Our Staff

Mari Urness Pokornowski

Executive Director

Shoua Khang

Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator

Experience:

Shoua has several years experience working with East Side children through the YMCA and professional tutoring with ESLC. Shoua also served as an ESLC Site Assistant.

Education:

BA, Communications

Rebecca Nordstrom

Curriculum and Instructional Mentor

Experience:

Over 30 years of elementary teaching, Rebecca is an expert in children's literacy. Began serving at ESLC in 2010.

Education:

B.A., Elementary Education

Erin Simon

Director of Program Training and Operations

Experience:

Erin served as Volunteer Director at Quality Education Services before joining ESLC. She has more than seven years experence supporting literacy programs for children. 

Education:

BA, English. 

Alyssa Hamel

Manager, Intervention Programs

Experience:

Over 4 years of elementary teaching. Began serving ESLC in 2013.

Education:

B.A. in Elementary Education

Kymberly Miller

Instructional Mentor

Experience:

4 years teaching Middle School English Language Arts, over 4 years working in Special Ed elementary classrooms and middle and high school behaviorial disorder classrooms.

Education:

 B.A. in Secondary English Language Arts.

Mary Noble

Instructional Mentor

Experience:

Previously served as a teacher and administrator in Minneapolis Public Schools. 

Education:

M.A. Learning and Emotional Behavior, Xavier University
M.A. Montissori Education, Xavier University
B.Sc. Education, The Ohio State University

Mary Fritz

Instructional Mentor

Experience:

Mary worked as a teacher and school administrator until she retired. She recently served as a Site Coordinator for East Side Learning Center and Experience Corps Twin Cities.

Education:

MA, Education, St. Michael's College
BA, Education/English, St. Teresa's College