• Mohamed Ali – Plato Educational Assistant



Andrea Cuellar

Special Education Teacher

Education and inspiring those within my sphere of influence to have courage to develop and reveal their best selves – is Andrea’s personal injunction. She has been in education for 9 years. Andrea’s professional experiences include having served as a Special Education Teacher, Paraprofessional, Administrator, and Special Education Coordinator. She was born in San Antonio, TX and graduated high school in San Diego, CA. Andrea has a B.S. in Psychology from Crown College and a M.Ed. from Bethel University.

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.


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.

Mohamed Ali

Educational Assistant

My name is Mohamed Ali, I’m an Educational Assistant at CPATH. I have been with the school since its beginning. I live in Minneapolis.

I have a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Metro State. I look forward to working with all of you to make this a successful school year for all of our students.


Liz Bercaw

ELL Program Co-Coordinator

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.



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 27 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.


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


Abshir Hirsi

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.

Liz Lonetti

English Teacher

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

Molly Reisman

STEM Teacher

Molly Reisman joined Career Pathways as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) instructor in March of 2016.

Before teaching at Career Pathways, Molly spent more than 20 years in education including: the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Learning Technology Center, doing graduate work in Science Education at King’s College London, coordination the Young Makers program for San Francisco and the North Bay, and doing educational research and evaluation with Rockman et al in San Francisco.

She is excited to be back home in Minneapolis and to be teaching again. When she’s not working with students, you may find her competing in a local pinball tournament.


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.


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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