Meet our Adult Education Staff

blankLaura Bremseth, Employment Support Specialist

Laura is an Employee Support Specialist in the Capstone Program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from St. Cloud State University and served in the Peace Corps. With over ten years of teaching and leadership experience prior to joining Franklin Center, Laura is deeply committed to honoring the lived experience of all learners. She values diversity and actively promotes equity, striving to cultivate effective support systems that uplift both students and educators.

Email:  laura.bremseth@franklinmn.org


blankJodi Eschrich, Employment Support Specialist

Jodi Eschrich is a dedicated educational leader with a strong focus on supporting students with special needs and diverse circumstances with over 20 years experience. She has a strong  commitment to fostering inclusive and supportive educational environments. As Dean of Students, she effectively managed standardized testing, disciplinary procedures, and attendance improvement efforts, ensuring that all students receive the individualized attention they need to succeed. Jodi  remains a valuable advocate for all students, particularly those requiring specialized support to thrive in their educational journey.

Email:  jodi.eschrich@franklinmn.org


blankAmy Epperson, Vocational Services Coordinator

Amy is entering her 5th year at the Franklin Center. She has worked for our Academy as a Behavior Therapist, Therapy Services as a Registered Behavior Therapist, and is now the Vocational Services Coordinator in the Capstone Program. Amy earned her Bachelors in Psychology and Human Services from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Prior to working at the Franklin Center, Amy was a Registered Behavior Therapist in Brookings, SD, and a Hall Director at South Dakota State University.

Email:  amy.epperson@franklinmn.org


Michael FaethMichael Faeth, Capstone Director

Entering into his 8th year at the Franklin Center and 18th year in education, Michael Faeth previously served as our school’s Post-Secondary Career and Education Counselor, as well as our instructor of independent living skills, social skills, and vocational training. Michael brings private sector experience to his job, working in the financial industry for years, as well as research and organizational experience, having completed his MA and working through a PhD (ABD) at the University of Minnesota.

Email: mike.faeth@franklinmn.org


blankDylan Mazza, College and Career Readiness Instructor

Dylan has previously worked at Franklin Center as the High School Guidance Counselor, as well as a Teaching Associate for several years. After receiving his masters in counseling, Dylan worked for the University of Minnesota as a Career Counselor until ultimately returning to Franklin Center; this time as an adult educator in the Capstone program. With a passion for helping our students find success in life after school, he is excited to be here in this role.

Email: dylan.mazza@franklinmn.org


blankKristen McLean, Social and Community Engagement Instructor

Kristen McLean is our Social and Community Engagement Instructor. Her experience in education has been extensive through all grade levels. She has her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in Science/Math Elementary Education.  Soon after she graduated from  St. Mary’s University with a graduate degree in Education. Prior to working at Franklin she taught at private and public educational institutions as a classroom teacher and small group reading specialist.  Recently she worked with adults in Transition programs in public schools and job-coached young adults.

Email:  kristen.mclean@franklinmn.org


blankJordan Morrison, Employment Support Specialist

Jordan is the Employment Support Specialist in the Capstone Program. Jordan earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Master of Social Work from the University of Denver. Prior to working at the Franklin Center, Jordan was a Mental Health Practitioner in Minneapolis, MN.

 

Email:  jordan.morrison@franklinmn.org


blankNick Plimpton, Community Engagement Coach

Nick is a Community Engagement Coach in the Capstone Program. A native Minnesotan, he graduated from Kenyon College, where he majored in History and minored in Japanese. He then went on to earn a Masters in Medical Sciences from Boston University. Prior to Franklin, Nick worked as a Program Instructor for the Wayzata Public Schools after-school program.

 

Email:  nick.plimpton@franklinmn.org


blankChad Sprinkel, Employment Support Specialist

Chad is the Employment Support Specialist in the Capstone Program. Chad brings a wealth of experience with him, working with both minors and adults facing neurodiverse challenges. As a Minnesota native, Chad has devoted several years to the Human Services Field, demostrating a strong commitment to empowering individuals and cultivating inclusive communities. Before joining Franklin Center, Chad served as a Program Manager for Adults with disabilities. 

 

Email:  chad.sprinkel@franklinmn.org


blankKelsey Toetschinger, Lead Life Skills Teacher

Entering her 11th year at Franklin Center and 13th year in education, Kelsey Toetschinger is our Lead Life Skills Teacher. Kelsey brings a wealth of experience working with young neurodiverse adults. Kelsey earned her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her Masters’s in Special Education from St. Mary’s University, Twin Cities. Kelsey has her LD, EBD, and ASD licenses and is licensed in both general and special education.

Email: kelsey.toetschinger@franklinmn.org