Contacts and Staff

Melissa Ness, Ed.S.

Position
Principal
Phone Number
952.988.4301

Melissa Ness has an extensive background in bilingual education, instructional coaching, and elementary school leadership experience.  

Sara Schmidt, MA

Position
Assistant Principal
Phone Number
952.988.4345

Sara Schmidt began her career as a fourth grade teacher in St. Paul. She then earned her Master’s Degree and K-12 Principal License from the University of Minnesota, and became an Assistant Director the following year. She joined the Eisenhower Elementary/XinXing Academy team in 2014.

Joanna Bachmann, BA

Position
Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Joanna has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2014. Before that she taught at a Montessori school in Edina for 20 years.

Tracey Beaverson, M.Ed.

Position
Elementary Instructional Coach
Phone Number
952.988.4250

Tracey Beaverson has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2008. For 8 years she taught 5th and 3rd grades at Alice Smith Elementary and for 2 years she taught 3rd grade at Meadowbrook Elementary.

Jenifer Belvedere, M.Ed

Position
Grade 3 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4357

Jeni Belvedere has been working for the Hopkins Public Schools since 1987. For 10 years she taught first grade, and currently teaches third grade.

Cathy Berger, MS

Position
XinXing English Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4008

Patrick Berger, MS, NREMT

Position
Grade 6 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4321

Mr. Berger has been teaching in Hopkins since 1998. He earned his BA in Elementary Education from Augsburg College. He earned his MA in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Thomas University in 2002.

Caitlin Birge

Position
Grade 6 Teacher
Phone Number
952-988-4266

Molly Braun

Position
Grade 6 Teacher
Phone Number
952-988-4259

Sarah Brookner, B.A., K-12 Reading License

Position
Grade 4 Teacher
Phone Number
952-988-4316

Mrs. Brookner began her teaching career in 1997 in Minneapolis.

Nora Cadwallader-Staub, M.Ed.

Position
Title 1 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4771

Miss C started teaching at Eisenhower this school year as a Title 1 Intervention Teacher, and transitioned into a first grade classroom in February.

Nora Cadwallader-Staub, MA

Position
Title 1 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4320

Nora joined the Eisenhower/XinXing Elementary team in 2018 after teaching kindergarten for 4 years.

Cindy Collins

Position
Playground Paraprofessional

Cindy is a playground paraprofessional and works as an activities assistant at Kids and Co. Cindy has two children and one grandson.

Cindy Collins

Position
Kids & Co Activities Assistant

Emily Cox, BA

Position
Band Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4774

Emily Cox joined the Hopkins Public Schools team in 2016. Before coming to Hopkins, Emily spent 8 years teaching 6th through 8th grade band at Todd County Middle School on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Dione Deslauriers, MA

Position
Speech-Language Pathologist
Phone Number
952.988.4940

Dione has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1985.

Katie Dickerson, MA

Position
Art Educator
Phone Number
952.988.4343

Katie Dickerson has been working for the Hopkins Public Schools since 1995. During these years she has taught at both the elementary and junior high levels.

Harald Faber, Ed.D.

Position
Special Education Evaluation Specialist
Phone Number
952.988.4872

Harald Faber has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2002. For 4 years he taught in the special education department at Hopkins High School and for 10 years in the special education department at Tanglen Elementary school.

Kim Feist, B.S.

Position
Kids & Company, Lead Supervisor
Phone Number
952.988.5316

Kim has worked in the Hopkins schools since 1998. She has previously worked at LH Tanglen Elementary and Meadowbrook Elementary. 

Jonathan Feulner, B.A.

Position
Elementary Music Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4727

Jonathan Feulner has been an educator in Hopkins Public Schools since 2014. He has a BA in Arts Administration from the University of Minnesota with further studies in Jazz and Music Education at Northern Illinois University.

Betty Foulkes

Position
Kids & Co Activities Assistant

Robyne Frober, M.Ed.

Position
Gifted & Talented Coordinator
Phone Number
952.988.4327

Robyne has been teaching in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1993.

Kate Gjerde, BA

Position
ELL Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4326

Kate Gjerde taught ESL for five years in three different districts—Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, and Edina—before starting with Hopkins Public Schools in 2010.

Jeff Gotfredson

Position
EL Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4517

Jeff Gotfredson has been with the Hopkins Public Schools since 1999, and is licensed to teach both ELL and Spanish. Having spent over 15 years working with ELL students at Eisenhower Elementary School, Mr. Gotfredson has also taught for Hopkins Adult Options in Education and for English language learners at Tanglen Elementary. In addition to holding a BA in Spanish and an M.Ed. in Second Language Curriculum and Instruction, he has earned a post-graduate certificate in Translation Studies and holds a credential as a qualified community interpreter.

Wendy Graves, M.Ed.

Position
Spanish FLES Teacher, grades 1-6
Phone Number
952.988.4338

Mrs. Graves obtained her degrees at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has taught elementary Spanish, as well as fourth and fifth grades at Glen Lake and Eisenhower Elementary.

Ginny Grobe, BA

Position
Title 1 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4223

Ginny Grobe has been an elementary teacher for most of her adult life. She has been a classroom teacher as well as a Title I teacher.

Kim Groenke, BA

Position
Kaleidoscope Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5016

Kim Groenke has been teaching preschool in Hopkins since 2001.

Mae Gruss, MA

Position
Grade 4 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4279

Mrs. Mae Gruss (formerly Miss Robinson) has been with the Hopkins district since 1999.

Tonya Gunstenson, BA

Position
Child Study Secretary
Phone Number
952.988.4309

Tonya has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2010. She began working as a special ed para substitute then moved to Harley Hopkins Family Center as Child Study Secretary in 2011 and then to Eisenhower as Child Study Secretary in 2013.

Lisa Hake, M.A.

Position
2nd Grade Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4355

Lisa Hake has been working with the Hopkins Public Schools since 2016. Before that she worked in a variety of educational settings including Waldorf, Montessori, Project Based, and Public schools.

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School Hours

Grades K–6
8:58–3:30

XinXing Academy
8:58–3:30

Office Hours
7:30–4:00

Kids & Company

952.988.4274

Principal
Melissa Ness, Principal Sara Schmidt, Assistant Principal