Meet Our Instructors

Abigail (Abbi) Allan
Also an instructor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Abbi specializes in creating experiences that combine art and science. She has a special interest in the fragility of nature: both its beauty and its grotesque accumulated effects when mistreated.

Peter Anderson
Peter has taught Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Health, Physical Science, Forensic Science, Environmental Science, and more. He has been with the Science Museum for 8 years, and in the worlds of science and education for 16 years.

Jan Elftmann
Jan has been an instructor for the Science Museum since 1986, specializing in engineering, carpentry, electricity, technology, and hands-on design classes. Jan is an artist and the founder and director of the ArtCar Parade of Minnesota.

Janet Groenert
Janet has an interest in—and passion for—developing activities that use recycled materials and are age-appropriate, accessible, and above all, creative. Her artwork explores materials and context through wearable art and sculpture.

Rebecca (Becky) Hill
With degrees in both science education and graphic design, Becky has had a variety of jobs: teacher, gymnastics coach, day camp counselor, Minnesota Math Corps tutor, Math Masters coach, Destination Imagination coach, and more.

Peter Hoh
Peter has a special interest in the basic principles of physics. He has developed several classes that use LEGO bricks to teach engineering and mechanics. Earlier in his career, Peter was a fourth-grade teacher in Pennsylvania, where he rewrote the science curriculum to emphasize hands-on activities.

Jessica Holm
Jessica has a graduate degree in Museum Studies and is passionate about informal science education, especially finding ways to connect museum visitors to emerging science research. Jessica has also worked for History Colorado and the Boulder History Museum.

Sam Horak
Sam is passionate about teaching science and ecology to students of all ages and backgrounds. Twenty years of teaching experience exemplifies Sam's continuing dedication to lifelong learning. When she is not teaching, Sam is an avid outdoors woman.

Lukas Johnson
Lukas’ focus is on connecting his environmental, musical, and historical background to STEM education, creating experiences in which students ask questions and explore, unhindered by divisions in subject matter.

Kelley Meister
A teaching artist who has worked in schools around Minnesota since earning her MFA is 2008, Kelley teaches stop-motion animation, video technique classes, digital photography, and photographic printmaking among many other things, both technology and fine arts related.

Sue Meyer
Sue has developed many of the Science Museum’s residency classes, large-group assemblies and special events that instructors take to schools and other locations. She enjoys collaborating with others to develop new lessons and witnessing the reaction of students to their new experiences.

Peter Midthun
Peter’s interests include programming, chemistry, engineering, LEGO bricks, and all things technology. He has always enjoyed working with young people and has spent over ten years counseling, coaching, and teaching kids in high school, after-school programs, and summer camps.

Amy Montero
Amy has been teaching for 14 years, six with the Science Museum. She brings a multidisciplinary approach into her science classroom and enjoys making science-literacy connections. Amy has a special passion for sparking preschool and young elementary minds.

Karla Ollanketo
Karla has taught science to students of all ages and backgrounds. She has designed curricula for youth, family, and homeschool programming at the Science Museum. Karla is a facilitator for the DNR's environmental education programs, and she is proficient in American Sign Language.

Ryan Ouradnik
Ryan is an active graphic designer and video producer and has shared his skills in technology with students for seven years. He has developed and led classes at the Science Museum since 2008 and is also a teacher for Mad Science of Minnesota.

Aaron Pierson
Aaron specializes in creating and teaching engineering and design classes. He has also worked with Special Education students in the Saint Paul Public Schools and was a longtime presenter and instructor for Mad Science of Minnesota.

Matthew Rody
Matthew enjoys playing with the “hands on” side of physics and engineering and loves to get students excited about a challenge or puzzle. He brings a variety of life experiences to the world of science education, including work as a bicycle mechanic, canoe guide, winemaker, cook, and farmhand.

Cathy Scobie
Cathy has worked in education and science for over 25 years. She has trained teachers around the state on the use of various hands-on science curricula. With an interest in renewable energy, she is currently working on an Energy Education Certificate at Hamline University.

Aki Shibata
Aki has taught visual arts and conceptual arts to children of all ages and ability levels. She is passionate about finding connections between STEM education and visual/conceptual art, and she creates classes that invite students to learn through exploring and wondering.

Katie Urban
Katie has been developing new initiatives with interdisciplinary, multi-grade level programs in schools, inquiry education, artifact analysis, and experiential learning for more than 20 years. She has been teaching at the Science Museum since 2007, has taught grades K-12, and has done professional development workshops on a number of topics.