Education Department

The pace of change in today’s world continues to accelerate, making it vitally important that learners are taught by those who have the tools, techniques, and approaches relevant for this environment. 

Saint Mary’s School of Education meets that challenge by modeling the Lasallian mission and training future educators who empower learners, encouraging them to ethical lives of service and leadership. Skilled faculty help guide students to become educators who create a challenging and positive learning environment for all learners—educators who respect the potential, capabilities, and needs of every student.

Preparing Teachers for Licensure

The School of Education prepares teachers for licensure in the following certification areas: elementary educationsecondary education, K-12 music (instrumental and vocal), and K-12 world languages. All programs meet the licensure requirements of the State of Minnesota.

Hinck ready to share love of literature [video]

Ellen Hinck ’17 could have graduated last year. As a Psychology major, she would have graduated from Saint Mary’s University in just three years. But she quite literally couldn’t help but pursue her love of literature. With one additional year, she could add Literature with Writing Emphasis as a second major and then pursue a […] Read more ›

Be yourself by being someone else [video]

Angie Mazzuca ’13 used to get physically ill at the thought of public speaking. “But then I joined high school speech and never shut up,” she said. The once-shy student is now a junior high English teacher coaxing other shy students to come out of their boxes—through drama, speech, knowledge bowl, and classroom presentations. And through […] Read more ›

Two degrees, one shared past

Priscilla Nava and Sarah Witt fervently cheered for each other as they crossed the Saint Mary’s University commencement stage Saturday—one obtaining her bachelor’s degree and the other earning her master’s degree. Witt, formerly Nava’s teacher at San Miguel Middle School in Chicago, once counseled Nava and her other students about the importance of going to […] Read more ›

Future educators inspire seasoned professionals

The four Saint Mary’s University student presenters admit it was a bit of a role reversal—the students became the teachers … to teachers. Graduating elementary education majors Emily Blaser, Katie LeTourneau, Jessica Bjick, and Ally Warmka hadn’t yet gathered classroom experience, outside of student teaching, and they couldn’t imagine inspiring their audience at the ASCD […] Read more ›

Goals for Our Students

  • Have the ability to perform at a highly qualified level of teaching as defined by the Minnesota State Board of Teaching Standards
  • Display the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to effectively teach and lead a diverse population of students and work with parents, colleagues, administrators, and community members in support of a child’s or young adult’s education
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of teaching in the spirit of the Lasallian mission
  • Hold a strong foundation in disciplinary knowledge and content

Saint Mary's Education Majors

  • Participate in small classes that stress active learning and focus on individual student needs
  • Complete field experiences with practicing teachers every semester beginning in the sophomore year
  • Receive instruction and mentoring from veteran instructors who have years of experience in teaching and current teachers in the field

Connect With Us

Betty Kube

Education - Administrative Assistant

Saint Mary's Hall, SM133

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6622

Betty Kube
Mariann Miller, M.Ed.

Education - Field Placement Coordinator

Griffin Hall, GR212

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-8736

Mariann Miller M.Ed.


Rebecca Hopkins, Ed.D.

Dean of Education, Associate Professor of Education

Saint Mary's Hall, SM133A

Campus Box: # 78

(507) 457-6620

Rebecca Hopkins Ed.D.
Karen Sorvaag, Ed.D.

Department Chair, Education - Professor

Griffin Hall, GR206

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6638

Karen Sorvaag Ed.D.
Jan Dimmitt-Olson, M.Ed.

Education - Assistant Professor

Griffin Hall, GR204

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6600

Jan Dimmitt-Olson M.Ed.
Elizabeth Donahue, M.A.

Education - Instructor

Griffin Hall, GR201

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-1476

Elizabeth Donahue M.A.
David Jackson, Ph.D.

Education - Associate Professor, MED - Facilitator

Griffin Hall, GR220

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6613

David Jackson Ph.D.
Melissa Luedtke, Ed.D.

Education - Professor

Griffin Hall, GR203

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6623

Melissa Luedtke Ed.D.
Scott Sorvaag, Ed.D.

Education / LCT - Associate Professor

Griffin Hall, GR214

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6612

Scott Sorvaag Ed.D.