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.
Cari Jo Anderson
Cari Jo Anderson joined the SPA community in 2015 as the Upper School physical education teacher. Mrs. Anderson holds B.A. degrees in health education and physical education from Bethel University. Prior to joining the SPA faculty, Mrs. Anderson spent three years teaching health and physical education at St. Anthony middle school where she also coached volleyball and track at both the middle school and high school levels. In addition to her role in the Upper School, Mrs. Anderson will also serve as an assistant coach for SPA’s track team in the spring and an advisor on the 9th grade team. “I love being physically active and I love teaching students to love being physically active. I’m excited to join SPA’s faculty where I have the opportunity to share my passion for health and wellness with the students.” Outside of school, Mrs. Anderson enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and being active in any way possible.