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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

Ginger Vance

Principal

Mrs. Ginger Vance is a highly effective principal and has years of experience in education and other fields that she brings to Notre Dame Academy. Mrs. Vance believes in being a life long learner and providing a school atmosphere filled with faith, service, learning and of course fun.

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Ginger Vance

Principal

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Joann Meyer

Advancement Director

Mrs. Joann Meyer is in her second year as NDA’s Advancement Director. Mrs. Meyer, her husband and their three children have been part of the school community for the last eleven years. After working in the corporate world for twelve years, Mrs. Meyer feels blessed to spend her days in the school office and loves welcoming new students.

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Joann Meyer

Advancement Director

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Liz Flom

Business Manager

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

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Liz Flom

Business Manager

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Louise Wilson

Administrative Assistant

For the last five years, Mrs. Louise Wilson is the first person you meet when you come to Notre Dame Academy. Mrs. Wilson is from England and has been living here since June 2000 with her husband, two children and four grandchildren. You may recognize Mrs. Wilson from St. Gabriel’s Parish, as she previously worked there for ten years. She is very happy working with your children and considers herself blessed to have such a wonderful job.

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Louise Wilson

Administrative Assistant

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Pre-K Teachers

Kaitlin Bornhoft

4 Year Old Pre-K/Kinderstart

Mrs. Kaitlin Bornhoft is a committed and passionate early childhood educator with six years of experience in her field. She brings a joyful and creative environment to Notre Dame Academy Discovery Center. She is excited to partner with our community to provide a welcoming and stimulating experience for our youngest learners. 

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Kaitlin Bornhoft

4 Year Old Pre-K/Kinderstart

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Morgan Davis

4 Year Old Pre-K/Kinderstart

Ms. Morgan Davis is loving her first year here at Notre Dame Academy, even though it’s her third year working with Lake Area Discovery Center. She is the lead teacher in one of the Kinderstart classrooms, which is the four-year old age group. She is so excited to work at Notre Dame Academy Discovery Center!

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Morgan Davis

4 Year Old Pre-K/Kinderstart

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Vivian Pritchard

3 Year Old Pre-K/Discovery

Ms. Vivian Pritchard is in her first year at Notre Dame Academy. She’s returned to the working world after fourteen years at home with her two daughters. Her first career focused on philanthropy and special events at the University of St.Thomas, which provided a natural path toward various volunteer roles. Vivian is excited to combine her experiences with the children’s excitement to learn!

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Vivian Pritchard

3 Year Old Pre-K/Discovery

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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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Kaila Covington

Extended Adventure/Kinderstart

Ms. Kaila Covington is in her first year with the NDA school community. She taught pre-k and special education for three years. She loves watching children grow and learn more about themselves and the world around them each day. When she’s not at school, Kaila enjoys traveling, camping, hiking and going on new adventures with her dog, Gatsby. 

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Kaila Covington

Extended Adventure/Kinderstart

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Allison Loken

Extended Adventure

Ms. Allison Loken graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2016. Allie is a barn manager at a local nonprofit, and enjoys spending time with her three year old German Shepherd, Hershey. Working with children brings such a beautiful purpose to her life. She’s excited to be a part of the amazing, faith driven community at Notre Dame Academy.

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Allison Loken

Extended Adventure

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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. 

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Hallie Keenan

Kindergarten

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Brooke Maciaszek

First Grade

Mrs. Brooke Maciaszek is new to NDA, she has taught first grade for the past two years. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. Mrs. Maciaszek and her husband live in Mayer, MN with their golden retriever named Hans. Mrs. Maciaszek loves to spend time with family and friends, shop and teach first graders!

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Brooke Maciaszek

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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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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Leslie Fimon

Fourth Grade

Mrs. Leslie Fimon is in her ninth year of teaching since receiving her degree from College of St. Benedict and her Masters from St. Mary’s University. In her classroom she strives to make her love of learning contagious, and works hard to help each student reach his or her full potential.

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Leslie Fimon

Fourth Grade

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Janel Dysart

Fifth Grade

Mrs. Janel Dysart is in her seventeenth year of teaching. She has taught fifth grade for the past fourteen 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 has fun making music videos with her class each year. She enjoys music, superheroes, and spending time with her family.

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Janel Dysart

Fifth Grade

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Middle School Teachers

Jeanne Sharp

Religion and Math

Ms. Jeanne Sharp has been teaching in Catholic schools for the past sixteen years, and is currently in her fifth year at Notre Dame Academy. Some highlights Ms. Sharp looks forward to during the school year are Catholic Schools Week, the middle school retreat, Math League, and the eighth grade pilgrimage. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, canoeing, hiking, and travelling.

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Jeanne Sharp

Religion and Math

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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 fourth year teaching Social Studies at Notre Dame Academy and couldn’t possibly love his job anymore 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 and Religion

Ms. Aggie Maurer is enjoying her first year here at Notre Dame Academy teaching language arts and religion. She previously taught middle school reading and religion at St. Mary’s School in Bird Island, MN for three years. 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 and Religion

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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 lives in Bloomington MN, with his 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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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.

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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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Nancy Maupin

Art and RTI

Ms. Nancy Maupin and has been the art teacher at Notre Dame Academy for two and a half years. She received her degree from St. Cloud State in art education and special education. In her free time, Ms. Maupin enjoys photography and painting.

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Nancy Maupin

Art and RTI

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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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Julia Bullivant

Technology and Robotics

Mrs. Julia Bullivant is in her second year at Notre Dame Academy. She is our technology teacher and loves to help people learn new things on the computer. She has been teaching computers for over 20 years and is currently working on getting her Integration Specialist Certificate from St. Cloud State University.

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Julia Bullivant

Technology and Robotics

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Milton Stephens

Music

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

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Roberta Whitman

Special Education

Mrs. Roberta Whitman is a seventeen-year veteran of Hopkins Special Education Department. As a teacher of students with a wide range of disabilities, she brings her expertise to Notre Dame Academy to boost the learning of some of our struggling students. Roberta was excited to serve students in the non-public schools.

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Roberta Whitman

Special Education

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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 started her fifth year at NDA working in the Lions’ Den Cafe as the Assistant Food Service Manager. After “retiring” from mortgage banking in 2003 to raise three girls, she is blessed to be back working in a place she loves. One of Mrs. Mergen’s girls still attends NDA. The favorite part of her day is interacting with each student and capturing many precious moments as a NDA photographer.

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Christy Mergen

Assistant Food Service Manager

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Heather Discher

Kitchen Assistant

Mrs. Heather Discher has two girls who attend NDA. Mrs. Discher loves working in the lunchroom with the kids as well as IHM’s parish office working as the bulletin editor.

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Heather Discher

Kitchen Assistant

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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 it’s 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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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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Teresa Williams

Kitchen Assistant

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

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Teresa Williams

Kitchen Assistant

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Jill Rost

7th & 8th School Counselor

Mrs. Jill Rost is our 7th & 8th grade Hopkins school counselor. One of her roles at NDA is to teach the social/emotional components of the health curriculum. This year she is also helping to lead our student council. With 20 years of experience as a school counselor she finds a variety of ways to help students reach their full potential. 

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Jill Rost

7th & 8th School Counselor

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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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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

Father Jim Liekhus

St. Gabriel the Archangel

Fr. Jim Liekhus is pastor of St. Gabriel the Archangel in Hopkins and Canonical Administrator of Notre Dame Academy. He attended Catholic schools growing up – St. Anne’s in north Minneapolis, Benilde-St. Margaret’s in St. Louis Park and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul – and believes strongly in the role Catholic schools play in handing down our Catholic faith to the next generation. 

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Father Jim Liekhus

St. Gabriel the Archangel

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Father John Bauer

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Fr. John serves as the pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. 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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“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 Mrs. Nicholson.”
– Preschool Parents June 2017

Contact Information

Notre Dame Academy
13505 Excelsior Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345

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

 

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

School Mass:
Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m.

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