Cathy DiazAdvisor, Co-Director, Science Specialist
7-12 Life Science License
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2005. Previously taught for 5 years at El Colegio Charter School, plus 3 years in environmental education.
Talk to her about: pets, traveling, training service dogs, rowing, logrolling and other sports.
“I enjoy watching students pursue their interests and helping them discover new areas of learning.”
Chris LepperAdvisor, Social Studies Specialist
7-12 Social Studies and Coaching Licenses
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2007. Previously taught at four charter schools and alternative learning communities.
Talk to him about: sports, anything to do with social studies, TV, and what’s going on in the news.
“EOC is a friendly, caring, independent learning environment that allows for me to help students be creative and find their place in life.”
Gigi DobosenskiAdvisor, Co-Director, Science Specialist
7-12 Life Science and K-12 Principal Licenses
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2005. Previously taught at Minnesota New Country School.
Talk to her about: swimming, bicycling, books, scrapbooking, hiking, and pets—she has 11 of them!
“It is great to help student research and learn about things they are interested in.”
K-12 Special Education (LD) License
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2011.
Talk to her about: crafts, the latest movies, and anything outdoors: hiking, biking, horseback riding, soccer.
“I enjoy working at EOC because I am given the opportunity to see students’ enthusiasm to learn. Their drive for education shows through each project.”
Currently pursuing Bachelors of Arts, Special Education
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2008. Previously worked as a Head Start Aide
Talk to her about: scrapbooking, music, singing, books, England, and Princess Diana.
“I love learning with my students while doing different projects. I learn something every day.”
Karen LockeSpecial Education Advisor, Music Specialist
K-12 Music Education and K-12 Special Education (SLD) Licenses
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2005. Previously taught at Minnesota New Country School and in the St. Paul Public Schools.
Talk to her about: music, technology, writing, and books. She plays flute, guitar, piano, and other instruments.
“I enjoy helping people learn what they’re curious about and improve their skills. I like empowering students to be in charge of their own learning.”
Larry SchmidtAdvisor, English Specialist
7-12 English/Language Arts License
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2009. Previously taught for 16 years at a charter school for students recovering from addiction.
Talk to him about: gardening, cycling, videography, math, German, and the viola.
“I like working at a school where students can take charge of their own education.”
Lill RaynardAdvisor, Special Education Advisor, PE Specialist
K-12 Physical Education and K-12 Special Education (EBD and LD) Licenses
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2011. Previously taught in both traditional public schools and charter schools.
Talk to her about: hockey, running, lifting weights, dogs, cats, and music.
“I like EOC because of the individual experience offered to each student and the positive learning environment.”
Megan BlumaAdvisor, Art Specialist
K-12 Visual Arts License
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2008. Previously taught at a traditional public school and in Japan.
Talk to her about: books, TV, animal rescue, dancing, traveling, and anything to do with art.
“EOC is a positive school environment. I like getting to know my students well & cater to their interests with truly individualized learning plans.”
Merrissa McLeanAdvisor, Social Studies Specialist
5-12 Social Studies License
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2013. 2.5 years in St. Paul Public Schools, 1 year at a St. Paul private school.
Talk to her about: animals, TV show FRIENDS, history, and trivia.
“I am excited to work at EOC because this learning environment allows students to be invested in their learning through projects that showcase their interests and personalities.”
Mike MotzkoAdvisor, Special Education Advisor, Business Specialist
K-12 Special Education (ASD, EBD, SLD) License
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2006. Previously taught at a St. Paul charter school and worked in business.
Talk to him about: sports, books, dogs, and anything to do with business or history.
“I enjoy getting to know my students and finding out what motivates them. From there looking at the student’s goals and working together to meet them.”
BS in Educational Studies
Teaching Experience: In first year. Notably, Noah is EOC’s first alumni staff member!
Football, baseball, jokes, ultimate frisbee, disc golf or music.
“I’m excited to be at EOC because I love how individualized the learning is. All students can create a strong base for the rest of their life by educating themselves through EOC.”
Patty Monson GeertsAdvisor, Foreign Language Specialist
7-12 French License
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2011. Previously taught French at all levels, from pre-school to university, and taught English in France.
Talk to her about: cooking, nutrition, traveling, any world language, animals, music, and skiing.
”I believe in Project Based Learning because it allows students to take ownership of their education, follow their passions, & reach their potential.”
BA in Psychology
Teaching Experience: Part of EOC since 2014. Extensive youth coaching experience and experience working with youth at a residential facility with an educational setting.
Talk to her about: biking, gardening, yoga, cooking, dogs, cats.
“I like working at EOC because students are empowered to make decisions regarding their education.”