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 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.
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.
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.
Lisa Johnson has been teaching art, and sometimes other courses, since graduating from Calvin College in 1986. She has taught at Northern Michigan Christian School; as a teacher with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Colombia, South America; Calvin Christian school in Edina; and at Eagle Ridge Academy since the school opened in 2004.
With degrees in Art, Education, and Humanities, she has found her calling at Eagle Ridge. Her kids are older and she now likes to travel more and experience great art—sometimes leading student trips to such countries as Spain, France, Italy, and Greece.
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.
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.
Kathy has worked at Cargill for the past 19 years in a variety of business and IT roles; she currently serves as the IT Service Manager for North America. Prior to working at Cargill, Kathy spent several years in Uganda, East Africa training community development workers. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota. Kathy is passionate about bringing teams of people together to accomplish great things. She is looking forward to partnering with the board, and the entire Eagle Ridge community, to ensure we continue to bring alive and live out the mission and vision of the school. Kathy and her husband Peter live in Richfield with their two children. They have two children enrolled in the ERA School of Logic.