Contacts and Staff

Eduardo Navidad, M. Ed, Principal licensure K-12

Position
Principal
Phone Number
952.988.4201

Navidad has served as principal of Lowertown Elementary in the Waconia Area Public Schools district and as an assistant principal for Mankato Public Schools at Mankato East High School. In 2015, he served as director of continuous improvement and accountability for Eden Prairie Schools. He also was an assistant principal for Centennial Elementary School in Colorado and was a sixth-grade math and science teacher in Wisconsin and Colorado.

Joseph Adams, Ed.S. K-12 Principal licensure

Position
Dean of Students
Phone Number
952.988.4200

Joseph Adams resides in Saint Paul (Como) with his wife, two sons, and golden lab. He loves to read, travel, cook, play music, dance, and sing. He was Dean of Students at Beacon Academy in Crystal, MN (2017-2019) and English teacher at Park High School in Cottage Grove (2009-2017).

Emily Acker, M.A.

Position
Kindergarten Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4220

Emily Acker has been teaching in the Hopkins School District since 2003.

Alyssa Albrecht, M.S.

Position
Grade 2 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4230

Alyssa Albrecht has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2001. She has worked at Tanglen Elementary as a Special Education teacher and 5th Grade Teacher. She is currently a 4th grade teacher at Alice Smith Elementary.

Cindy (Cynthia) Artez, MA

Position
Learning Support Paraprofessional
Phone Number
952.988.4193

This is my third year in Hopkins Public Schools, at Alice Smith, in the position of a learning support paraprofessional in the kindergarten and primary grades.

Tracey Beaverson, M.Ed.

Position
Elementary Instructional Coach
Phone Number
952.988.4250

Tracey Beaverson has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2008. For 8 years she taught 5th and 3rd grades at Alice Smith Elementary and for 2 years she taught 3rd grade at Meadowbrook Elementary.

Lana Boord-Barton, M.Ed

Position
EL Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4243

Lana has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2001. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, Morris, with degrees in Spanish, Psychology and Sociology.

Kristi Brown, B.A.

Position
Special Education Paraprofessional
Phone Number
952-988-4248

Kristi has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2013.  In the past she has worked with students of all ages, from early childhood through high school.

Allison Buttress, B.S.

Position
Media Center Paraprofessional
Phone Number
952.988.4208

Doreen Carlson, MA

Position
Grade 5 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4231

Doreen Carlson has been working as an educator since 1994, and began teaching in the Hopkins Public Schools in 2001.

Brian Cosgriff

Position
Physical Education Teacher, Girls Head Basketball Coach
Phone Number
952.988.4249

Brian has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1984, and teaching physical education at Alice Smith since 1987.

Kevin Davis, MA

Position
Grade 4 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4238

Kevin Davis currently teaches fourth grade. He is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and received his Master of Arts in teaching degree from the University of St. Thomas. Mr. Davis has been teaching in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2004.

Christina Farrell, MS

Position
Grade 5 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4242

Christina Farrell grew up in the northwest suburbs and attended Robbinsdale Armstrong high school. After high school she attended St. Cloud State University, where she earned a BS in Elementary Education.

Gina Feinstein

Position
Special Education Paraprofessional
Phone Number
952.988.4200

Gina Feinstein has been teaching in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2003. After teaching in various programs, she transitioned into a support role, to spend more time with the students.

Melissa Gausmann, M.Ed.

Position
Literacy Coach
Phone Number
952.988.4218

Melissa has been working in the Hopkins Public School District since 2011. Before coming to Hopkins, she taught 8 years in the elementary classroom teaching third, fourth, and fifth graders.

Gjenifer Ghodge, MSW

Position
Social Worker
Phone Number
952.988.4588

Gjenifer is excited to be working at Alice Smith as a Social Worker. Previous to Alice Smith, she worked as a school Social Worker in Brooklyn Center.

Tara Hahn, BA, MEd

Position
Grade 1 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4225

Tara earned her BA from Arizona State University and her MEd from Saint Mary's University.

Lara Hammer, BA

Position
K-12 Spanish Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5068

Lara Hammer earned her B.A. in Spanish and Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. She studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico and in Mérida, Venezuela and focused on South American literature.

Adam Hebeisen, AA

Position
Learning Support Paraprofessional
Phone Number
952.567.8877

This is Adam's first year in Hopkins Public Schools, but he has worked in other school districts since 2015.

Anya Holst, MAT

Position
Grade 1 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5197

Anya has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Hamline University in St. Paul. She has been teaching in Hopkins Public Schools since 2014.

Kimberly Husfeldt, Ed.S.

Position
School Psychologist
Phone Number
952.988.4419

Kimberly Husfeldt has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2001. She originally started her career at Hopkins West Junior High as a special education case manager and work experience teacher.

Allison Johnston

Position
Spanish Teacher

Allison Hunter has been teaching FLES Spanish in Hopkins Public Schools, at Alice Smith Elementary since 2017. For three years, she taught 3rd grade at an International School in Colombia, South America.

Chris Johnstone, MS

Position
Special Education Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5239

Christopher Johnstone has been teaching in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2001. He has a degree in Mathematics from Bethel College, Mathematics Teaching license though the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Masters in Special Education with a focus in Emotional Behavioral Disorders from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Kari Joseph

Position
Kids & Company Lead Supervisor
Phone Number
952.988.4212

Leah Kremer, M.Ed.

Position
Grade 3 Teacher
Phone Number
952.567.8900

Leah Kremer started her teaching career at Alice Smith Elementary as a student teacher in 3rd grade in 2014, while completing the teacher preparation program at the University of MN.

Laura Larson, M.Ed.

Position
Grade 3 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4228

Laura graduated from the University of South Dakota, with a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education.

Carmel Larson, B.A.

Position
Title 1 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4334

Mrs. Larson has taught first grade, computers, ELL (as a long term sub), and Title 1.

James Lekatz, BA

Position
Vocal Music Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4249

James Lekatz has been a music and theater teaching artist for the past 8 year all over the Twin Cities. Most of his teaching has taken place with Stages Theatre Company where he was on staff for 5 years.

Karla Lescarbeau, BA

Position
Title I Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4969

Karla Lescarbeau has been teaching in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2001. She has taught both Kindergarten and Title One for Hopkins at Gatewood and Eisenhower Elementary Schools.

Kelly Lindemann, M.A

Position
Grade 2 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4257

Kelly Lindemann earned her BS in Elementary Education, and MA in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Reading Instruction and Multicultural Education. Kelly has worked in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1991.

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School Hours

Grades K–6 
9:33–4:05

Office Hours
8:10–4:40

Kids & Company

952.988.4212

Principal
Eduardo Navidad