Elementary Instructional Coaches

     Denise Bade
    Denise Bade

    Hello! My name is Denise Bade. I am married to Bruce who teaches science at West Middle School. We have two children, Alex (27) who works for 3M and Elizabeth (24) who attends the U of M medical school. This is my 30 th year in teaching, this is my 19th year in the Shakopee school district and this is my seventh year as an Instructional Coach.

    I have taught all elementary grades, high potential, title one and Reading Recovery. I have been a literacy coach for eight years prior to taking this position. I am so excited to coach with intervention and Special Education teachers. Together, we will learn a great deal.

    I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Mankato State University and a Master’s Degree from Saint Mary’s University. I have a Reading Recovery endorsement from North Dakota State and a Literacy Coaching Certification from The Ohio State. I love learning and going to school. There have only been three summers in my professional career when I didn’t attend college for ongoing learning.

    I am excited to continue my learning as I work alongside teachers again this year. We will explore various learning strategies and teaching techniques to help our school grow academically and engagement techniques to help our students learn efficiently.

    Eagle Creek                   
     Jill Wimberger

    Hello, my name is Jill Wimberger.  I am very excited to begin as an Instructional Coach at Eagle Creek Elementary School.  Previously, I have taught in both Wisconsin and Minnesota in grades second through ninth, served as an elementary TOSA, special education teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota-Mankato. 

    I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University, and received my Educational Specialist in Teacher Leadership and Administration from the University of St.Thomas.  As I begin my 21st year in education, I am looking forward to collaborating with the staff and families of the Shakopee School District.

     Stephanie Blad
    Stephanie Blad

    My name is Stephanie Blad, and I have had the pleasure of working in Shakopee Public Schools since the onset of my educational career.  I have been a classroom teacher in both kindergarten and second grade.

    In addition, I have served in the roles of Title 1 Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator, and Lead Intervention Teacher. As an Instructional Coach for the district this year, I have the pleasure of working alongside passionate educators with a desire to learn!   

    I look forward to using my personal and professional skills to learn with and from others.

     Red Oak  
    Laura Kantrud
    Laura Kantrud

    My name is Laura Kantrud, and I am excited to join the district as the Instructional Coach at Red Oak!

    I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s in elementary education from the University of Minnesota. I began my career teaching four years in Minneapolis Public schools before moving to Jaipur, India. There I volunteered as an English teacher in a rural orphanage. Upon my return, I spent two years teaching 4th grade in the Mounds View district.

    I am looking forward to stepping into this new role as coach, and I’m eager to collaborate with staff to support the achievement of all our students.

     Sun Path   
     Monica Miller
    Monica Miller

    My name is Monica Miller and I am an Instructional Coach for the Shakopee School District. I am located at Sun Path Elementary, however, I am lucky enough to work with teachers across the school district.  I look forward to collaborating with teachers and administrators to have a positive impact on student learning. 

    Brandy Lokshin
    My name is Brandy Lokshin and this is my first year teaching in Shakopee School District. I recently moved from Illinois where I taught 4th grade for 10 years before becoming an Academic Achievement Coach and then an Assistant Principal.

    I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.

    I am excited to be the Instructional Coach at Sweeney Elementary School and look forward to learning alongside the staff and students this year!