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Gary Kressin 
Career and College Academy Director

Gary Kressin joined Bloomington Public Schools in July 2014. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Education from University of Wisconsin-Stout. He also holds a Master’s in Education and Educational Administration from the University of St. Mary’s.

Kressin started his education career in the classroom, where he taught at both the middle and high school levels. Previous experience includes serving as a district math coordinator, STEM coordinator and a career center administrator.

“We’re creating unique learning opportunities to help guide students on a pathway to career and education success.”

Brynn McConnell

Counselor/Career Coordinator

Brynn is happy to be joining Bloomington Public Schools! She is passionate about career and college development and enjoys supporting students along their journey in these areas. Brynn hekps students by helping them register for concurrent college credit, supporting their academic progress and career and college planning, and coordinating opportunities for students to further explore their career development through guest speakers, field trips, college visits, etc. Brynn also works with students on their Personal Growth Plan (PGP) and helps them learn how to connect their PGP with their BCCA classes.

Before joining the BCCA staff, Brynn worked as a high school counselr in Owatonna for four years and has seven years of experience working in college adminssions, advising, and orientation. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamline University anf a Master of science degree in Professional School Counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Brynn enjoys reading, painting and drawing, volunteering with dog rescues, making music, and all things Harry Potter!

Ally Pinkus
ALC+ Case Coordinator

Ally is with BCCA thanks to a grant from Hennepin County. She works for Headway Emotional Health services and her role at BCCA and in other district High Schools is to help and support students overcome barriers that impede their attendance and progress at school. She provides support to students who are at risk due to a variety of factors and plays a vital role in keeping students in school at BCCA and in other high schools in the district who otherwise would struggle to attend regularly.

Ally attendedMetro State University and holds a BA in Psychology. She is currently attending the University of St Mary's and working on her MA in Counseling and Psychological Services. She enjoys traveling, attending concerts, and spending time with friends and family.

Louise Hamer
Program Secretary

Louise joined the BCCA team as program secretary in October 2015. She grew up in Scotland and holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Aberdeen (UK). She moved to Michigan in 2004 and earned her Master’s degree in Research Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. 
After graduating, Louise moved to Minnesota and worked part-time while raising her two daughters. In her free time she enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with family. She is excited to be supporting this program, which assists students in being prepared for their chosen career or college journey.
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