Faculty Profiles

Our faculty are active researchers, writers and speakers; many of them internationally known for their contributions toward the advancement of their fields of study. But, most of all, they're passionate, caring teachers.

  • Erin Trondson, MS Ed

    Sister Ann Harvey Visiting Professor, Early Childhood & Montessori Programs

    Trondson holds a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison in Curriculum & Instruction where she completed qualitative research on the capacity for inclusion in Montessori schools. That research won the Outstanding Thesis Award with the American Montessori Society (AMS) in 2016 and can be found in the AMS online research library. She has since completed twenty years as a Montessori Head of School and participated in a year-long leadership residency program with Embracing Equity. Trondson has served as an adjunct professor for several years, this is her first semester as a full-time visiting professor.

  • Fadila Adam, EdD

    Assistant Professor, Early Childhood & Montessori Programs

    Dr. Fadila Adam is passionate about early childhood education. She has more than 16 years of teaching experience in Early Head Start and Head Start programs. She holds a Master of Science in Teaching, Learning and Leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University and earned her Doctorate in Education from Hamline University. Her dissertation focused on international research (Early Childhood Education in Ethiopia). She recently joined St. Kate's as Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood & Montessori program in August 2021.  
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  • Lori R. Maxfield, PhD

    Education Program Director, Associate Professor, Education

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  • Molly Wheeler, MEd

    Sister Ann Harvey Visiting Professor, Early Childhood & Montessori Programs

    Molly Wheeler is an educator focusing on the Early Childhood and Montessori areas. has earned a B.A. from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, her AMS Early Childhood credential, and her M.A. in Education from St. Catherine University. Molly is passionate about Anti-Bias education and promoting access to Montessori through public programming. Her research interests include supporting teacher self-efficacy and child self-regulation skills through the use of mindfulness techniques and record-keeping strategies.

    Molly currently lives in Bogotá, Colombia with her family, serving in the U.S. Foreign Service.

  • Sarah Hassebroek, EdD

    Assistant Professor, Montessori

    Sarah Hassebroek specializes in Elementary Montessori Education. Before joining St Kate's, she was a classroom teacher for 10 years and taught in the Midwest and in Costa Rica. She was a Literacy Specialist and an Instructional Coach for four additional years. Sarah studied Anthropology and Spanish in her bachelor's program and obtained a MAED at St Kate's in 2006. Sarah studied Educational Policy and Leadership Studies with an emphasis on Equity in Education and Online Learning at the University of Iowa, where she obtained her Education Specialist degree.
    Sarah continues to support the ongoing professional growth for Elementary and Montessori teachers.

  • Teresa Ripple, EdD

    Associate Professor, Montessori Program Director

    Education: Online Montessori (AM2), Education: for Licensed Educators, Education: Montessori Credential, Education, Early Childhood Education Montessori, Early Childhood Education
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