Meet Our Faculty: Kristin Radermacher

The teachers and staff members at St. Paul Preparatory share a love of cultures and education. We come from diverse backgrounds and share our unique talents and experiences with our school community. We truly care about our students and take joy in helping them reach their full potential.

Meet Kristin Radamacher from our math department.

Faculty Profile, Kristin Radermacher

Math Department

  • Favorite movie: The Italian Job
  • Favorite book: No favorite – but I love reading, I just never have the time to re-read a book and have it become my favorite!
  •  Favorite color: Blue
  •  Favorite food: Hummus & triscuits

Why does Math matter?

Math is everywhere! Learning math helps us become critical thinkers and problem solvers who can positively impact our communities.

What do you do when you’re not working at SPP?

I love to be active – kayaking, biking, rollerblading, playing frisbee and doing yoga are some of my favorites. I also love to cheer on the Minnesota Twins and spend time (probably doing school work!) in coffee shops.

Where is the best place you’ve ever lived or visited and why?

Argentina – there is so much to see and do and experience in the culture! Specifically I loved biking in northern Argentina, which is kind of like the American southwest.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?

Lived and taught abroad at an international school in Cali, Colombia for three years.

Do you speak any foreign languages?


Have you ever experienced culture shock? When and how did you deal with it?

YES – when I first studied abroad in Spain during college and also when I moved to Colombia for three years. Culture shock is inevitable and it’s going to happen whenever you move or live somewhere new for a little while. I dealt with it by making local friends and reaching out to them for help when I didn’t understand something that had to do with language or culture. Also, you have to go easy on yourself! You might make a fool of yourself by doing something you see as normal that is completely weird in your new surroundings…people might laugh and if you can’t beat ’em… join ’em.

If you weren’t teaching, what job would you want?

Graphic design or photographer…something where I could get creative with pictures!

Learn more about Ms. Radamacher and St. Paul Preparatory faculty and staff. 

Meet Our Faculty: Dan Forseth

The teachers and staff members at St. Paul Preparatory share a love of cultures and education. We come from diverse backgrounds and share our unique talents and experiences with our school community. We truly care about our students and take joy in helping them reach their full potential.

Meet Dan Forseth from our science department.

Faculty Profile, Dan Forseth

Science Department

  • Favorite movie: Hero
  • Favorite book: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Favorite color: Blue
  • Favorite food:  Brats

What subjects do you teach?

Biology, other sciences

Why does Biology matter?

 Biology explains so much of our world. Many people have misconceptions of Biology. My favorite thing about teaching Biology is to help students break through these misconceptions into deeper learning.

What do you do when you’re not working at SPP?

Climb, bike, camp, and study bio-physics.

How did you spend your summer?

I ran a STEM summer institute at Augsburg College where experienced high school teachers work with teachers in training. They do college level research while adapting the research to the high school classroom.

Where is the best place you’ve ever lived or visited and why?

Minnesota. We have everything to satisfy an outdoorsman.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?

During college, I ran the campus radio station. (That’s cool right?)

What’s something you’re planning to do this school year?

Have a successful robotics season.

What do you find fascinating?

The length of this questionnaire. 🙂

If you weren’t teaching, what job would you want?

Highway Helper or Bicycle Repair

Learn more about Mr. Forseth and St. Paul Preparatory Faculty and Staff.

Back to School Potluck 2012

Lots of folks gathered last week for St. Paul Preparatory’s Back to School Potluck.  New and returning students, staff, and families got to know each other and catch up while sharing a meal together at the Harriet Island Pavilion in St. Paul.

St. Paul Preparatory teachers and staff were there to greet students and families.
Harriet Island Pavilion is located across from downtown St. Paul on the Mississippi River.

Everyone brought a dish to share to the potluck so there was a delicious variety of international foods.

What a great way to start another school year!

Ms. Woolever to study in Bangladesh

We are pleased to announce that SPP Art Teacher, Kate Woolever was one of five teachers selected from across the United States to participate in an exchange program through World Savvy and the US Department of State.

Five teachers and 30 students will travel to Bangladesh to study the environmental, social, economic and political impacts of climate change and to observe communities that have been affected by climate change.  Teachers and students will spend a month living with a host family and participating in research and service projects alongside a group of local Bangladeshi students.

We look forward to sharing more about her experience this winter!

Congratulations Ms. Spurgeon!

St. Paul Prep is pleased to announce that Social Studies Chair, Ms. Peggy Spurgeon has accepted a new position as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the SPP/Nacel International School System. As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ms. Spurgeon will work closely with other administrative staff to organize and finalize current curriculum and strengthen our programs. Her daily presence in the classroom will be missed, but she will continue to be a valuable resource for SPP and all of the NISS schools. Below is a message from Peggy.

Teaching at St. Paul Prep has been a wonderful experience for me. I have truly enjoyed working with the talented and enthusiastic students at SPP/Nacel for the last eight years.  I have accepted a new position as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Nacel International School Systems.

I want to thank the parents who sent their son or daughter to SPP and entrusted me with their academic care. I absolutely loved (most) every moment of the time I spent with them – both in the classroom as an instructor and outside of the classroom as chaperone and advisor to school dances, Prom, Model UN, Student Council, and the Academic World Quest team (which I would like to continue coaching).  Also, thank you to the students, current and former, for sharing your time with me and allowing me that chance to work with you as you continue your academic advancement. I have watched many of you progress in your learning at colleges and universities all over the world.  Keep up the good work.

Thank you to the teaching faculty, school staff and administration for supporting me throughout my years at SPP. I have worked on the International Curriculum project committee since it began and I am excited for the chance to expand my relationship with NISS and SPP.  I look forward to continuing my professional growth in my new capacity as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Peggy Spurgeon

Ms. Spurgeon in Mesa Verde National Park

Summer Exchange

This summer, St. Paul Prep is hosting 33 students from China. Many of them come to SPP from our schools in Shanghai and Guangzhou. Our summer teachers, Ms. Hovey and Ms. Anderson have been doing a variety of fun projects with the students.

Ms. Hovey’s class is in the beginning stages of an art project where students will be making masks and writing poems. 

Ms. Anderson’s class learned about the temperature difference between water and saltwater. They made ice cream to test the theory.

In addition to time in the classroom, students travel to many area attractions in the Twin Cities including the Science Museum, Valley Fair and the Como Zoo. Below is the group at the Mall of America.

St. Paul’s Lowertown is a Cultural Hotspot

St. Paul Preparatory School is located in the heart of St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood. Recently, the Star Tribune newspaper described Lowertown as a boomtown of arts, culture, and eateries – “one of the hottest destinations in the metro area.”

St. Paul Preparatory School is located in Lowertown's beautiful Cray Plaza, as seen here from Mears Park.
St. Paul Preparatory School is located in Lowertown’s beautiful Cray Plaza, as seen here from Mears Park.

“Once a sleepier part of town, Lowertown has burst onto the urban scene in recent years with new apartments and condos, music festivals, bars and restaurants. The 58 city-built luxury rental Lofts at Farmers Market were fully leased even before the building’s grand opening. In the next couple of years, the Central Corridor light-rail line will be rolling into a busy, remodeled Union Station. More city-built apartments, a Lunds grocery store and a new city park are planned. The biggest prospective coming attraction is a Saints ballpark that would play host to an anticipated 150 events a year, drawing up to 7,000 people each time.” – Star Tribune

Read the full article: St. Paul’s Lowertown has gotten hot without losing its charm by Rochelle Olson , Star Tribune

A few highlights of St. Paul’s Lowertown:

  • Eating is at the top of most students’ lists and there are plenty of places in St. Paul to eat on a budget, dine in style, or sample something amazing from one of the roaming seasonal food trucks.
  • Mears Park is a lovely oasis right outside St. Paul Prep. It is a great place to eat lunch, sit in the sunshine, and hear live music.
Mears Park is in St. Paul Prep's backyard.
Mears Park is in St. Paul Prep’s backyard.
Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary
  • Minnesota winters are best embraced rather than merely survived. The St. Paul Winter Carnival has been getting people outside for winter fun for 125 years. There are January/February winter events throughout St. Paul, including parades, races, snow & ice sculptures, a medallion hunt and more.
  • The St. Paul Farmers Market isn’t just about vegetables – it’s a fun place to hang out on weekends. Chow down on fresh spring rolls or donuts while listening to live music every weekend April-November. It’s a great place to meet friends for a little shopping and meet a slice of Minnesota…located just a few blocks from St. Paul Prep.
Fountain sculpture at Cray Plaza where St. Paul Prep is located.
Detail of Bernie Quick’s (1912-1981) mural “North Star” which is located inside the YMCA entrance of Cray Plaza.
Steamboats docked in St. Paul, 1858         source

These are just a few of the things to do in St. Paul Prep’s neighborhood. What are your favorite hot spots in Lowertown?