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.

  • Catherine M. Kelly, PhD

    Associate Professor, Education

    Catherine M. Kelly, Associate Professor of Education at St. Catherine University, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy methods and children's literature, content area literacy, research methods, and assessment in addition to supervising practicum and student teaching experiences. Her research interests focus on effective preparation of and induction for elementary teachers particularly for diverse school contexts. She holds current Minnesota teaching licenses in Elementary Education K-6, Reading K-12, and English as a Second Language K-12.

  • Dawn Quigley, PhD

    Associate Professor, Education

    Dawn Quigley, Ph.D. is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. Her scholarship uses Indigenous Research Methodology as she studies models of teacher education in how to include respectful Native American curriculum into P-12 classrooms. Dr. Quigley is also an author of children's books focused on contemporary Native American stories.


  • Elizabeth A. Whalen (Ring-Whalen)

    Assistant Professor, Education; Director, National Center for STEM Elementary Education (NCSEE)

    Elizabeth A. Ring-Whalen is an Assistant Professor of Education at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and the director of the National Center for STEM in Elementary Education (NCSEE.) She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction - STEM Education from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on STEM education: what this looks like in PreK-12 classrooms and the exploration of teachers’ beliefs of integrated STEM as well as how these beliefs influence teachers’ practices and student achievement in the classroom. Alongside this research, she has worked to explore the attitudes and beliefs teachers hold about cultural diversity and teaching culturally diverse students.

  • Lori R. Maxfield. PhD

    Education Program Director, Associate Professor, Education


  • Natasha Yates, MA

    Assistant Professor, Education

    Natasha Yates believes respecting and honoring the dignity of every child of any age is where a school climate needs to begin. She emphasizes that exploration and enjoyment of the natural world is critical to a well-rounded childhood and imperative for a sustainable future on Earth. She earned her MA in science education from Columbia University Teachers College and is presently working towards her EdD with a focus in environmental science education, at Hamline University.  She teaches general and STEM education courses at St. Kate’s. She holds a current Minnesota life science secondary teaching license & New York biology and general science license.

  • 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.

  • Siri Anderson, EdD

    Associate Professor, Education

    As an online teacher, learner, and citizen I work to enhance the circulation of potentially liberating learning. Through intentionally designed social networks I facilitate connections between innovative, beautiful, or content-rich resources and the people who can use those to facilitate the greater good. Via a wide repertoire of digital tools, I seek pathways to bridge gaps in learning at the individual and institutional level. I enjoy collaborating with other justice-oriented faculty and staff at St.Kate's to facilitate improved opportunities for all people.

  • Suzanne Kaback, EdD

    Associate Professor, Education

    I began my teaching career in Maine in 1990, teaching 5th and 6th grades.  I moved to Boston, MA, where I taught 7th grade language arts while earning my Master's degree in Literacy, Language, and Cultural  Studies at Boston University.  From Massachusetts, I moved back to Maine where I taught 5th grade, before leaving the classroom to earn my EdD in Literacy Education from the University of Maine in 2003.  After earning my  doctorate, I was hired as an assistant professor at Elmira College where  I taught for three years before moving to Minnesota and joining the  Education department at St. Catherine University in 2006.

  • 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

  • Yasemin Gunpinar, PhD

    Associate Professor, Education

    Yasemin Gunpinar earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Department of Elementary Mathematics Education in Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey. The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) sponsored her while pursuing her master’s degree. From 2006 to 2008, she taught mathematics in both private and public schools in Turkey. She co-wrote a publication titled "Supporting Lesson Book Including Subject Teaching for All Courses in Elementary 6th Grades". She enjoyed teaching mathematics as much as she enjoyed studying. This feeling influenced her desire to focus on mathematics education as her future career goal.