Board of Directors

Misty Schutrop

Misty Schutrop

Board Chair

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Why I Serve: As a founder of Aspen, it is a pleasure to remain involved in a place I helped create. I want to work with the Aspen Academy board and administrative team to help ensure that the school stays true to its unique mission and vision to provide a stellar academic program for all its students.

My Vision for Aspen Academy: To provide a welcoming place with high expectations for all our students, staff, board members, and community stakeholders while offering an innovative Core Knowledge-based curriculum that prepares our students for life-long achievement.

Robert Allison

Robert Allison

Treasurer

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Why I Serve: We have been an Aspen family since 2009 when we moved to Prior Lake from Texas.  Both our daughters have attended the school since Kindergarten and our son will start Aspen in the fall of 2017.  We have seen our children thrive in the environment Aspen has built and I believe it is our responsibility to help strengthen the school to give other children in the community the opportunity to meet their educational goals.

My Vision for Aspen Academy: Since its inception, Aspen has provided a strong curriculum and an environment that affords its students the opportunity for personal interactions with its faculty and staff.  The decisions and focus should continue to center on providing its students with the opportunity to grow both individually and academically.

Michael Faulise

Michael Faulise

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Why I Serve: Aspen Academy has created a solid educational foundation, curriculum, and culture that we as family deeply appreciate and support.  My family is rooted with two generations of educational providers which has created my passion for continuing to support educational public service.  My children will be part of the Aspen family for the next decade and I am dedicating my time to ensure the continued success of Aspen’s mission and vision.

My Vision for Aspen Academy: To ensure that Aspen Academy will continue to demonstrate excellence in the core functions of intellectual, creative, and social development for our students so that they can have the foundation for future academic and social success.

Stephanie Peterson

Stephanie Peterson

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Why I Serve: I am deeply committed to Aspen and want to contribute further to the advancement of our school. When I invest in a community, I like to serve and understand it fully.

My Vision for Aspen Academy: My vision for Aspen is to continue to provide rigorous education that emphasizes personal responsibility. I want to be sure that Aspen remains a school of excellence while also maintaining our community feel.

April Schafer

April Schafer

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Why I Serve:  Aspen Academy offered my two older children a high value education and set them up to succeed for their future. They had a wonderful experience at Aspen from grades 1-5 and my wish is for this program to continue to grow and develop students for many years to come. I also hope to bring a strong and positive voice to the school from the parents in our great community.

My vision for Aspen Academy:  To continue to be on the cutting-edge for rigorous academic programming, while developing stronger parent and community involvement. It is my desire that we teach our children to be strong, confident, and capable students upon their departure from Aspen Academy.

Andrew Price

Andrew Price

Vice Chair

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Why I Serve: Having lived and worked in the US, Canada, and the UK, and having had a diverse, international, educational upbringing, I wanted to bring a different point of view to the board. My family in the UK has been a family of teachers and public servants. I want to be an active voice for all parents, children, and teachers, and challenge the status quo where possible.

My Vision for Aspen Academy: To always continue what works and change what doesn’t. To have uncomfortable conversations that can bring evolution. Aspen is different. Proudly so. It should continue pushing boundaries and strive to maintain its unique identity.

Stephanie Smitley

Stephanie Smitley

Secretary

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Why I Serve: I have been a part of Aspen Academy since its infancy, when it was just an application to the Minnesota Department of Education. It has been more than a decade since then and it amazes me to see how Aspen has grown from a K-3 school to a K-8 and serving 550 students. I continue to volunteer my time as a charter school board member to ensure Aspen follows its mission and vision statements in the best interest of our students and that it continues to be a sought-after school in the community.

My Vision for Aspen Academy: To continue to provide students with a rigorous curriculum that prepares them for their future educational opportunities and to remain fiscally healthy.

Jake Mehrhoff

Jake Mehrhoff

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Why I Serve: I seek to impact the community and lives of those around me in more dynamic and impactful ways (often by getting my hands dirty, asking a lot of questions, and learning enthusiastically). I also love actively participating within the community because it affords me a better perspective, clarity, and understanding so I can relate with others and make more informed decisions.

Victoria Regehr

Victoria Regehr

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Why I Serve: My family became an Aspen family in the fall of 2016. After visiting a multitude of local elementary schools, we quickly came to realize that Aspen Academy was the only school that we felt met our searching criteria for academic rigorousness and smaller class size. When a new parent seat opened on the Board, I felt the best way to support and guide Aspen Academy towards continuous success was through dedicating time and experience to this great school.

My Vision for Aspen Academy:  I am very optimistic in my vision for Aspen Academy. I am a strong believer in the school’s mission and vision of educating well-rounded, socially skilled and academically successful children and believe that with sustaining this focus, we will help build a very bright future for our children.

Diane Sterna

Diane Sterna

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Why I serve on the Aspen Board: I see Aspen as a school with the potential to be a cornerstone in the community. I would like to be part of a team that strives to reach that potential by making sound decisions based on the best interest of educating children.

My Vision for Aspen Academy: To maintain the integrity of the structure with which it was created. While changing the needs of a growing body of students, Aspen will continue to strive for academic excellence and promote the success of all students.