Kindergarten & Grade 1

Ms. Michelle Orman


Ms. Michelle Orman is new to Tesfa this year. She graduated from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN with an Elementary Education degree. She recently came back to the United States after teaching English in South Korea for five years. She is energetic, positive, and passionate about creating a rich learning environment for all students. In her free time she enjoys athletics such as soccer, basketball, softball and ultimate frisbee. She has traveled to 15 countries around the world and is overjoyed to begin a new and exciting adventure with Tesfa International! 

Ms. Christine Claflin


Ms. Christine Claflin is new to the Tesfa team this year. She is a University of Northwestern, St. Paul graduate and has been teaching for 4 years. Recently, Christine spent two years in Kigali, Rwanda teaching 2nd Grade at Kigali International Community School. Through this experience she had many opportunities to travel the world and learn about various cultures. Now that she is back in the U.S. she resides in St. Paul, MN where she enjoys the busyness and accessibility of Grand Avenue, downtown St. Paul, and the various walking/biking paths. She grew up across the river in Hudson, WI and is the oldest of three girls. In her free time, Christine loves to travel, spend time outdoors, play soccer, go to concerts, and play music!

FamilyPhotoMs. Abby Hendricks


Mrs. Hendricks earned her degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Bethel University. She later returned to Bethel to complete graduate level work in Special Education. She has been in the education field for 15 years, working to ensure all students receive an equitable education. She believes classrooms should be a safe place for students to learn how to take risks and become self-directed learners. When she’s not at school, Mrs. Hendricks is playing board games, training dogs, building legos or reading. Mrs. Hendricks lives in West St. Paul with her husband, 2 kids, and 2 dogs.





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