Gretchen has been with Avalon since the beginning. She has a license in the field of Language Arts and a Masters in Experiential Education. Gretchen has served in a variety of roles at Avalon, including test coordination, recruitment, marketing, and enrollment, serving on the Personnel committee, leading Language Arts seminars, and advising high school students.
Before coming to Avalon, Gretchen taught Language Arts at the Teen Pregnancy Program in the Anoka/Hennepin school district. She also spent two years teaching English on a very small island in the Caribbean as a Peace Corps Volunteer with her husband, Jonathan.
Outside of work, Gretchen enjoys skiing and biking around these fabulous twin cities. She serves on the Board of Directors for YMCA Camp DuNord, and is an Advisor for The Guild, a charter school authorizer. During the summer she gets her kids out into the woods as much as possible- an annual multi-day canoe trip down the Namakagon has become a highlight. She also escapes with her family for a week each summer to Camp DuNord in the north woods.