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Fostering a life-time love of learning
2022 / 2023
Phoenix Academy Staff
Board of Directors
Board Of Directors
Hello! I grew up in, and graduated from North Branch. I have always been a farm kid, and love spending my time outdoors. I am a jack of all trades including woodwork, farming, adventuring and so much more, which also involves being a husband and father. I run a farm with chickens, horses, and cows, being some of the animals I care for. I look forward to another great school year!
I have two daughters that attend Phoenix. Since starting Phoenix we have seen their confidence flourish. They love attending, and have a sense of pride we have not seen before. I enjoy spending time with my family, and adventuring to new place - the North Shore being one of our favorites. We look forward to the new school year ahead and am happy to be apart of this wonderful organization.
Hello! I am the parent of one Phoenix Academy student and a toddler, and my niece and nephews attend Phoenix Academy as well. I live with my husband, children, and cat, Milo, in Stacy. I enjoy reading and serving the community. I am looking forward to another great school year!
Sarah Johnson is the music teacher at Phoenix. This is her fifth year teaching here and her first year serving on the school board. As one of the first teachers to join the Phoenix family, she is invested in the success of the school and hopes that as a member of the board she can help keep Phoenix a great place to learn and teach. She lives in Cambridge, and makes frequent treks to the cities to visit her family and friends. She also enjoys reading, playing instruments, singing, playing games, and taking her dog Maggie for walks.
Mary has lived in North Branch since 1970. She taught second, third, and fourth grades in the North Branch Primary School for 30 years. After her retirement, Mary played the role of the office manager to support the administrative operations of two businesses that she has with her husband.
Mary graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from St. Thomas in St. Paul.
As a former educator, Mary is very excited to find a school like Phoenix Academy. Our family is very happy to have our granddaughter enrolled in 2nd grade at Phoenix Academy.
She truly believes that if a school can create an excitement for learning, this attitude will continue with that student for the rest of their life.
Personal Interests: Family history research, cooking/baking, and scrapbooking.
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