Meet our amazing Support Team. These experienced practitioners work with students who have learning challenges as well as those who may be struggling with social, emotional, or behavioral issues. The team also supports teachers by providing resources and training to maximize opportunities for students to succeed in the learning environment.
Christine Yussen, M.ED, Student Services Coordinator, earned her B.S. in Foundations of Education and her M.ED in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota. Christine joined the Heilicher faculty in 2005. Education continues to be a career of passion rather simply a job. She enjoys getting to know each student individually and helping them reach goals. Christine is a native of the Twin Cities and enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing the trombone, being active around the city lakes and neighborhoods, and gardening. She enjoys engaging in curricular conversations by serving on the Heilicher Academic Council team.
Sara Wolk Bernstein, M.A.Ed., Hebrew Resource, Grades 4 and 5 Judaic Studies, and Grade 5 Hebrew, is a native of Minneapolis and has been on faculty at Heilicher since 1992. She earned a B.A. in Theater with a Minor in Hebrew from the University of Minnesota. She attended the University of Judaism in Los Angeles for graduate school (now called the American Jewish University) where she earned her Master's in Education and Administration, with additional credits equal to a second bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies. Before returning to the Twin Cities, Sara held positions with the Jewish Community Centers Association of Greater Los Angeles, LA Unified Public Schools, and worked at the LA Bureau of Jewish Education. She has traveled to Israel many times, including as a chaperone/leader for High School educational touring programs. During her years at Heilicher, she has continued her own learning in areas of Special Education, Multiple Intelligences, Curriculum Design, Instructional Differentiation, and held numerous positions including Assistant Principal, Director of Judaic Studies, Hebrew Resource Coordinator, and classroom teacher
Susan (Sue) Blehert, English as a Second Language Teacher, earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan, and a master's degree in English as a Second Language at Hamiline University. She taught in the Chicago Public Schools and in the Robbinsdale, Mound-Westonka, and Osseo school districts in Minnesota. She has been teaching ELL (English Language Learner) students at Heilicher since 2006. Susan especially enjoys outdoor summer activities, reading, crafts, travel, and spending time with her family and friends. She has 3 married sons and 5 adorable grandchildren.
Michael Brown, M.A., Learning Specialist, earned his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Special Education-Learning Disabilities from Mankato State University. He has a current Minnesota teaching license in elementary education and special education, L.D., E.B.D. He has also earned a Certificate in Gifted Education from Hamline University. Michael joined the Heilicher team in 1994. He likes being a valued asset of the community, helping children with learning challenges like math enrichment, and teaching chess to kindergarten classes. He is also the proud father of young ladies, and enjoys hiking, biking, canoeing, and gardening.
Andrea Hansen, M.A., School Counselor, earned her B.A.in English Language and Literature from Oklahoma City University, her J.D. from Creighton University and her M.A. from Adler Graduate School. Prior to joining Heilicher, she substitute taught in Minneapolis, served as a School Counselor at Garlough Environmental Magnet School and as a Behavior Teacher at Stevenson Elementary in Fridley. Her work in education followed 10+ years working at Thomson Reuters as an Academic Account Manager where she worked with law students. Andrea believes each student is unique and talented and helps students learn skills to help them achieve in the classroom as well as become good global citizens. In her free time, she enjoys reading, biking, exploring good food in Minneapolis and spending time with her husband and son.
Dana Provus, M.A., Middle School Learning Specialist, earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa. She also has a master's degree from Concordia University in Reading and Literacy and another from National Louis University in School Administration and Supervision. Dana began her career in Skokie, IL teaching sixth grade language arts and then went on to teach third grade in a neighboring district. Before moving to Minnesota, she served as a literacy coach in Deerfield, IL, collaborating with administration to improve student learning, coaching teachers to improve upon their craft, and helping both struggling and gifted students. Outside of school, Dana loves to cook, exercise, and spend time with her husband and young children.
Courtney Shaw, Resource Teacher, earned her B.S. in Latin Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her MA in Education from Hamline University, and a professional certificate in neurodiversity and learning disabilities with an emphasis in executive skills coaching from Landmark College. For more than 15 years she has been supporting and empowering students to recognize and appreciate themselves as unique learners, maximizing their strengths and addressing their challenges. She has worked at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, Southview Middle School in Edina, Blake, and Groves Academy. In addition to supporting students at Heilicher, Courtney writes curriculum and provides faculty training and support at a charter school in the south metro. In her freetime she enjoys running, searching for her textile craft talent, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.