Contacts and Staff

XinXing currently has ten Mandarin Immersion classroom teachers and four Immersion classroom teaching assistants that are bilingual, native speakers of Mandarin Chinese.  We also have two visiting teachers from China who serve as resource teachers in our classrooms.  XinXing shares specialists in Music, Physical Education, Special Education, and Media with Eisenhower Elementary and is also supported by the wonderful administrative staff from Eisenhower Elementary.

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Paul Domer, MA

Position
Principal
Phone Number
952.988.4301

Paul Domer has been working in the Hopkins School District since 2004. He taught fifth grade at Meadowbrook Elementary after teaching for three years in Columbia Heights as a third and fourth grade teacher.

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.

Patrick Berger, MA

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.

Cathy Berger, MS

Position
English Teacher for XinXing
Phone Number
952.988.4008

Karin Brinkhoff, MA

Position
Grade 5 English Teacher for XinXing

Karin McKenzie has been an educator in the district since 2003. Prior to that, Ms. McKenzie taught second grade at Middleton Elementary in Woodbury, MN. She has taught first, third, and fourth grade at Eisenhower and also spent a year as a Master Teacher and National Urban Alliance District Trainer. Currently Ms. McKenzie is teaching fifth grade English for XinXing Academy.

Cindy Collins

Position
Kids & Co Activities Assistant

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.

Emily Cox, BA

Position
Band Director
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.

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.

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.

Yue Fu, MA

Position
Kindergarten Teacher

Yue Fu has been a Kindergarten teacher at XinXing Academy since 2017.

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.

Kim Hessian

Position
Kids & Co 4-6 Supervisor
Phone Number
952.988.4194

Katie Hoefer, MME

Position
Music Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5250

Katie Hoefer has been teaching music in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2017. She started her teaching career in the Kansas City area before moving to Minneapolis.

Heather Hvezda, BS

Position
Physical Education Teacher

Heather Hvezda graduated in 2018 from Minnnesota State University Moorhead. 

Kari Joseph

Position
Kids & Co K-1 Supervisor
Phone Number
952.988.4274

Laura Kelzer, LSN

Position
Licensed School Nurse
Phone Number
952.988.4304

Laura began working as a Licensed School Nurse in Hopkins Public Schools at Glen Lake Elementary School in 2015.

Foster Killen III, MS

Position
Guidance Counselor
Phone Number
952.988.4305

Foster is very excited to be joining the Eisenhower family as a support to students and staff.

Erin Ley, BA

Position
Music Teacher

Mrs. Ley has been teaching in Hopkins since 2005. She is excited to work with students at Eisenhower Elementary and help them develop their love of music!

Yuqi Li, MA

Position
Grade 5 Chinese Immersion Teacher
Phone Number
952-988-4269

Yuqi Li has a BA in Education from Suzhou Normal University in China and an MA in K-12 Music Education from St. Thomas University in St. Paul.  She taught elementary school in China for six years before coming to the U.S.  She currently teaches XinXing Grade 5.

Daoyu Liu, MA

Position
Grade 4 Chinese Immersion Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4282

Daoyu Liu began teaching in the Hopkins Public Schools in 2012. He completed his BA in Applied Psychology at Southern Medical University in Guangzhou and has an MA in Educational Psychology.

Leanne Lonson, BA

Position
Orchestra Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4196

Leanne has been teaching orchestra in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2001. Leanne has earned her BA in Music Education from the University of Minnesota.

Dave Lundgren

Position
Kids & Co K-1 Supervisor

Brittany Mikelson, LICSW

Position
School Social Worker
Phone Number
952.988.4794

Brittany completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University in December 2010. She completed her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Augsburg College in June 2013.

Lynn Miller, BS

Position
Administrative Assistant
Phone Number
952.988.4302

Lynn has been working in Hopkins Public Schools since 1998.  Lynn has worked at Hopkins West Junior High and Hopkins High School, and she began working at Eisenhower Elementary in 2013.

Meilin Nelson, BA

Position
Grade 2 Chinese Immersion Teacher
Phone Number
952-988-4351

Meilin Jia Nelson has a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota. She worked in the Chinese immersion program in St. Public Schools and as a volunteer at Yinghua Academy before coming to Hopkins.  She has also worked as an English instructor at the college level.  She currently teaches XinXing Grade 2.

Kristen Nelson, M.Ed.

Position
Literacy Coach
Phone Number
952.988.4261

Kristy Nelson joined the Hopkins Public Schools in 1998. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University and her Master of Arts in Education from Hamline University. 

Lin Niu, MA

Position
Grade 2 Chinese Immersion Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4280

Lin Niu began teaching in the Hopkins Public Schools in 2012. She completed her BA in English at the Hebei University of Technology in China. She then came to Minnesota to continue her studies. She completed an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Winona State University in 2012.

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School Hours

Grades K–6
8:58–3:30

Office Hours
8:00–4:00

Principal
Paul Domer