Sean Koster | Principal
I’ve been honored to work at Beacon Academy since 2008. I am dedicated to working hard as an instructional leader because I believe high student achievement is a result of exceptional teaching in each classroom. I am dedicated to reflectively serving students and am resolved to allow my core values to guide my decisions and actions. I hold high expectations for myself, our staff, and our students. Through our open communication – built on earnest understanding, integrity, and listening – we can embrace inclusion, celebrate diversity, and build on the wonderful school culture and high levels of student achievement we enjoy at Beacon Academy.
Michael Reeder | Assistant Principal
I have been fortunate to serve students and families from an array of backgrounds throughout my educational career and now feel privileged to be a member of the community at Beacon Academy. With a culture committed to the holistic growth of children, students experience a challenging curriculum, develop personal and social responsibility through intentional character education and gain a global perspective through daily Spanish instruction. By supporting culturally relevant practices, fostering staff-student relationships, and understanding how our students’ cultural backgrounds shape who they are, we can make our learners feel they matter as we partner with families to achieve favorable results with their children.
Joseph Adams | Dean of Students
It has been my distinct pleasure to serve at Beacon Academy since March of 2017. My prior experience as a high school teacher and my childhood as the son of an educator have instilled in me a rewarding drive towards inquiry, as well as a thirst to unveil the mysteries of life. I believe schools function best when community/family-based, and it has been a joy to find that mirrored in Beacon’s mission. The teachers at Beacon make each day count and put kids first. Our staff is filled with open hearts that value play, purposeful curriculum, healthy lifestyles, finding one’s passion, dealing with stress/solving conflicts, and making positive human connections. We try and create a safe space for students to take academic risks, and we celebrate efforts as well as successes.
Emma Olson | Special Education Coordinator
The Office of Student Support Services includes a wide array of programs and services designed to meet the needs of learners with disabilities. Special Education and support services are available to learners, birth to age 21, who have not graduated and who have been identified as needing specialized instructional services. Here at Beacon, we provide special education and related services according to the federal mandates of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act and the State of Minnesota’s rules and statutes. We are committed to reducing the disparity of our most marginalized students, by bringing inequity to the forefront. We will achieve equity for all students with disabilities through a culturally responsive curriculum, a supportive environment, and exceptional instructional practices. I am very excited about serving and supporting students and families of Beacon Academy.