Department of Research, Evaluation and Assessment Staff

  • District Headquarters - 360 Colborne Street, 3rd Floor Fax #: 651-233-5169
    Staff Contact Information Typical Responsibilities
    Stacey Gray Akyea
    Title: Director
    Phone: 651-767-8361
    Reporting to public, Board of Education, district and school staff; ESSA; Optimizing REA capacity.
    Kara Arzamendia
    Title: Assistant Director
    Phone: 651-744-1708
    Implementation and reporting of accountability framework supporting the Strong Schools, Strong Communities strategic plan, including VisionCards, and data for school continuous improvement plans (SCIPs); information management; data agreements.
    Maria Wollensak
    Title: Management Assistant II
    Phone: 651-744-1814
    Communication and scheduling; Coordination of research proposals; preparation of correspondence; assistance in test administration and reporting.
    John Lindner
    Title: Assessment Specialist
    Phone: 651-767-8296
    Interpretation, analysis, reporting, and data use support of assessments; gifted services analyses; ESSA reporting.
    Robin Lane
    Title: District-wide Testing Coordinator
    Phone: 651-767-8257
    Coordination of MCAs, ACCESS for ELLs, and CogAT7; ViewPoint and MDE Secured Reports training; project manager.
    Michael Wirtz
    Title: District-wide Testing Coordinator
    Phone: 651-632-3776
    Cell: 651-261-0045
    Coordination of MCA/MTAS, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 ACT, ACCUPLACER and Graduation Assessment Requirements.
    Mao Jacobson
    Title: Program Evaluator
    Phone: 651-767-8142
    Evaluation of SPPS programs centering on the implementation of programs, curricula and instructional practices and the professional development provided to support these practices.
    Holly Miller
    Title: Program Evaluator
    Phone: 651-767-3476
    Pang Nhia Yang
    Title: Program Evaluator
    Phone: 651-744-5780
    Kelsey Curran
    Title: Research Analyst I
    Phone: 651-767-8115
    Manage Data Center and REA website; military recruiter requests; data cleaning; data visualization for reporting and presentations; data requests including assessment, demographics, attendance and course data.
    Mark Gruen
    Title: Research Analyst III
    Phone: 651-744-4646
    Data analysis and reporting for Office of Specialized Services.
    Cindy Porter
    Title: Research Analyst III
    Phone: 651-767-8371
    Analysis and mapping of student demographic and enrollment data; internal/external data requests relating to demographics and enrollment, including discipline, graduation rate, mobility, and attendance data.
    Neelam Sethi
    Title: Student Information System Support Analyst
    Phone: 651-767-8226
    Creating database reporting solutions; managing data systems and interfacing with data architects to prepare data for migration, and assisting in the migration of data.
    Phi Vu
    Title: Research Analyst II
    Phone: 651-767-8192
    Data analysis and reporting for Office of Multilinqual Learners; ACCESS Assessment contact.
    Sally Williams
    Title: Research Analyst III
    Phone: 651-744-7413
    Analysis of student assessment data; internal/external data requests that intersect assessment, demographics and enrollment, including discipline, graduation rate, mobility, course and attendance data.
  • REA Mission & Vision:


    Inform Toward Improvement

    We will support the District's Mission—"To provide a premier education for all with long-range goals for high achievement, meaningful connections, and a respectful environment"—through our expertise in:

    • Research & Evaluation
    • Data & Collection
    • Training & Guidance
    • Dissemination