Contacts and Staff

Natalie Sawatzky, MS

Position
Principal
Phone Number
952.988.5105

Natalie Sawatzky has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2004. For 10 years she served as the School Counselor at Meadowbrook Elementary. She now serves as Meadowbrook's Principal.

Ann Aanestad, BS

Position
Kaleidoscope Preschool Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5126

Ann teaches in the Kaleidoscope Preschool Program at Meadowbrook Elementary. She enjoys working with children and getting to know their families. You can register for the Kaleidoscope Preschool Programs through Harley Hopkins Early Childhood Learning Center at 952.988.5000.

Terri Anderson

Position
Kids & Company Activity Assistant

Heidi Annexstad

Position
Office Clerk
Phone Number
952.988.5100

Heidi loves working with the kids, teachers and parents at Meadowbrook. When she's not working, she likes to cook, read, and chase deer out of her garden.

Laura Arndt

Position
Learning Support Paraprofessional
Phone Number
952.988.5086

Laura has been a paraprofessional in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1998.  Whe has taught both reading and math small groups.

Carey Arnold, BA

Position
Learning Support Paraprofessional
Phone Number
952.988.5117

Mrs. Arnold began teaching Learning Support groups at Meadowbrook during the 2011-12 school year. She has really enjoyed working with small groups of students on their reading and math skills so they can become more successful in their homeroom classrooms.

Andy Aune

Position
Kids & Company Activity Assistant

Brittany Bancroft, BA, MPP

Position
5th Grade Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5098

Brittany Bancroft has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2018. Prior to teaching at Meadowbrook Elementary she has worked in Bloomington Public Schools.

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.

Emily Beelen, BA

Position
Learning Support Paraprofessional
Phone Number
952.224.7232

Emily Beelen has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2015. Emily Beelen received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Bethel University in 2002.

David Bell, MAT

Position
1st Grade Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5081

David Bell joined the Hopkins Public Schools in 2013. He taught 2nd and 4th grade for three years in New Mexico. He served in the Peace Corps, living in a small village in Niger, West Africa.

Stephanie Bell, MA

Position
Grade 4 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5079

Stephanie Bell has been a teacher in the Hopkins School District since 1999. She has taught at three elementary schools within the district—Eisenhower, Glen Lake, and currently Meadowbrook.

Kim Browdie, BS

Position
Grade 2 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5067

Kim Browdie has been with the Hopkins Public Schools since 1999. Prior to teaching she worked as a dental assistant for seven years. Her education background includes a BS in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University–Moorhead.

Chuck Burmeister, MS

Position
Grade 5 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5066

Education is a career change for Chuck. His first degree was a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augsburg College, and his second degree, which he obtained 8 years later, is a Bachelor of Science degree for Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota.

Kristin Cadogan, B.A.

Position
Kindergarten Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5075

Kristin Cadogan has been teaching in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2004. She has taught a variety of grades, but has spent the most time in Kindergarten.

Erika Charlesworth Seiler, BS

Position
Grade 2 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5083

Erika is currently job-sharing a 2nd grade teaching position. She has taught since 1993, with experience in grades 2, 3, 4, and 6.

David Conrad

Position
Orchestra Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4773

Paige Davis, MA

Position
First Grade Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5074

Paige Davis started teaching for Hopkins Public Schools in 2017. Previously, she worked at Princeton Public Schools as a First Grade Spanish Immersion teacher.

Taye Degafi

Position
Custodian

Shanyn Dick, M.Ed.

Position
Stepping Stones Lead Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5123

Shanyn graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a minor in child psychology and has been teaching at Meadowbrook Stepping Stones ever since.

Katie Duffy, M.Ed.

Position
Kindergarten Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4984

Katie began her career at Meadowbrook Elementary in 1998. She has taught 3rd and 4th grade, been a literacy coach, and is currently teaching Kindergarten.

Melissa Elsen, M.S.

Position
Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5179

Melissa Elsen has been teaching in Hopkins Public Schools since 2015. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from St. Cloud State in Elementary Education, with a special emphasis on grades 5-8 science.

Mindy Erdal, MS

Position
Physical Education Specialist
Phone Number
952.988.5091

Mindy Erdal has been teaching Physical Education in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1986. She has taught at Tanglen, Alice Smith, Katherine Curren, and Meadowbrook Elementaries. Mindy is the Elementary Physical Education Lead, a Peer Coach and coaches elementary volleyball at Meadowbrook.

Harald Faber, Ed.D.

Position
Special Education Evaluation Specialist
Phone Number
952.988.4872

Harald Faber has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2002. For 4 years he taught in the special education department at Hopkins High School and for 10 years in the special education department at Tanglen Elementary school.

Sarah Fish

Position
Special Education Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5304

Sarah Fish has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2012. She received her Elementary Education degree in 2009

Kalynn Gerrett

Position
Kids & Company Activity Assistant

Sarah Gleason, M.Ed

Position
Third Grade Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5153

Mrs. Gleason has been teaching since 2005 in a variety of grades. In 2002 she completed her B.S. in Foundations of Elementary Education through the University of Minnesota, and her Masters of Education shortly there after.

Kari Griffin, MSW

Position
School Social Worker
Phone Number
952.988.4973

Kari started working as a school social worker in the Hopkins Public Schools fall 2019.

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.

Robyn Hartley, BA

Position
Kindergarten Teacher

Robyn Hartley began her teaching career at Gatewood Elementary School in 1999 as a Learning Resource Teacher in first grade. She taught there for a few years before staying home to be with her children.

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School Hours

Grades K–6
9:33am–4:05pm

Office Hours 
8:00am–4:30pm

Kids & Company

952.988.5062

Principal
Natalie Sawatzky, Principal, Trenton Lawson, Assistant Principal