As we begin the 2020-21 school year, we are excited to welcome several new classroom teachers and staff members to DeLaSalle. These employees bring a wealth of knowledge and diversity of experience to their roles on the Island.
- Dr. Bryan Bass (President)
Dr. Bass assumed the top leadership role at DeLaSalle on July 1, and has led the successful launch of the 2020-21 school year. In his first two months, he has overseen the school’s planning and execution of a hybrid model of learning, and, as president, begun the process of meeting with several of the school’s partners in the broader community — Board members, alumni, benefactors, and leaders of organizations with which DeLaSalle is professionally affiliated. He holds a Doctorate of Education focused on educational administration and leadership from St. Cloud State University, an Educational Specialist degree from the University of St. Thomas, a Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University, and a Bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College. Dr. Bass is married and his oldest daughter, Estelle, is now a member of the DeLaSalle Class of 2023.
- Pablo Cardenal (Lasallian Volunteer)
Pablo begins his first year as a Lasallian Volunteer, a program for college graduates who choose to provide a year or two of service to a Lasallian ministry like DeLaSalle. He will work in the Lasallian Ministry office, helping plan Masses, class retreats, and service opportunities, as well as assist with the school’s admission efforts. For the time being, he has quickly filled an important role as a teacher’s assistant in the classroom, managing students and assisting teachers who are providing instruction remotely from home. A native of Nicaragua, Pablo graduated this past spring from Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and Human Development with a minor in Marketing. Pablo lives in the Christian Brothers’ community on campus. In his free time, he enjoys drawing.
- Aaron Cote (Science teacher)
Aaron joins the DeLaSalle staff as a first-year teacher who will teach several sections each of the Fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry class for ninth graders as well as the Chemistry class for eleventh graders. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and is completing his Master’s degree in education from the U of M this year. Aaron conducted his student teaching both at Sanford Middle School and Washburn High School. What attracted Aaron to DeLaSalle was the spirit of partnership: “Everyone is so willing to work together to make a high school education fun and exciting.”
- Teresa Cronin (Theology teacher)
Teresa’s first introduction to DeLaSalle came last year when she served as a long-term English substitute teacher. She did such an outstanding job that, when we needed to fill a position in our Theology department, we tapped into her knowledge of the subject. Teresa earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas, studied in Italy though Loyola University Chicago and received her Master’s in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Teresa has taught in several states, including Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. This year at DeLaSalle, she is teaching several sections of the ninth grade Sacred Scripture class. Teresa, her husband, and their four children are an active family. She has participated in several half Ironman competitions.
- Daniel Felton (Music teacher)
Daniel assumes the leadership of the DeLaSalle music program following the retirement last spring of longtime music director Mark Capecchi. Daniel has taught music at schools in Minneapolis, Osseo, and Spring Lake Park, but wanted to teach at DeLaSalle because of our faith-based environment. He completed his undergraduate education at Gustavus Adolphus College and earned his Master’s in music education from the University of MInnesota.
- Katie Miller (Science teacher)
Katie is DeLaSalle’s new biology teacher and describes herself as a biologist who enjoys looking up biology trivia in her free time. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of St. Thomas and a Master’s in the same field from the University of Vermont. Katie has previously taught college-level genetics and ecology labs at the University of Vermont as well as high school chemistry, International Baccalaureate (IB) chemistry and physical science with Minneapolis Public Schools. DeLaSalle’s high caliber teaching practices, emphasis on service, and education of the whole student are the three traits that drew Katie to the Island.
- Anita Phillips (Chinese teacher)
Interest in the Chinese track of our Modern Languages program is so strong that we have hired a second teacher to help teach courses. Meet Anita Phillips, who comes to DeLaSalle as a Chinese teacher from Taiwan, where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Anita taught Chinese for eleven years at the Twin Cities Chinese Language School and taught one year of Chinese at Fridley Middle School. Anita looks forward to joining the rich tradition at DeLaSalle of providing a holistic education to students, rooted in strong Catholic values. Our location on beautiful and historic Nicollet Island was also a selling point for Anita and we welcome her to the community!
- Caroline Sell (Healthcare coordinator)
One of the key leaders in DeLaSalle’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic has been Caroline Sell, who comes to us with a Master’s degree in Public Health with a minor in global health and infectious disease from the University of Minnesota. Caroline has studied under and worked alongside Dr. Michael Osterholm, one of the nation’s leading infectious disease experts. In her first two months on the job, Caroline has been instrumental in ensuring that our health and safety protocols align with the latest public health guidance and in preparing us to safely welcome students back to campus. Caroline is completing her law degree from the University of Minnesota. She has been to 26 countries on five continents and had planned to spend time this fall in France, but then the pandemic occurred.
- Jane Spack (Development associate)
Jane is no stranger to DeLaSalle. She is married to an alum (MIke ‘91) and her three kids are all Islanders (daughter Maria graduated in 2019, daughter Anna graduates this spring, and son Mitch is a freshman). Jane has also regularly volunteered in the Advancement office and now holds a part-time position as Advancement associate, where she will help with researching and applications for grants, as well as support for other Development events and special projects. Jane holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, where she also completed her Master’s in education.