School Staff

Meet our Faculty

The teachers and staff members at St. Paul Preparatory School share a love of cultures and education. They come from diverse backgrounds and share their unique talents and experiences with our school community. Many of our teachers hold advanced degrees, and some have career experiences outside of the field of education that enrich their teaching practices. All St. Paul Prep teachers and staff members truly care about our students and take joy in helping them reach their full potential. We strive to create a comfortable and safe school environment that supports the intellectual and emotional needs of our students.

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Administration

John Belpedio, Eds

Principal

jbelpedio@stpaulprep.org

John Belpedio's career path has been a global journey that has led him to NISS and now to SPP. As a native of northern Minnesota and a resident of the Twin Cities for more than thirty years, he is pleased to be given the opportunity to lead a great staff of committed and creative teachers who focus their efforts on the needs of every student. St. Paul Prep School is a place that welcomes diversity and differences of thought, action and ideas.

Ginger Hasche

Administrative Assistant / Receptionist

ghasche@stpaulprep.org

Ginger is excited to be part of the St Paul Preparatory team. Prior to joining SPP, she worked for eleven years as an administrative assistant at a high school in Bloomington, MN. She also worked as a legal assistant at a patent law firm for many years. She enjoys the interaction with students that her SPP position provides. Ginger is a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities area, has been married for thirty-two years and has one adult son. She loves to spend time with family and friends, and also enjoys reading, walking, estate sales, decorating projects and gardening.

Megan Peterson

Host Program Director/International Student Advisor

Martina Di Silvio-Sabah

International Admissions & Outreach Specialist

mdisilviosabah@stpaulprep.org

Martina was born and raised in a little town in the North of Italy. She says her main passion has always been traveling and learning about different cultures and languages, of which she speaks five. At age 15, she spent a semester abroad in an intercultural exchange program in Valdivia, Chile, where she improved her Spanish and had her first full cultural immersion in a foreign country. Once she got back to Italy, she hosted a Korean-Paraguayan high school student for a year to experience the intercultural exchange as a Host Family.

Martina holds a degree in Intercultural Mediation from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) which included an academic year in Turkey attending the Ege University in Izmir. Upon graduation, she decided to become an au pair in the U.S. and after a year in Dallas, she moved with her Host Family to Minneapolis to continue working with them as a nanny. Martina is also a teacher at the Italian Cultural Center in downtown Minneapolis, where she works with students aged 3-17 to improve Italian language. 

Teaching Staff

Mackenzie Casey

Art

mcasey@stpaulprep.org

Mackenzie grew up just across the border in Hudson, Wisconsin.  She attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Art Education and Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics. She is excited to be at St. Paul Prep helping students tap into their creativity and find their strengths. As Pablo Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Outside of school, Mackenzie enjoys time working on her own art, painting and making both functional and sculptural ceramics. She is also an avid golfer and skier, loves to travel with her family and friends, cheer on the Packers, and go on adventures with her dog, Scofield. 

Tiffany Good, M.A.

ELL / English Writing / French

tgood@stpaulprep.org

Tiffany is originally from Hagerstown, Maryland. She received her bachelor’s degree in French at Millersville University in Pennsylvania with a minor in international studies, and her master’s degree in French from Middlebury College (Vermont) in France. She lived and studied for two years in Grenoble, France and Paris, France. During her stay in Paris, Tiffany had the opportunity to intern with a French company that organizes the annual book fair, “Salon du Livre de Paris,” where editors from all over France and the world gather to promote literature. Her main interests include reading, writing, and travel. She has been to Tanzania, Africa and in the fall of 2007 was able to teach French for four months at Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya. Ever since she was in high school, she has found herself involved in mostly cross-cultural activities. She has enjoyed teaching the French language to students for the past seven years and in the fall of 2009, began teaching English Writing. She received her certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) at Hamline University in 2010.

Lauris Grundmanis

Science

lgrundmanis@stpaulprep.org

After completing his BSci in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Lauris started his career in education as a Peace Corps Science and Math Teacher in The Gambia, West Africa and after completing the Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Saint Thomas, has continued teaching in the United States.

He has taught a variety of science subjects, ranging from general science to senior physics, and for the previous two years, the Pharmacy Technician courses at Anoka Ramsey Community College.

He has Minnesota Teacher’s Licenses in Life Science, Physical Science (covering both chemistry and physics) and Chemistry. He also has extensive experience in curriculum development, and has coached both the middle school and high school Lego League teams at Hill Murray School.

In addition, he has chaperoned students both through Hill Murray School and with the American Latvian Association’s “Heritage Latvija.” Since Latvian is his first language, during that trip he was asked to translate from Latvian to English for the non-Latvian speakers in the group.

Andrew Hermansen, M.A.

Language Arts

ahermansen@stpaulprep.org

Andy teaches World Literature and English Composition within the Language Arts department at St. Paul Preparatory School. He also serves as the advisor and instructor for the Yearbook course. His extracurricular activities include table tennis and boys’ basketball.

2015-2016 was Andy’s first year at SPP and his fourth year in the field of education. Andy graduated from the University of Notre Dame in the spring of 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a supplemental degree in education through St. Mary’s College. He completed his student-teaching at middle and high schools in the South Bend, IN, area. Upon graduating with his Bachelor’s, Andy decided to become a member of the insufferable club known as “Double Domers;” he graduated again from the University of Notre Dame in the spring of 2012 with a Master’s in English.

Andy loves reading, and his obsession with the works of William Faulkner has been met with wide-eyed horror and indifferent blank stares on a number of occasions. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and playing music on a variety of instruments – guitar, bass, drums, piano, harmonica, ukulele – playing board games, and filling in any crossword puzzle he can find.

Lindsay Leko

Athletic Director/Physical Education

lleko@stpaulprep.org

Lindsay is SPP's Physical Education teacher and also serves as Athletic Director for the Falcons sports teams. Ms. Leko hails from North St. Paul, Minnesota, and earned her B.S. in Health and Physical Education (K-12 Teaching) with a minor in Community Health from St. Could State University. When she's not improving the wellness of SPP students, Lindsay can be found figure skating. She says it's her biggest passion, and she's skated with the Maplewood Figure Skating Club since she was 4 years old, competing in freestyle, ice dance, moves in the field, and synchronized skating.

Ms. Leko loves being active outdoors, traveling with friends and family, going to concerts, playing softball, attending sporting events, and hanging out with family pets.

Michael May

Music

Allison Mulvihill

Math / Computer Science

amulvihill@stpaulprep.org

Allison Mulvihill graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Mathematics. She spent two years abroad in Japan with the JET Programme, teaching English to students in Fukushima Prefecture. On her return state-side, she worked in various corporate environments including underwriting and actuarial. She brings applied concepts from these fields into the classroom, showing students where math is used in the "real world." When not teaching math and computer science, she enjoys reading, creative writing, and keeping her cat from fishing Nemo out of her saltwater aquarium.

Carol North

Spanish & English, Host Family Advisor

cnorth@stpaulprep.org

Carol is currently teaching Spanish and English at St. Paul Preparatory School, along with advising families and international students in the Host Family Department.  Last year, she spent the year in Ecuador where she taught ESL to students of all ages. Prior to that, she worked for both NOD and SPP for 12 years, holding six different positions, most recently as the Director of Short Term Programs. Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Humanities from the University of Oregon, a Masters in Non Profit Management from Metro State University, and a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate from Hamline University.

While she never studied abroad, Carol took one quarter off from college and traveled through Europe, the USSR, and Turkey for four months.  She also lived in Chile from 1980-1981, where she learned Spanish while her husband was a Peace Corps Volunteer. She has led numerous volunteer teams to developing countries in Africa and Southeast Asia, as well as Central and South America with an organization called Global Citizens Network, of which she is one of the founders. Carol has hosted 18 SPP students over the years. In her time spare, Carol teaches yoga part time for the YMCA, sings in a local choir, and likes to read, bike, hike and salsa dance.

Pam Norton

English

pnorton@nacelopendoor.org

Pam is originally from Fargo, North Dakota and received a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education and Speech Communication Theater Arts from Moorhead State University. She has nearly thirty years of teaching experience in suburban, public schools. Since 1990, Pam has taught in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Stillwater, Minnesota, and most recently New Richmond, Wisconsin. In addition to teaching courses in literary analysis and writing, Pam has coached co-curricular activities including forensics, debate, and Destination Imagination. Throughout her teaching career, Pam has continued her education taking varied educational-related courses from St. Mary’s University, the University of St. Thomas and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Pam has extensive work with curriculum development with special regard to state standards, common core initiatives and response to intervention.

Although she’s lived exclusively in the upper Midwest, like many SPP students, she too dislikes the cold weather, and prefers the summer months where she spends time with family and friends at her lake cabin in Almena, Wisconsin. To Pam there’s nothing better than a calm, sunny day on the lake surrounded by lots and lots of books. While she’d love to spend all her time and reading, writing and reflecting on clever language use , as a wife and mother of three, Pam can typically be found doing what most moms do- cooking, cleaning, and caring for her family.
 

P.J. Wiggin

International Business Diploma Director / Social Studies

pwiggin@stpaulprep.org

P.J. grew up in the Twin Cities and graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a B.A. in Political Science and a Sociology minor. He worked as both paid and volunteer field staff on political campaigns and worked two sessions in the Minnesota Legislature before deciding politics was a better hobby than a career! After working in a ridiculous amount of other fields, P.J. decided to respond to a long-time desire to become a teacher. He obtained his 5-12 Social Studies license through the graduate program at Augsburg College in 2010 and has taught in Minneapolis and many of the surrounding suburbs. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his wife and three children and is an avid reader and sports fan. Additionally, he is licensed to teach Driver’s Education and enjoys helping students get their permit and license.

Doug Schwartz

Social Studies

Vicky Sandberg

Science

vsandberg@stpaulprep.org

Vicky Sandberg brings a variety of experiences to her current position as science teacher at SPP. After receiving her B.A. in Geography, she went to law school and spent a few years practicing tax law. But something was wrong--she had loved science in high school and really missed it! So she quit her job, bought an old bike, went back to school, and earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. Following a short post-doc in pharmacology, she went to work as a biotechnology patent lawyer and has been happy ever since. 

Vicky has taught Biology, Chemistry and Advanced English Composition at SPP. As a lawyer, she is trained in the use of the Socratic method and makes liberal use of it in the classroom. She has​ hosted students from Ecuador, China, Korea, and Germany, and has traveled internationally, spending time with friends and family in both Europe and Asia. Vicky also has certificates in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Oxford Seminars) and College Counseling (University of California San Diego).

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