Middle School

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Julie Amen | Edina Campus
8th Grade Language Arts and Challenge Program Coordinator | jamen@availacademy.org

Mrs. Julie Amen is the Challenge Program Coordinator at Avail Academy. She also teaches 8th grade language arts. Mrs. Amen holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and music (piano performance) from Concordia College-Moorhead and a master of arts in gifted education from the University of St. Thomas.

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Miriam Aune | Blaine Campus
6th Grade Language Arts and Enrichment Program Coordinator | maune@availacademy.org

Mrs. Aune is Challenge Program Coordinator, providing enrichment opportunities for students in grades K-5 at the Blaine campus. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with minors in music and French.

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Paul Clemens | Blaine Campus
Assistant Principal/K-12 North Athletic Director/ MS and HS Math | pclemens@availacademy.org

Mr. Paul Clemens teaches 9th-12th grade mathematics at Avail Academy High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.


Andra Johnson | Edina Campus
Math | ajohnson@availacademy.org


Susan Koppendrayer | Edina Campus
Bible and Science | skdrayer@availacademy.org

Mrs. Susan Koppendrayer teaches 6th-8th grade science and Bible at Avail. She has a B.A. in education from Ohio Wesleyan University and an M.A. in education from Michigan State University. In addition, she has taken post-graduate science courses at the University of Minnesota.


Joy Myren | Blaine Campus
Science and Math | jmyren@availacademy.org

Mrs. Joy Myren teaches middle school math and science at Avail. She has a bachelor of science degree from Calvin College. Mrs. Myren taught grades 3-8 at Ontario Christian School in California for 21 years, and she has been teaching at Avail since 2004.

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Scott Ross | Edina Campus
Geography, History and Bible / Technology Specialist | sross@availacademy.org

Mr. Scott Ross teaches 6th-8th grade geography and history and 6th grade Bible. He has a B.A. degree in secondary education and history from Dordt College. He also has a keyboarding technology certification and an M.A. in education from Hamline University.


Amy Teunissen | Edina Campus
6th and 7th Grade Language Arts and Resource Coordinator | ateunissen@availacademy.org

Ms. Amy Teunissen is the Resource Program Director at the Edina campus. After attending Calvin Christian School herself, she received a B.A. from Dordt College, as well as an M.A. from Minnesota State University Mankato.


Alex Tien | Blaine Campus
History | atien@availacademy.org

Mr. Alex Tien leads a high school advisory and teaches high school history and English, along with middle school History. He graduated from Trinity Christian College, in Palos Heights, Ill., with a degree in secondary history education and a minor in special education, then taught for one year at Lansing Christian School in Illinois before coming to Avail Academy.


Tim VanBockel  | Blaine Campus
English, Language Arts and Geography | tvanbockel@availacademy.org

Mr. Tim Van Bockel has a 6th grade homeroom class and teaches middle school language arts and Geography. He is a 2015 University of Northwestern-St. Paul graduate with double majors in elementary education and Bible, and middle school Communication, Arts, and Literature Endorsement.

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Val Vander Top  | Blaine Campus
Bible and Math | valvtop@availacademy.org

Mrs. Val Vander Top teaches middle school Bible and pre-algebra, as well as other electives. She studied for one year at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.


Kayla Veenstra  | Blaine Campus
Spanish and Advisor | kveenstra@availacademy.org

Mrs. Kayla Veenstra teaches 5th-8th grade Spanish at the Blaine campus, 9th -12th grade Spanish at the Fridley campus along with high school advisory responsibilities. She attended Bethel University, where she received a B.A. in K-12 Spanish Education.


Kelsey Wieberdink  | Blaine Campus
Math and Geometry | kwieberdink@availacademy.org

Along with her high school advisory responsibilities, Ms. Kelsey Wieberdink teaches 6th grade math, 8th-9th geometry, 12th grade language arts, and international student literacy. She attended Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a reading concentration and a math endorsement. Before coming to Avail Academy, she taught at Victory Christian Academy in Hibbing, MN for two years.