Ms. Maren Rodriguez
Hello my name is Maren Rodriguez and I am new to Tesfa this year. I am excited to teach a combined 2nd and 3rd grade class and to be a part of the Tesfa team! I earned my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and TESL (Teaching English as a Second language) at the College of Saint Benedict and this is my second year teaching. Recently, I taught at a bilingual, English and Spanish, school in the Dominican Republic and gained experience teaching a multi-age class with my 3rd and 4th graders. I believe everyone deserves to have a great education, no matter where you come from. When I am not teaching I love to travel, cook, and spend time with my family and friends. I want to share my love for celebratig different cultures, travel and curiosity for the world around us with my students. I can’t wait to see what we learn and discover together!
Ms. Andy Beauchamp
My name is Andy Beauchamp, and I am very excited to be joining the Tesfa team this year! I graduated with an Integrated Elementary and Special Education teaching degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. My favorite teaching experience so far has been student teaching in a 4th grade classroom at an International Baccalaureate school in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I connected so well with the IB curriculum and values, and am excited to apply those same strategies into my Tesfa classroom! Culture and global perspective is something I have come to value in my classroom. I believe in allowing students the opportunity to grow as global citizens in order to make a positive impact on the community. Outside of teaching, I love doing crafts and decorating my house! I also love traveling, and have traveled to 22 countries in my life (with many more on my bucket list). Sparking a passion for learning in students is what allows me to wake up everyday with excitement and a love for teaching!
Ms. Natalie Jones
Well hi there! My name is Natalie Jones and I am very excited to join the Tesfa team! This will be my 8th year teaching, and my 7th year teaching second grade! I have my bachelor’s degree from Carthage College: a small school in Kenosha, Wisconsin. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University. I have had some amazing teachers in my lifetime and strive to build relationships with each one of my students and make sure they are reaching their full potential. Outside of teaching, I like to do art projects and spend time with my husband and son. We may be at the zoo, the park, Mall of America, or camping! I can’t wait to meet everyone!
Ms. Malaney Peterson
Last year I was a 4th Grade Teacher, and the prior year I was a long term substitute here at Tesfa where I taught 1st grade, and I’m so excited to be back again this year! In 2014 I earned my bachelors degree in Science and Math for Elementary Education from the University of St. Thomas. During the 2015-2016 school year I worked wth YMCA Beacons program to teach Science and Art classes to 3rd-5th graders after school. When I’m not teaching I love running with my dog, biking, camping, reading and spending time with family and friends. I’m so excited to share my love of science and art with students this year and I can’t wait to see everything we will accomplish together!