Ascension School teaching staff, 2017-18
612 521-3609, Ext. 134
BA, Education and Language Arts, Ottawa University, Ottawa KS
Graduate Studies, Child Development, Language Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Suzuki Talent Education Violin Pedagogy Training, registered with Suzuki Association of the Americas
I love being part of a community that embraces diversity — not just of ethnicity, but of culture,
gender, age, life experience, education, spiritual gifts — all within the strong arms of the Christian faith.
612 521-3609, Ext. 136
K-6 Visual Arts
612 521-3609, Ext. 133
Education: Bemidji State University – Bachelor of Science in elementary k-6 education
Ascension Catholic School has such a diverse culture. That diversity adds a rich background to the classroom, especially in the area of art. I enjoy tapping into that background and encouraging students to bring it to their art. I want students to develop their artistic skills and appreciation that can follow them into other areas of studies and their lives. I also value the fact that our faith in Jesus Christ can be used within the classroom setting, and prayer is valued both for and with the scholars.
Title I K-5th
612 521-3609, Ext. 144
Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Augsburg College.
I enjoy getting to know the students and their families.
Classroom Aide Grades 3-5/Latchkey Director K-2
Classroom Aide/Latchkey Director 3rd-5th
Secretary/Liaison for Spanish-speaking families
612 521-3609, Ext. 110
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, minor in Spanish, from Louisiana State University.
I enjoy being part of this wonderful faith filled community.
Technology/8th Grade Spanish
BA from Bethel University in Political Science and International Relations, a MA in Teaching Social Studies/World History/World Religions. He has completed his principal licensure this last year through the University of Minnesota. Before becoming Ascension’s technology and Spanish teacher he was Dean of Students at St. Paul City School and taught at American international schools in Nigeria, Morocco, Costa Rica, and the Philippines.
His passions are kids (he has a 2-year-old daughter who is half Thai), sports, learning, social justice, and traveling. He is the founder of a seasonal tourism company, and has been to 75 countries on 6 continents. He’s taught a wide variety of subjects to every grade level, K-College, but no matter what subject he is teaching he strives to teach scholars how to think critically and develop character so each scholar can become the best version of themselves.
612 521-3609, Ext. 113
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Benito Matias has worked in the field of education for nearly 25 years, the last eight of which have been as a school administrator. Benito’s educational work has included being a Dunwoody College of Technology Instructor, a Minneapolis Public School District teacher, the Manager of the Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP), and the Executive Director of MetroTech Career Academy. Benito was born and raised in Minneapolis; he’s a graduate of Patrick Henry high school, Dunwoody College of Technology, and Bemidji State University, where he earned a BA in Industrial Technology. Benito came to Ascension Catholic School in 2013 to serve as the Dean of Students, and was named Principal of Ascension Catholic School in January of 2016.
612 521-3609, Ext. 112
Dempsey E. Miller III is a native of Davenport Iowa. Dempsey earned a football scholarship to attend The University of Northern Iowa, where he graduated with a BA in Social Science. After college, Dempsey played seven years of professional football for several leagues throughout the country. He pursued a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His thesis work, “Establishing Rapport With African American Males in K-12 Education: A Framework Using Leadership and Self-Efficacy,” is archived in the university’s library as a resource for educators, school leaders, parents, and community members. Dempsey is a licensed K-12 administrator in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He wrote several venture grants that supported the academic, behavioral, social, and cultural development of the youth in his district and community. Dempsey has worked in the education field for sixteen years serving in roles from instructor, pupil services-family liaison, athletic coach, and spent the latter part of his career in an administrative/leadership role. He has been recognized by his peers and the community throughout his years of being an educator: Instructor of The Cycle 2001, Person of The Year 2007, First African American elected to the Common Council La Crosse, Wis., and the Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Award. Dempsey is excited to serve the scholars, staff and parents of Ascension.
Dr. Sousada Chidthachack has worked in the field of education for more than ten years: the first five years as a high school mathematics teacher, and the last five years as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Coach. Dr. Chidthachack’s educational work has included being a University of St. Thomas Mathematics Instructor, a Minneapolis Public School District teacher, a University of Minnesota Teacher Coach on a National Science Foundation Grant, and the STEM Education Coordinator at University of San Francisco.
Dr. Chidthachack was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, but was raised in north Minneapolis. She is a graduate of South High School, University of St. Thomas, and University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she earned a BA in Pure Mathematics, a MA in Education and a PhD in STEM Education. Dr. Chidthachack came to Ascension Catholic School this August 2017 to serve as the Assistant Principal. She is looking forward to serving scholars and their families.