years, returned to what he initially started to do upon graduating from high school – being an art teacher and artist. He has been teaching visual arts for the past eighteen years, here in Minnesota, Florida and the past five summers in Beijing, China. He brings years of experience in teaching and would like to add to the overall richness of the arts offerings at NDA by inspiring his students to be fearless and curious creators.

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Bill Kobe

Art

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Daren Tesch

PE and Health

Mr. Daren Tesch has been teaching in the Catholic school system for almost two decades. On any day you may find him teaching health to the middle school students in the classroom, teaching Physical Education to the preschoolers, or supervising the gym during our home sporting events. He believes in teaching life long health skills to keep our students healthy long after they leave Notre Dame Academy. 

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Daren Tesch

PE and Health

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Jesse Robertson

Technology

Jesse Robertson graduated from Moorhead State University with a BS in Elementary Education in 1995. He started his teaching career in Houston, Texas; teaching 5th and 6th grade students. He then moved back to Minnesota and taught at The Tesseract School, Nativity of Mary Catholic School, and Howard Lake – Waverly – Winsted Public Schools. Mr. Robertson is in his first year at Notre Dame Academy. He lives in Minnetrista, MN, with his wife of 25 years, two daughters, a dog, and a cat. 

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Jesse Robertson

Technology

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Support Staff

Rosie  Murungi

Food Service Manager

Ms. Rosie Murungi is a High-Quality Ingredient Kosher Certified Chef with over thirteen years of experience in the fast-pace environment handling food, menu planning, recipe development, and budgeting. Ms. Murungi holds an Associate Degree in Culinary Specialty and an Associate Degree in Restaurant Management. She enjoys providing healthy and delicious food to the students everyday. 

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Rosie  Murungi

Food Service Manager

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Christy Mergen

Assistant Food Service Manager

Mrs. Mergen is the Assistant Food Service Manager in the Lions’ Den Cafe. After “retiring” from mortgage banking in 2003 to raise three girls (of which two attended NDA, PK through 8th grade) she is blessed to be working in a place she has called home since 2006. The most favorite part of her day is interacting with each student as if they were her own and capturing many precious moments as an NDA photographer.

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Christy Mergen

Assistant Food Service Manager

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Mayra Hernandez Navas

Kitchen Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Mayra Hernandez Navas

Kitchen Assistant

Teresa Williams

Kitchen Assistant

Mrs. Teresa Williams and her husband, Bud, have two daughters at Notre Dame Academy. Anna is in the eighth grade and Claire is in seventh grade. When Mrs. Williams isn’t working or at school, her family enjoys traveling, biking and camping.

Teresa Williams

Kitchen Assistant

Father John Bauer

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Fr. John serves as the pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and the Canonical Administrator of Notre Dame Academy. Having gone through Catholic Schools for most of his life, he is convinced of the value of a Catholic education. Being a part of Notre Dame Academy fills him with a whole lot of joy. 

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Father John Bauer

Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Father Paul Haverstock

St. Gabriel the Archangel

Father Paul Haverstock is the parochial administrator of St Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Hopkins. A native of Eden Prairie, Fr. Paul was raised Lutheran (Missouri Synod) and converted to Catholicism in 2006 thanks to the witness of his college roommate. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Hebda in 2016. Fr Paul’s first assignment was in Shakopee, where he loved spending time in the parish school. He is so excited to be a part of Notre Dame Academy.

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Father Paul Haverstock

St. Gabriel the Archangel

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Krista Wiederholt

Lead Librarian

Mrs. Krista Wiederholt is delighted to be reading, researching, wondering and exploring with students in our elementary school library, including three of her four children who currently attend NDA. Mrs. Wiederholt employs her enthusiasm, faith and creativity to make the library an exciting and engaging part of every student’s week. 

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Krista Wiederholt

Lead Librarian

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Kathie Witta

Librarian

Mrs. Kathie Witta absolutely loves working with NDA students! After more than twenty-five years of working with seniors, Kathie, an IHM parishioner, has been with NDA since its first day. Thanks to her many grandchildren, Mrs. Witta relates well to kids and understands the importance of reading to help students in their life beyond school.

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Kathie Witta

Librarian

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Pat Boyd

Nurse

Mrs. Pat Boyd is the district nurse who has supported NDA since the start. She loves working with children as a Licensed School Nurse and wants to provide a safe and healthy environment for your children. Mrs. Boyd and her husband raised three daughters and now love spending time with two wonderful grandsons.

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Pat Boyd

Nurse

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Jill Rost

7th & 8th School Counselor

Mrs. Jill Rost is the Hopkins school counselor who works with our 7th & 8th graders. One of her roles at NDA is to teach the social/emotional components of the Health curriculum. With 20 years of experience as a school counselor, she finds a variety of ways to support student’s mental health. Her goal at NDA is to help all students reach their full potential. As a parent of two grown children, she knows what it’s like to raise middle schoolers, so please feel free to reach out to her with questions or concerns!

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Jill Rost

7th & 8th School Counselor

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Denise Bielke

Title 1

Bio coming soon.

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Denise Bielke

Title 1

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Wendy Dellis

Special Education

Bio coming soon.

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Wendy Dellis

Special Education

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Milton Stephens

Music/Lion’s Lair Lead

Mr. Milton Stephens shares his musical skills at NDA by serving as the school’s Mass accompanist. You may also spot him at Lion’s Lair or even in the classroom occasionally, substituting for another NDA teacher. Mr. Stephens grew up in Minnetonka, attended Hopkins High School, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Mathematics. He is an experienced pianist and enjoys sharing his passion for music whenever he can!

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Milton Stephens

Music/Lion’s Lair

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Sydney Athey

Lion’s Lair Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Sydney Athey

Lion’s Lair Assistant

Alessandro Narez Meza

Lion’s Lair Assistant

Mr. Alessandro Narez Meza loves learning new things and growing in my faith. He aspires to help others and to help them succeed. He hopes of becoming a nurse practitioner in the coming years. Fun fact: He is the youngest faculty member currently at NDA! 

Alessandro Narez Meza

Lion’s Lair Assistant

Gansyam Jagdeo

Custodian

Bio coming soon.

Gansyam Jagdeo

Custodian

Ken Lindsay

Custodian

Bio coming soon.

Ken Lindsay

Custodian

Lion’s Lair

Before & After School Care

Notre Dame Academy provides quality extended-day child care and summer programs for our students, K-8th grade. The program provides teacher-directed activities as well as free play, homework help, arts and crafts, music, dance and technology. 

Lion’s Lair

Lion’s Lair

Before & After School Care

Lion’s Lair

“Since our son’s first day, we have watched as our little man has grown – socially, emotionally, spiritually, and academically – under the careful, nurturing, and playful guidance of his teacher.”
– Preschool Parents

Contact Information

Notre Dame Academy
13505 Excelsior Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Phone: 952-358-3500
Fax: 952-935-2031

Doors open at 8:45 a.m.

School Hours:
9:00 a.m.-3:55 p.m.

Preschool Hours:
9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

School Mass:
Wednesdays and Holy Days at 9:15 a.m.

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