Staff can be reached by calling the school at 651-400-1781.

  • Aicha Belabbes – Promise Fellow
  • Amina Adan – State Reporting
  • Safiyo Ali – Cultural Liaison
  • Analuna Brambila – Science, HS Advisor
  • Roni Chapman – Special Education
  • Hamdi Farah – ELL Program Coordinator, English Language Arts, HS Advisor
  • Hannah Glowczewski – Middle School Mathematics, MS Advisor, School Board Member
  • Hope Grover – Special Education Lead
  • Abshir Hirsi – Dean of Students, Plato Credit Recovery Lead, School Board Member
  • Alexandra Holzschuh – Social Worker
  • Michael Hughes – Special Education
  • Joan Arbisi Little – Executive Director
  • Liz Lonetti – English Language Arts, Career Technical Education, PSEO Concurrent Enrollment, HS Advisor, School Board Member
  • Steve Rudd – Substitute Teacher
  • Jo Sander – Special Education, Work Based Learning
  • Brittany Schmidtknecht – Instructional Lead, Social Studies, and HS Advisor
  • Carolyn Suttle – Special Education
  • Thu Vien – High School Mathematics, and HS Advisor
  • Anthony Wilson – Special Education

Safiyo Ali

Cultural Liaison, Kitchen Manager

My name is Safiyo Ali. I was born in Somali and grew up in Minnesota. I’m excited to be a staff member and work with students and parents while helping them realize their dreams. I’m looking forward to being part of the Career Pathway family and bring my expertise and experience, while also obtaining new experience and enjoying this new adventure.



Aicha Belabbes

Promise Fellow

Hello! My name is Aicha Belabbes (pictured on the right side of the photo), and I am the Americorps Promise Fellow for this year. I am 22 years old. I just moved from Cambridge, MA to the Twin Cities area. I graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in English. During my college career, I studied abroad in Northern Ireland and travelled to South Africa. I have volunteered in both schools and community organizations and have worked in many diverse communities. 

During my free time, I like to watch Netflix, do yoga, write short stories and poems, and eat good food while spending time with friends and family. 


Analuna Brambila

Science Teacher, Advisor

Ms. Luna is from San Jose, California. She has lived in Minnesota since 2012, and now lives in St. Paul with her husband Steve and their 20 pets (ask about my pets!).

Ms. Luna loves going to see live music, doing yoga, holding babies, riding bikes, and cooking. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education from Macalester College.


Hamdi Farah

ELL Program Coordinator, English Language Arts Teacher, Advisor

My name is Hamdi Farah. I have lived in Minnesota for about 14 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 fifth 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, Middle School Advisor, School Board Member

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!

Hope Grover

Special Education Teacher

Hope brings 17 years of teaching experience to her work at Career Pathways.  She is passionate about Teaching, Project Based Learning, Innovation, Music and Fastpitch Softball.


Abshir Hirsi

Dean of Students, Plato Administrator, School Board Member

My is name Abshir Hirsi. I 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 and helping them be succeed in school and in their future.

Alex Holzschuh

School Social Worker

Hello! My name is Alex Holzschuh and I am the School Social Worker at Career Pathways.  I was born, raised, and still live in South Minneapolis. I received my Bachelors of Social Work from the University of St. Thomas and went on to receive my Master’s of Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine School of Social Work.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family.  I am the mom to a 4th grade boy who is involved in many sports (football, hockey, and baseball) so my free time often is cheering at one of his games!   As a family we love to travel and take an annual summer road trip to discover and explore the many beauties of the United States.  Our goal is to go to all 50 states!
I am excited to be part of Career Pathways and look forward to meeting students and families!


2019 CommencementJoan Arbisi Little, Ed.D.

Executive Director

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 29 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, who serve urban youth preparing for college and career.

Joan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Design and the University of St. Thomas School of Education.

Liz Lonetti

English Language Arts, Concurrent Enrollment, PSEO, CTE Teacher, Advisor, School Board Member

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

Jo Sander

Special Education Coordinator, WBL Teacher

Hi my name is Jo, and I am excited to join Career Pathways as their new Special Education Coordinator. I have 15+ years in at-risk youth work, 7+ years in special education.  I enjoy helping people understand the complex systems of special education, and providing support and collaboration to families and teachers to ensure students meet their full potential.

I moved to MPLS in 2007, and love calling it home! In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my best pal Chewbacca (the goldendoodle), checking out Twin Cities highlights, camping, live music, and spending time with friends and family.

Favorite quote: “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

-Nelson Mandela

Brittany Schmidtknecht

Social Studies Teacher, Advisor, Instructional Leader

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.

Thu Vien

High School Mathematics Teacher, Advisor

My name is Giathu Vien (I go by Thu) and I am a new math teacher at Career Pathways. I was born and raised in Vietnam, but I have lived in Minnesota for nearly 10 years. My educational background is Bachelor’s in Mathematics with Actuarial Specialization from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and Master’s-in-process in Math 5-12 from Hamline University.

Besides teaching and loving math, I enjoy traveling and playing table tennis. Fun facts: I’d traveled 8 countries in the past two years and in 2016, I went to Austin, Texas for the National Table Tennis Championship.


“We like working here because everyone’s opinion is heard; openness is encouraged, impartiality and documentation keeps things honest and fair.” ~ staff response to: why do you work here?

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