Our Faculty

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.

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Kirsten Hoogenakker

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Location(s) Randolph Campus, Upper School
Title(s) US Design and Innovation Specialist
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Degree(s) B.S. Biochemistry
M.A.T., University of St. Thomas
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In 2018, Kirsten Hoogenakker started at SPA as the new Design and Innovation Specialist. With a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota and a MAT from the University of St. Thomas, Kirsten has experience in both industry and teaching.  She worked as a technician and researcher at Pace Analytical, EcoLab, and the University of Minnesota, and since 2014, she has led the engineering classes and designed and led a program in Biomedical Science at Benilde-St. Margaret's School. In her new position, Kirsten supervises the new Engineering and Design Labs in the Schilling Center which are open to all students and classes for projects. Kirsten will also be developing training structures for students and for faculty so they are prepared to use the equipment in the labs safely. Finally, she also assists with the Robotics class and teams.
1150 Goodrich Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
Main school line: 651-698-2451
Goodrich front desk: 651-696-1560 
Goodrich attendance line: 651-696-1414
1712 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
Main school line: 651-698-2451
Randolph attendance line: 651-696-1410
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