The 7-8 mission is to empower our adolescent students to achieve academic, social, and community success.

Achieve Head-01.png

Middle School Program

At Achieve Language Academy, middle school classes are a mix of both 7th and 8th grade students, with the exception of math. The daily schedule begins with homebase, where the community building skills of Developmental Design are used.


Middle school students rotate through four core subject areas (language arts, math, science, and social studies) in 85 minute periods. Instruction in each class includes extra emphasis on reading and academic writing. Achieve students also attend specialist classes in languages and culture (Hmong, Spanish), Physical Education, and Music.


The three major student goals of our team are the following:

  1. Use differentiation to meet the needs of each learner

  2. Continue to teach literacy skills through all subject areas

  3. Emphasize higher level thinking and problem solving skills


Extracurricular activities offered include boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, run club, school of rock club, student council, acapella group, choir and drum ensemble. All 7/8 students have the opportunity to visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Thursday afternoons and evenings.

I am trying to teach my children to feel a responsibility for their fellow human beings and a sense of connection with … the WORLD around them. 

Gloria Estefan

7th and 8th Grade Staff

Achieve Dash-01.png

Emily Vondriska

7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher



I originally hail from a Chicago suburb. As a child, I frequently spent my summers helping my sisters at Brookfield Zoo, where they were elephant keepers. It was there that I cemented my deep love of animals and the environment. I decided to pursue a degree in life sciences at Northland College and trained and showed dogs when I wasn't at school. After graduating, I became a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, Africa, and I lived and taught there for 2 1/2 years. These days, I spend my spare time gardening, drawing, cooking, doing photography, working with dogs and horses, and spending time with my 3 amazing children on our hobby farm.

James Seegebarth

7th and 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher



Scott Woodington

7th and 8th Grade Math Teacher



Teaching and learning math has been a passion since I was in grade school. I received my bachelor's degree in math from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. I have spent my entire education career in Wisconsin until coming to Achieve Language Academy and I appreciate the family atmosphere at ALA.

I live in Western Wisconsin with my wife Jill and our one hundred pound lab mix rescue dog Justice. Our son Joshua started his freshman year at University of Wisconsin - Stout and will be playing football next fall when football resumes. Our daughter Amanda graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and lives in West St Paul.

I am an avid sports fan and my favorite sports are football and hockey. I cheer for all of the Wisconsin teams, especially the Badgers and Packers. I loved watching the Minnesota North Stars however I am now a fan of the Minnesota Wild. In addition to watching sports, I enjoy hunting, fishing, and playing golf.