Contacts and Staff

Melissa Ness, Ed.S.

Position
Principal
Phone Number
952.988.4301

Melissa Ness has an extensive background in bilingual education, instructional coaching, and elementary school leadership experience.  

Sara Schmidt, MA

Position
Assistant Principal
Phone Number
952.988.4345

Sara Schmidt began her career as a fourth grade teacher in St. Paul. She then earned her Master’s Degree and K-12 Principal License from the University of Minnesota, and became an Assistant Director the following year. She joined the Eisenhower Elementary/XinXing Academy team in 2014.

Joanna Bachmann, BA

Position
1st and 2nd grade Companion Instructor

Joanna has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2014. Before that she taught at a Montessori school in Edina for 20 years.

Tracey Beaverson, M.Ed.

Position
Elementary Instructional Coach
Phone Number
952.988.4250

Tracey Beaverson has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2008. For 8 years she taught 5th and 3rd grades at Alice Smith Elementary and for 2 years she taught 3rd grade at Meadowbrook Elementary.

Charmaine Bell

Position
Family Liaison
Phone Number
952.567.8961

Jenifer Belvedere, M.Ed

Position
Grade 3 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4357

Jeni Belvedere has been working for the Hopkins Public Schools since 1987. For 10 years she taught first grade, and currently teaches third grade.

Danielle Bogucki, MS

Position
Physical Education Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4751

Danielle Bogucki has been teaching in Health in Hopkins Public Schools since 2001. She earned her BA in Health Education (5-12) and Physical Education (K-12), as well as a minor in Coaching from the University of Wisconsin River Falls.  Danielle has also completed her Master in Education at St. Mary’s University.

Sarah Brookner, B.A., K-12 Reading License

Position
Grade 3 and 4 Reading Teacher
Phone Number
952-988-4316

Mrs. Brookner began her teaching career in 1997 in Minneapolis.

Cindy Collins

Position
Kids & Co Activities Assistant

Emily Cox, BA

Position
Band Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4774

Emily Cox joined the Hopkins Public Schools team in 2016. Before coming to Hopkins, Emily spent 8 years teaching 6th through 8th grade band at Todd County Middle School on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Dione Deslauriers, MA

Position
Speech-Language Pathologist
Phone Number
952.988.4940

Dione has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1985.

Katie Dickerson, MA

Position
Art Educator
Phone Number
952.988.4343

Katie Dickerson has been working for the Hopkins Public Schools since 1995. During these years she has taught at both the elementary and junior high levels.

Harald Faber, Ed.D.

Position
Special Education Evaluation Specialist
Phone Number
952.988.4872

Harald Faber has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2002. For 4 years he taught in the special education department at Hopkins High School and for 10 years in the special education department at Tanglen Elementary school.

Kim Feist, B.S.

Position
Kids & Company, Lead Supervisor
Phone Number
952.988.5316

Kim has worked in the Hopkins schools since 1998. She has previously worked at LH Tanglen Elementary and Meadowbrook Elementary. 

Jonathan Feulner, B.A.

Position
Elementary Music Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4727

Jonathan Feulner has been an educator in Hopkins Public Schools since 2014. He has a BA in Arts Administration from the University of Minnesota with further studies in Jazz and Music Education at Northern Illinois University.

Betty Foulkes

Position
Kids & Co Activities Assistant

Jeff Gotfredson

Position
EL Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4517

Jeff Gotfredson has been with the Hopkins Public Schools since 1999, and is licensed to teach both ELL and Spanish. Having spent over 15 years working with ELL students at Eisenhower Elementary School, Mr. Gotfredson has also taught for Hopkins Adult Options in Education and for English language learners at Tanglen Elementary. In addition to holding a BA in Spanish and an M.Ed. in Second Language Curriculum and Instruction, he has earned a post-graduate certificate in Translation Studies and holds a credential as a qualified community interpreter.

Ginny Grobe, BA

Position
Title 1 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4223

Ginny Grobe has been an elementary teacher for most of her adult life. She has been a classroom teacher as well as a Title I teacher.

Mae Gruss, MA

Position
Grade 4 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4279

Mrs. Mae Gruss (formerly Miss Robinson) has been with the Hopkins district since 1999.

Tonya Gunstenson, BA

Position
Child Study Secretary
Phone Number
952.988.4309

Tonya has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2010. She began working as a special ed para substitute then moved to Harley Hopkins Family Center as Child Study Secretary in 2011 and then to Eisenhower as Child Study Secretary in 2013.

Lisa Hake, M.A.

Position
2nd Grade Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4355

Lisa Hake has been working with the Hopkins Public Schools since 2016. Before that she worked in a variety of educational settings including Waldorf, Montessori, Project Based, and Public schools.

Lara Hammer, BA

Position
K-12 Spanish Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5068

Lara Hammer earned her B.A. in Spanish and Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. She studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico and in Mérida, Venezuela and focused on South American literature.

Dawn Hanson

Position
Kids & Co 2-3 Supervisor
Phone Number
952.988.4274

Kim Hessian

Position
Kids & Co 4-6 Supervisor
Phone Number
952.988.4194

Jeffrey Hochstein, M.Ed.

Position
EL Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5152

Jeff Hochstein joined the Hopkins Public Schools in 2018. Before that, he taught Latin in an elementary school.

Vania Hof-Robrahn, BS

Position
Technology Support Specialist
Phone Number
952.988.4331

Vania Robrahn joined the Hopkins Public Schools in January 2012. She has experience with both junior high & elementary technology environments.

Natalie Hopkins

Position
Special Education Teacher
Phone Number
952-988-5227

Judy Hughes

Position
Title I Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4342

Kate Janssen, MA

Position
5th Grade Teacher
Phone Number
952.567.8901

Kate has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2018. For 5 years, she taught math and reading at the elementary level in Edina Public Schools.

Betty Johnson, MAEd

Position
Kindergarten Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4356

Betty Johnson has been teaching in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1992.

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School Hours

Grades K–6
8:58–3:30

XinXing Academy
8:58–3:30

Office Hours
7:30–4:00

Kids & Company

952.988.4274

Principal
Melissa Ness, Principal Sara Schmidt, Assistant Principal