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Rochester Arts & Sciences Academy is a non profit organization headed by a Board of Directors who oversee the school's mission and operation.

Our faculty is an outstanding group of educators whose passion and commitment inspire students to gain scientia mundi, "knowledge of the whole world."


  • Nick Doyle

    Nicholas Doyle


    Nicholas Doyle graduated from Bemidji State University with a B.A. in Elementary Education (Math emphasis) and later obtained a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. In Arizona, he advanced from elementary teacher to Assistant Principal and Principal. In 2013, he relocated to Minnesota and became RASA’s principal. His passion is helping his students and his staff succeed at becoming well-rounded, lifelong learners. In his spare time he enjoys activities with his family, playing and watching sports, and cooking.

  • Tasha Patten

    Tasha Dockter


    Tasha Patten graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a B.S. in Elementary Education (Pre-Primary emphasis.)  She began teaching at RASA in its inaugural year and continues to love teaching through inquiry and the small class sizes. She also enjoys allowing students to express their creative side through visual arts.  In her spare time she enjoys running to train for half marathons and loves being a mom to her 3 children.

  • Heather Worlton

    Heather Worlton


    Heather Worlton graduated from Winona State University receiving an Elementary Education degree, with a middle school emphasis. She completed teaching experiences in the Rochester area and Wisconsin. Heather has a hands-on approach to teaching and is passionate about encouraging learners to have fun while exploring their world. She has been on the RASA teaching staff since 2010 and enthusiastically inspires life-long learning according to the IB philosophy. In her spare time she loves being with her husband and their 3 children. Heather also finds joy in trying new things, baking and being creative. 

  • Kate Campbell

    Kate Campbell


    A native of Rochester, Kate Campbell graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a B.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education, and later obtained an M.S. in Education K-12 from Winona State University. After being introduced to the IB-PYP curriculum while student teaching abroad, she is thrilled to be teaching it once again at RASA. She is passionate about teaching reading & writing, trying to thread those two topics in all subject areas. Her favorite part of teaching is building working relationships with students. In her free time, she enjoys taking long walks, traveling, and painting. 

  • Marcia Ranft

    Marcia Ranft


    Marcia Ranft graduated from Bemidji State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education.  She began her career teaching 2nd grade and then kindergarten before joining the RASA staff as the 1st grade teacher.  Her passion in education is finding engaging learning opportunities, helping children believe in themselves, and creating a classroom community of compassion and support.  Marcia lives in Wabasha with her husband, and her two daughters.  Her hobbies include camping, music, boating, and Harley rides.


  • Jane Yap

    Amanda Harmon


    Amanda Harmon graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Education and Human Sciences with an emphasis in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language.  She began her career in Nebraska as an ESL teacher for 4th and 5th grade students for two years followed by teaching a 4th grade for a year.  After a move to Wisconsin, she taught 3rd grade for three years.  Amanda relocated to Minnesota following the birth of her son and enjoyed taking a year to stay home and substitute teach in the Rochester Public Schools.  Amanda loves to inspire her students to be life-long learners and to give students many hands-on opportunities to shape their learning experience.  In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog.  She likes to go on walks with her family, read, and scrapbook.

  • Emily Keogler

    Emily Carr


    Emily Carr graduated from Sacred Heart University with a BS in Psychology and a minor in English, and later obtained her MAT degree in elementary education from SHU.  She found her passion in teaching by becoming a swimming instructor sixteen years ago, and educating children in the pool or in the classroom is the only job she’s ever had.  Emily loves inspiring children to learn and grow academically and socially throughout the year by making learning hands-on and fun. She appreciates how much children can teach her during the year too.   Emily grew up on Long Island, NY, and currently lives in Rochester with her husband and Siberian Husky puppy Koda.  She loves swimming, baking, cooking, running, and hiking, and spending time with family and friends.


  • Brianna Zabel

    Brianna Zabel

    4th & 5th GRADE TEACHER

    Brianna Zabel graduated from Winona State University, where she studied Elementary Education (Math emphasis). She student taught at Frimley Elementary School in Hastings, New Zealand, and she loves all things Kiwi! She spent a year teaching 5th grade in Rochester while earning her M.S. degree and then taught three years in Lanesboro Public Schools. She lives in Rochester with her husband and cat, Bosco. She enjoys reading, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Ashley Bies

    Ashley Bies

    Enrichment, Special Instruction & After-school coordinator

    Ashley Bies graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a B.S. in Elementary Education (Science emphasis). She has worked with students from preschool through 6th grade. She began teaching at RASA in 2014. Her passion is helping her students learn to love learning and seeing them grow and make connections. In her spare time she enjoys playing with her dog and working out with her friend.

  • Maija Klees

    Maija Klees


    Bonjour!  Originally from Buffalo, Minnesota, Maija Klees moved to Rochester about five years ago.  She graduated from Concordia College, and has attended and worked for the Concordia Language Villages.  When not teaching French, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three cats. You may also find her selling coffee and cookies at the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market.


  • Charyssa Cobb


    A native Texan, Charyssa graduated from UW-Madison with Master’s degrees in Spanish and TESOL. She lived in Costa Rica as an exchange student and has travelled throughout Latin America and Spain.  She has taught Spanish and ESL in both public school and university settings for over twenty years.  She loves opening her students’ minds to new languages and cultures.  She lives in Rochester with her husband, two children, two cats, and many fish.  In her free time she enjoys cooking, choral singing, ballroom dancing, and travel.  



RASA's Board of Directors

Rochester Arts & Sciences Academy is a non profit organization with 501(c)3 public charity status. The RASA Board of Directors is the governing body. The Head of School/Principal and the Board Chair collaborate to provide oversight of all school needs. The RASA Board is comprised of volunteer members who are current school parents or community members aligned with the school’s mission. Board meetings are held on a monthly basis. Meetings are open to the public quarterly.

Board Position


Term Beginning

Term End

Board Chair

Rochelle Torgerson

November 2014

November 2017






Sameer Parikh

January 2016

January 2019


Kristina Kumar

December 2016

December 2019

Development Chair




General Member

Catherine Meves

December 2014

December 2017

General Member

Andrea Wahner Hendrickson

January 2015

January 2018

General Member

Esra Sir

March 2017

March 2020

General Member

Dragana Milosevic

November 2015

November 2018

General Member

Justin Kreuter

September 2016  September 2019