Meet Our Team
Meet Our Leadership Team
Our administrative and support staff is committed to ensuring the finest education possible for your children. From providing expert tools and strategies to teaching materials and parent support, our leadership team is dedicated to making sure that you have what you need to deliver a well-rounded, enriching education to your children. Here are some of the people who maintain our high standards of education.
Ryan Johnson is an assistant principal for Fergus Falls Public Schools, responsible for iQ Academy of MN (iQMN) since the fall 2017. In his first year with iQMN Mr. Johnson was half time administrator for grades 6-12 and taught middle school physical education. In the fall of 2018 Mr. Johnson became a full time administrator for iQMN for grades K-12. Prior to iQMN he was a high school principal and activities director for 8 years for a district in northwest Minnesota. Mr. Johnson began his teaching career in the Fall of 2002 here in Fergus Falls where he taught elementary physical education, high school physical education, and middle school computers over a 7 year span. Ryan earned his BA in Physical Education from Augustana College and his MA in Educational Leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University. Mr. Johnson obtained his administrative licensure from Tri-College University.
Operations & Program Manager
Theresa Gallagher is the current Operations/Program Manager for iQMN. She joined the school in 2014 as an Academic Advisor. Theresa is licensed as both a K-12 Visual Arts teacher and a K-12 School Counselor. Theresa earned her BA in Studio Arts and Secondary Education Licensure at the University of Minnesota, Morris and a MA in Counseling at the University of North Dakota. Theresa likes being able to provide an education to students/families who may have had prior difficulties in more traditional educational models.
School Counselor (A–L)
Cheryl Bormann is a school counselor with iQMN and has been since 2013. She has a BA in Psychology from Concordia College- Moorhead, MN, and a MA in Community Mental Health, and an MA in School Counseling. Mrs. Bormann appreciates that online learning meets students where they are at. Some students need a setting with less distraction, or have anxiety, or are not challenged enough in their previous setting so I appreciate that we can meet a wider variety of need for our students.
School Counselor (M–Z)
Karla Cummings is a K-12 School Counselor who joined iQMN in 2018. She brings more than 16 years of experience in education. Karla earned her BA in Elementary Education and Mathematics from Minnesota State University Moorhead, an MS in Education from Hamline University, and a MA in School Counseling from University of North Dakota. Mrs. Cummings feels that online learning gives students a great education without the distractions. She also feels that it organization and technology usage of online learning prepares students well for college or post-high school coursework.
Angie Thompson is the Academic Advisor for grades K-8. She has been at iQMN since its inception 10 years ago.
Andrea Berge is our Registrar who joined iQMN in 2017. She earned a BS in Sport and Recreation Management from NDSU. Andrea likes online schooling because she believes is prepares students to be more independent than a traditional school does.
Meet Our Teachers
iQ Academy of Minnesota (iQMN) teachers are among the best in the state for distance learning. They consider themselves partners in your children's education and are available every school day to help you and your children through any challenges you may face. Here are the highly qualified teachers you'll get to know at iQMN.
Mrs. Aadland is a speech pathologist who has been working for the special education cooperative since 2011. She has a Master's degree in Speech Pathology from The University of North Dakota. Mrs. Aadland enjoys online teaching and learning about new advances in technology.
Mr. Bartholomay is a licensed school psychologist. He has been with iQMN for 10 years, and has been employed with the Fergus Falls (MN) special education district since 1999. Mr. Bartholomay earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from North Dakota State University in 1992. He earned a Master's Degree in School Psychology in 1996, and a Specialist degree in School Psychology in 2000 - both from Minnesota State Moorhead. He is also a certified Non-violent Crisis Intervention instructor through CPI. Mr. Bartholomay appreciates the availability of quality educational services for on-line learners. Students who learn better in an alternative setting deserve the same care and quality of services as our "brick and mortar" students.
Mr. Boerhave is a middle school science teacher with over 10 years of experience in alternative science education. He earned Bachelor's degrees in both Biology and Life Science Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2009, and holds a MN teaching license for science grades 5-12. Boerhave is a former active duty US Marine who served as a combat journalist during Operation Enduring Freedom. Mr. Boerhave enjoys sharing his innate passion for science with his students, while providing them a welcoming atmosphere where everyone is accepted and respected.
Mrs. Buckmeier teaches 5th grade at iQMN. She joined the staff in 2012, and has taught all grades, K-5, over the past 6 years. She holds her MA in Education, from The College of St. Scholastica, and her BA in Psychology from Concordia College, Moorhead. She also teaches enrichment programing within the Fergus Falls School District. Mrs. Buckmeier believes that online learning is a wonderful alternative for students, and families. It allows students to learn at their level, and pace, with additional support systems to encourage the home to school connection.
Mr. Dahmen is a veteran teacher with iQMN, with ten years of teaching experience. Classes taught include Environmental Science, Earth Science, Biology and also Human Anatomy. Mr. Dahmen completed his Bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Natural Science teaching. HE also holds Masters Degrees from both Minnesota State University Moorhead and Hamline University. Mr. Dahmen enjoys getting to know his students on a personal level even though they may never meet in person. Online learning gives students the opportunity to really maximize their education.
Mr. Dirks is a middle/high school teacher who joined the Kennedy Secondary School/iQMN team in 2018. He recently graduated from North Dakota State University and spent a year teaching high school in Anchorage, Alaska before coming back to his home state of Minnesota. Mr. Dirks likes to be able to cover a wider range of topics with his students than in the traditional classroom setting. He feels online leaning gives students an opportunity to ask more questions about each topic since there are fewer distractions and class runs more efficiently.
Mr. Dissell is math teacher at iQMN. He loves his work, his kids, taking saunas and long road trips. He feels like you can get a great education from online learning. Like any education, it is about what you put into it.
Mrs. Ellingson is a special education teacher. She has worked with high school students for over 25 years spending the last 10 years working with students in the online school environment. Mrs. Ellingson earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Jamestown College (now known as the University of Jamestown). She obtained special education licensure in Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Mrs. Ellingson enjoys getting to know her students and their families on a more personalized level than is possible in many traditional school settings.
Mr. Froiland is in his first year teaching Music Appreciation at iQMN. He also teaches high school choir and general music in Fergus Falls. Mr. Froiland earned his Bachelor of Music degree specializing in Vocal Music Education in 2008, and a Master of Music degree from Kent State University in 2015. Mr. Froiland thinks online learning provides a different way for students to learn in ways that are best for them.
Ms. Gronli is a k-12 Special Education Teacher who joined the iQMN team in 2017. She brings more than 27 years of experience in teaching Special Education and community service. Kari earned a BS in Special Education from State Cloud State University and MA from University of Minnesota Morris in Educational Leadership. She holds Special Education certifications in Mild/Moderately Developmentally Delayed, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Emotional/Behavior Disorders. Kari enjoys setting up unique programs for individual students that fit the students' needs. She believes everyone is unique and has specialized talent to contribute to society.
Mrs. Jacobson is an elementary reading specialist who joined iQMN in 2018. She brings 12 years of experience in elementary education. Vanessa earned a BS in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University, with an emphasis in Communication Arts, and Literature. Mrs. Jacobson feels that online learning gives students an opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own environment so they can have the best learning experience possible.
Mrs. Jyrkas has been a Kindergarten teacher for 16 years. She has been with iQMN for the last 2 years. Mrs. J graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.S in Elementary Education. Mrs. J loves that online learning allows students to take ownership of their learning. Learning coaches get to structure content around their child's unique learning styles and needs. She likes the opportunity to help students find success. She believes every student can learn. She strives to help learning coaches and students establish routines and make learning FUN!
Mr. Lee has taught secondary math since 1990. He earned his degree from UND in Grand Forks, ND and his master's degree from the University of St. Thomas. Mr. Lee enjoys helping students learn that math is not such a hard discipline. Mr. Lee feels that learning at home can be accomplished but only with a lot of effort.
Mrs. McGovern is a 1st grade teacher who joined the iQMN team this year. She previously taught 5th grade in Prior Lake, MN and has worked as a school psychologist for the last 5 years. Kelli earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and Specialist degree in school psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Mrs. McGovern loves that her students come from all over the great state of Minnesota! Each child brings a different perspective to the classroom environment.
Mrs. McNallie has been teaching middle and high school Family and Consumer Science classes with iQMN since 2009. She brings a vast array of life experience with her in addition to teaching both online and in the traditional classroom settings. She earned a BS in Family and Consumer Education from UW-STOUT and a ME in Teaching & Learning, a MA in Literacy Education, as well as a K-12 Reading license from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Mrs. McNallie loves the way online classrooms allow her to get to know and form relationships with her students.
Mrs. Miller is in her 2nd year teaching Middle School Math (Grades 6-8) for iQMN. She has been a part of the iQMN Family since fall 2015 working in the office, as a 5th grade teacher and now teaching in the middle school. She has over 5 years’ experience teaching middle school math. She received her Bachelor's in Education with a Minor in Mathematics from St. Cloud State University and currently hold a K-8 Teaching License with Middle School Math emphasis. Mrs. Miller also has experience teaching reading interventions and working with the Title One Program prior to working with iQMN. Mrs. Miller feels online learning is a great option for motivated students to work at their own teacher guided pace with limited distractions. It is also a great opportunity for students that need a flexible schedule.
Mrs. Ouren is a secondary English educator who joined the iQMN team in 2018. She has taught for 20 years in the traditional school setting at Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls, MN. She earned a BS in English Education from MSUM and her Master's degree from Southwest State University, Marshall, MN. Mrs. Ouren likes being able to support students individually and spend more time helping them find success in a non-traditional classroom. She feels confident in the online learning environment when all stake holders (teacher, student, parent, support staff, administration) respect and support learning, setting goals, and striving to be the best one can be.
Mrs. Ringquist is a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher who joined iQMN team in 2018. She brings 28 years of experience teaching 3rd grade and curriculum development. She was voted "Teacher of the Year" in her previous district. She earned a BA in K-6 Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota and an MA in Curriculum and Design from the University of St. Thomas. She has been involved in working on technology, reading, and math curriculum design. Mrs. Ringquist likes that online learning can be a great fit for those students who need a more personalized educational experience within their own home and for parents who like to offer a home school environment.
Ms. Rinke has been a full time high school language arts teacher with iQMN for ten years. Before going full time online, she was a teacher in the brick and mortar setting for 14 years. Sue holds a BA in English Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas. One thing Mrs. Rinke loves about online learning is that the flexibility makes it possible for students in a wide variety of situations to thrive and find school to be a positive experience. Mrs. Rinke enjoys making connections with students in this alternative format, helping each find a route to academic success and self-confidence.
Mrs. Rittenour is a Health and Physical Education teacher for grades 6-12th grade, and Nutrition/Wellness teacher for high school. She has been teaching for over 30 years with a third of that in the online setting. Kathleen earned a BS degree in Health Education and Coaching licensure from Southwest State University, Physical Education degree from Moorhead State University, DAPE (Developmental Adapted Physical Education) from St. Cloud State University, and MA in Curriculum Instruction with emphasis in Physical Education and recreation “how to play” from St. Thomas University. She also has held teaching certificates in Minnesota, Ohio, and South Dakota as well as additional certificates: EMT (Emergency Medical Technician, CPR, First Aid, LGT, WSI (Water Safety Instructor), HSI (Horsemanship Safety Instructor), FSI (Firearm Safety Instructor), SSI (Snowmobile Safety Instructor) and many others. She feels online learning gives students an environment that works for their learning style. Success comes in many different environments.
Ms. Roos is a licensed 5-12 grade language arts instructor who currently teaches on our iQMN middle school team. She grew up on the Iron Range of Minnesota and earned her teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She has 25 years of teaching experience, having worked with all levels of students from grade 6 to post-secondary. She has more than ten years of online teaching experience. As an online teacher, Ms. Roos strives to meet the needs of all her students and to be readily available to answer questions and provide support. Ms. Roos believes online learning provides students with the advantages of homeschooling, but with the added advantage from the expertise of highly trained teachers and the support of community of learners.
Ms. Rose teaches middle school social studies at iQMN. She is passionate about online instruction and she earned her BA in Education from Bemidji State University. This is her 6th year teaching with iQMN, previously working with elementary grades. Ms. Rose feels online learning provides a unique opportunity for students to have a very personalized learning experience. Students have the flexibility to arrange their schedules in a manner that works best for them, often allowing them to work at their own pace, attend medical appointments as necessary, coordinate for part time class attendance locally, and find time to develop their personal skills in areas of interest. It prepares them to take personal responsibility for their learning and develop essential time management skills.
Ms. Skoe began teaching at iQMN in 2010. She teaches German, Spanish and a middle school class called World Languages and Cultures. She earned a BA in German Studies from Colorado College and BA's in German and Spanish Education from Bemidji State University. She has also studied in Germany and Argentina. With iQMN, students can learn a second (or third, or fourth...) language no matter where they live in Minnesota. And barriers such as complicated schedules, medical conditions, or previous adverse experiences can be minimized.
Ms. Stich is a secondary Social Studies teacher who has been teaching with iQMN since 2013. Graduating from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and obtaining a Minnesota 5-12 Teaching License, she has been in education for almost a decade. Most recently Ms. Stich was awarded her Master’s in Education for Curriculum and Instruction from Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Literacy. Ms. Stich enjoys teaching in the online environment because it offers flexibility to her students and allows students to grow in their self-advocacy skills in the online environment. Plus, there are many unique tools and applications that can be used during classes!
Mrs. Sullivan teaches Public Speaking for iQMN. She has been teaching for twelve years. She holds a BA in English Education from North Dakota State University and BS in Business Education from Valley City State University. Mrs. Sullivan believes online learning is powerful in that it gives students ownership over their learning. She enjoys getting to know her students and encouraging students to use speech writing and delivery in ways that broaden students’ talents, interests, and post-secondary plans.
Mrs. Sundblad is iQMN’s Child Study Specialist, who joined the team in 2014. She brings more than 20 years’ experience in special education and evaluations. Mrs. Sundblad earned a BA in Elementary Education, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders from Man State University Moorhead, and a MA in Educational Leadership from South West State University. Mrs. Sundblad has also taken Administrative classes from Tri-State University. Mrs. Sundblad feels online learning allows students to learn in a safe environment, working at their own level and rate of learning. Students are free from external distractions of a regular classroom and can take breaks as needed for emotional health. It gives students a chance to be successful within their comfort zone.
Mrs. Sutor teaches a variety of subjects at Kennedy Secondary School along with iQMN (joined in 2015). She holds a Master’s degree in Education along with certifications to teach Biology and French. She has been teaching Middle School and High School for 33 years. Mrs. Sutor appreciates that online learning allows students to learn at their own pace, receiving personalized guidance along the way.
Mrs. Swedberg is a 4th grade teacher who joined the iQMN team in 2007. This is her 18th overall year in teaching. Before teaching at iQMN, she taught in the areas of both special education and elementary in Chisago and Alexandria, MN. Mrs. Swedberg feels online learning gives students the opportunity to work with both teachers and a learning coach to receive a personal experience in education.
Mrs. Theisen teaches Business and Technology classes for grades 6th through 12th. She joined iQMN in 2009. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the field of Business and Technology. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Computer Information Systems from St. Cloud State University. She worked for a Software Development company for 13 years and held several different positions there including; technical support, software design, software testing, project management, and quality assurance manager. She returned to school to change her career to teaching. Lisa went to Graduate school at The College of St. Scholastica for their Graduate Teaching Program in Elementary Education and Middle School Communication Arts and Literature and Winona State University for Business Education. Lisa now has teaching licenses in Elementary grades K-6, Communication Arts and Literature grades 5–8, Keyboarding and Computer Apps K-8, and Business Education CTE grades 5-12. Lisa taught 3 years for a brick and mortar school and this is her 10th year teaching online.
Mr. Thorstad is a technology coordinator for Fergus Falls Public Schools and iQMN. He started his teaching career as a first grade teacher, later teaching middle school Computer Fundamentals classes. For the past 10 years he's been a technology leader for our school. In 2007 Jesse started the Virtual School of Minnesota, which later became iQ Academy Minnesota. Seeing kids and staff engaged and connected to other humans in this ever-shrinking world makes his day. He holds an Elementary Education degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas. Jesse was named 2017 Special Olympics Minnesota Volunteer of the Year, and Fergus Falls Public Schools' Support Staff of the Year in 2016. He feels that online learning can remove barriers present in traditional classrooms that impede the learning for some students.
Mrs. Ugstad has been the HS Physical Science, Chemistry and Physics teacher at iQMN since 2007. She earned her BS Physical Science degree at Moorhead State University in 1986. Mrs. Ugstad likes to encourage students to make good choices from getting outside to enjoy the outdoors to reviewing quizzes to learn from their mistakes. She believes that being enrolled in a Public online school lets students experience a safe community where they can interact at their own comfort level.
Mrs. Zsedeny teaches math 7-12 grade at Fergus Falls Secondary School. She brings more than 30 years’ experience in education and curriculum writing, as well as is actively involved in state and national math organizations. She earned her master's degree in education in 1996 and her national board certificate for teaching in 2001. She also was a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Math Education and was selected to attend NASA space camp for educators. Mrs. Zsedeny has taught support math in the middle school, Algebra, Geometry, PreCalculus, AP Calculus and College Statistics in Fergus Falls. She was one of the first teachers to begin teaching at K12 in Fergus Falls. Currently she teaches Honor's Geometry. She feels that online learning provides a student with an opportunity to excel and gives students a more customized opportunity for school.