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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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.

Charmaine Bell

Position
Family Liaison
Phone Number
952.567.8961

Cathy Berger, MS

Position
English Teacher for XinXing
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.

Cathy Berger, MS

Position
XinXing English Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4008

Danielle Bogucki, MS

Position
Health
Phone Number
952.988.4751

Danielle Bogucki has been teaching in Health in Hopkins Public Schools since 2001. She earned her BA in Health Education (5-12) and Physical Education (K-12), as well as a minor in Coaching from the University of Wisconsin River Falls.  Danielle has also completed her Master in Education at St. Mary’s University.

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.

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.

Sirui Chen

Position
Kindergarten Teacher
Phone Number
952-988-4337

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 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.

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

Ms. 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.

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 joined Eisenhower Elementary/ XinXing Academy family in 2018. Prior to Hopkins Public Schools, Foster worked in various capacities within Osseo Schools, while also completing his educational licensure.

Abby Larson, MA

Position
Literacy Coach/ Talent Development Specialist
Phone Number
952.988.4284

Abby Larson earned her BS Elementary Education/Child and Family Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA Reading (K-12).

Abby Larson has been teaching at Eisenhower Elementary/ XinXing Academy since 2002. As an educator, she is passionate about her students' academic, social, and emotional development.

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.

Dave Lundgren

Position
Kids & Co K-1 Supervisor

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School Hours

Grades K–6
8:58–3:30

Office Hours
8:00–4:00

Principal
Melissa Ness