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Meet The Team

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Chris Kragenbring

Executive Director & Teacher

  • 30 Years of Teaching Experience in the Alexandria Area

  • Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

  • North Dakota and Minnesota Teacher of the Year

  • Selected Twice as a U.S. Department of Education Teach To Lead Participant

  • College for Every Student (CFES) Grant Recipient

  • Presenter at CFES National Conference “Changing Life Trajectories”

  • Education Equity & Diversity Trainer

  • Created an On-campus Food Shelf

    Program has been replicated state-wide

  • Designed, Implemented and Advocated for the On-Track Program 2003-2013

  • Joined the REACH Team movement in 2013

    Now has over 50 programs

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School Board Members

Melody Warren

Board Chair

  • Alexandria Native, Graduate of Jefferson High School

  • Has a Deep Commitment to this Community and its Residents

  • Has owned Multiple Local Businesses in Design and Home Decor

  • Full-time Licensed Pastoral Ministry at Lake Community Church

  • Passion is to see anyone who is willing, learn to embrace their purpose, identity and the potential to make the world a better place.

  • Personal Mission Statement:

    “To empower the development of beauty on the inside and out – with people, spaces and all of creation.”

Heather Netland

  • Science Teacher since 1998

  • CSI Program featured at the MN School Board Leadership Conference

  • UbD and Formative Assessment Trainer

  • Trauma-informed Advocate

  • Executive Functioning Specialist

  • U.S. Department of Education Teach to Lead Summit

  • Presenter at CFES National Conference “Changing Life Trajectories”

  • Intervention Specialist

Quinto Lotti

  • Geography and History Instructor at Alexandria Technical and Community College since 1997

  • Passionate for Helping At-risk and Economically Disadvantaged Youth

  • Community Kids Teen Homework Night Host

    He and his wife, Rita, have hosted secondary students in their home since 2011.

  • Board Member of Douglas County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

  • Leadership Council Member for Safe Families for Children - West Central Minnesota

Karin Weigel

  • Cultivate 2 Conquer Owner

  • Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths consultant since 2013

  • Successful in Creating Teams that Communicate More Effectively

  • Expertise in Developing Strengths-based Culture

    Years of experience in identifying each individual’s talents and teaching team members how to leverage those talents to increase communication, and engagement.

  • Personal Philosophy:

    When you are heard and understood, you are happier. When you are happier, you are more engaged. When you are more engaged, you are more productive.