Board members

Carmen Bonde (Chair / Staff)

carmen@nerstrand.k12.mn.us • (507) 333-6868

I am currently in my third year teaching physical education teacher here at Nerstrand.  I am however, serving a second term, my first being a parent representative.  Along with being a half time teacher, I fill the rest of my day as a special education paraprofessional here at the school.  I attended the University of Minnesota - Duluth to earn a teaching degree in both health education and physical education.  I  live with my family on a farm very close to Nerstrand.  My three children were fortunate to attend this wonderful school.  I enjoy running,biking, walking and of course attending sporting events that my children participate in.

Andrew Lubinski (Secretary / Staff)

andrew@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

Hello, my name is Andrew Lubinski and I have been teaching at Nerstrand Elementary School since 2014. I was born and raised in Winona, Minnesota, where I attended the Winona Senior High School. I graduated from Saint Mary's University in May of 2014, with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. While attending Saint Mary's I was involved with the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, volunteered as a reading tutor, and also managed to work two jobs. Through my involvement with music and the Jazz combo band, I was able to play three concerts in Germany.I like to travel to visit friends and also like spending time with my family. In my spare time, I like to fish, watch movies, listen to music, and also frisbee golf. I look forward to representing Nerstrand Elementary school, as well as, learning more about this one of a kind place.

Matthew Keseley (Staff)

matthew@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

My name is Matthew Keseley, and I started teaching music at Nerstrand Elementary in 2015. I currently live in St Louis Park, Minnesota. I grew up in Plainview, Minnesota where both of my parents taught elementary. After high school, I moved to Minneapolis to pursue a career in music studying at Augsburg College, now Augsburg University. I enjoy spending my free time playing drums in a couple of bands in the cities as well as playing ukulele, cycling and fishing. I am looking forward to another year at Nerstrand and excited to see where music takes us this year!

Jason DeMars (Parent)

My name is Jason DeMars and I have two grown children, and one 7 yr. old attending Nerstrand Elementary School. Other than five years in the Marine Corps, I have lived in Faribault all of my life. I have a degree in Adult Education and a Master's Degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology both from the University of Minnesota Mankato. I'm currently the Fabrication Manager at Cybex International in Owatonna MN. Prior to that I was the Assistant Factory Manager with Trystar Cable in Faribault, however, the majority of my work history to date was with South Central College, where I was an instructor in the Computer Integrated Machining program. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, working out, helping others, and traveling. I have chosen to serve on the board because my wife, Maggie, and I love what this school has provided for our son and this is a way I can give back as well as help mold another generation of our community's youth as they pass through Nerstrand Elementary School.

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.

Paula Shroyer (Staff)

paula@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

My name is Paula Shroyer.  I have been a teacher at Nerstrand Elementary since 2000. I am the first grade teacher on the Prairie team. I graduated from Mankato State and got my Masters in Education from St. Mary’s University. My husband and I live in Nerstrand and are the proud parents of three grown children. We have an adorable grandson, Isaac. I enjoy sports, walking and being a grandma.

Sarah Stensrud (Community Member)

sarahstensrud@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

My name is Sarah Stensrud. I was fortunate to be a kindergarten teacher at Nerstrand Elementary School for many years. It is because of this positive experience that I am excited to be on the Board of Directors as the Community member at Large. My husband Dave and I live in Faribault, and are proud parents of three adult children, two of whom are Nerstrand Elementary alums. In my spare time I enjoy visiting our grandchildren, working in the garden and walking our adorable dog, Louie.