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.

Liz Shatek

Office Manager


Liz has worked with students and staff in a variety of school settings from immersion programs and charter schools to traditional school districts. She is grateful for the opportunity to support the EdVisions team in their mission of creating and sustaining great schools. In her free time, Liz and her husband raise pigs, chickens and their four children on a hobby farm in east central MN.

Julene Oxton

Director of School Transformation and Development


Before joining EdVisions, Julene Oxton was the Innovation Coordinator for the Lakeville Area Public Schools in MN where she worked with teachers to transform educational systems. She served as the lead developer of Impact Academy which is a learning environment for about 450 students in grades K-5. The Teacher-Powered School opened in 2013 in Lakeville, MN, a suburb of the Twin Cities. Julene serves as an ambassador for Teacher Powered Schools, works closely with Education Evolving staff and is a member of the MN Community of Practice with the Bush Foundation. Julene received a Master's Degree in Teacher Leadership from the University of Minnesota and an Administrative Specialist Degree from St. Thomas University, MN. She started her career in Montana and moved to the Twin Cities area for most of her teaching years. 

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of New School Development


Dr. Steven J. Rippe has over 20 years of experience working with educators and school leaders designing and implementing innovative schools and learning programs throughout the United States. A successful teacher, principal and university administrator, Steven works with both educators and students to create nationally recognized schools and specializes in helping schools reinvent themselves into high performing, innovative, learning organizations.

Mark Larson

Hope Survey Sales and Marketing Advisor


Mark Larson, PhD has spent his professional career in education as an English teacher, principal, executive director of teaching and leaning, and most recently as a superintendent. His PhD dissertation was about the social and emotional impact on students whose school districts combined or consolidated. He is passionate about seeing public education improve and believes it will happen when we improve student engagement, hope, innovation, and personalized learning.

Scott Wurdinger

Research Partner


Scott Wurdinger, PhD is a professor of experiential learning and leadership studies at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota.  His early teaching experiences, with mostly middle and high school students, included non-traditional learning environments such as Upward Bound, Environmental Learning Centers, Psychiatric Hospitals, and Outward Bound. He has been teaching in higher education since 1992.  He has taught undergraduates, Master's and Doctoral students and is currently the Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at the Mankato campus.  He has published numerous articles and books on experiential learning, project based learning, and education reform.  His research focuses on life skill development in experiential learning environments and his most recent book is titled Changing the status quo: courage to challenge the education system published by Rowman and Littlefield.