School Board Members



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 11th grader at Arcadia and their son Elliot is a 5th 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.



Scott Grave (Teacher Representative)Term: June 2017 – August 2020
After his first year of teaching in Spirit Lake, Iowa, Scott joined the Peace Corps and spent the next three years teaching English in Opole, Poland. He then worked for a few years as a high school English teacher in a traditional setting in Foley, Mn. He soon became restless with that educational model and found himself in need of a change. That wanderlust brought him to Akita, Japan where he spent three more years in yet another unique teaching and learning setting abroad. He and his son Thomas (2013 Artech grad and student at MCAD) found Northfield in 2004 and Scott has loved being a member of the Arcadia community as a Language Arts teacher and Advisor ever since. In spite of recent years, he remains a loyal Twins fan.


Rachel 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 stroMatneyngly 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.

Troy Ros (Parent Representative)
Term: June 2017 – August 2020




Paul Schmokel
 (Parent Representative)
Term: April 2017 – August 2019
Paul and his wife Keri both live in Prior Lake and have four children; Katrina (Arcadia graduate and mother of 2), Andrew (Arcadia graduate and Marine Corp Sargent), Hannah (freshmen at Normandale College) and Noah (sophmore at Arcadia). They fell in love with both Arcadia’s project-based learning approach and their personal commitment to each student’s success, where they watched their children flourish. Paul, an Analog and Power Specialist with Future Electronics, assists companies bring new technologies and products to market. In his spare time, Paul is an avid woodworker and enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.


lauraLaura Stelter (Community Representative)
Term: June 2014 – August 2020
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.


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