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Meet Our Team

Because our success as a school depends on identifying students who are a good fit with our educational program, it takes a unique person with specialized skills to recognize those students and families who will thrive at Groves.  Fortunately, Groves Academy has two well-qualified individuals to help guide the admissions process for current and future families.  Our Admissions Directors are not only well-versed on the curriculum, instruction and extracurricular activities offered at Groves Academy, each of them is knowledgeable about the extraordinary set of services and workshops available to students and families who do not attend Groves.  We invite you to set up an appointment and learn more about what Groves can do for you.

Debbie Moran, Lower School Director of Admissions

M.A., University of St. Thomas
B.A., Carleton College

Debbie Moran has been working in admissions and outreach activities at Groves for sixteen years.  A former Groves teacher, Debbie has also worked as a private school tutor and as the community liaison for a public school in Minneapolis. Debbie continues to be very interested in school and community collaborations, good reading instruction, and helping misunderstood children succeed. Debbie serves on several education and outreach committees at Groves, and has also served as a member of the board of the International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch.

Debbie can be reached at morand@grovesacademy.org or at 952.915.4275.

Teresa Smith, Middle & Upper School Director of Admissions

B.A., University of Minnesota

Teresa Smith began her career at Groves Academy in 1998; first in technology and then admissions. Prior to Groves, Teresa worked in Special Education as a Title I and Assurance of Mastery teacher in a local public school.  Over the years Teresa has been involved in many local organizations promoting education and student issues.  Teresa currently serves on leadership and education committees at Groves.

Teresa can be reached at smitht@grovesacademy.org or at 952.915.4296

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