Staff List
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A Xiong
Attendance/Truancy Coordinator
Classroom Support
Mr. Xiong graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He would eventually like to become a business man. He likes to fish, play basketball, soccer, and football. He loves to go on vacation during Christmas.

Languages: English, Hmong
Ahmed Elmi
Mr. Elmi's first degree was secondary education. He is currently finishing masters of education in ESL at Hamline University. He was in the computer field since 1995. He received MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) in 1997. He taught ESL/ELL/Math in Minneapolis Public Schools and St. Paul Public Schools since 1995. He created the SALT program in St.Paul. (Somali Academic Language Literacy) where some schools introduce students first language. He enjoys traveling and having a cup of coffee.

Languages: English, Somali and Arabic
Farhan Hussein
Executive Director
Mr. Hussein joined the Academy in June 2008. Farhan was principal at Adam Abdulle Academy in Rochester, Minnesota. Also he was cofounder of the Adam Abdulle Academy. He was director of technology at Higher Ground Academy in St Paul for six years. He taught at Minnesota Literacy Council for three years. He was one of the developers and board members for the Minnesota International Middle School in Minneapolis. He obtained a B.S. in Information Technology and Management from the University of Minnesota, M.S. in Project Management from Saint Mary’s University, advanced certificate for school administration from Saint Mary’s University, and Ph.D in Educational Leadership from University of North Dakota.

Languages: English, Somali, Arabic
Joshua Espinosa
English Teacher
Summer Scharringhasusen
Art Education
Ms. Scharringhausen has a Bachelor’s Degree from Bethel University with a major in Visual Arts Education and a Minor in Spanish. She is also an assistant gallery director at Altered Esthetics in Northeast Minneapolis. Before teaching at Lighthouse, she taught at Franklin Middle School (Mpls) and Four Seasons Arts+ Elementary (StP), was a certified instructor/trainer for Caribou Coffee Company, and taught art for an independent after-school program. Summer and her husband enjoy camping, bike riding, and travel. She is a painter and enjoys the outdoors.

Languages: English, Spanish
First Name Last Name Position Email
A Xiong Attendance/Truancy Coordinator
Classroom Support
Abdiweli Mohamud Dean of Students
Ahmed Elmi Technology
Blair Mishleau Expository Writing
Cheryl Donaldson Social Worker
Connie Bruner Special Education
Farhan Hussein Director
Harrison Bachmann Geometry
Algebra I
Jenna Rossiter ESL Level 2
ESL Level 3
Jenny Smith Algebra II
AP Statistics
Joe Covert AP US History
US History
Jordan Humble Applied Science
Joshua Espinosa Literature in Politics
World Literature
Justine Bjergo World History
Katia Colon-Holmers Lead Teacher
Kelly Rhodes Speech/Writing
College Prep
Leydi Millan Office Manager
Lauren Ward Environmental Science
Megan Ormseth Foundations of Math
American Literature
Osman Ali Pre-Calculus
Stats/Personal Finance
Rugio Herzi Para-Teacher
Summer Scharringhasusen Drawing
Treacy Weldon ESL Level I
ESL Level 1/2
Trudy Suleiman District Assessment Coordinator
Academic Counselor
Zeinab Said Para-Teacher

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