Staff directory

Classroom Teachers

Caitlin Haugland, Prairie (Kindergarten)

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Hi there, I am Caitlin Haugland! This is my 5th year in education. I started my teaching career in 2017 in Austin,MN and later taught in Faribault, MN. My first year at Nerstrand Elementary was the 2020-2021 school year as the 2nd Grade Teacher. I am happy to be returning to teach Kindergarten this fall! :)


Paula Shroyer, Prairie (1st)

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Sarah Johnson, Savannah (2nd & 3rd)

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My name is Sarah Johnson, and this is my third year teaching here at Nerstrand Elementary in 2/3 grade. I currently live in and was born in Northfield, but I grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin. I have also spent some time living in Colorado, Alaska, and Scotland. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the spring of 2002 with a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I love to spend time outdoors, and that was what initially drew me to Nerstrand. The commitment here to the environment and community service is something very special that I'm glad to be a part of. When I’m not at school, I love to take nature photographs, hike, snowboard, try interesting foods, listen to music, and travel. Some of my favorite travel destinations have been China, Peru and Ecuador. I would like to go to all seven continents and have 3 more to go! I'm looking forward to a great year with the Savannah students.

Tara Vondrasek, Savannah (2nd & 3rd)

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Hello, my name is Tara Vondrasek and this will be my sixteenth year teaching Savannah grades 2 and 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 1 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.

Andrew Lubinski, Woodlands (4th & 5th)

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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 worked at a nursing home In winona for six years as a dietary aide.  I also was an assistant teacher at my church’s child care center.  I mostly worked with toddlers and preschool kids.  I completed my student teaching experience at a small, catholic school in Winona.  I like to travel home to visit friends and family on the weekend.

Kelly McGregor, Woodlands (4th & 5th)

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Hi there, my name is Kelly McGregor.  I spent the last three years working for the Lakeville School District and am so honored and excited to be a member of the Nerstrand Elementary teaching staff! 

 I earned a Bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in theater production and design. I furthered my education through the University of Wisconsin, River Falls earning a Masters of Elementary education. Prior to becoming a teacher I spent some time working out at Glacier National Park in Montana and in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Grand Marais.

 I currently live in Lakeville with my husband and one year old son, Bob. I love being outside and seeking out new adventures. I am an outgoing and energetic person who loves to fish, run and draw.

Support Services

Nicky Schaefer  Special Education Teacher 

Philip McBrideSpecial Education Teacher

Sarah LaDuke • Speech Therapist

Katie Freidig • Occupational Therapist


Jake Kaukola, Music, Band, Drumline

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Hello, my name is Jake Kaukola. I am honored to be the Music teacher at Nerstrand Elementary School.  I grew up in Fairfax, MN and attended GFW School K-12. For my Bachelor’s Degree, I attended McNally Smith College of Music and most recently I have attended Mankato State University Mankato to receive my Master’s Degree in K-12 Instrumental Music Education. I am currently working towards an EdD Degree from Hamline University. I currently live in Northfield, MN with my wife, Brooke, my son Rory, and a cat named Nile River. Some hobbies I enjoy doing are hiking, cooking, reading, and watching movies. I enjoy sports, my favorites are football, basketball, baseball, and golf. And of course, in my free time, I love to play guitar, piano, and drums. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Carmen Bonde, Physical Education

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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 have enjoyed physical movement and sports since I was a young girl growing up on a dairy farm with my seven siblings where there was always a game of some type to be found or started. I continue to enjoy being active and love to pass along that passion to our young people in my Physical Education classes. I live with my family on a farm very close to Nerstrand. My three children fortunate alumni of this wonderful school. I enjoy jogging, biking, walking and of course attending sporting events that my children participate in.  


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  • Becky Knutson , Head Cook
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Administrative & Business Office

Barb Grote, Administrative Assistant

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My name is Barb Grote and I am the Administrative Assistant and Health Aide at Nerstrand Elementary School. I have been working at Nerstrand Elementary School since 1992! I am married to my husband Fred, who farms along with our son, Joe, just south of Nerstrand, on our 150 + year old family farm, where we raise corn, soybeans, beef cows and run a contract nursery swine facility.  Our three children, Elizabeth, Laura and Joe, all attended Nerstrand Elementary School. We are blessed with four grandchildren, Hailey, Adam and Austin, who live in Rochester and Nora who lives on the home farm - they are truly the lights of our lives.  We are avid sports fans and enjoy watching our son, Joe, play baseball for the Faribault Lakers, and attending several Twins’ and MN Gopher games each year. We live in our home near the beginning of the Big Woods and love watching the deer wander through our yard!

Maggie Kiley, Director

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It is with a great deal of pleasure that I can say I am the Director of Nerstrand Elementary School. I have been a part of Nerstrand School since 1997. I previously taught at the Woodlands grade level (4/5). I am also a former parent as both my daughters, Amelia and Alice, are proud graduates of Nerstrand. My connection to this school is personal and profound and I believe very strongly in our mission and our ability to help children to be successful learners and caring people.

My teaching career began in the Faribault School District in 1989. I taught fifth grade at Jefferson Elementary four years and then moved to England. In the UK I taught fifth grade at TASIS, England where I met my husband, Andrew Wykes, who is a professional artist and Professor of Art at Hamline University. We moved back to the States in 1995 and lived in Washington D.C. and then back to Minnesota in 1997, where I began teaching at Nerstrand School. I taught one year at Lincoln Elementary School (4th grade) before returning to Nerstrand to become the Director. I received my BA in Social Work from St. Mary's University, Winona and my teaching license from Macalester College, St. Paul. I have a Masters in Education from Hamline University and am in the process of being licensed as a Reading Interventionist.

Working with children and families has been a rewarding and exciting part of my life. I choose to work at Nerstrand Elementary School because it is a place where children thrive and families are welcome.

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