Tesfa International School’s founding team consists of nine experienced individuals  with considerable expertise in education, specifically regarding the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, educationally at-risk populations, and are equipped with strong skill sets in the administrative and financial areas. Tesfa International School has a critical partnership with Global Academy, a high achieving charter school serving an overwhelmingly low-income population.

Collectively, the Tesfa International School Board brings expertise and experience in the areas most critical to charter school success, including charter school start-up, community engagement, student recruitment, facility management, academic excellence, and finance.

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Board Members

Patrick Exner- Board Member, has  over 25 years of experience in education and has served as a teacher, Principal, Adjunct University Professor and as a Director of Charter Schools.  He has sat on state wide committees in the areas of educational equity and school choice. Patrick is skilled in providing innovative leadership through development of creative school programming and he is passionate about educational equity. He currently serves as the Director of Instructional Leadership for Ascension Catholic Academy. 


Antoinette Johns Board Member (Information to come)


Amir Orandi Board Member (Information to come)


Abigail Hendricks-Board Member (Information to come)


Maren Rodriguez-Board Member (Information to come)


Jonas BeugenDirector and Ex-Officio Member, Jonas Beugen comes to Tesfa after serving for the previous eleven years as a school leader in schools at every level of K-12 education. Prior to moving into school leadership roles he served as a teacher and coach for eleven years in the Robbinsdale school district. Jonas holds a Master Degree from Hamline University and has completed all coursework but the dissertation towards a Doctor of Education in Leadership at Saint Mary’s University.  


Mohamed SelimAssistant Director and Ex-Officio Member, has experience in elementary and middle school teaching, school leadership, and instructional coaching. In addition, he has extensive experience teaching and leading at Global Academy. He brings years of experience in the International Baccalaureate program. He holds a B.S. in Child Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota. He has administrative experience, serving as dean of students and math coordinator. He also served on Global Academy’s school board for four years. In 2014, he received his K-12 principal license from the University of Minnesota. Currently, he is completing coursework towards his doctorate degree in educational leadership.


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