School Board Members

Melanie Cashin (Parent Representative) Board Chair
Term: June 2019 – August 2022
Melanie has one child at Arcadia and is in her second year as board chair. She works in the Carleton College Writing Center and teaches the occasional English class for Minnesota State University, Mankato. A classic introvert, Melanie enjoys yoga, outdoor activities, reading, and planning and executing vacations on a budget.

Tamra Paulson (Teacher Representative) 
Term: June 2021 – August 2024
Tamra is in her fifth year as a special education teacher at Arcadia and her eleventh year of teaching. She lives in Northfield with her husband, Brad. Tamra has 4 grown children and 9 grandchildren, all of whom live relatively close by.  She loves to spend as much time as possible with her family. In her free time, she is exploring more cooking options with her recently acquired Instant Pot and she enjoys traveling, reading, and relaxing on her front porch or at the lake. Tamra appreciates the small, community-focused school setting of Arcadia and loves to support students to be successful. 

Kirsten Fjeld Zillmer (Parent Representative)
Term: June 2019 – August 2022

Tami Kasch-Flugum (Teacher Representative)
Term: June 2021 – August 2024
Tami is starting her tenth year teaching at Arcadia as a High School Advisor and Life Science Teacher. She lives in New Prague with her husband Matt, who is the Teaching and Learning Coordinator for Tricity United School District. Her son Joshua has just turned eight and loves to create plots for movie and book series. When Tami is not working she loves to travel, cook and eat good food, and really enjoys spending time with her family.

Rachel Matney (Parent Representative)
Term: June 2019 – August 2022
Rachel lives in Northfield with her husband Fritz. Both her children 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.

Tammy Prichard (Treasurer)
Term:  June 2020 - August 2023
Tammy is starting her twelfth year of involvement with Arcadia; she joined the school board in 2009 when her children came to the school, and she started teaching writing in 2013.  In addition to teaching high school writing and communication classes at Arcadia, Tammy teaches high school writing classes at a home school academy in Minneapolis.  Before teaching in the classroom, she homeschooled six of her seven children; she also did a brief stint as a high school advisor at a private school and as a college entrance consultant.  When she's not grading papers, she's working/playing in her garden, knitting, or reading/watching mysteries.

George Cusack (Parent Representative)
Term: November 2021-August 2022

Barb Wornson (Community Representative)
Term: June 2020-August 2023
Barb Wornson has over forty years experience in public education, working as a teacher, a school psychologist, and school administrator.  Most recently, Barb served Arcadia as Executive Director.  Barb volunteers in the Northfield community and enjoys music, reading, and writing.

Kathleen Schmidt (Community Representative)
Term: June 2021-August 2024
Kathleen is a retired special education teacher, retiring once from the Farmington School District where she taught at the secondary level and again from Arcadia after two years, retiring this past June. She is excited to be a community member of the board to support the school.  Kathleen has three grown children and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with the grandchildren who live nearby and cherishes the time when she can visit with her family in New Hampshire. When spending time relaxing she enjoys reading non fiction American history, and watching old movies from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. 

Jo Janssens (Parent Representative)
Term: June 2022-August 2025
Jo lives in Northfield and has one child at Arcadia. He works in software development and finance, and plays tennis for fun. He's interested in developing the technology side of Arcadia as well as financial literacy.

David Wolff (Parent Representative)
Term: June 2022-August 2025
David lives in Northfield with his spouse, Jennifer, a biology professor at Carleton, and their two children (a Senior and a Sophomore at Arcadia). He's worked at Content Bookstore since 2015 and is currently the store manager. A strong proponent of life-long learning and liberal arts education, his whole family was attracted to Arcadia's project-based, arts-centric approach. When he's not trying to read most of the books in the store, he's trying to read most of the books at his home. He also enjoys classical music, biking, and is a huge comic book geek.

Shannon Fields (Parent Representative)
Term: June 2022-August 2025
Shannon has one child at Arcadia. Arcadia has been a great fit for Marvin. Shannon and his family live in Farmington. Shannon and family are originally from Virginia. Shannon works for UNFI in the IT department. Shannon thinks Arcadia is a great foundation for the real working world. People working together and sharing ideas. He wants to keep promoting this idea. He is also an advocate for people with disabilities. Shannon taught adults with disabilities at his church in Virginia. They taught him more about life and faith than anybody else. Shannon also has participated in Partners in Policymaking. PIP trains adults with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities to advocate for changes on the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, and taught.