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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.