Sharriah Armstrong is a language arts instructor at Irondale High School where she teaches college seminar, a course that supports AP U.S. History in Minnesota’s premiere early college program. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Arts in Leadership from Augsburg College. Throughout her career she has enjoyed teaching in a variety of Minnesota districts including the East Metro Integration District, Edina, and Minnetonka as well as pre-licensure experience teaching EFL in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sharriah is passionate about the Paideia Program because of its impact on social justice in the classroom and its ability to give all students a voice while improving reading and critical thinking skills.
John is one of the original Paideia Associates and has worked with the Paideia program since 1985, both as a teacher and an adminstrator. He designed and implemented the first junior high Paideia school in Cincinnati, Ohio and was responsible for starting several more Paideia schools in Cincinnati, from the elementary to the high school levels. From 1986 through 2010, Clark taught graduate classes at Xavier University on Paideia Methods and Seminars. As a Paideia Associate, Clark worked with Dr. Patricia Weiss and Dr. Mortimer J. Adler for several years designing and conducting Paideia training sessions around the country. He also served as Chairman of the PGI (Paideia Group, Inc.) Board. John is currently retired and enjoying life to the hilt.
Anne Kaufman, Ph.D. is a Professor Emerita and Director of the Paideia Program at Augsburg College. She is also President of the Paideia Group, Inc. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, her expertise is in social studies curriculum and development at the secondary level. Her dissertation focused on student engagement in Paideia seminars. In addition, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Paideia, conducts in-service Paideia training programs, directs grant projects, and presents at state, national, and international conferences. Her research focus involves the impact of Paideia seminars on student learning and teacher professional growth.
Abby Rombalski has been conducting Paideia seminars in 6th-9th grade English and humanities classrooms since 2004 and has been facilitating the Paideia grant for four years. She earned her B.A. from St. Olaf (English, music, and multicultural studies) and her M.A. in Multicultural Studies and Service-Learning from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and Goddard College in Vermont. Abby has taught in India, 3 years at an ALC in Scott County, including with the Mdewakanton Dakota Community, and for the past 11 years at the FAIR School, Downtown Minneapolis. She is currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota in the PhD Program for Curriculum and Instruction, Critical Literacy track.
Mark Storck is an instructor of exceptionally gifted children, ages 8-11, in the Minnetonka Navigator Program of the Minnetonka School District. His practice of Paideia began in 2009, beginning with a focus on seminar use in language arts, but now encompasses all areas of study in his classroom. Prior to his current position, he taught at Marion W. Savage Elementary School in the Burnsville School District for 18 years, both as a K-6 science specialist and a 6th grade self-contained classroom teacher. Mark also taught 6th grade for two years at The Heart of the Earth Native American Survival School in Minneapolis. Mark’s journey with Paideia began in 2009, beginning with a focus on seminar use in language arts, but now encompasses all areas of study in his classroom. Mark earned his BA in geology (with math and speech minors) from the University of Minnesota-Morris, a double MS in environmental science and geology from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and completed his teaching license work at Augsburg College.
Elaine Sutton recently retired from Monroe Community School in St. Paul, MN after 35 years of teaching experience. While at Monroe, she taught 5th and 6th graders and was the Paideia Curriculum Coordinator where she provided oversight for staff training and Paideia curriculum materials. Sutton has also been a seminar leader and a presenter at national conferences including the Paideia Group, Inc., a co-trainer for high school teachers and a seminar leader at out-of-state Paideia training. During retirement, she has volunteered as a Paideia seminar leader in 3rd and 5th grade classrooms.