Joyce Thomas

Joyce Thomas

I just moved to Waconia, MN, after living in Chaska for 14 years. I’ve been married to my husband, Ward, for 20 years. We have a 19-year-old son, Owen, who attends UMD, and a 16-year-old daughter, Lilly, a junior at Chaska high school. I love hanging out with my...
Jody Alexander

Jody Alexander

I live in Maple Grove and have 3 kids. I have 2 daughters, a junior and a freshman who both attend and dance on the University of St. Thomas Dance Team. I also have a son in 8th grade, Max, at Breakaway. In my spare time I enjoy yoga, taking our dog on a walk, and...
Dana Dean

Dana Dean

I live in Maple Grove, Minnesota, with my husband Rich and my four kids. I have three boys…Cameron, Dylan, and Brayden, and one daughter Danica. I still enjoy playing volleyball and golf. I love being outside in the summer. What do you like most about BA? I love...
Colleen Goodrich

Colleen Goodrich

I live in Chaska with my husband Mike and our three kids. I enjoy taking walks with my dog, going to Michigan, true crime (reading, not committing), and cheering for the Green Bay Packers. What do you like most about BA? I like the total positive atmosphere at BA. It...

Jill Gress

I was born and raised in Grand Forks, ND. I also attended the University of North Dakota and I am a huge Fighting Sioux fan. We moved to the Metro area in 2016. I have a husband and two sons – Karter, who is 16 and Kole, who is 12. In my spare time I like to...
Ben Hersman

Ben Hersman

I come from a huge family of teachers, including my mom, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. My immediate family includes my mom and dad, a 27-year-old brother Max, and a twin brother Tommy. We were born and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and enjoyed all...
Jess Jerde

Jess Jerde

I live in Waconia. I love to hike, bike, and fish. I also coach High School Volleyball at Chaska. What do you like most about BA? The kids and families we get to work with. Why did you get into education? I am very passionate about education, and I love working with...
Brennan Jones

Brennan Jones

I was born and raised in Napa California and now live in Edina with my wife and two daughters, Kirsi and Aili. Why did you get into education? Education is in my DNA. My brother and sister are teachers as well. Which coach or teacher had the biggest impact on your...
Lindsay Lundeen

Lindsay Lundeen

We live on Lake Minnewashta in Excelsior, and currently, my favorite thing to do is be on the lake with my family. I also teach cycle and yoga at Life Time and have spent my entire life enjoying being active. I love cheering on the Minnesota Vikings! Oh, my other...
Max Meland

Max Meland

I currently live in Golden Valley, MN. I have a younger brother and sister who are both currently in college. In my free time, I love to be active, especially outside. You can likely find me fishing, hunting, or training CrossFit when I am not in the classroom. I am...
Laura Myhre

Laura Myhre

What do you like most about BA? The first time I visited Breakaway Academy, I was delighted to feel the warm, welcoming atmosphere. Each staff member has a friendly, positive demeanor with a genuine interest in the well-being of others. The small class sizes will...
Jenna Olson

Jenna Olson

I live in Eden Prairie with my husband and two kids, Nora(4) and Henrik(2). Together with our kids, we love to explore different trails and parks. Recently, I have enjoyed introducing a few of my passions to my daughter, especially golf, skiing, and ice skating....
Carrie Paul

Carrie Paul

I live in Minnetonka. I am married to Reid, and together, we have 3 children; Nora (female), 16, Baylor (male), 14, and Morgan (male), 12. My boys are in 8th grade and 6th grade at Breakaway Academy. What do you like most about BA? What I like most about BA is the...
Kim Roane

Kim Roane

In addition to teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband of 28 years, Greg (a general contractor). We live in Shakopee and have three sons, Jacob (24), Micah (21), and David (19) – all athletes. Jake is on the golf team at Bethel University, Micah plays...
Brooke Rose

Brooke Rose

I live in Eden Prairie, MN, with my husband and two kittens. I grew up in Chanhassen and went to the University of Northwestern for college. My favorite thing to do is play tennis, and I have been playing since I was 10 years old! I played in high school and college...
Anna Rydeen

Anna Rydeen

I live in Chaska. I have six siblings, one brother and five sisters (I am the middle child). I coach girls lacrosse at Chaska High School. I love to water ski and wake surf. What do you like most about BA? The growing community. Why did you get into education? To make...
Paula Sarsland

Paula Sarsland

I live in Wayzata with my husband and three sons. I enjoy being outside (running or walking) and spending time with my family. What do you like most about BA? I like the combined emphasis on education and athletics. I also enjoy how BA emphasizes the whole child....
Mary Schoen

Mary Schoen

I live in Chaska with my husband, Doug. We moved after we got married over 40 years ago. I had recently begun teaching second graders at Chaska Elementary, and we felt Chaska would be a good place to raise our family. We loved the small-town atmosphere, community...
Mimi Smith

Mimi Smith

I live in Chaska, MN. I am engaged to my lovely fiancé Luke. My parents also live here in Chaska. I have a twin brother, Matthew & a younger sister, Mary, 3 nieces, and 2 nephews. I enjoy running and Crossfit. I also love to read and spend time with my dog,...
Sarah Senden

Sarah Senden

I live in Chaska, where I am originally from. I have 3 younger siblings and a black lab named Marco. I enjoy kayaking, reading, working on my small business, spending time with friends and family, and shopping at small businesses. What do you like most about BA? I...
Brennan Jones

Katie Smith

I live in Excelsior, MN, with my husband, Scott, and our 4 children, Jude (11), Tyler (9), Cora and Crosby (6). As a family, we spend a lot of time supporting each others interests in hockey, golf, baseball, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, music, theater, and more! My...
Taylor Soine

Taylor Soine

I live in Victoria, MN. In my spare time, I am the head varsity volleyball coach for Jordan High School, I play volleyball, and I enjoy spending time with family. I also have a 6-year-old dog, Cooper, who is a German Wirehair Pointer. What do you like most about BA? I...
Pam Thomas

Pam Thomas

I live in Chaska, MN, with my husband, Bob. We have three grown children. Corinne (25) lives in Minnetonka and is a Lead Clinical Researcher. Brant is 22 and, after graduating from the University of Minnesota, recently moved to Denver, Coworking in Sales. Dylan is a...
Madeline Timerson

Madeline Timerson

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I enjoy spending time with my dog, Mila. I also enjoy going for walks, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. What do you like most about BA? I like that BA has set up an atmosphere where students can express...
Erik Vetsch

Erik Vetsch

I currently reside in Richfield, MN, with my Family. I have a wife of 25 years this year, Brita, and son Toby who will graduate next year from Holy Angels. Last, the beast! Sammy the dog, the house mascot and staple. As far as me, I love to Golf, smoking meats on my...
Lily Witta

Lily Witta

I live in Eden Prairie, MN. I recently got married to my amazing husband – Bennett Witta. I love watching sports, in-person and from afar. I love doing puzzles, playing Mario Kart, exercising, and spending time on the lake. What do you like most about BA? I love...
Matt Sartor

Matt Sartor

I live in Savage, MN, with my wife Megan and kids, Tiffany and Brayden. I enjoy family time, camping, working out, and watching hockey. What do you like most about BA? What I like most about BA are the students! Breakaway provides such a unique experience for...
Angie Smalley

Angie Smalley

I live in Chaska with my husband Matt and our three kids. Lily (20) is a junior at the College of St. Benedict, Lucy (19) is a freshman at UMD, and Leo (16) is a junior at Chaska High School. We have a cabin in Aitkin, MN, where we spend a lot of time in the summer. I...
Riley Wood

Riley Wood

My hobbies include coaching and playing lacrosse, hockey, and soccer. I like to snowboard and enjoy the outdoors. I also find enjoyment in drawing. Most of my activities usually involve family or close friends. What do you like most about BA? What I like most about BA...