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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 learning challenges and can provide guidance regarding our school and other resources. We invite you to set up an appointment and learn more about what Groves can do for you.

Debbie Moran: Director of Admissions, Lower School

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

Debbie Moran has been working in admissions and outreach activities at Groves for 20 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 leadership committees at Groves, and has also been involved as a member of the board of the International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch.

Debbie can be reached at or at 952.915.4275.

Teresa Smith: Director of Admissions, Middle & Upper School

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 as a mentor for Middle and Upper School Ambassadors.

Teresa can be reached at or at 952.915.4296

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