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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.

Erin Loavenbruck, Director of Northen Voices, a center for young children with hearing loss and their familes

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.

Tanya Gahler, Listening & Spoken Language Teacher at Northern Voices in Roseville, MN

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.

Amanda Tolko, Listening & Spoken Language Teacher at Northern Voices in Roseville, MN

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.

Maisey Pierce, Toddler Teacher at Northern Voices, a center for young children with hearing loss to enable them to communicate through the use of listening and spoken language

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.

Kristen Strever, Preschool Teacher at Northern Voices, a center for young children with hearing loss to enable them to communicate through the use of listening and spoken language

Kristen Strever

Preschool Teacher

Kristen joined the staff of Northern Voices in 2022 and 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.

Mary Jo Brown, Listening & Spoken Language Teacher at Northern Voices in Roseville, MN

Mary Jo Brown 

Small Classroom Listening & Spoken Language Teacher

Mary Jo is the newest member to join the Northern Voices team. Her career as a teacher for the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing began in Grand Rapids, MI where she worked as a preschool teacher. She later worked at the Utah School for the Deaf in Salt Lake City teaching both preschool and elementary students and providing parent education and support. Most recently she was employed as Itinerant Teacher for the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing in the Washington County School system in MN. 

“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

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