Board members

 

Jan Boudreau (Chair / Staff)

jan@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

 

 

Tara Vondrasek (Secretary / Staff)

tara@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

Hello, my name is Tara Vondrasek and this is my fifteenth year teaching Savannah grades 2/3 at Nerstrand Elementary School. I previously taught 1st grade at Deerwood Elementary School in Eagan, MN.  I was born and raised in Northfield, MN and graduated from Northfield Senior High. I earned my associates degree from Waldorf College, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education , and early childhood from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and a master of arts I education degree from Saint Mary’s University. My husband, Tom, and I have two amazing sons: Anthony (7) and Aiden (4). When I am not at school I enjoy being outdoors, going on runs with my dog, Hemi, playing volleyball, gardening, fishing, water-skiing, camping, bonfires, motorcycling, snowmobiling, and most importantly, spending time with my family and friends.

 

Rich Bailey (Parent)

rich@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

My name is Rich Bailey. My wife Tabitha and I teach History at Shattuck-St. Mary's School, where I also coach boys soccer. Our daughter Kaitlin is a student at Nerstrand. Originally from Texas, I attended Macalester College in St. Paul where I majored in History and played soccer. I received my teaching certification at the University of St. Thomas, and I also hold a National "C" coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation. Prior to my six years at Shattuck, I taught for two years at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, MN, before spending 12 years as the Director of Business Development at WolfNet Technologies, a Minneapolis tech firm. Our family enjoys traveling domestically and internationally, especially camping in our National Parks. We live in Faribault with our hound dog Rosa and our cat Puss 'n Boots. I look forward to serving on the board and giving back as much as I can to the school our daughter loves so much.

 

Nicky Scharfer (Staff)

nicky@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

 

 

 

Skip Voge (Community Member)

skip@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

My name is Skip Voge (aka Betty) and I have lived in Nerstrand for 22 ½ years. I live across the street from the school ball field with my husband of 53 years. We are blessed to be able to watch the students at this great school as they enjoy their time outside. I started working at Nerstrand School in the fall of 2002 and worked as a classroom para and was the Regal Eagles Coordinator. I retired from the school in 2008. I have also worked as a substitute para at Peace Lutheran PreSchool in Faribault during my retirement and occasionally at Nerstrand during the past few years. I have always said since we have no grandchildren, I have been able to get “my kid fix” by working with all these young people. I love to brag about the quality of education that Nerstrand students receive and this school is such an asset to our community.

 

Gretta Kunze (Staff)

gretta@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

My name is Gretta Kunze, and I am currently in my second year of teaching Kindergarten at Nerstrand Elementary School. Prior to teaching in Nerstrand, I taught Early Childhood for 8 years.  I live in Northfield, but I grew up in the small town of Lyle, MN, so Nerstrand feels like home! I have two brothers and two sisters. Outside of school, I enjoy music and spending time at the lake. I am a 2008 graduate of Crown College. Kindergarten is my passion.  I love watching the children make social and academic connections each day. It is wonderful to be a part of the traditions that make Nerstrand Elementary so special. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Alicia Wasilowski (Community Member)

alicia@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

Hello! My name is Alicia Wasilowski. I currently have two children attending Nerstrand Elementary School, a daughter Paige, in second grade and a son, Wyatt, now if first grade. My husband and I grew up in Faribault and while we've lived in other cities, we decided to make Faribault our forever home and recently bought a house. I hold a degree in child development and have been teaching preschool for the past five years. It is a careet that I truly enjoy!  As a family we enjoy camping, swimming, reading, pajama days, spending time with family and friends, and taking a annual road trip to different states! I love Nerstrand Elementary School and the nuturing enviroment that it provides to our children while giving them a quality education. I greatly apprieciate the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors.