School Board Members

Arcadia Charter School Board Members

Sheri_AcostaSheri Acosta (Community Representative )
Term: June 2014 – August 2017
Sheri lives in Northfield with her husband, George.  The Acosta Family has been a part of the school since its second year of operation. They have had two students graduate from ARTech/Arcadia. Lauren graduated in 2010 and continued her education at the University of Minnesota Morris where she earned BA degrees in Biology and Studio Art. Rachel graduated in 2016 and is in the process of earning her AA degree as a Veterinary Technician from Rochester Community and Technical School. Sheri is currently in her second term with the school board and is now serving Arcadia as a Community Member. In her free time she enjoys Latin and Swing dancing, traveling, crafting, reading and spending time with friends.


garyGary Braun (Teacher Representative) Treasurer
Term: June 2016 – August 2018
Gary is a special education teacher at Arcadia and has served as a teacher representative on the school board for the past two years.  Gary grew up in the Twin Cities and lived there until moving with his family to Morristown.  Gary has a broad range of educational experience including working in both traditional public school districts and charter schools. He earned a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College. He has a Master degree in special education from the University of St. Thomas, and he has competed administration certifications from St. Mary’s University.  In addition to spending time with his family, Gary likes sports and enjoys being outdoors.


seanSean Fox (Parent Representative) Board Chair
Term: December 2015 – August 2018
Sean and his wife Sarah Deel live in Northfield and work at Carleton College.  Their older daughter, Katie, is a 10th grader at Arcadia and their son Elliot is a 4th grader at Prairie Creek. Sean is the Technical Director at Carleton’s Science Education Resource Center where he works to improve science education through a variety of national programs.  Sean is an avid distance runner and is trying desperately to stay one step ahead of his children in his mastery of Tolkein trivia.


MatneyRachel Matney (Parent Representative)
Term: June 2016 – August 2019
Rachel lives in Northfield and her husband Fritz and her two Arcadia students, both of whom independently chose Arcadia as the right place for them to learn and grow. Rachel believes strongly in Arcadia’s project-based approach, its collaborative nature and the independence it affords students to direct their learning. Rachel attended High School in Northfield and college at Carleton and enjoys being back in her childhood home from which she runs a small consulting company. In her spare time Rachel can be found walking the dog in the Carleton Arb, trying new recipes and reading voraciously to her self and aloud when she can still capture her children’s attention.


Paul Schmokel
 (Parent Representative)
Term: April 2017 – August 2019

lauraLaura Stelter (Community Representative)
Term: June 2014 – August 2017
Laura lives in Faribault where she teaches English to multilingual students at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. As a former charter school teacher, she loves the opportunity to stay involved with small, progressive charter schools through her roles as a community member on Arcadia’s board and parent of a Prairie Creek student. Laura enjoys yoga, traveling, canoeing, knitting, playing piano and percussion, and spending time with her family.


sarahSarah Wallis (Teacher Representative) Secretary
Term: June 2016 – August 2018
Sarah is an advisor in the Purple Advisory and the Visual Art teacher at Arcadia.  While she currently lives in Minneapolis, Sarah has enjoyed periodic residency in Northfield since attending St. Olaf College.  Prior to joining Arcadia in 2010, Sarah worked in the Shakopee, Northfield, and Eden Prairie school districts as well as at the Walker Art Center and COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts).  Her path to education was inspired by her interest in art and her passion for social advocacy. In her free time, Sarah enjoys her own art practice, volunteering, books, and a depth and breadth of podcasts that would make Ira Glass weep.  Sarah is currently serving her second term on Arcadia’s school board.


Tiana Wells (Parent Representative) Vice Chair
Term: June 2016 – August 2019
Tiana lives in Northfield with her husband, Aramis. Their son Logan is a freshman and has attended Arcadia since sixth grade. She works for the University of Minnesota Physicians as an Infection Prevention Nurse. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting National Parks, reading and spending time with her family.


Kate Werner (Teacher Representative)
kateTerm: June 2015 – August 2017
Kate is in her seventh year of teaching at Arcadia Charter School.  While her main role is being a middle school advisor, she also teaches 6th grade social studies, 7th grade Pre-Algebra, and 8th grade Algebra, in addition to dabbling in the dirt with the Greenhouse group.  After many summers spent as a backpacking guide in the mountains of northern New Mexico and earning an education degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Kate first came to Northfield to student teach at Prairie Creek Community School.  She’s been here ever since.  Kate and her husband, Paul, run their family farm-seed business in Dundas, Werner Seed Company. They recently added baby Peter to their family.  Kate enjoys doing anything outside – especially camping, hiking, biking, running, and gardening – as well as cooking the things she and Paul grow in their many gardens.

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