Grade 4 & Grade 5


Ms. Sarah Lapin


I am not only new to Tesfa, but also new to Minnesota! Right after I graduated with my master’s degree in Elementary Education from Quinnipiac University, I was an In-House building substitute at a NASA Magnet School in Connecticut until I moved to Portland Maine. After teaching fifth grade for three years at another IB PYP school, I am now moving to Minnesota to be with my fiance! This summer has all been about packing up my home in Maine, exploring Minnesota, and traveling to see my friends and family around the world.


Ms. Malaney Peterson


Last 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!

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