In 8th grade I decided I wanted to become a teacher. I followed that vision, and for many years I taught secondary math and science. For 16 years I served as the principal of an alternative high school in West Fargo, ND. At that time I also coordinated NCA-CASI accreditation at the district level, led the development of school safety and violence prevention, coordinated NWEA-MAP testing, coordinated substance-abuse prevention grants, and conducted some district and school-level studies on an ad-hoc basis.
In 2008 I moved to Winona, MN, because my husband was offered a wonderful career opportunity. I taught as an adjunct in the Math Department at Winona State University for one semester, and then I decided to put my newly-acquired Ph.D. in Institutional Research, K-12 to use. I volunteered to conduct a feasibility study for the Winona Area Public School District to help the district decide whether to develop a magnet school. The district now has an expanding STEM magnet elementary school. I was fortunate to be able to serve on committees that turned concepts into new opportunities for students.
In my spare time I continued to study data analysis and group processes for solving problems and planning new initiatives. In August of 2011 I began work as a research analyst at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, MN. My duties included querying large relational databases for data on their Carl Perkins grant activities and another Federally-funded grant serving high school and college students. In addition to analyzing quantitative data, I also employed a number of qualitative research techniques to assist with grant evaluation and planning.
Since returning to Winona, I have established Bremer Consulting Services, and I look forward to working with school districts, colleges, non-profits and other organizations that have visions to realize, problems to solve, and tough decisions to make.
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