Restorative Practices Steering Committee

 Rebecca Wade

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Rebecca Wade

Rebecca Wade is an educator, Saint Paul resident and parent of four daughters. Her youngest daughter attends Parkway Montessori Middle School. She comes to the Restorative Practice work with passion, humility and a sense of urgency as we, collectively and intentionally, seek out opportunities and pathways that will fully support students as their authentic and whole selves.

 Clark Hoelscher

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Clark Hoelscher

M. Clark Hoelscher, Ph.D., is a leader for transformational change towards racially equitable experiences and outcomes for students. Clark works in the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Equity Department and leads the Out for Equity Program in the District. Their work in this role centers systemically accelerating supports for LGBTQ+ students, families, and staff of color. They are also a member of the district mental health and restorative practices steering committees. They taught biology and physics before completing a doctorate in education at the University of Minnesota. They are a member of the GLSEN National Advisory Council. Hoelscher identifies as white, bisexual and gender queer.



 Jennifer Nielsen

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Jennifer Nielsen

Jennifer Nielsen is Director of Programs at  CommonBond Communities, a mission-centered housing organization. In this role she oversees youth education, employment/financial, and health/wellness programming for residents living in CommonBond’s 100+ housing communities. Jennifer’s experience in the housing industry, her past experience as a public school educator, and her role as a community member have demonstrated to her the profound importance of creating and restoring community.

 Julia Mullan

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Julia Mullan

Julia Mullan has been a school counselor for 5 years and an educator for over 10 years. This school year she has been able to meld the role of a school counselor with Restorative Practices, both are rooted in building positive relationships, so it was a natural fusion of the two roles. Everyday she strives to ensure all students have opportunity for success and to understand how the factors in their lives may be affecting them. With authentic, genuine and empathetic interactions, she works to understand my students' barriers and backgrounds, while building strong relationships with them. 

 Erin Dooley

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Erin Dooley

Former restorative science teacher, current Restorative Practices Facilitator at Murray Middle School.  I am currently in my 19th year in SPPS and still finding new challenges and rewards. I was part of the original pilot group of RP Facilitators and have enjoyed building confidence within my own building and sharing the growth and learning with my fellows. My Restorative Why as a middle school leader is to help learners navigate the world of middle school while learning the skills of self-advocacy and building community with new friends and classmates. Working together with elementary and high school RP leads allows all of us to be able to create a K-12 restorative experience for our learners that they can take forward as they become the shapers of their future.
 Nick Faber

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Nick Faber

I am an elementary science teacher and the President of the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers. As an educator in Saint Paul Public Schools for the last 31 years, I have worked hard to create spaces where educator, student and family build relationships with each other. I believe when those spaces are nurtured and valued by both school and community we break down assumptions and biases and create truly equitable and powerful learning environments for our students. Restorative practices can help make this happen as well as helping to repair harm that has occurred in the past.

 Robin King

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Robin King

I come to the circle as an educator of great heart currently serving as a Restorative Practices Coordinator at Eastern Heights Elementary. I have been a proud educator for more than 30 years and in SPPS for 6 years. I bring with me a great diversity in my professional journey having led and served my community as a nurse, as an entrepreneur, as a social service provider for marginalized populations including homelessness and domestic violence, as an educator of multi-lingual students and students with significant special needs.

 Dominique Diaddigo-Cash

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Dominique Diaddigo-Cash

Dominique Diaddigo-Cash is a community organizer and restorative circle-keeper living & working in Saint Paul.  He believes in restorative practices as a decolonial and anti-racist way of being, and a necessary culture shift to condemn systems based on competition or dominance and to uplift practices of interdependence and ancestral wisdom. 

 Chong Thor

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Chong Thor

I have been a School Social Worker for the last 21 years at SPPS providing direct services to students and families.  I am currently on Special Assignment with the Department of School Climate and Support helping support staff and teachers to expand and implement evidence-based programs and services to strengthen the academic and social/emotional learning of our students.  I believe that building a good relationship with our diverse communities, families, and students is a critical step toward creating a safe and inclusive school district for students to learn and achieve their full potential.

 Jocelyn Wiedow

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Jocelyn Wiedow

As the Sprockets Network and Quality Coordinator, I bring together people and programs from all across St. Paul with the shared goal of helping young people succeed. With a focus on supporting and training youth workers during the out of school time, finding opportunities to build a shared language and practice between in-school and out-of-school time is an important way to come together as a community committed to young people. I am honored to be a part of the RP Steering Committee and hear SPPS voices who are committed to creating spaces where youth and adults can be their full selves in an environment that builds community and practices within schools to ensure all young people succeed. 

 Sharon Goens-Bradley

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Sharon Goens-Bradley

Sharon is a queer black woman from rural Michigan and is a spouse, daughter, mother, friend and racial justice advocate. She is also a huge believer in the power of transformation through healing and restoration. Sharon values restorative justice because it offers a compassionate approach to harm that humanizes those who cause harm while also holding them accountable.

Sharon is the Associate Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee’s Midwest region. She is passionate about undoing racism through education, the utilization of decolonization practices, and the facilitation of healing from historical trauma. Sharon is a Circle Keeper, has facilitated and participated in restorative justice conferencing, and has been trained as a mediator. She holds a BA in Russian language and literature, and an MA in Counseling Psychology. Sharon loves to travel, walk, read and cook and lives with her wife and daughter in Minneapolis.

 Dr. Raj Sethuraju

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Dr. Raj Sethuraju