Our Team



Built upon a foundation of academic excellence and a mindset to drive change, Exploration High School graduates are empowered with 21st century skills to solve the problems facing their communities.


Creating a school of learners who work and ideate together to build a culture and community of empathetic, equitable, and forward-thinking problem solvers.


Our Staff

Dave Heighington 

School Director

"We are reimagining high school education together. I've been fortunate to be at the forefront of education across the country and have seen what authentic learning looks, sounds, and feels like. Everyone has a place at the table. Whether you're a student, parent, staff, or community member, you belong here. That's what we're building together.”


Design Team

Sam Neisen

Outreach Coordinator


Cole Stevens

Youth Design Lead

Krizia Duenas

Ambassador & Graphic Designer


Community Partnerships

Exploration High School is made possible in collaboration with these partners

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Board Members

Nathan Strenge

Board Chair


Fielding International

Hibo Ali


University of Minnesota

Jon Bacal


Twin Cities Changemakers

Stephen Bell-Kemp Finance Chair

Math Educator

St. Thomas University | ISD 196

Shawn Smith

Vice President

Wildamere Capital

Eileen Sene

Risk Assurance Director

Pricewaterhourse Coopers

Mari Avaloz

Program Director

Upward Bound at St. Olaf

Steve Owens


Lockridge Grindal Nauen

Attend Our Next Virtual Board Meeting!

Wednesday, June 23

Starting at 6:30pm

Click here to join!

If you would like to make a public comment, please email dave.heighington@explorationhighschool.org at least 48 business hours before a meeting.

Calendar of Meetings & Events

Board Policies


Minutes from Previous Meetings