MMSA Board of Directors

Steve Norlin-Weaver

Steve Norlin-Weaver, Executive Director & State Conference Logistics
Field School (5-8), Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN

Steve Norlin-Weaver has been an MMSA board member since 1999. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University, and Masters and Specialist degrees from the University of Minnesota. An educator for more than 30 years, Steve taught in Lakeville Public Schools, served as an assistant principal at Dhahran Academy in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and has been an assistant principal and principal in the Minneapolis district. He is currently the principal a Field School, a 5-8 middle grades program.

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Dan Edwards

Dan Edwards, President & State Conference Committee
Twin Oaks Middle School, Prior Lake, MN

Dan Edwards has been a MMSA board member since 2009.  He is a graduate of St. John's University, earned a master's degree from St. Mary's University and earned his Doctorate at the University of MN.  Dan was a social studies teacher for six years and served as a high school assistant principal for seven years, prior to assuming his present role as middle school principal.

Patrick Fox

Patrick Fox, Past-President & State Conference Logistics
St. Michael Catholic School, Prior Lake, MN

Patrick Fox is Principal at St. Michael Catholic School, a 500 student PreK – 8 school in Prior Lake. Patrick’s teaching and administrative experience includes working in a variety of educational environments including an alternative high school, middle schools, an adult education program, and a preK-8 school. Patrick earned his MA and Ed.S. from the University of St. Thomas and has worked as an administrator since 1996. Patrick joined the Minnesota Middle School Association in 2001 and serves on the state conference committee. Consultant Emphasis Area: Middle School Philosophy Advisory Student Led Conferences Interdisciplinary Instruction


Tami Jo Cook

Tami Jo Cook, Treasurer & State Conference Promotions Director
Dean of Students
South View Middle School, Edina, MN

Tami Jo Cook has been an MMSA board member since 1998.    She is a graduate of Bemidji State University, earned her Master’s Degree from Bemidji State University and completed her Doctorate Degree and Administrative Licensure from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  Tami Jo has served as a Mathematics Teacher and currently serves as Dean of Students at South View Middle School in Edina, which houses students in grades 6-9. 


Kristi Quade Wiedrich

Kristi Quade-Wiedrich, Secretary, State Conference Committee, Registration
Sixth Grade Teacher
Kellogg Middle School, Rochester, MN

Kristi has been a sixth grade teacher in the Rochester School District since 1991 and has been at Kellogg Middle School since 1994. The team she is on consists of three teachers and approximately 95 students. She has completed a middle school licensure program when the school district made the move to the middle school concept in 1994. Through the years Kristi has presented at state middle school conferences with some of her colleagues. Kristi became a part of the Minnesota Middle School Board in the fall of 2001 and has taken on the roles of the board secretary and state conference registrations. Consultant Emphasis Area: Student Led Conferences

Lynn Scearcy

Lynn R. Scearcy, Ph.D., Outreach & Influence Committee
Coordinator Licensing and Leadership Development for Educational Administrators
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus

Lynn Scearcy has been an MMSA Board member since 2003.  She received her bachelor’s degree in English education from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.  She earned a master’s degree, principal's and superintendent’s licensure,  and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.  Lynn has been a Language Arts teacher, a middle and high school assistant principal, a middle school principal, and an assistant superintendent.  Dr. Scearcy spent 9 years coordinating the Program for Licensure and Leadership Development of School Administrators at the University of Minnesota and served six years as a North Region Trustee for the National Middle School Association (now Association for Middle Level Education). In 2012, she retired from her position as Assistant Superintendent of Eastern Carver County Schools, and returned to the University of Minnesota in a half-time position working with students seeking administrative licensure, and with a principals' professional development initiative.

Margaret Porter

Margaret Porter, State Conference Committee, Summer Institute Coordinator
Sixth Grade Teacher
Kenwood Trail Middle School, Lakeville, MN

Margaret has been a MMSA board member since the fall of 2004. She received her degree from Wartburg College. Margaret has served as a sixth grade elementary and middle school sixth grade math teacher since 1978.


Melissa Benjamin

Melissa Benjamin, Influence & Outreach Committee, Mini-Grant Coordinator/ Membership
Sixth Grade American History Teacher
Orono Middle School, Long Lake, MN

Melissa Benjamin is a sixth grade social studies teacher at Orono Middle School.  She has a B.S. from Mankato State University in elementary education with a minor in middle school social studies and speech/theatre arts.  She also holds a master's degree from the University of St. Thomas in Learning Technology.  She has taught middle school students for over 15 years.   She has been a member of the MMSA board since 2004.  Some particular areas of interest include innovative scheduling, advisory programs, and advocacy at the state level.  Melissa also serves on the Orono Education Association's executive board and is the communications chair for MetroWest UniServ's governing board.


Jason Miiller

Jason Miller, State Conference Committee
Seventh Grade English Teacher
Dakota Meadows Middle School, Mankato, MN

Jason has worked for the Mankato Area Public Schools since 1995. He is currently teaching 7th grade English at Dakota Meadows Middle School and working as a Continuous Improvement Coach supporting the DMMS staff with data and professional development. He earned a B.S. in Communications Education from Bowling Green State University, Ohio and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato and is currently working on an Ed.D. in Leadership from Saint Mary’s University. Jason has been on the MMSA Board since 2002 and serves as the State Conference Program Coordinator.

Jan Heyerdahl

Jan Heyerdahl, State Conference Committee & Silent Auction
Eighth Grade English & Introduction to World Languages Teacher
Buffalo Community Middle School, Buffalo, MN

Jan Heyerdahl teaches 8th grade English and Introduction to World Languages at Buffalo Community Middle School in Buffalo. A graduate of Mankato State College with a triple major in English, Speech and German, Jan joined the MMSA Board of Directors in 1999. She coordinates the Silent Auction for the annual MMSA conference. With MMSA board member, Jason Miller, Jan presented at the National Middle School Conferences in Philadelphia, Nashville and Houston.