Minnesota Learner-Centered Network

ABOUT US | Mission

The mission of Minnesota Learner Centered Network is to connect and empower educators and students to disrupt systemic racism and to transform learning environments to be student-centered; equitable, relevant, engaging and designed with and for all students.

The Minnesota Learner Centered Network envisions an anti-racist society and a just world through an equitable, anti-racist education.

ABOUT US | What does the MLCN do?

Connect Educators  |  Equip and Encourage  |  Elevate and Accelerate

MLCN is a grassroots network that is a catalyst to promote equity within education and to accelerate the learner-centered movement in Minnesota.  MLCN elevates the quality work of the members who are moving towards an anti-racist, student centered educational system.

The MLCN will bring fidelity, resilience and sustainability to learner-centered environments within schools, communities and districts across MN.

The MLCN logo

ABOUT US | Leadership

Gina Meinertz


Gina Meinertz is the Assistant Superintendent and Transformation Leader at Spring Grove Schools. After getting to experience the magic and successes of experiential, place-based, and project-based learning as an educator, Gina decided it was her life goal to bring more of these concepts to her students and school systems. 

Gina works with schools and organizations to create student-centered systems to bring more enjoyment, equity, and engagement for all. Here is Gina's statement of purpose with my work:

I coach and lead because I believe children hold the capacities to bring peace to our world. I want to empower teachers and leaders to create experiences and environments in which the children ask, answer, challenge themselves, learn from failures, and celebrate their stages of learning.


Jemar Lee


Renee Swanson


​​Renee received her undergraduate degree in Genetics and Cellular Biology from the U of MN - Twin Cities.  After working in the biotechnology field, she went back to school to receive her Master's of Arts in Teaching, with a license in 9-12 Life Science, from Hamline University.  She has been a science teacher and Assistant Director of Education at HSRA for 12 years.

Renee currently is a lead teacher and instructional coach focusing on developing HSRA's hands-on inquiry based learning, blended learning re-engagement strategies in the classroom, art integration through Hip Hop Pedagogy into science and other core content fields, and student-centered competency assessment and portfolio process. Through these endeavors Renee has been able to offer students learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom into community collaborations, travel opportunities, extensive field trips and site visits and offering a look into the careers related to the content students are learning about. The students at HSRA have received multiple awards and recognition for the work they have done creating environmentally focused hip hop music. In 2018, Renee was a top 10 finalist for MN Teacher of the Year.

To keep her work/life balanced, Renee spends most of her extended time off from school keeping life in perspective by traveling with her husband and two kids, mainly by bicycle, around the world. She also enjoys winter camping, trail running and just about anything that gets her outdoors.


Tim Quealy


Tim Quealy began working at Avalon School in 2008.  Since 2014, Tim has served as Program Coordinator and high school teacher, sharing an advisory with Nora Whalen.  In June of 2018, Tim was  recognized by the WEM Foundation as an Outstanding Educator in Ethics Education, a recognition he recieved again in 2019.

Though licensed in Language Arts, Tim loves math, bad jokes, and soccer. Tim has a degree in English from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Teaching from Hamline University.


ABOUT US | Membership

Membership to the MLCN is completely free! Sign up today to get our monthly newsletter and stay in-the-know about opportunities to support and engage with Learner-Centered Environments around Minnesota and beyond.

What are members commited to?

  • Members reflect, acknowledge, and examine practices, policies, and curriculum to disrupt the current system and to build an equitable student centered education system.
  • Members honor the humanity of student-centered learning; recognizing and valuing the uniqueness of each person and school they represent; inclusive of public district, public charter and private sectors.
  • Members contribute to the network and utilize the network to actively dismantle the hierarchical power of the current system and distribute the power to the student and teacher leaders
  • Members lift stories of students and teachers to create the narrative of the student-centered learning, equity movement in MN.

ABOUT US | Board

The MLCN is a 501c(3) registered non-profit.

Board Leadership

Trish Harvey
Hamline University
Julene Oxton
Board Chair
Chelsea Sherburne
Ann Mitchel

Board Meetings and Minutes

The MLCN Board of Directors meets quarterly throughout the year.

See minutes of past meetings, or plan to join us in the future!

-September 27th, 20222
-December 5th, 2022
-March 10th, 2023

ABOUT US | Contact

Connect with us!

The easiest way to get in touch is email: MNLCNetwork@gmail.com