Dr. Lalita Subrahmanyan is Professor of Elementary and Middle Level Education at St. Cloud State University. Her PhD, obtained in 1993 from the State University of New York at Buffalo, was in Comparative Education with an emphasis on women in science. At SCSU, she has taught courses in middle level education and emerging adolescent development, curriculum and instruction, and the historical, philosophical and social foundations of education. She has also taught courses in the Honors program on women in science, women in South Asia and feminist perspectives on Hindu philosophy and practice. Her emphasis in her teaching and her work is on developing students to be critical thinkers and active citizens in a global and pluralistic democracy.
Lalita has had several years of experience in schools in India, and in urban community development projects. Additionally she has had extensive experience working with schools in Minnesota since 1993. In 2000-02 she served as the cultural diversity coordinator in the St. Cloud schools. From 2001-2007 she directed, with two colleagues, a mentoring project in which mentors from St. Cloud State University were trained to work with students of diverse backgrounds from grades 7-12 in culturally appropriate mentoring relationships. Lalita has made several national and international presentations on curriculum and instruction, middle level education, multicultural education, social justice and related topics.
Lalita’s interests include Hindustani and Carnatic classical music and reading.
Tyler is a St. Cloud native and graduate of Apollo high school. He recently received a B.A. in Psychology from Southwest MN State University. While at Southwest MN State, he was also on the football team and helped to start the Center For Civic Engagement at SMSU. Tyler served 2 years in active duty in the US Army and 4 years in the MN National Guard as an Air Traffic Controller and Flight Engineer. Tyler enjoys spending time with family, cooking, fishing, rock climbing, and being outdoors.
Shannon Johnson is in her first year of the master's program in School Counseling at St. Cloud State University. She graduated from Hopkins High school and then moved to St. Peter, MN to attend Gustavus Adolphus College. During her time at Gustavus, she was on the Track and Field team and started a Synchronized Skating team. Shannon graduated from Gustavus in May 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Health and Exercise Science. After her graduation she was employed at SPS Commerce, a job she recently resigned to pursue the graduate program. Shannon enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing soccer, fishing, camping and anything else outdoors.
Dana Nixon is a first year graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. She is originally from Racine, Wisconsin and is of course a huge Packers and Badgers fan. Dana completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an additional major in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May, 2013. In her free time, Dana likes to play any sport that involves a racquet and is also getting into yoga. When she gets a chance to visit home, she loves being with her two younger sisters and playing with their two kitties.
Whitnee Herrling is a Sophomore at St. Cloud State University. She is majoring in biological sciences with an emphasis on pre-medical studies. She is also an active member in the University Honors Program. After she completes her bachelor’s degree, Whitnee hopes to attend medical school and specialize in pediatric medicine. Whitnee is originally from Middleton, Wisconsin where she lived with her parents and two younger sisters. In her free time, Whitnee enjoys attending cooking and baking classes. She also enjoys playing ice hockey and spending time with her friends and family outdoors.
Alayna Kangas is a freshman at St. Cloud State University, and is currently undecided on her major. She is from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and she enjoys reading and playing with her dog, Pete. During the summer she spends most of her weekends at her family cabin where they swim, fish, and go tubing. Her favorite television shows include American Horror Story and The Office. Alayna plans on joining the University’s forensics team next year, since she loved being a part of the speech team in high school.