Angela Freese is the director of learning analytics and systems improvement for Stillwater Area Public Schools in Stillwater, Minnesota. Her work enables her to promote systems thinking via collaborative structures that highlight the marriage of curriculum, assessment, and instruction within the learning organization. She also facilitates work with instructional coaches and curriculum-support teachers to bring the “what” and the “how” of learning together for teachers and administrators. She has previously been a middle school assistant principal in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District in Minnesota and an elementary assistant principal for Rochester Public Schools in Minnesota. Her administrative experiences have been in schools with highly diverse student populations. Angela has developed high-impact collaborative teams focused on high levels of learning for both staff and students, positive cultures, and curricular-instruction-assessment models that focus on engaging students as partners in the learning process.
Angela was an implementation associate at the Office of Curriculum and Instruction for Rochester Public Schools. Her focus was on developing and revising coherent district curriculum and instructional strategies aligned with district, state, and national standards. She supported teachers and administrators in curriculum mapping, pacing, and instructional alignment and promoted the use of consistent instructional frameworks and research-based strategies. She analyzed district and site data to improve curriculum and instruction, developed and implemented curriculum and instruction processes, and provided coaching and staff development to classroom teachers and district instructional staff.
She has extensive experience in staff development design and implementation. As a key player in instructional alignment projects, she collaboratively designed and implemented ongoing, job-embedded staff development opportunities for hundreds of administrators and teachers across various schools and districts. Angela also designed and implemented a plan that enabled building administrators to further their capacity as assessment leaders.
Angela earned a bachelor of arts in elementary education at Luther College and master of arts in elementary education at Saint Mary’s University. She became a licensed principal and was also certified in professional development at the University of Minnesota.