Meet Our Team
Meet Our Leadership Team
Our administrative and support staff is committed to ensuring the finest education possible for your children. From providing expert tools and strategies to teaching materials and parent support, our leadership team is dedicated to making sure that you have what you need to deliver a well-rounded, enriching education to your children. Here are some of the people who maintain our high standards of education.
John Huber, Head of School
Mr. Huber is the Head of School at Insight School of MN. He began at ISMN in 2009 and has been leading the school ever since. Mr. Huber earned his BA degree in Physical Education and Health Education at the University of WI - Lacrosse. He continued his education at St. Cloud State University earning an MS degree in Health Education and a sixth year certificate in Educational Administration. Prior to joining ISMN, Mr. Huber was a teacher, coach and assistant principal in a local school district. Mr. Huber enjoys the challenge of looking at the best of what is happening in a typical brick and mortar school and trying to replicate that in a virtual environment to provide as much of a traditional school experience in an online setting.
Talia Vital, Family Resource Coordinator & Family Academic Support Team Lead
Talia joined the ISMN team in 2014. She is licensed as a School Social Worker and has 9 years of social work experience in school settings. Talia earned her MSW from Columbia School of Social Work with a focus on children and families, mental health, and trauma.
Jenny Ryan, School Operations Manager
Jenny joined the ISMN team in 2014. Jenny likes being able to provide the flexibility that students and families need for a successful school experience. She feels online learning gives students the opportunities to be successful in school without the stressors that can occur in a tradition school setting.
Samantha Etim, School Counselor
Sam joined the ISMN team in December 2015. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from South Dakota State University, and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling from St. Cloud State University. She holds a Minnesota K-12 School Counseling License and has been working in the field for over 9 years. Mrs. Etim enjoys being able to work with students in the online environment helping to provide additional opportunities for their education.
Alysia Allen, 6th–9th Grade Advisor
Ms. Allen is a 6th-9th grade Advisor who joined ISMN in 2016. She received her BS in Family Social Science with a minor in Applied Psychology in Education and Community Settings from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2015 and is currently working towards her Master's in School Counseling. Prior to working at ISMN, Alysia worked as a Behavior Therapist working with children diagnosed with ASD. Alysia brings her strengths of empathy and problem-solving to the ISMN Advisor team and enjoys the innovative work ISMN does.
Mollie Ostrow, PT Family Academic Support Liaison
Mrs. Ostrow has worked for ISMN for a little over a year and holds a degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Mrs. Ostrow has been working as a Social Worker for the past 15 years until recently, and is now enjoying the change of place while her children are still little. She enjoys that each week she can influence her students and give them the individual attention they deserve in order to be successful. Mrs. Ostrow firmly believes that online learning allows students to concentrate on their studies during classes and then socialize with their friends outside of the learning environment.
Jamie Steppat, Office Administrator
Jamie has been at ISMN for just over a year. She brings more than 8 years’ experience in an administration and customer service role along with her Associates Degree in Computer Business and Management. Jamie is currently working on her Bachelors in Advertising and PR due to graduate in June of 2019. Jamie believes that online learning is a great option for some students, not all students learn in the same way so having more than one option for education is a plus.
Meet Our Teachers
Insight School of Minnesota (ISMN) teachers are among the best in the state for distance learning. They consider themselves partners in your children's education and are available every school day to help you and your children through any challenges you may face. Here are the highly qualified teachers you'll get to know at ISMN.
LeAnn Burke, Special Education Teacher
Mrs. Burke is a High School special education teacher who joined the ISMN team in 2017. She brings more than 15 years’ experience in education and professional development. LeAnn earned a BA in Elementary Education and Special Education from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She holds license in Elementary education, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Emotional Behavioral Disabilities. Mrs. Burke likes the fact that students have an opportunity for an education when they struggle and the setting online is positive and encouraging.
Karie Strauss, Special Education Teacher
Ms. Strauss is a Special Education Teacher who joined ISMN in 2013. Karie earned her BA in Psychology from Winona State University. She earned her teaching license from Augsburg University specializing in Special Education. Karie holds certificates in Emotional Behavior Disorder and Specific Learning Disabilities. Ms. Strauss loves teaching online because it eliminates any type of first time impressions. As a teacher she gets to see students as who they are academically. Not who they are behaviorally or even physically. She is able to see what they are capable of and make adjustments as necessary without any physical judgmental thoughts.
Tammy Botten, High School Chemistry, Trigonometry, Physics Teacher
Mrs. Botten the ISMN team in 2015. She brings 25 years of teaching experience in teaching high school math, chemistry, and physics. Mrs. Botten earned a BS in Math, Chemistry, and Physical Science from the University of WI-Superior, and a MA from Saint Mary's of Winona. Mrs. Botten likes being available to her students more than just an hour a day, and she likes if her students miss her lesson they can watch her lesson's recording. Mrs. Botten feels that online learning is a great opportunity for students who cannot attend their local school for various reasons, and is a stress-free learning environment for those who had troubles learning in a classroom setting.
Stephanie Engelbrecht, Language Arts Teacher
Mrs. Engelbrecht joined ISMN in 2011. Prior to teaching, she was the ELA director for multiple states in the area of English Assessments. She earned her B.A. from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD and her M.S. Ed from St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She holds her teaching license in 5-12 Language Arts and Communication. Mrs. Engelbrecht loves being able to personalize students' educational experiences in the online setting. She firmly believes in education being accessible to all students no matter what environment they find themselves in. She loves being an online teacher!
Jenny Engkjer, Life Science Teacher
Ms. Engkjer started teaching online the year that ISMN opened. She has 18 years of teaching experience and ten of those are online. Jenny earned a BS in Biology from the University of MN and her master’s degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas. Mrs. Engkjer loves the ability to connect with students and families and help them experience success that they may haven't in traditional schooling. She feels that online learning is a great option for students that have finally found a place to excel. They can work without distractions and focus on their goals. Plus, the teachers at ISMN are so inviting, talented, and caring.
Mary Fink, Language Arts & Music Teacher
Miss Fink graduated in 2014 from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Secondary English Education. She has taught ESL (English as a Second Language) for two summers in Italy. She also taught English and Music at two private schools and a homeschool coop, before coming to ISMN. She enjoys books, coffee, ice cream, hiking, and spending time with her four younger siblings.
Bryan Franklin, Social Studies Teacher
Mr. Franklin began working for ISMN in 2005. He has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies within the United States with a focus in African American Studies. Mr. Franklin continued his education at Washington State University and obtained a M.A. in Political Science. Upon graduation he began teaching at the community college level for three years. Returning to school, Bryan obtained a teaching license in secondary Social Studies. Mr. Franklin believes that online education provides a necessary platform for students to learn and excel in an environment that suits their learning needs.
Alexander Hindin, High School Math Teacher
Mr. Hindin is a third year teacher with ISMN. Mr. Hindin enjoys the ability to bring a world of online resources and experts, including other teachers and learning coaches, into the virtual classroom. He believes in online learning's potential to bring a wide range of students from different locations and backgrounds together to pursue their interests, with all the world's learning resources at their disposal.
Sara Keane, 6th-8th Grade Math Teacher
Sara has a Fine Arts degree from SCSU and her MA in Art Education form the UM of the Twin Cities. She has taught at multiple school ranging from public to charter settings. Mrs. Keane has always enjoyed working in non-traditional environments that is where she is most successful and happiest professionally. She feels that not all students will succeed in the traditional school setting. Every student is different and learns uniquely. The educational system needs to create environments that work for everyone.
Samantha Klersy, Math Teacher
Mrs. Klersy joined the ISMN team in 2014. She graduated from St. Catherine University with Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Middle School Math, and then later returned to school at the University of Minnesota to earn her Masters of Education in Online Learning Technologies. She has been teaching multiple levels of Math for 8 years and currently teaches a combination of Middle School and High School Level Algebra courses. Mrs. Klersy loves teaching online because it truly provides students with a learning environment that is current, relevant, and adaptable to all students' needs!
Ann Lendino, Spanish Teacher
Mrs. Lendino who joined the ISMN team in 2013. She brings more than 15 years experiences in education. Ann earned a BA in Education and Spanish from College of St. Benedict, and a MA in Learning Technology from University of St. Thomas. She has been taking classes toward her K-12 Reading Licensure. Mrs. Lendino feels online learning is a great way for students to get personalized learning. They can go at their own pace and get as much or as little individual help when needed.
Katie Miller, 6th–12th Grade Math Teacher
Mrs. Miller joined the ISMN team in 2015. Katie earned a BA in mathematics education as well as a ME-PSD all from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. She has 10 years’ experience working in education and with at risk youth. Mrs. Miller enjoys being able to build relationships with students through the use of small group and one to one sessions offered through the online setting. She also enjoys being able to teach students a subject with eliminating the anxiety that might come with it.
Don Myhre, Computer and Business Teacher
Mr. Myhre teaches all the Computer and Business classes at ISMN. He also teaches at Hennepin Technical College. He has been with ISMN for 6 years and at Hennepin Tech for 10 years. Prior to that he taught at the Osseo Area Learning Center, an alternative high school in the Osseo school district. He has a B.S. Degree from St. Cloud State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota.
Kristin O’Brien, Science Teacher
Ms. Obrien joined the Insight School of Minnesota team in 2013. She brings more than 10 years’ experience in education and curriculum development. Kristin is glad to be a part of such a unique learning experience at ISMN. Kristin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Metropolitan State University, a Master’s degree in Teaching from the University of St Thomas, a Creative, Gifted, and Talented Certification from the University of St Thomas, and an Elementary Education license at Hamline University. Kristin holds teaching certificates in General Science, Life Science, Creative Gifted & Talented Education, and Elementary Education. Teaching is the most fulfilling job she has had outside of being the parent of three elementary aged students.
Kathleen Rittenour, Health, Physical Education, Life Skills Teacher
Mrs. Rittenour has been teaching for over 30 years with a third of that in the online setting. Kathleen earned a BS degree in Health Education and Coaching licensure from Southwest State University, Physical Education degree from Moorhead State University, DAPE (Developmental Adapted Physical Education) from St. Cloud State University, and MA in Curriculum Instruction with emphasis in Physical Education and recreation “how to play” from St. Thomas University. She also has held teaching certificates in Minnesota, Ohio, and South Dakota as well as additional certificates: EMT (Emergency Medical Technician, CPR, First Aid, LGT, WSI (Water Safety Instructor), HSI (Horsemanship Safety Instructor), FSI (Firearm Safety Instructor), SSI (Snowmobile Safety Instructor) and many others. She takes pride in helping students understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. She will also take an occasional “Bird Walk”, in her classes but it is important to allow some “fun time” in life…that’s why her MASTER’S degree is in recreation/leisure… “How to Play”. She was brought up in a family that worked extremely hard but also PLAYED even harder.
Sarah Kesting, Social Studies Teacher
Ms. Kesting is a high school social studies teacher and has been with ISMN for 6 years. She started in fall of 2012. She brings 10 years of teaching experience to Insight, and taught in South Saint Paul school district before starting with ISMN. Sarah earned a BA in political Science and a Master’s in education from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Ms. Kesting feels that online school is a great opportunity for students because it gives them a safe space to be themselves and there are not the same distractions as the classroom with their peers.