Wolf Creek Online High School Board Information
School Board Information

School Board Members

Jeff Vitali
Chairperson and Community-at-Large Representative
Elected 2/11/2020 to a 2-year term (Non-staff, or non-parent, required for this position)

Bio

Board Chairman and Community-at-Large Representative

History

  • Graduate, Chisholm Sr. High.
  • UW Stout Alumnus
  • Chisago City Resident for 19 years, Married, Two Daughters, Two Dogs.

Experience
Member of Trio Wolf Creeks Distance Learning Center Board for 12 years Eighteen years of middle and upper management experience in retail, distribution and Sales Member of Chisago Lakes Lions Club Licensed substitute teacher since 2000 Licensed Minnesota Insurance Agent.

Education
BS degree in Marketing Education and Business Administration University of Wisconsin Stout.

Interests
Fishing, Hunting, Reading, Cooking, and Gardening.

Sandy Flint
Secretary/Treasurer, Officer and Teacher Representative
Elected 2/11/2020 to a 2-year term (Must be a teacher at the charter school)

Bio

Board Secretary/Treasurer
Learning Manager
Math Specialist
Phone: 651.213.2067
sflint@wolfcreekhs.org

History
Sandy grew up in Eveleth, MN and now resides in White Bear Lake, MN with her husband, son and daughter.

Experience

  • Learning Manager, TRIO Wolf Creek Distance Learning – 8/2005
  • Board Member since 2005
  • Q-Comp Coordinator
  • Data Coordinator
  • Substitute Teacher, White Bear Lake & St. Paul Public Schools– 2005
  • Office Assistant, Capitol Connections, St. Paul – 2002-2004
  • Business Analyst, Lydon-Bricher Mfg. Co, Oakdale – 1984-2001

Education

  • Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Applied Work in Computer Science
  • Mesabi Community College, Virginia, MN
  • Associate of Arts

Certifications Minnesota State Teaching License

Interests
Reading, bicycling, swimming and volunteering with my church.

Brenda Swanson
Dean of Students, TRIO Wolf Creek
Ex-officio Representative

Bio

Board Ex-Officio Member
Dean of Students
Learning Manager
Science Specialist
Phone: 651.213.2037
bswanson@wolfcreekhs.org

History A graduate of Chisago Lakes Schools, she still resides in the area with her husband and their two children.

Experience:

  • Dean of Students and Learning Manager- TRIO Wolf Creek Distance Learning – 9/2003 – present
  • Learning Manager- TRIO Wolf Creek Distance Learning – 11/2000
  • Science Teacher- grades 9-12 at Chisago Lakes High School prior

Education

  • 1993 – University of Minnesota – Duluth, MN
    Bachelor of Applied Science
    Major: Teaching Secondary Life Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Biology
    Minor: Chemistry

Certifications

  • Minnesota State Teaching License
  • Minnesota State Coaching Certification

Interests
Raising my daughters, coaching, gardening, home improvement projects and traveling.

Greg Paine
1-year Community-at-Large Representative
Elected 2/09/2021 to a 1-year term

Bio

Community-at-Large Representative

History
Greg resides in Chisago City, MN with his wife and two children. Active in the Chisago Lakes community with the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce.

Experience
Edward Jones, Financial Advisor, Chisago City, MN

Education
Indiana University, MBA, 1997
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Certificate Program, 2006

Certifications
CRPC, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Interests
Investing, Trekking, Travel, Community Events

Jennifer Lake
Community-at-Large Representative
Elected 2/09/2021 to a 1-year term

Bio

Community-at-Large Representative

History Jennifer resides in the Chisago Lakes area with her husband, dog and two cats. She has four adult children and four fabulous grandchildren.

  • Secondary Literacy Collaborative Planner with the St. Croix River Education District, 2011-present
  • Technology Lead – Charter School Design Team, Northstar Community Charter School
  • Reading/Language Arts teacher and Technology Integration Curriculum leader, Northwood School District, 2005-2011
  • Fourth and fifth grade teacher, 1999-2005
  • Restaurant server, 1992-1999

Education

  • 2015 Bemidji state University – Special Education
  • 2011 University of Wisconsin, Superior – Master’s of Science in Educational Administration;Curriculum Director emphasis
  • 1999 University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire – Bachelor of Science in Education / Major: Elementary and Middle Level Education, Minor: ESL

Interests
Reading, music, theatre, gardening, family adventures.

Catherine Veith-Bruno
Parent Representative
Elected 2/09/2021 to a 1-year term

Bio

Parent Representative

History
Catherine has been a resident of Chisago County for 30 years, where she and her husband raised their family and are now helping to raise their grandson. She has volunteered in various areas, including Boy Scouts, Master Gardener, Roadside Clean-up, and community events.

  • Career Executive Assistant to the CFO at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
  • Experience in banking/finance, technology, energy and chemical manufacturing industries.

Education
Bachelors-Business and Marketing & Management with minor in Communications, St. Catherine Univ.

Interests
Toastmasters Organization, reading, gardening, music, and speaking.

Chloe Jackson
Full-Time Teacher Representative
Elected 2/09/2021 to a 2-year term

Bio

Board Teacher Representative
Learning Manager
Phone: 651.213.2035
cjackson@wolfcreekhs.org
Becki Olseen
Full-Time Teacher Representative
Elected 2/09/2021 to a 2-year term

Bio

Bio

Board Teacher Representative
Learning Manager
Phone: 651.213.2033
bolseen@wolfcreekhs.org

History Becki graduated from Northwestern College of Iowa with her Bachelor’s in History and Secondary Education. She worked in a variety of settings, ranging from a rural Mississippi school to an urban Minneapolis charter program. Becki also applied her love of history and government to managing a successful state senate campaign and working for two U.S. representatives. She grew up in Sunrise, MN and now resides in Roseville, MN.

Experience

  • Learning Manager – Wolf Creek Online starting January 2010
  • Teacher – MN Internship Center, Minneapolis, MN 2009
  • Teacher – Genesis One School, Mendenhall, MN 2007-2008

Education

  • 2006 – Northwestern College, Iowa
  • Bachelor of History and Secondary Education
  • Minor: Sociology

Certifications
Minnesota State Teaching License

Interests
I enjoy photography, travel, football (Go Colts), theatre, and politics. I also enjoy volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club. As an educator, I believe that teaching stretches far beyond a classroom wall and curriculum. I embrace a holistic teaching philosophy that builds on students’ strengths, addresses challenges in their lives—academic and personal, and unites the broader community (parents, administrative staff, community members and organizations) in empowering our next generation to achieve their goals and dreams. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of education.”

Sue Frame
Co-Chair and 1-year Community-at-Large Representative
Elected 2/09/2021 to a 1-year term

Bio

Board Co-Chair and Board Community-at-Large Representative

History
Sue and her family moved to Chisago City in 1976. She has three adult children and five grandchildren.

Experience
23 years teaching in the Chisago Lakes School District as an elementary Physical Education specialist at Taylors Falls and Lakeside Elementary. Chisago Lakes District Q-comp coordinator 2007-2010.

Education

  • 1974 Winona State University, Winona, MN
    Bachelor of Science
    Physical Education, Health, coaching certification
  • 2001 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. MN
    Master of Education
    Curriculum and Instruction

Interests
Reading, gardening, continuous learning.

Tracy Quarnstrom
Director, TRIO Wolf Creek
Ex-officio Representative

Bio

Board Ex-officio Representative
TRIO Director
Learning Manager
Social Studies Specialist
Phone: 651.213.2017
tquarnstrom@wolfcreekhs.org

History
A graduate of Harding High School, Tracy moved to the Chisago Lakes area in 1994 with her husband and two daughters.

Experience

  • Director and Learning Manager- TRIO Wolf Creek Distance Learning 1/2004
  • Associate Principal and Learning Manager- TRIO Wolf Creek Distance Learning 9/1998
  • Social Studies Teacher- Forest Lake ALC from 1994-1998

Education

  • 1993 – University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI
    Bachelor Science in Education
    Major: History/Secondary Education
  • May 2000 – Hamline University, St. Paul, MNMaster of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
  • January 2003 – Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
    Administrative License

Certifications

  • Minnesota State Teaching License
  • Administrative License

Interests
Reading, swimming, and traveling.

Robin Vosberg-Torgerson
Director of Business Services
Chisago Lakes ISD #2144, Director of Business Svcs & TRIO Finance
Sarah Schmidt & Darci Peckman-Krueger
Authorizer Representatives
Chisago Lakes ISD #2144, Authorizer Representatives

Committee & Working Groups

Health & Wellness
Chris Wallin (Chair), Hannah Edblad, Sandy Flint, and Lindsay Coppernoll

Purpose: This group works within the school to create healthy choices for activities and additions of healthy lifestyles to the curriculum for staff and students. This committee will promote emotional, physical, and mental health initiatives at the charter school within the constraints of the budget passed by the committee each year by the board. This committee will create activities that provide for the common welfare of all charter school constituents. Product: Written report on activities and feedback due on July 1st each year from the committee chair. Accountability: This committee is accountable to the board and board chair, this committee cannot make decisions on its own and must report all actions to the board for approval.

Human Sexuality and Health
Lindsay Coppernoll (Chair), Chris Wallin, Becki Olseen, and Tracy Quarnstrom

Purpose: This committee will promote student, parent, and staff awareness of issues pertaining to human sexuality. This committee will bring recommendations to the board for speakers on these subject areas and outreach to the community and parents as needed. Product: Written report on activities and feedback due on July 1st each year from the committee chair. Accountability: This committee is accountable to the board and board chair, this committee cannot make decisions on its own and must report all actions to the board for approval.

Marketing
Tracy Quarnstrom (Chair), Jeff Vitali, Becki Olseen, Brenda Swanson, Randi Stream, and Hannah Edblad

Purpose: This committee will work to ensure the visibility of the charter school in the Chisago Lakes community and the larger MN community. We will follow all ethical marketing practices to ensure families of our unique online option and its strengths. Product: Written report on activities and feedback due on July 1st each year from the committee chair. Accountability: This committee is accountable to the board and board chair, this committee cannot make decisions on its own and must report all actions to the board for approval.

Director Evaluation (working group)
Jeff Vitali(Chair), Sandy Flint, and Brenda Swanson

Purpose: This working group will ensure that the director of the school is evaluated on a yearly basis using a standardized measurement tool. The purposes of this group will be to create or revise said tool on a yearly basis and oversee the evaluation process as well as any needed improvement plans. Product: Written report on activities and feedback due on July 1st each year from the committee chair. Accountability: This committee is accountable to the board and board chair, this committee cannot make decisions on its own and must report all actions to the board for approval.

Hiring and Interviewing
Jeff Vitali(Chair), Jennifer Lake, Lindsay Coppernoll, Brenda Swanson, and Tracy Quarnstrom

Purpose: This committee will work to ensure that all open positions at Wolf Creek are advertised in a legal and ethical manner. It will be a directive for this group to encourage applications for underserved and underrepresented communities in education. Hiring practices such as interview questions and procedures will be under the guidance authority of this group with final approval by the school board at all times. Product: Written report on activities and feedback due on July 1st each year from the committee chair. Accountability: This committee is accountable to the board and board chair, this committee cannot make decisions on its own and must report all actions to the board for approval.

Technology & Curriculum
Lindsay Coppernoll (Co-Chair), Shelli Matheson (Co-Chair), Becki Olseen, Brenda Swanson, Sandy Flint, and Tracy Quarnstrom

Purpose: Curriculum Committee. This committee meets at least two times per year in the fall and the spring to investigate the curriculum options used at the charter school. As an online charter school, this committee will be responsible for reporting to the board on needed curriculum purchases at least once per year as the board develops a budget in the spring. In addition, this group will develop recommendations along with consultation of the charter school director to develop recommendations for board considerations for policies and procedures on grading and instruction, along with curriculum options. Product: Written report on activities and feedback due on May 1st each year from the committee chair. Report must include any curriculum needs in terms of dollar amounts for the upcoming school year and so this report must be completed by May 1st of each year. Accountability: This committee is accountable to the board and board chair, this committee cannot make decisions on its own and must report all actions to the board for approval.

Gifted and Talented
Tracy Quarnstrom (Chair) and Shelli Matheson

Purpose: This committee will investigate differentiating practices for gifted students along with accurate identification methods. This committee will be responsible for proposing the use of the gifted and talented funds as well as promoting knowledge among all staff members on this segment of the student population. Product: Written report on activities and feedback due on July 1st each year from the committee chair. Accountability: This committee is accountable to the board and board chair, this committee cannot make decisions on its own and must report all actions to the board for approval.

Graduation
Tracy Quarnstrom (Chair), Brenda Swanson, Hannah Edblad, Randi Stream, Erin McCullough, Sonja Mertz, and CLSD rep

Purpose: This committee will create a commencement ceremony each year that celebrates the unique nature of our students and the rich history of the charter school. Product: A deliverable of a graduation ceremony that meets the constraints of the budget set out by the board and satisfies all constituents is necessary from this committee each year during the first week of June. Accountability: This committee is accountable to the board and board chair, this committee cannot make decisions on its own and must report all actions to the board for approval.

Academic Policy
Brenda Swanson (Chair), Sandy Flint, Lindsay Coppernoll, and Shelli Matheson

Purpose: This committee will investigate factors around academic policies including credits needed for graduation and transfers from other schools just to name a few items the committee has investigated in years past. Items can be brought to this committee to be investigated and all research will be brought back to the board with recommendations if possible for changes to board policies and procedures. Product: Written report on activities and feedback due on July 1st each year from the committee chair. Accountability: This committee is accountable to the board and board chair, this committee cannot make decisions on its own and must report all actions to the board for approval.

Purchased Services/Facilities Committee
Tracy Quarnstrom (Chair), Sandy Flint, Brenda Swanson, Jeff Vitali, and Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson

Purpose: This committee will meet when the purchased services contract expires to follow all legally required rules and regulations to purchase needed services. All recommendations will be brought to the board for final board action at all times. Product: In a year in which the purchased services contract is negotiated this committee will work with legal counsel to bring a proposed contract before the board in a timely manner, said contract will meet the purchased services needs of the school and also fit into the budget of the school. Accountability: This committee is accountable to the board and board chair, this committee cannot make decisions on its own and must report all actions to the board for approval.

Special Education
Tracy Quarnstrom (Chair), Jennifer Lake, Hannah Edblad, Bri Karnes, and Jen DuFresne

Purpose: This committee will promote the well-being of all students at Wolf Creek, including those on an IEP or 504 plan. This committee will meet once per year to review all services and the possible addition of services in the future with the special education director appointed by the St Croix River Education District. A report once yearly to the board will include the number of students receiving special education services and the variety of services offered at Wolf Creek. Product: Written report on activities and feedback due on July 1st each year from the committee chair. Accountability: This committee is accountable to the board and board chair, this committee cannot make decisions on its own and must report all actions to the board for approval.

Finance Committee
Jeff Vitali (Chair), Tracy Quarnstrom, Brenda Swanson, Sandy Flint, and Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson

Purpose: The Finance Committee works to ensure that the school has a budget passed by the board each year and is able to pay all accounts payable on time. Product: This committee will bring a proposed budget each spring to the board for approval as well as updates to the budget document throughout the year. Accountability: This committee will consist of the Board Chair, Director, Dean of Students, and Business Manager of the charter school. Other members may be added when necessary.

Personnel Policies Committee
Jeff Vitali, Jennifer Lake, Tracy Quarnstrom, Brenda Swanson, and Darci Peckman-Krueger

Purpose: The Personnel Policies Committee works to ensure that the personnel policies are up to date. Product: Written report on activities and feedback due on July 1st each year from committee chair. Accountability: This committee is accountable to the board and board chair, this committee cannot make decisions on its own and must report all actions to the board for approval.

WBWF Working Group
Brenda Swanson, Tracy Quarnstrom, Shelli Matheson, and Catherine Veith-Bruno

Purpose: The WBWF Working Group has been created to ensure that all elements of the WBWF plan for the school are implemented with fidelity. Product: This working group will be responsible for creating and bringing to the board for approval all required WBWF documents in a timely manner. Accountability: This working group will report to the board and charter school director on all elements of their work.

School Board Meeting Information

All meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:15 p.m.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
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Location:
Wolf Creek Online High School
10363 Liberty Lane
Chisago City, MN 55013

Board Minutes & Financials

2020-2021 Academic Year: