Faculty and Staff

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Position: Assoc Professor/Dean, SOE
Department: SOE Admin
Phone: (218) 723-7040
E-Mail: JOlsen@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Olsen is the dean of the School of Education and has served as president of the State Chapter of the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE). She is an active member of the CAEP Accreditation Council and the TEAC Inquiry Brief Commission. She is nationally certified as a school psychologist, and worked  for over 20 years in Wisconsin and Minnesota public schools. Jo is also a Minnesota licensed psychologist and worked as a mental health therapist in private practice for several years, specializing in child/adolescent issues and family systems. Prior to coming to CSS, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Education; School Counseling; and School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. At UW-Stout she taught graduate courses, supervised school placements and developed a distance learning supervision model for interns. She has an Ed.D. in educational leadership, M.S. in school psychology, and B.S. in psychology and sociology.. Her professional interests include educational leadership, organizational change, online teaching and learning, behavioral interventions, positive school climate, family systems and play therapy.

Position: EDU Asst Professor - Department Chair
Department: Education
Phone: (218) 723-5971
E-Mail: bfischer1@css.edu
Position: Assoc Professor, EDU - Department Chair
Department: GTL
Phone: (218) 723-7052
E-Mail: CTakkune@css.edu
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Dr. Chery Takkunen is an associate professor and  Chair of Graduate Education Programs for the School of Education at The College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Takkunen oversees the Master of Education and the Graduate Teaching Licensure programs.  Her Ph.D is from Capella University where she focused on educational technology. She received a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Minnesota, and an M.Ed. in science and math education from The College of St. Scholastica. She is a licensed Minnesota K-12 administrator and K-6 teacher.  Previously, Dr. Takkunen taught at Churchill Elementary School in Cloquet, MN. She has served on the Minnesota Digital Learning Plan Committee, Minnesota Innovations Council, and the Minnesota Academic Standards Committee for Mathematics. Her research and teaching interests include innovation and leadership, online learning, computer science education, educational technology, and teacher education. 

Position: Asst Prof/MEd Prog Dir, EDU
Department: Masters of Ed-ONLINE
Phone: (218) 723-7067
E-Mail: ABergstrom@css.edu
Position: Academic Technology Coord.
Department: Academic Technologies
Phone: (218) 723-7017
E-Mail: SBongey@css.edu
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Sarah is licensed to teach high school English and K-12 Media, with practical experience gained as a teacher-librarian in the Wrenshall and Cloquet School Districts. She received a B.S. in Film Studies from Syracuse University, and holds B.A. and M.Ed. degrees in Education and Educational Media and Technology from The College of St. Scholastica. In 2012, she earned her doctorate in Teaching & Learning from the University of Minnesota. As Academic Technology Coordinator at St. Scholastica, Sarah has designed and taught numerous online courses and faculty workshops, and she has taught several courses for the School of Education. Specific research interests include teaching effectiveness, technology in education, and Universal Design for Learning.

Position: Asst Professor, EDU
Department: GTL
Phone: (218) 723-6724
E-Mail: GGaetz@css.edu

Gail has 15 years of elementary education teaching experience, 5 years as an elementary classroom teacher and 10 years as an elementary media generalist. She received a B.A. in elementary education from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and an M.L.S. from the University of Iowa. Gail is the graduate teaching licensure coordinator for the Duluth campus and also teaching courses in that program as well as the online teaching and educational technology certificate programs.   Her educational interests include teaching the adult learner, as well as 21st century teaching and technology practices.

Position: Assoc Professor, EDU
Department: Education
Phone: (218) 723-6026
E-Mail: BPreus@css.edu

Betty is associate professor in the School of Education. She served as Chair of Education for eight years and now teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, critical thinking, Universal Design for Learning, and special education/inclusion. Previously she was at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, as a researcher, administrator and consultant. Her publications are on disability in higher education, organizational change, teaching action research, authentic instruction, and technology in teacher education. Betty has a B.A. in English, M.S. in special education, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership. Her interests include  fostering high quality intellectual work in K-12 education, qualitative research methods, and professional development of teachers.

Position: Asst Professor, EDU
Department: Education
Phone: (218) 723-6155
E-Mail: nwitikko@css.edu