Principal Investigator

Dr. Robert C. Johnson

robjohn@stcloudstate.edu

Phone: 320-308-2553

Fax: 320-308-2554

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Dr. Robert C. Johnson is a Professor and the Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department and Pre-College Departments at SCSU.

 

His degrees are numerous and his experience is varied. B.A. 1967, Lincoln University; M.A.T. 1970, M.A. 1974, Ph.D. 1976, B.S. 1984, Washington University.has B.A in French, a Masters degree iin technology and social policies, a bachelor degree in mathematics, and a PH.D in educational research.

 

Dr. Johnson is passionate about showing students of any age that the path to higher education is an important step to take in their future successes.

 

Dr. Johnson is the 2012 recipient of the Robert L. Perry Memorial Mentorship Award by the National Association of Ethnic Studies for his work in promoting and nurturing the mentoring of the underrepresented youth in our communities.

 

Dr. Johnson founded Pipeline camps at SCSU more than 25 years ago. For more information see, http://www.stcloudstate.edu/pipeline/

 

 

Program Project Manager

Debbie Beumer

dlbeumer@stcloudstate.edu

320-308-4058

Fax: 320-308-2554

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office Manager

Ryan Schultz

rmschultz@stcloudstate.edu

320-308-6433

Fax: 320-308-2554

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmed Mohamed

Tech High School - 10th grade

Ahmed.Mohamed@isd742.org

320-252–2231, ext 3136

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Ahmed has a Bachelor of Science in Math and Physics and his Master's Degree in Linguistics. He moved to the United States from Somali in 1997.

He has been with the Access and Opportunity Program since it's inception and is a veteran of the program. Ahmed has dedicated his entire professional career to the education field.

 

 

 

 

Twyla Nielsen

North Jr. High School - 8th grade

Twyla.Nielsen@isd.org

320-251-2159, ext 4281

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Twyla is from St. Paul, MN and earned her B.S. in Education right here at St. Cloud State University. She earned her M.ED & PhD at North Dakota State University

Twyla has 20 years in experience in Education as an Elementary Teacher and K12 School Counselor

Her favorite thing about the AOP Program is the daily interaction with students and the opportunity to work with a great staff at North Junior High School

 
     
     
     
   


Chanmany Sysengchanh

Apollo High School - 11th -12th grades

Chanmany.Sysengchanh@isd742.org

320-253-1600, ext 2828

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He says his favorite thing about the program is seeing the wonderful students everyday.

 

 
     

Heather Thiesen

Apollo High School - 9th grade

Heather.Thiesen@isd742.org

320-253-1600, ext 2828

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Heather attended Storden-Jeffers High School before heading off to higher education at Mankato State University where she earned a degree in Elementary Education K-6, and then Southwest Minnesota State University earning a degree in Educational Leadership.

She feels that the Access and Opportunity program is a way to make students aware that education is important; it is not easy, but responsibility and work ethic will help you survive.

 

 

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Twyla Nielsen

North Jr. High School - 8th grade

Twyla.Nielsen@isd.org

320-251-2159, ext 4281

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Twyla is from St. Paul, MN and earned her B.S. in Education right here at St. Cloud State University. She earned her M.ED & PhD at North Dakota State University

Twyla has 20 years in experience in Education as an Elementary Teacher and K12 School Counselor

Her favorite thing about the AOP Program is the daily interaction with students and the opportunity to work with a great staff at North Junior High School

 

Jenel Chang

South Jr. High School - 8th grade

Jenel.Chang@isd742.org

320-251-1322, ext 1917

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Jenel is from Tacoma, WA. She earned her B.A. in History from Grinnell College. and her MEd. in Secondary Education from Western Washington University

In the past 16 years she has lived in five states teaching Social Studies and Language Arts in grades 7-12

What she values most about being part of the Access and Opportunity Program are the relationships she is able to build with such interesting, passionate, and engaging students.

 

 

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