School Board

John Schwirtz
John SchwirtzBoard Chair, Community Member
Date Seated: 1.13.15
Date Term Expires: 6.30.2021
John Schwirtz has been associated with Eagle Ridge Academy since the fall of 2004, when he entered the school as a 7th grader. As an ERA student, he was active in Student Senate, Mock Trial, and Junior Classical League. After graduating from ERA in 2010, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota where he studied in the Great Conversation program and eventually majored in Political Science with a concentration in Middle East Studies. His senior year, John served as president of the St. Olaf Student Government association. He currently works at Exosite, a Minneapolis-based Internet software company. A vocal proponent of classical education since his days in high school, John is excited to use his perspective as a young alumnus to partner with the board and the broader ERA community to ensure the success of its mission.
Jane Wegener Venema
Jane Wegener VenemaVice Chair, Teacher
Date Seated: 7.1.16
Date Term Expires: 6.30.22

Jane Wegener has been a Humanities teacher at Eagle Ridge Academy since the 2010 – 2011 school year. She has also taught a variety of writing elective courses and has founded and directed the Eagle Ridge Academy Improv Club. In 2010, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and English/Language Arts from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Since beginning her career at Eagle Ridge Academy, Jane has grown to love Classical education for how it challenges students to take their education beyond the classroom and to grow in virtue as students, citizens, and individuals. She looks forward to serving the school and its mission as a member of the Board of Directors. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, cycling, and going to sporting events with friends.

Angela Berger
Angela BergerTreasurer, Parent
Date Seated: 7.1.2019
Date Term Expires: 6.30.2021

Angela has two children enrolled at Eagle Ridge Academy and one child enrolled in the Edina Public Schools as a special education student.  She has been in the banking industry for over 25 years and currently works in the audit department of Wells Fargo Bank.  Her skills and experience are supported by a B.S. Degree in Finance & Economics from the University of Eau Claire – WI and a master’s degree in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas.  She has fully supported the mission of the school since her oldest child began 3rd grade in 2011 including service on the Affiliated Building Company board from 2015 – 2019 during the transition to a new campus and larger enrollment.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, genealogy, and being a dog Mom.

Clare Murray
Clare MurraySecretary, Teacher
Date Seated: 9.24.19
Date Term Expires: 6.30.21

Clare Murray has been a third grade teacher at Eagle Ridge Academy since the 2014-15 school year.  In 2009, she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from the College of St. Benedict, and she completed her Master’s in Elementary Education at St. Scholastica in 2019.  She also has a Certificate in Literacy Instruction from St. Scholastica.  She has two children, Finnegan and Adeline.  Finnegan is a student in the School of Grammar at Eagle Ridge Academy. Prior to serving on the Board of Directors, Clare served as the Team Lead for Third Grade for three years.  Clare is passionate about the liberal arts and Classical education, and she strives to develop her students into lifelong learners. In her free time, she enjoys reading, walking her dogs, and camping with her family. They try to visit at least one national park a year.

Ramesh Babu
Ramesh BabuParent
Date Seated: 7.1.2019
Date Term Expires: 6.30.2021

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Anne Bartow
Anne BartowTeacher
Date Seated: 7.01.20
Date Term Expires: 6.30.22

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Rahul Deep
Rahul DeepParent
Date Seated: 7.01.18
Date Term Expires: 6.30.22

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Julia Demakis-Haustein
Julia Demakis-HausteinTeacher
Date Seated: 10.24.17
Date Term Expires: 6.30.21

Julia Demakis-Haustein graduated from St. Olaf College with a major in Medieval Studies and a minor in Environmental studies. She then received a Masters of Arts in teaching from Bard College with a certification in English Language Arts. She has been teaching since 2010 and for the past two years has taught Lower School Latin here at Eagle Ridge Academy. She is now back to teaching secondary English and couldn’t be more thrilled. At home, she lives with her husband, infant son, and their three dogs.

April Grabanski
April GrabanskiTeacher
Date Seated: 7.1.13
Date Term Expires: 6.30.22

April Grabanski graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Central University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a concentration in Communication Arts. She helped start the Junior High program at Life Academy in Bloomington and worked there for seven years. In June of 2011, she finished her Master’s Degree in Education through Walden University. This is her eighth year teaching 5th grade at Eagle Ridge Academy. She has been on the Board of Directors at Eagle Ridge Academy since 2013 and has served as secretary, vice-chair, and chair during that time. She has two children, Gabriel (6th grade) and Esther (5th grade), who have both attend Eagle Ridge Academy since kindergarten. She is committed to Classical education and has earned a Classical Certificate from Nova Classical Academy, attended several seminars on Classical education, and is currently enrolled in the Classical Teacher Certificate Program at Eagle Ridge Academy. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening with her husband Matthew, playing with her dogs, watching her chickens, going to Twins games, and biking.

Jeff Magnuson
Jeff MagnusonTeacher
Date Seated: 9.24.19
Date Term Expires: 6.30.21

Jeff Magnuson has been on the Eagle Ridge Academy Board since September 24, 2019. Jeff graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and earned a Masters of Philosophy degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He has been teaching Humanities at Eagle Ridge Academy since the 2016-17 school year, and has taught middle school and high school language arts, history, and other humanities courses since 2005. Prior to his teaching career, Jeff worked for over a decade as an editor with archaeologists and academics in Israel, and later worked as a newspaper page designer at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and as a graphic designer for a large U.S. government contractor. Over the years he has also held a score of other jobs as varied as security guard, janitor, boat painter, cannery worker, typist, copy editor, and human rights campaigner. Jeff is married and has two college-aged daughters.

Penny Teder
Penny TederParent
Date Seated: 7.1.20
Date Term Expires: 6.30.22

Dr. Teder has two high school students enrolled at ERA. She has volunteered as the Vice President of the PTO and is a mentor for the ERA robotics program. She graduated from St. Olaf college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Her clinical experience has been predominately in the areas of oncology, pediatrics, and adolescent behavioral health. Dr. Teder went on to earn Master of Science degrees in both Nursing and Health Informatics as well as a Ph.D. in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota. She served as Interim Director of Outcomes, Inc. whereby she coordinated in home care for autistic children and their families throughout the Twin Cities area and developed care policies and procedures in compliance with federal regulations. Dr. Teder also worked as a Research Supervisor and Senior Study Coordinator for the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation where she had the opportunity to oversee FDA clinical trials, write grant proposals, manage budgets, analyze data, and present results from various clinical studies. She currently works as an independent consultant in the areas of medicine, business, and technology.

Jason Ulbrich
Jason UlbrichExecutive Director
Ex Officio Member
No Expiration Term