Christy Morrell Stinson – Chair
I am grateful for the work of SAGE Academy to develop life-long learning habits in students, while holding a high standard of academic excellence. My son has benefited from the service-based and project-based learning approach and I serve on the School Board for SAGE as a parent member. My parents were both teachers. My dad taught math and science, my mom taught elementary school before going on to library science, and she volunteered at night teaching adults who are English language learners. I am passionate about entrepreneurial-ism, and I provide business coaching to youth and adults.
I believe in the power of charter schools to provide unique contexts for public education that prepare students of all kinds to become leaders in business and community. I want to see SAGE Academy continue this important work for many years to come, and I want to help more students in our community discover SAGE Academy.
Consulting with business owners, partners, and investors on cash flow, income, and finance strategies is my day-to-day work. I believe that business leaders represent the strongest leverage point for economic prosperity in our communities. I hope to build bridges with local business and community owners and foster mentoring relationships for SAGE Academy students.
Theodore Kamis – Vice Chair
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.
Leslie Bonnell – Secretary
I am thrilled SAGE Academy has provided my daughter with an educational environment that fits her social and academic needs. I currently work as an Administrative Manager for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. Previously I was an entrepreneur who owned two businesses and a Business Analyst. My passion is in identifying process improvement opportunities and helping to develop structures and solutions that benefit as many people as possible. By serving on the SAGE Academy School Board, I hope to make a difference and propose ideas that help the students, teachers, parents, administration and community continue to thrive.
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 third year at SAGE and my third 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!
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.