Center for Access and Opportunity

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Dr. Robert C. Johnson

Dr. Robert C. Johnson

Principal Investigator

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/

Debbie Beumer

Program Project Manager

Ahmed Mohamed

Ahmed Mohamed

Tech High School

320-252–2231, ext 3136
Ahmed.Mohamed@isd742.org
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

Twyla Nielsen

Apollo High School

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.
Heather Thiesen

Heather Thiesen

Apollo High School

320-253-1600, ext 2828
Heather.Thiesen@isd742.org
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.