Hi, my name is Danita Jones. I have worked as a Special Education EA and as a Kindergarten teacher. I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I received my B.A. degree in Elementary Education from North Central University. Prior to coming to Excell I taught preschool for almost two years. For fun, I enjoy trying new foods, shopping, reading, Zumba, and spending time with family and friends. I am very excited to be working with the smart, and talented students at Excell Academy this year.
Ms. Kempf was born in the Twin Cities and has lived in the Twin Cities her entire life. She received her BA in Geography from the University of St. Thomas and her teaching license and MA in Elementary Education from the University of St. Thomas. As an undergraduate at the University of St. Thomas, Ms. Kempf worked in the St. Thomas Child Development Center. After graduating from the University of St. Thomas with her BA she worked at St. Paul’s Childhood Center in St. Paul as a preschool teacher for a few years before accepting a job with Saint Paul Public Schools. Ms. Kempf worked for Saint Paul Public Schools for 8 years as a Teaching Assistant while she completed her teacher licensure/MA program in Elementary Education.
Mrs. Katy Yelle grew up in Annapolis, MD and is a graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. After graduating college she spent 2 years serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in North Charleston, SC at Chicora Elementary School. She loved the school so much she decided to work there full time coordinating special programs and community involvement at the school. She spent her last two years in Charleston establishing a district-wide AmeriCorps literacy program while earning her Master’s in Public Administration. Since she was a little girl Mrs. Yelle always dreamed of being a teacher, these experiences convinced her it was time to start….
Teaching is a dream come true, and she is SO excited to be at Excell!
Mrs. Yelle lives in St. Paul with her husband and her cat Elsie. She loves playing games, doing puzzles and reading in her free time. She’s currently pursuing her Master’s in Education from Hamline University.
Welcome to Fifth Grade!
My name is Amber Merrigan and I am thrilled to be back for another exciting year at Excell Academy. I am originally from Minnesota, but have lived and taught in many other states including Iowa, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Hawai’i. I went to college at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa where I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Music. I am grateful to have a job where I get to learn something new each day.
Hi, I am Angela Hillestad and I have been teaching 6th grade at Excell Academy since 2011. I love working at Excell because we have an amazing school culture where teachers and students all strive to do their best.
Seventh Grade (Middle School Math)
Kipton Sneen was born in the Twin Cities and has lived his entire life in Minnesota. He has a BS in Elementary Education with a Specialty in Mathematics and a BA in Painting and Drawing from Bemidji State University. His interests include exercise, movies and martial arts. His values include hard work, strength, persistence and a mentality of improvement.
Eighth Grade (Middle School Language Arts)
Hi, I am Beth Mueller and I teach 7th and 8th grade Language Arts. I grew up in Brooklyn Park and graduated from Park Center. I earned my bachelors degree in Communication Arts and Literature (grades 5-12) from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2005. I taught in the Anoka-Hennepin District for four years at Crossroads Alternative High School-West Campus in Champlin before coming to Excell Academy in 2010. I earned my K-12 Reading Specialist Endorsement in August of 2011. I also completed my Curriculum and Instruction Master’s Degree from Concordia University, St. Paul in May of 2012. I am married to Chad and have two sons, Owen and Dominic.