Meet the Staff

Our teachers are deeply committed to the oral approach and have the knowledge and dedication to make a significant difference for the children we serve. Our interdisciplinary team is licensed in their areas of expertise in the fields of deaf education and early childhood education. They continue their professional growth and expertise by attending workshops and classes.

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Erin Loavenbruck

Executive Director

Erin has served as Director of Northern Voices since 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Master’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Pace University in New York. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas. Erin is responsible for school administration, fundraising and communications.

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Tanya Gahler

Small Classroom Listening & Spoken Language Teacher

Tanya began working with the Northern Voices summer School Program in 2003 and became a Small Classroom Teacher in the fall of 2006. She received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls in 2002. Tanya has a Master’s Degree in Early Intervention in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO.

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Amanda Tocko

Small Classroom Listening & Spoken Language Teacher

Amanda has taught at Northern Voices since 2003. She received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and earned her Master’s Degree in Early Intervention in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO.

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Maisey Pierce

Toddler Teacher

Maisey has been a teacher with Northern Voices since 2020. She earned her B.A. in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Minnesota in 2017.

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Kristen Strever

Preschool Teacher

Kristen joined the staff of Northern Voices in 2022. While she is the newest staff member at the school, she brings years of teaching experience to the classroom. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and has the 0-3 Montessori diploma from the Montessori Institute in Denver, CO.

“One of the many reasons I love working at Northern Voices is watching the confidence of my students increase as they gain spoken language skills.”

-Maisey Pierce