Meet our amazing group of online teachers. All MSC Online teachers hold a Minnesota license in the subjects they teach and have also completed additional training in the technology and best practice of teaching online.




Richard Bennett holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Augsburg College, a B.S. in Physical Science from St. Cloud State University, and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Southwest State. He has taught science for about 20 years. Mr. Bennett currently teaches at Cannon Falls High School.

Shelly Ceglar

Shelly Ceglar has worked as a K-12 Media Specialist in the Mt. Iron-Buhl district, has taught Indian Art at Mesabi Community College, and has been an Ojibwe language instructor and curriculum writer at the College of St, Scholastica. She has a M.Ed. in Educational Media and Technology and a B.A in Elementary Education and Bilingual/Bicultural Education (Ojibwe) from The College of St. Scholastica. She has coauthored the Ojibwe computer CD tutorial "Inashke! Ojibwemowin" and currently writes a language page called "Zaasijiwan" (It ripples), for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. She is married with two grown children and her hobbies include painting, weaving and Native art.

Ms. Ceglar currently teaches Ojibwe Language and Computer Technology courses for MSC Online.

Ramona Field has a B.S. degree in both Spanish and Social Studies-History from St. Cloud State University and an M.A. degree in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught Spanish in Cold Spring (MN), U.S. History in Marshall (WI), and is currently an ESL/Bilingual Resource Teacher in Madison (WI). Ramona has lived/studied in Chile, Ecuador, and England and has taken students to Costa Rica. She enjoys traveling, listening to music, spending time with family and friends, and teaching/learning – with which she hopes to foster a more linguistically and culturally aware global society. ¡Pura Vida!



Clay Foxx

Clay Foxx graduated from Cloquet High School, has served in the US Air Force and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He currently teaches Social Studies and Physical Education at the Northland Learning Center, an alternative school in northeastern Minnesota. He is married with two children.

Mr. Foxx currently teaches Social Science courses for MSC Online.

Glen Gilderman holds a BA degree in Teaching Social Science from the College of St. Scholastica and an MA degree in Teaching Students with Emotional Disabilities. He is an America Achieves National Fellow.  He has taught for 25 years at Proctor Middle and Proctor High School. He currently teaches American Government, Psychology, World Geography, and Sociology at Proctor High School. In addition, he coaches the Proctor/Hermantown Girls High School Hockey and Track teams. He is married with two grown children and enjoys watching the Twins, Wild and Vikings.

Mr. Gilderman currently teaches American Government and other social science courses for MSC Online.

Jennifer Green

Jennifer Green holds a BA degree in English and mathematics from Luther College and an MS degree in Educational Leadership from SMSU-Marshall. She has taught all levels of English and math in the last 13 years in five different districts. She currently teaches English and math at Byron High School in Byron, MN. Her unique double major and variety of teaching experiences give her that “outside the box, anything is possible” thinking that is perfect for working in an online environment. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and yellow Lab.

Brent Hipp has taught Math 7, Math 8, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry and Math Explorations. He received his Under Graduate Degree from Mayville State University in Mayville, ND and his Masters Degree from St. Mary's University in Winona, MN. Mr. Hipp is married and has 2 boys.

Julie Holien has been teaching for 25+years, spending the majority of her career in St Louis County.  She graduated from NDSU with a BS in FACS and earned a MA from Minnesota State, Marshall in Educational Leadership.  Julie has enjoyed living in Northern Minnesota, which offers a variety of outdoor activities. During the winter months on the weekend you can typically find her on the trails at Giants Ridge and in the summer and fall, on the bike trails of Northern MN.

Seth Ismil graduated in '94 from Hibbing High school. He went on to receive his A.A and A.S. degree from Hibbing Commmunity College. Mr. Ismil then moved to Duluth and worked at FedEx ground as a manager while he completed a 4 year degree (undergraduate degree) at UMD. After graduation, he left FedEx ground and went into teaching.

Nathan Johnson holds a B.S. degree in History/English as well as a teaching certificate in Broad Field Social Studies and Language Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Superior as well as a Master’s Degree from Saint Mary’s University in Teaching and Learning. He has taught for 13 years total with the last 7 years being at Proctor High School. He currently teaches American History, American Justice (a criminology course), Society and You (a diversity course) and Journalism. He is also an assistant coach for track and football at PHS. He loves to read and spends most of his free time in the outdoors biking, snowshowing and hiking. He is also an avid fly fisherman and grouse and deer hunter. All of which he does with his American Brittany dog, Sophie.

Ken Knox holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Masters degree in Education from UW-Superior, along with licensure in Business Education from Winona State University. He is a retired Business teacher at Proctor High School where he taught a variety of business courses including marketing, accounting, personal finance, and computer applications. He has two children that both have graduated from Proctor. He has coached basketball at Proctor, including recently the head coach position. He also has been both a varsity baseball and softball umpire. Some of his hobbies are working with computers, deer hunting, snowmobiling, and four-wheeling.
Mr. Knox teaches Business and Computer Application courses for MSC Online.


Heidi Labyad has lived in France and is familiar with other areas in the world such as Switzerland, Belgium, Morocco and Canada, where French is used. Her language skills in French are near native, and she loves teaching French as a great opportunity to share her love of the French language and culture.



Andrew Lawton teaches Visual Arts and is a life long Musician, playing the Saxophone and Clarinet.



Changying Yan-Lawton holds a standard teaching license in Chinese World Language (K-12).  She grew up in North Western China.  She received her Bachelors of Arts in General Education from Capital Normal University in Beijing in 2007, and taught K-8 English before moving to America in 2009.  After completing her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education at Bemidji Satate University in 2015, she went on to complete her Masters of Education the following year.  She began her career in teaching high school Chinese in 2013.  She currently teaches Chinese at South St. Paul Public Schools and for MSC Online.





Lisa Myra has a degree in secondary education and mathematics from North Park College in Chicago, IL. She taught math in the public school for five years in the Twin Cities area. Then she and her husband lived in Stockholm, Sweden for three years. Currently she and her family lives in St. Cloud, MN. Lisa enjoys teaching math with MSC Online, teaching piano lessons and assisting her husband with their photography business.



Denna O'Connell is a Language Arts Instructor with a B.S. in English (SCSU) and a M.S. in Community Counseling (SCSU). Ms. O’Connell has taught English 10A, English 10B, Creative Writing I, Creative Writing II, College Writing I, College Writing II, Journalism, and Literature of the Holocaust for the past 33 years. She is currently teaching for MSC Online in Language Arts.



Headshot Lori Olson has been teaching since 1981 and has taught health education, physical education and developmental/adaptive physical education, and community service. She has also coached swimming, track and field, and volleyball. She holds a B.A.S. degree in Health and Physical Education plus a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and certifications in Developmental /Adaptive Physical Education, Coaching and as Director of Community Education. She has been a participant in the Minnesota State Best Practice/Quality Teacher's Network, facilitator of MN Graduation Standards in Health/Physical Education and as a Coordinated School Health Master Trainer. In 2017, Lori was a committee member in the revision of MN K-12 Academic Standards in Physical Education.
A typical teaching day includes working with students from ages 3-18 - never boring, always full of excitement and fun! She loves spending time with her family and friends.


Ellen Pierce graduated from the University Of Rhode Island with a BS in Natural Resources and a BA in science Education. She received a Master of Science from Bemidji State in 2006. Mrs. Pierce has been teaching Biology, Earth Science and Environmental Science at the Northeast Range school for the past 19 years. She live on a farm in Embarrass where she raises Hereford cows and Corriedale sheep. Mrs. Pierce has been active in 4-H with her children and now with her grandsons.



Rick Pierce completed his education degree at UMD while working for Northwest Airlines in Duluth. He enjoys traveling, farming, and building energy wise homes. His family consists of three children, and two grandsons. During the summer he enjoys educational classes, camping and fishing. His goals include building an on-line community for the science classes that he teaches at Cook High School.



Leanne Akemann has been a social studies teacher at the Northeast Range School since January of 1996. She has taught grades 7 and 8, 11 and 12, as well as the CEP social studies courses available at her school. She is the co-advisor for the student council, as well as her school's chapter of the National Honor Society. Ms. Akemann loves teaching both in class and online!

Cathy Priest
is a retired science and math teacher from the Eveleth-Gilbert High School located in Eveleth, Minnesota. Her undergraduate degree was from Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan. She has Master's degrees from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI and Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN. She is married to Michael Priest and they live in the Eveleth area. Michael has a business selling recreational items in Virginia, MN. They have two children: Sarah, 38, in Duluth and David, 32 in Montana.  David and wife, Lisa, live in Bozeman, Montana and have three children: Alexa 7, Savanna, 4, and Weston, 1.  Mrs. Priest has three rescue English Setters that keep her busy: Lottie, Rossi, and Ace.  Often Sarah's dogs come to “Grammie Camp”. They travel in a caravan with all 5 dogs! During the summer, bicycling, sailing, attending concerts, and going to the cabin keep Mrs. Priest busy. Mrs. Priest also loves to go to plays at the Guthrie in Minneapolis and the Park Square Theater in St. Paul. She and her daughter have season tickets and go about every six weeks. She also loves to go to Montana to visit, ski in the winter, camp in the summer, and enjoy time with her son and family.
Mrs. Priest is excited to be teaching for MSC Online. She can't wait to meet her new students. Some of her most rewarding activities are to learn about her students, to make a connection, and to have students learn something new.



Donna Rosati graduated from UMD with a Bachelor of Science in Teaching Math and later with a Master of Education. She has been teaching online math classes through MSC since 2010 in addition to her full time job teaching math for the St. Louis County Schools. She thinks the most important part of taking an online class is to continue to work on it regularly. Don't procrastinate!






Yoshiko Shakal

Donna Seppi currently teaches English and Creative Writing.




Yoshiko Shakal
Yoshiko Shakal is from Japan and graduated from Yokohama City University 
with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and English. She taught English 
at middle and high schools and an adult English school in Japan. Later 
she finished the ESL licensure program at Hamline University, MN and 
also holds a Master's degree in Japanese Linguistics from the University 
of Wisconsin-Madison and has been teaching Japanese from elementary 
schools up to universities for more than 10 years. She coached for 
J-Quiz (Japanese Language and Culture Competition for high school 
students in Minnesota) and took her students to the National Japan Bowl. 
She has been teaching online Japanese classes through MSC since 2015 in 
addition to teaching Japanese at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. 
She is married to Dr. Joe and has three children. She is a Karate master and 
a church organist.








Kathy Undeland holds a Bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She is currently licensed in Minnesota to teach French, math and also holds a coaching license, with a BAA degree. Mrs. Undeland currently teaches high school students in Tower, MN as well as online classes with MSC. Mrs. Undeland is married with three children, a pet cat, and three tropical fish. When she is not spending family time playing at the beach, park, or in the yard, she enjoys playing in Volleyball and Softball Leagues, snowmobiling, boating, fishing, and being active in various community projects.


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