Our Upper School teachers blend a passion for teaching with disciplinary expertise and a genuine compassion and affection for the young adults who are their students. Upper School students largely view their teachers as subject experts and mentors rather than authoritarian figures, a view that makes the ultimate transition to college much smoother.
80% of our Upper School teachers hold advanced degrees in addition to the baccalaureate degree, and almost half of those teachers hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field of study.
Vicki Janisch-Tri is the Randolph Campus Library and Media Assistant. Before joining the SPA community, Vicki worked as a library assistant in the media center of a junior high in the Twin Cities. As a staff member who works with a wide range of students and staff, Vicki says, “I appreciate the SPA commitment to honoring and appreciating diversity.” Outside of the library walls, Vicki has another passion: the environment. Vicki received her Associates Degree from the University of Minnesota, Crookston, majoring in Natural Resources Conservation. She works as at the West Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center seasonally, channeling this passion. When she is not at SPA or the Visitor Center, Vicki enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, Andy and Chris, singing with the One Voice Mixed Chorus, reading, watching movies, and bird watching.