• Roni Chapman – Educational Assistant
  • Andy Swanson – Urban Naturalist
  • AJ Wilson – Educational Assistant




Abshir Hirsi

Dean of Students, Business Teacher

My is name Abshir Hirsi. I am the computer skills teacher and look forward to getting to know CPATH students and families. Before I came to CPATH I was in corporate America  and before that I attended the University of Minnesota. While I was at the U of M I majored in Business and Marketing . I am passionate about educating youth, especially Minneapolis youth and helping them be succeed in school and in their futures.

Amina Adan

College and Career Counselor, Office Manager

My name is Amina Adan.  I have lived in Minnesota for about 25 years. I have a Bachelors of Science in English Teaching from Metropolitan State University. I am going back to school for English Language Learners license from Augsburg College.

I live in Bloomington, come from a big family. I speak three languages English, Somali and Arabic. I traveled for more than 5 years around Europe and the middle east.  This is my second year at CPATH and will enjoy getting to know you all.

Analuna Brambila

Science Teacher

Analuna is a new science teacher from San Jose, California. She has lived in Minnesota since 2012, and now lives in the West Side in St. Paul with her fiance Steve and their twelve pets (ask about my pets!).

Analuna loves going to see music shows, doing yoga, holding babies, riding bikes, and experimenting with all kinds of crazy hair colors. She is so excited to be a science teacher!

Andy Swanson

Urban Naturalist

Hello, my name is Andy! I grew up running around mountains of Colorado and the woods of Northern Minnesota, and love all things outdoors. I earned a B.S in Environmental Sciences in 2014 from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
From 2016-2017 I earned my M.S of Natural Resources and Environmental Education from the University of Idaho. During this time, I worked at the McCall Outdoor Science School as a Field Naturalist, leading K-12 students hiking through Ponderosa State Park using the outdoor as a classroom to teach science, ecology, chemistry, team building and a connection to place.
I hope to bring a lot to Career Pathways this year, and hoping to share my love of the outdoors, gardening, and chickens with all of you this school year!

Brittany Schmidtknecht

Social Studies Teacher

I grew up on a farm in Mondovi, WI that my family still operates.  I went to college at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire where I had the opportunity to study abroad in England, take a class in Washington DC, and then student teach in Houston, TX.  After student teaching, I stayed in Houston and taught US History for four years.  I moved to the St. Paul area to be closer to my family in Wisconsin and also to still have the big city life I enjoyed in Houston.

Hamdi Farah

ELL Program Co-Coordinator

My name is Hamdi Farah. I am one of the ESL teachers. I have lived in Minnesota for about 12 years. I have a Bachelors of Science in English teaching from Metropolitan State University. I currently attend Augsburg College for my Master’s in ESL teaching. I have three brothers and four sisters. I live in Minneapolis. This is my third year at CPATH, I have enjoyed working here, and I am glad to be witnessing our students succeed and begin a brighter future.

Here are two of my favorite quotes.  “ NO two things have been combined better than knowledge and patience” ~ Prophet Mohamed S.A.W. “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” ~ Nelson Mandela

Hannah Glowczewski

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Hi, my name is Hannah. I’m 27 years old. I was born and raised in Winona, Minnesota. I grew up working for my families restaurant that has been open for 80 years! I graduated from Winona State University with teaching degrees in elementary education and math education. The past two years I have lived in Minneapolis, teaching middle school math.
I spend most of my free time with family and friends. I enjoy being outside, camping, cooking, and shopping. I look forward to meeting and working with all of my new students and coworkers!


Joan Arbisi Little, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Joan Arbisi Little surrounds herself with art, children and civic work.

After careers in graphic design and small business, Joan became an educator to pursue her love of teaching and learning.  Her career as an educator spans 28 years as a teacher, program director, and administrator in district, charter and private schools.

She is licensed by the state of Minnesota as a K-12 Administrator and K-6 Teacher. She has experience teaching inventing and science fair at the elementary and middle school levels, and change leadership at the graduate level. As an educator, Joan promotes experiential and project based learning, and assessments that include portfolio, standard-based, qualitative and narrative methodology.

An experienced project manager and evaluator, Joan provides technical support to urban and outstate business and community leaders. Joan is a Professor of Practice faculty member at Concordia University St. Paul in the principal and superintendent licensure program where she serves on dissertation committees for Concordia’s Doctorate of Education candidates. As the executive director at Career Pathways public charter secondary school, Joan supports a diverse and creative teacher-led staff, serving primarily African immigrant and first generation African American students.



Katie Jo Ross

Director of Operations

My name is Katie Jo Ross, better known as “Miss Katie.” I am the Director of Operations at Career Pathways, and you may have heard my voice on the school phone or on a recorded message, or met me when you came in with your students.

Before coming to CPATH, I worked as a college voice teacher at a few schools in Texas and Michigan, and was working on a doctorate degree in voice at the University of North Texas. I have a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music as well as a Bachelors in Psychology. I grew up in the Twin Cities and am excited to be back and helping our community grow and thrive. My favorite part about working at CPATH is of course the kids! No matter how busy I am, I love to see them and get to know them better every day.

Liz Bercaw

ELL Program Co-Coordinator, Art Teacher

I have great hope for the world, in that humans are moving and relocating, talking and cooperating. I see globalization as a way of bringing the human experience closer to being that team of humble co-creators. I have been fortunate to experience teaching Art, as this promotes searching out those nearly miraculous solutions that emerge from obscure sources, that subconscious corner of the mind, or the world, where there is quiet sweat, anxiety and fatigue, yet results appear.  I see it this same place that will reveal multicultural and multilingual capabilities to be the most valuable assets in solving political and scientific difficulties.

Liz Lonetti

English, Concurrent Enrollment, PSEO, CTE Teacher

Ms. Lonetti lives in Minneapolis’ North Side. She is a founding board member at Career Pathways and teaches English Language Arts.

Sean Golden

English Language Arts Teacher

Hey there, my name is Sean. I am a right-handed Aquarius hailing from Orange County, California. I officially became a transplant of Minnesota in 2014; however, I went to college for my undergrad at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota (HUGE difference from the OC). There, I majored in English with a focus on literary theories.

I completed my Master’s of Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2017–focusing on teaching Afrofuturism in the urban classroom (please ask me about afrofuturism).

I am an avid traveller; my favorite place I’ve been so far is Halong Bay, Vietnam with Portland, Oregon coming in a close second. I’ve been to about twenty different countries. Along with traveling, I love to rock climb, bike, play tennis (was given money to play in college), and reading graphic novels.

Steve Rudd

Mathematics Teacher

Mr. Steve lives in Baldwin Wisconsin. He is a school board member at Career Pathways and teaches Mathematics part time.

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