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Analuna Brambila

Science Teacher, Advisor, School Board Member

  • Licensed by the state of Minnesota in the following area(s): 5-8 Science, 9-12 Life Science, 9-12 Chemistry
  • Email: analuna@cpathmn.org
  • Direct Dial Phone Number: (612) 540-0776
Ms. Luna is from San Jose, California. She has lived in Minnesota since 2012, and now lives in St. Paul with her husband Steve, baby Ezra, and lots of pets.  Ms. Luna loves going to see live music, doing yoga, riding bikes, doing makeup and hair, and cooking. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education from Macalester College.

Abbie Colton

AmeriCorps Promise Fellow

Hey, I’m Abbie. I’m a Minnesota girl, born & raised. In my spare time I enjoy being in nature, listening to music, cooking, baking, watching Netflix, and spending time with my family and friends. I really enjoy working with kids because I’m a kid at heart ❤ I also love rainbows and unicorns!!!

Cristina Cuevas

Office Assistant

My name is Cristina Cuevas (she/her/hers). I graduated from Hamline University in Fall of 2019 with a B.A. in Anthropology. I have been working with youth for the past 6 years and am excited to continue my journey here at Career Pathways. In my spare time I create art using different mediums, work for the Twins and Timberwolves, and travel around the country with my dog.

Cassi Farber

Special Education Teacher

  • Licensed by the state of Minnesota in the following area(s): K-12 Academic and Behavioral Strategist (Special Education)
  • Email: cassi@cpathmn.org
  • Direct Dial Phone Number: (612) 540-0774

Ms. Cassi graduated from the U of M in 2019. She has lived in Minnesota her whole life and has one cat.  Ms. Cassi loves helping students learn as well as learning about her students! Outside of work, she likes to fix things, make art, and cook and play games with her friends.

Hamdi Farah

ELL Program Coordinator, English Language Arts Teacher, Advisor, School Board Member

  • Licensed by the state of Minnesota in the following area(s): K-12 English as a Second Language, 5-12 Communication Arts and Literature
  • Email: hfarah@cpathmn.org
  • Direct Dial Phone Number: (612) 540-0890

My name is Hamdi Farah. I have lived in Minnesota since I was a teenager. I have a Bachelors of Science in English teaching from Metropolitan State University. I recently finished my Master’s in ESL teaching at Augsburg College. I have three brothers and four sisters.  This is my seventh 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

  • Licensed by the state of Minnesota in the following area(s): K-6 Education, 5-12 Mathematics
  • Email: hannah@cpathmn.org
  • Direct Dial Phone Number: (612) 540-0891
Hi, my name is Hannah. I was born and raised in Winona, Minnesota. I grew up working for my family’s restaurant that has been open for 80+ years! I graduated from Winona State University with teaching degrees in elementary education and math education.  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!

Nyia Her

Science Teacher, Advisor

  • Licensed by the state of Minnesota in the following area(s): 5-8 Science, 9-12 Life Science
  • Email: nyia@cpathmn.org
  • Direct Dial Phone Number: (612) 540-0784

Hello all,  I’m so very excited to be a part of the CPATH team! I’m looking forward to getting to know and working with all of you. 

In my free time I like to relax with music and catch up on the news or television shows. I have 15 nieces and nephews I enjoy playing with. And I also have a black and white husky named John Snow, that I love taking out on walks. 

Lastly, please remember that, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” 

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Abshir Hirsi

Dean of Students, Advisor, Plato Administrator, School Board Member

  • Licensed by the state of Minnesota in the following area(s): K-12 Administration / School Principal (in progress at St. Mary’s University)
  • Email: abshir@cpathmn.org
  • Direct Dial Phone Number: (612) 540-0779

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 successful in school and in their future.  I am currently a graduate student at St. Mary’s University.

Alex Holzschuh

School Social Worker

  • Licensed by the state of Minnesota in the following area(s): Pre K-12 School Social Worker
  • Email: alex@cpathmn.org
  • Direct Dial Phone Number: (612) 540-0782

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 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 enjoy  being a part of Career Pathways and look forward to meeting  new students and families!

Michael Hughes

Educational Assistant

My name is Michael Hughes. I am an Educational Assistant here at Career Pathways. I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, now I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I have three handsome boys who I dedicate all my free time to. I am the oldest of a family of 4 and I love all sports. My Favorite teams are Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Lakers.  Favorite players are Kobe Bryant and Brett Favre. 

Joan Arbisi Little, Ed.D.

Director of Special Projects

  • Licensed by the state of Minnesota in the following area(s): K-6 Education, K-12 Administration, K-12 Art
  • Email: joan@cpathmn.org
  • Direct Dial Phone Number: (612) 540-0787

Joan Arbisi Little surrounds herself with art, children and civic work.  She has experience teaching 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.  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

Executive Director

  • Licensed by the state of Minnesota in the following area(s): 5-12 Communication Arts / Literature, 9-12 Teacher Coordinator Work Based Learning
  • Email: llonetti@cpathmn.org
  • Direct Dial Phone Number: (612) 540-0770

I am a long time resident of the Twin Cities. My partner and I raised two great children who value goodness in the world and add to it. Over the last 30 years in education, I have worked in a number of schools that all focused on being small enough to give each learner individual attention and acceptance that everyone has a unique path to graduation. The schools have also always been teacher-powered.

Just like many of our school’s learners, my educational journey involved enrolling in different schools. I have been to no less than five community and technical colleges, four colleges and three universities. I am proud of my degrees in Education and Leadership.

More than anything, I want to help each person in our school get the skills and knowledge needed to make their own life choices and go as far as possible!

Merrissa McLean

Social Studies Teacher, Advisor

  • Licensed by the state of Minnesota in the following area(s): 5-12 Social Studies
  • Email: mmclean@cpathmn.org
  • Direct Dial Phone Number: (612) 540-0785

My name is Merrissa McLean and I have been a Social Studies teacher for about 15 years. I grew up in St. Paul and still live in the area. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Hamline University and my Master’s degree from Concordia University in St. Paul. Most of my free time is spent with my two young daughters and husband. I love travelling, learning French, and following current events. I am very excited to be a part of Career Pathways!

Debraha Omot

AmeriCorps Promise Fellow

Hello, my name is Debraha Omot (she/her) I’m a recent graduate of Concordia St.Paul in August. I have a bachelor of arts degree in Public Health.

I grew up in St.Cloud,MN but my family is originally from South Sudan.  I’m excited to work at Careers Pathways and learn more so that I can become a school counselor.

Kira Paul

Educational Assistant

My name is Kira Paul (they/them/theirs). I graduated cum laude in 2021 from Hamline University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in creative writing. You can find me relaxing with a good book, painting, playing video games, and writing screenplays. I live in Minneapolis and love to chill by Lake Bde Maka Ska!

Lilli Rogers

Educational Assistant

Hey, my name is Lilli (she/her)

I’m an Aveda graduate
I love being creative with art
In my free time I spend hours on makeup looks
And spend time with my Shih tzu puppy, family and friends.

Jo Sander

Special Education Coordinator, WBL Teacher

  • Licensed by the state of Minnesota in the following area(s): B-12 Autism Spectrum Disorder, K-12 Emotional Behavioral Disorders, 9-12 Teacher Coordinator Work Based Learning
  • Email: jo@cpathmn.org
  • Direct Dial Phone Number: (612) 540-0772

Hi my name is Jo, and I am Career Pathways 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

Thu Vien

High School Mathematics Teacher, Advisor

  • Licensed by the state of Minnesota in the following area(s): 5-12 Mathematics
  • Email: gvien@cpathmn.org
  • Direct Dial Phone Number: (612) 540-0783

My name is Giathu Vien (I go by Thu) and I am a High School math teacher at Career Pathways. I was born and raised in Vietnam, but I have lived in Minnesota since I was 15 years old. My educational background is a Bachelor’s in Mathematics with Actuarial Specialization from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and a Master’s 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 and in 2016, I went to Austin, Texas for the National Table Tennis Championship.

 

 

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