Meet Our Administrators

Leverage the Experience of Seasoned Administrators

MNVA's administrators have extensive experience in serving public and private enterprise. Together, they provide a strong backbone for the day-to-day operations of the Minnesota Virtual Academy.

 

Angela Specketer, Principal

Angela holds a BS in industrial technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, an MA in education from the College of St. Catherine's, and has completed post-graduate work through St. Mary's University in educational administration. After a 12-year career in manufacturing management, Angela began her teaching career as an elementary teacher for the Anoka Hennepin School District, teaching first and second grades. She has been with the Minnesota Virtual Academy since its inception in 2002, working as an elementary teacher and a lead teacher before becoming principal.

Jon Baietto, Middle School Assistant Principal

Jon received his undergraduate degree in elementary education from Winona State University. Upon graduation, Jon moved to Southern California and taught third grade for two years. Following that experience, he taught sixth grade math and science at the middle school level. While teaching sixth grade, Jon went to California State University to obtain his master's in Administration. Jon moved back to Minnesota and joined the MNVA team in 2006.

Laura Yehlik, High School Assistant Principal

Laura grew up in New York and obtained her Masters Degree in Biology from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. Before joining MNVA, Laura Yehlik taught high school and college level science courses for twenty years. Laura obtained her K-12 Administrative License from Saint Mary's University in 2016. She is excited about joining MNVA and being an advocate for student success.

Michelle Nelson, Special Education Coordinator

Having worked in the field of education for 21 years, Michelle graduated with a master's degree from Winona State University in 1989 and recently completed certification in the field of Special Education. She also holds a nationally recognized certification in Montessori Education from San Diego State University. Michelle has worked in many different environments and at most grade levels, including at a high school for at-risk students. Through experience with her own children, Michelle learned that the most important thing a student can do is recognize their strengths, weaknesses, and learning modalities. In addition to her traditional training, Michelle is a member of the Minnesota Tourette Syndrome Association. She believes that "students who learn to advocate for themselves can navigate in the world and be successful at whatever venue they decide to pursue. MNVA provides a structure for them to practice this process."