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John Alexander, Groves Academy Head of School

M.Ed., Harvard University
B.A., University of Vermont

Prior to coming to Groves in July, 2005, John was Head of The Greenwood School in Vermont, a boarding school for dyslexic boys. He also headed The Chartwell School, a school for dyslexic students in California. John holds a Master’s degree in Reading and Language Disabilities from Harvard University and has taught graduate-level classes in language structure and in diagnostic-prescriptive teaching. John served on the Minnesota Board of Teaching’s State Reading Task Force and was instrumental in the creation of new reading rules to better prepare teachers to teach literacy skills to struggling and emerging readers. He has recently been asked to serve on a national committee for reading reform.

Colee Bean, Associate Director, Groves Outreach

B.A., University of St. Thomas

Colee Bean is Groves Academy's Associate Director of Outreach.  She received her bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas. Originally from Fargo, Colee spent seven years in St. Paul and moved to the Minneapolis side of the river to join the Groves Academy staff in 2006. As part of the development team, Colee helped plan and execute events and programs like the annual Scholarship Gala, Grandparents Day, and the alumni program. In June, 2010, Colee began managing Groves Academy's ambitious Outreach effort, and has been responsible for the planning and implementing of all programs offered to the community.

Colee can be reached at or at 952-915-4297.

Ellen Engstrom, Director of Education

B.A., Wellesley College
M.A. in Education, University of Rochester
M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota

Ellen Engstrom is the Director of Education at Groves Academy.  She is certified to offer training in the WRS Levels I and II, Fundations®, and Just Words®. Ellen was the Director of the Lower/Middle School at Groves before leaving in 1999 to join the faculty of Landmark College, a school specifically for students with learning disabilities and attention disorders. She was an associate professor at the college and a Lead Education Specialist in the Landmark Institute for Research and Training.

Ellen has given many workshops and courses for educators on the Wilson Reading System®, reading comprehension, writing, study skills, assistive technology, Universal Design for Learning, and executive function challenges.

Ellen can be reached at or at 952-915-4247.

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