Steven Martinez-Grande – Vice Chair
Diana Bigger – Treasurer
My name is Diana Bigger.I grew up in a small town, but have been living in the Cities for the last few years. This is my second year at SAGE and my second year on the board where I serve as the Treasurer. I teach Math and Reading. Math is something I enjoy and I enjoy making it interesting for students. I am very much behind the movement toward even more projects and Project Based Learning here at SAGE, and look forward to a fantastic year!
Kitty Beal – Secretary
My name is Kitty Beal, this is my first year on the SAGE board. I am the proud parent of a SAGE student, now in her third/junior year. I have been an RN for 23 years, with 12 years’ experience in Adolescent Reproductive Health. For the past three years I have been working for the U of M at Community University Health Care Center in South Minneapolis, providing medical and behavior health nursing care to people of all ages. I have experience in staff supervision, budget management, policy and procedure development, and work flow/process development. I live in Plymouth with my daughter and our two cats, another daughter just started her first year and is living at St. Kate’s in St. Paul.
I’ve seen a lot of different schools in my academic career, as a student (from small rural city school districts, to medium sized city districts, to a large suburban school district).
Then, by happenstance, I became a host parent to a foreign exchange student from Brazil at SAGE Academy (Lucas), then two more (Dylan and Juan), and now, two more (Gabriel and Clement) – with two more to come next year. And there is something special about SAGE Academy, something that one doesn’t see from driving by the school, that I would like to help nurture and develop, by serving on the Board. I have bachelor’s degrees in accounting and marketing from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. I have previously worked at Bioscrip (a pharmacy benefit management company), and H&R Block. I have worked at Wells Fargo for one year. I am married to Patti, and we have no children of our own – well, except for our foreign exchange students, all of whom have helped us grow, in different ways. My other interests include reading (both in paper and electronic formats), personal technology (I was on the Internet when it was known as DARPANET), and Brazilian soccer (I have two shirts, from two different teams, given to me by Gabriel and Lucas). I welcome the opportunity to help SAGE Academy grow even better.
I worked as the social studies teacher at SAGE for 5 years. Along with teaching, I worked to encourage more meaningful service opportunities for students as well as bring them into the community. Service is a passion of my and I practice it through involvement in my neighborhood community building project, helping at my sons school and volunteering at homeless shelters, women’s rights organizations and habitat for humanity. I enjoy traveling and hiking, as well as reading, music and painting. I have a 12 year old son who is the focus of my world. I was a member of the SAGE board in the past and am happy that I continue to be an advocate for the students with my involvement.
My name is Leslie Geist. I have been in education for over 12 years. I have been in special education for over 5 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Teaching & Learning, and Special Education. I am currently 4 classes away from obtaining my Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management as well. I hold 4 teaching licenses and 1 variance, K-6 ELementary Education, 5-8 Mathematics, K-12 Emotional Behavior Disorder (EBD), K-12 Learning Disabilities (LD), and a variance for K-12 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I plan to receive the ASD license in the spring of 2017. I believe in being a lifelong learner and passing this knowledge onto my students. I love spending time with my family, watching football, and traveling to experience new and exciting places. I look forward to working on the board of education for district 4087 to empower and change our student’s lives.