Staff directory

Classroom Teachers

Gretta Kunze, Prairie (Kindergarten)

507-333-6857 school • by Gretta

Hi!  My name is Gretta Kunze, and this is my 3rd year teaching Kindergarten at Nerstrand Elementary.  Prior to coming to Nerstrand, I taught 8 years in Early Childhood and 1 year in Kindergarten in the Rochester Area.  Nerstrand was always my dream school.   I was raised in the small town of Lyle, MN, which is so much like Nerstrand!  I currently live in Northfield, MN.   I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a Pre-Primary emphasis.  I am also a Reading Specialist.   When I am not at school, I enjoy being involved in outdoor activities such as walking and fishing.  My favorite thing is music! 


Paula Shroyer, Prairie (1st)

507-333-6862 school Posts by Paula

Sarah Johnson, Savannah (2nd & 3rd)

507-333-6863 school • by Sarah

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)

507-333-6864 school Posts by Tara

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)

(507) 333-6856 school, Posts by Andrew

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)

(507) 333-6856 school, 

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

Jan Boudreau • Special Education Teacher

507-333-6858 school,

My name is Jan Boudreau, and I am proud to say that I will be starting my 19th year at Nerstrand School! I am the coordinator of Special Education Services and a Specific Learning Disabilities Teacher for our school.

I grew up in Minneapolis and attended Augsburg College where I earned a B.A. Degree in English Education. I spent 5 years teaching English and Language Arts before leaving to work for a private, non-profit agency where I held the position of Area Manager and coordinated employment programs for at-rick youth in Rice and Steele counties. I returned to teaching during the 2001-2002 school year as Nerstrand's Special Education teacher. I completed my Master's Degree in Special Education at the University of Minnesota in 2005.

I have been married to Bruce for 38 years and we have one daughter, Jenna, who was a proud graduate of Nerstrand School! Jenna will be completing her final year of Pharmacy School at the University of Minnesota.   We have two Wire Fox Terriers that do a very good job of keeping us company. Their names are Cooper and Kirby! Together we enjoy camping, traveling and bike riding. I am excited about spending another year at Nerstrand School and I thank you for entrusting your children to us during their educational journeys.

Kristin Fischer  Speech Services

507-333-6853 school, kristin@nerstrand.charter.k12.mnus 

Kristin Fischer is a Speech Language Pathologist with 20 years of experience serving children and their families in clinical and educational settings.  She holds BAS and MA degrees in Communicative Disorders from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and maintains MN Teaching licensure and ASHA certification. Kristin values the opportunity to work with the competent and compassionate Nerstrand staff and to serve students with speech and language needs.

Nicky Schaefer  Special Education Teacher 


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 Bachelors Degree I attended McNally Smith College of Music and most recently I have attended Minnesota State University Mankato to receive my Masters Degree in K-12 instrumental Music Education.

I currently live in Northfield, MN with my wife Brooke and our cat Nile. When I am not teaqching I am performing in jazz bands or symphonic bands as a drumset player pr percussionist. I also love to play guitar and piano. Other than music, I am an avid Minnesota sports fan and I love to hike and camp. Feel free to stop in the music room to say hello!

Carmen Bonde, Physical Education

507-333-6868 school Posts by Carmen

I am currently in my 7th year teaching physical education at Nerstrand. 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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  • Jean Silkey, 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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