Our Staff

Jay Haugen 

Executive Director


Jay is a retired public school educator of 35 years with 24 years as a superintendent. His final nine years were spent in the Farmington Area School District, a growing district of 7200 students. Under his leadership Farmington was named one of Minnesota's first Innovation Zones and became one of the most visited school districts in the State giving hundreds of tours to people who’d say they can see the future of education in its hallways. Prior to this, Jay was Superintendent of Schools in West St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Eagan Area Schools, as well as in Sleepy Eye, MN. In 2019 he was the Minnesota Superintendent of the Year and Past-President of The Minnesota Association of School Administrators.

Haugen began his career as a high school science teacher, eventually moving on to pursue graduate studies while providing pioneering work in the development educational software. He returned in an administrative capacity serving a consortium of seven southwestern Minnesota school districts near Redwood Falls, MN as director of curriculum and staff development, also developing an on-line interactive learning program between all member schools. He next served as a regional coordinator for Minnesota Department of Education’s MEEP Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Dakota State University and a Masters of Science in Education and a Sixth Year Credential in Educational Administration from Tri-College University.

Crystal Thomas

Director Of Operations


Crystal has worked in a variety of educational settings including preschools, summer camps, private schools and the University of Minnesota both as an educator and administrator. After more than a decade working seasonally at summer camps in Maine and traveling the world during the off-season, living in places like Hawaii, New Zealand and Morocco, she returned to her hometown to raise her son.

Proud to work for an organization that cares deeply about individualized learning, Crystal is grateful for the opportunity to support the EdVisions team in the mission of creating and sustaining great schools, making the world a better place for students and teachers. Crystal lives in Henderson with her amazingly brilliant 6 year-old son and spends her free time playing in nature, or in the kitchen, cooking and listening to music.

David Rice

Director of School Transformation and Development


After careers in the military, travel, and finance, David became involved with EdVisons’ schools while pursuing a teacher’s license at Mankato State University. With a focus on innovation, David sought out internships in innovative school programs. Requesting a student teaching placement at Minnesota New Country School (MNCS) led to a fifteen year career as an advisor.  During David’s work as an advisor he also worked for EdVisions as a school replication coach.  

David has an English degree from the University of Minnesota and licensure through the Masters of Art in Teaching program and Mankato State University.  David’s teaching career has included coaching Policy Debate, Mock Trial, Youth in Government, Model UN, and Youth Energy Summit teams.

Dr. Walter Enloe

Senior Director of Leadership, Teaching and Learning.


Walter recently retired from full-time advising and teaching at Hamline University where he was the Sanders Chair in Education and Human Development. At Hamline he co-founded the MAED and EDD “Learning Community” programs, based upon the guiding principle that teachers are active learners and citizens, action researchers and public scholars. Walter is well-known for his consulting work in the formation and development of new schools, as well as the revitalization and renewal of established learning communities. Walter’s university work is founded on over twenty years of preK-12 experience. He began his career as a “beginning school” (ages 3-5) aide at the Paideia School in Atlanta while pursuing his Ph.D. in Human Studies (and the life-work of Jean Piaget) at Emory University. He became a lead teacher in the kindergarten program, taught and led the K-8 after-school and summer programs, and then taught high school Humanities. For the next eight years he was the teaching principal of Hiroshima International School teaching K-9 in both self-contained classrooms and the ESL program.  It was there that he developed the renowned 1000 Crane Peace Club https://www.birdsofpeace.org/. Coming to Minnesota Walter directed the National Models School Project in Global Education, consulted in the founding of a number of schools including Downtown Open School (Basic School Model), international magnet and I.B. programs, and a number of public charter schools including Twin Cities Academy and Avalon School. He began working as a member of EducationEvolving , and has been a consultant and member of EdVisions since 2003. https://www.walterenloe.com/