President: Dr. John Schultz
John Schultz has served as Superintendent of Hopkins Public Schools since 2006. John spent the first 13 years of his career teaching junior high science. During this time he also had opportunities to teach students with special needs and adjudicated youth. In 1999, John entered school leadership, and served as the associate principal of Eden Prairie High School, as well as Director of Teaching and Learning for the Hopkins Public Schools.
John is passionate about providing children a dynamic and engaging school experience. As Superintendent, he is committed to engaging the diverse Hopkins community in the education of its citizens and developing a culture of innovation for all students and staff within the system. John works closely with his leadership team to build efficiencies in the school system so that resources can be maximized for student learning.
John holds a Bachelors degree from Augsburg College (Minneapolis, Minnesota), a Masters degree in Soil, Water, and Climate Science (St. Paul, Minnesota), and a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Minneapolis, Minnesota).
Dr. Karen Orcutt
Karen Orcutt has been superintendent of Orono Schools since July 2005. Prior to superintendent she served as assistant superintendent, director of curriculum and instruction and special services director. Orcutt graduated from the University of Minnesota in Communication Disorders and obtained a masters degree in speech pathology and audio logy. She began her career as a Speech Language Pathologist in both school and hospital settings. She pursued further study in educational leadership and completed a doctoral degree in 2000. Orcutt has taught university courses in educational leadership and curriculum. She has a range of experience in workshops on educational leadership and resiliency.
In 2008 Orcutt was the recipient of the Richard Green Scholars award for her past and current research in the characteristics of resiliency in educational leadership. Karen is passionate about qualitative research in educational leadership and continues her study of leadership capacities. She is a part of the superintendent institute for further engagement and commitment to research in the field of educational leadership.
Dr. Sheri Allen
Dr. Allen is the Superintendent of Mankato Area Public Schools and is beginning her 33rd year in Education. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Education at Winona State University, her Masters at Hamline University, her Superintendent and K-12 Principals license along with her Doctorate in Education at Minnesota State University Mankato.
Sheri grew up in Kasson-Mantorville. After receiving her degree from Winona State University, she taught elementary and middle school and coached for 12 years with the Austin Public Schools. She then moved to being a building principal at both the elementary and high school levels for a combined time of 10 years in Austin and with the Owatonna Public Schools. She had the opportunity to move into district-level leadership with the Rochester Public Schools as their Assistant Superintendent for three years. In 2009 Sheri came to Mankato and is currently in her ninth year as Superintendent of the Mankato Area Public Schools.
Dr. Ray Queener
Ray Queener, senior consultant at TeamWorks International, blends his experience across multiple arenas to assist clients in the areas of partnership skills, strategic growth, personality and motivation awareness, and systemic alignment and accountability. Ray is known for his ease and comfort in working side by side with clients to approach each project with insight and compassion. Both lighthearted and results oriented, Ray brings energy, focus and hope to the organizations that he is honored to serve.
Ray has a wealth of experience in education having served in multiple capacities over 30 years. His work in education began as a secondary math teacher in Luck, WI. Having a vision for integrating technology into the classroom, he was able to further that vision as he served as technology coordinator for South St. Paul Schools and later Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan (ISD 196). He transitioned to finance director at ISD 196 and later Stillwater Area Public Schools (SAPS) where he gained valuable experience learning organizational operations while continuing to serve in public education. Both as an assistant superintendent at SAPS for 10 years and the last 6 years as superintendent for Cambridge-Isanti Schools, has helped lead successful bond and levy referendums in addition to overseeing district operations.
Service is evident in Ray’s support for public education serving as Executive Board Member for Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) for many years. He also served on the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) board and was the Region VI Leadership Team Chair. He was nominated and received several awards from his colleagues including Administrator of Excellence in 2017. Ray’s commitment to partnership, and his enthusiasm for supporting others as they learn and develop made him an ideal addition to the TeamWorks team in 2019.
Ray is recognized as a National Certified Superintendent through American Association of School Administrators (AASA). He earned his Doctorate in Educational Policy & Administration and received his Superintendent License from the University of Minnesota. He earned his Master of Arts in Educational Administration from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota where he also continues on as adjunct faculty. He has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Dennis Cheesebrow
Dennis is a highly respected coach and consultant to Superintendents, Boards of Education, public officials, CEOs and Executive Directors across the United States with over 15 years of experience in creating deep insight, organizational alignment and action with accountability for his clients.
His broad experience in business, education, management, marketing, product development, continuous improvement, and systems change is balanced with a low-ego interpersonal style, humor, and creativity. This unique style of coaching has led to a consistent record of successful growth, transition and leadership development for executives across an incredible breadth of education, for-profit, non-profit, government and religious institutions.
Dennis is passionate about developing a leader’s capacity and competency to guide organizations through effective leadership, partnership and stewardship. His commitment to The Superintendency Institute is grounded in a deep desire to give back to the arena of public leadership and contribute to the practice of partnership and abundance-based leadership.
Mrs. Renee Sbrocco Corneille
Renee Sbrocco Corneille is in her third year as superintendent of St. Anthony New Brighton Schools (ISD 282). She has served as a high school and middle school social studies teacher, a dean of students, an middle school assistant principal and principal. The work in each of those positions was always about the kids. Renee is always thinking about what ways schools can support all students so they can both learn and contribute in ways that will change the trajectory of their lives. As a long-time student of the University of MN (from undergrad to Doctorate), she still holds her connection to the institution closely. She is an adjunct professor, a facilitator for the MN Principals Academy and Culturally Responsive School Leadership Institute. Renee also lives in St. Anthony with her husband Mike and her two kids Luca age 11 and Gianna age 8.