Physical Education and Health
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Reading Intervention Teachers
Mrs. Norton: Title 1 Reading Specialist
Hello my name is Mrs. Katie Norton, Title 1 teacher here at Excell Academy. I am looking forward to another fantastic school year. I love helping students learn to read! I have been teaching Title 1 at Excell since 2009. I received my Elementary Education degree from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in 2003 and my K12 Reading Specialist Licence through St. Cloud State University in 2012. I currently live in Blaine, Minnesota with my husband, daughter Rosalyn, son Benjamin and 2 cats Boomer and Boogaard. I enjoy playing softball, golfing and camping. I also love to spend weekends at my cabin in the summertime. In addition, I am a huge Vikings football fan and had season tickets for 11 years. Go Vikes!!
Hello! My name is Ashley Kock and I am an ADSIS Reading Intervention Teacher at Excell Academy. This is my fourth year at Excell. I have also worked as a Special Education Para, First Grade Teacher, and Split First/Second Teacher.
Academic Language Development
Hello! My name is Ms. Zoubek and this is my fifth year as an ALD teacher at Excel. Born in Wisconsin, I am an enthusiastic Packer fan. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 2008 and finished my master’s degree in TESOL in January 2017. I have taught English as a Foreign Language in both South Korea and Taiwan. I have also completed a year with the Minnesota Reading Corps as a kindergarten-focused reading tutor. I love our students and am looking forward to helping them develop academic language. In my spare time, I enjoy tennis, biking, running, hiking, and any other activities related to being outdoors.
Hi there! My name is Mikayla Melendez and this is my second year teaching at Excell Academy as an Academic Language Development teacher. I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion as well as Main Street School for Performing Arts. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Race and Ethnic Studies and Educational Studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. I enjoy singing in choir, traveling, reading, hanging out with my cat, and spending time with friends and family. I am always excited to work with our outstanding students and staff! There’s no school like the amazing Excell!
Lead Teacher/Library Specialist
Mrs. Erika Larson, formally Mrs. Larson, is a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa. She was married in the Summer of 2008. Mrs Larson loves children, the outdoors and dogs. She is a lead teacher at Excell Academy. Way to go, Mrs. Larson!!!