Several new faces are visible in classrooms and offices around DeLaSalle as we begin the 2018-19 school year. These classroom teachers and staff members bring a wealth of knowledge and diversity of experience to their roles on the Island.
- Laurie Erkkila (French teacher)
Laurie is DeLaSalle’s new French teacher, coming to the Island after years of teaching in public schools around the Twin Cities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Laurie takes over the French classes taught by Dr. Joyce Cogdell-Travis who retired at the end of last school year.
- Liz Hewitt (Director of Annual Giving)
Liz comes to DeLaSalle with 14 years of experience in the Advancement field, most recently at Visitation. She will oversee our annual giving programs, raising money to support student learning. Liz graduated from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from St. Thomas University. Her daughter is a proud member of the DeLaSalle Class of 2022!
- Michael Jacobs (Math and Social Studies teacher)
Michael will help De students develop their higher-level algebra skills as the school’s new Math teacher. He earned his undergraduate degree in math from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and is pursuing his master’s in European history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to Algebra II and the Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry courses he teaches, Michael will teach one section of U.S. Government. After he gets married this fall, Michael and his wife will receive a blessing from Pope Francis when they travel to the Vatican.
- Forrest Miller ’13 (After school library supervisor)
DeLaSalle is familiar territory for Forrest Miller ‘13, who returns to his alma mater as the new after school library supervisor. He recently completed his bachelor’s degree in communications, media, and rhetoric from the University of Minnesota-Morris. Forrest paid his way through college and helped proudly brag about DeLaSalle as a Segway tour guide for a local company.
- Fr. Bruno Nwakchukwu (Chaplain)
DeLaSalle welcomes Father Bruno Nwachukwu as its new school chaplain. Fr. Bruno celebrated the opening school year Mass of the Holy Spirit August 24 and has been celebrating “class Masses” for individual grade levels throughout the month of September at neighboring Our Lady of Lourdes Church. He plans to spend most Tuesdays at DeLaSalle. Fr. Bruno also serves as chaplain at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale and will reside in the rectory at Immaculate Conception parish in Columbia Heights.
- Br. Dylan Perry (Theology teacher)
Brother Dylan becomes the second teaching Christian Brother at DeLaSalle this year. He lives in the Christian Brothers’ community on campus along with three other Brothers and two Lasallian Volunteers. Br. Dylan teaches the 9th grade Sacred Scripture class and a section of the senior level Faith & Morality class. Br. Dylan professed his first vows this summer and has been deeply involved in the Lasallian mission as a Lasallian Volunteer and associate director of the LV program. He earned his bachelor’s in religion and philosophy from Christian Brothers University and a master’s in public service from the University of Arkansas.
- Anne Rawley (English teacher)
DeLaSalle is the first religious school that Anne has taught in her more than 20 years of teaching, which has included middle school and high school English classes in New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. Anne teaches 9th and 10th grade English. Her son is a new member of the Class of 2021.
- Joseph Rogers (Lasallian Volunteer)
Joseph starts at DeLaSalle as a first year Lasallian Volunteer, part of a national program of young women and men who have graduated from college and volunteer to serve in a Lasallian ministry. He splits his time at De between the Learning Lab, where he helps students with their homework, tests, and other academic needs, and the Lasallian Ministry office, where he helps plan liturgies, retreats, and service opportunities. Joseph graduated from a Lasallian high school (Central Catholic in Pittsburgh, PA) and university (La Salle University in Philadelphia).
- Nicole Stecklein (Lasallian Ministry)
Nicole joins the staff at DeLaSalle as an associate campus minister, filling the role vacated when Brother Ryan Anderson moved full-time to classroom teaching this fall. Nicole spent the pas 19 years as the youth minister at St. Patrick’s Church in Edina and is excited to help Islanders explore and live their faith at De.
- Ju-Chang Wang (Chinese teacher)
Ju-Chang brings a wealth of experience as a Chinese teacher to DeLaSalle, having taught the language in Twin Cities area schools since 2012. She wants to help students gain an introduction and deeper appreciation for Chinese language and culture. Ju-Chang worked as a software engineer for many years before becoming a teacher. She holds two undergraduate degrees – one in computer science from the University of Minnesota, the other in fine and studio arts from National Taiwan Normal University.
- Jacob York (Science teacher)
Jacob joins the Science faculty as De’s newest Biology teacher. He previously taught high school science at schools in Kentucky and Virginia. Jacob earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Virginia Tech University and holds master’s degrees in environmental studies and the art of teaching.
- Cecilia Zissis (Math teacher)
Cecilia chose to work at DeLaSalle because of its Lasallian mission – and you will find her teaching geometry and precalculus as the school’s new Math teacher. Cecilia has taught mostly high school level math at schools in Chicago and the Twin Cities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science from the University of Illinois.