Concordia Classical Academy

2101 Lor Ray Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003 • 507.388.4336

Staff, Teachers - Concordia Classical Academy - North Mankato, MN 56003


Mr. Ben Holten - Principal, Choir Director
5-8 Grades
Mr Ben Holten
Mr. Ben H. Holten

Mr. Holten is a 1986 graduate of Concordia College, St. Paul, MN. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, with major in education and a concentration in church music. Ben met his wife, Jeanne, at Concordia and were married in 1986. They have been blessed with
four children, all of whom are attending or have graduated from one of the "Concordias" in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. They are also proud to be new grandparents!

Ben began serving the church as a Lutheran elementary teacher in 1986. In 1990 he accepted a call to Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Ulm, MN where he served as Director of Music and Education. In 1999 Ben returned to the classroom to teach at Immanuel, Courtland. In 2005 he accepted a call to Immanuel, Gaylord to serve as Principal/Teacher and was privileged to oversee the building of their new school and gymnasium in 2013.

The Holy Spirit moved Ben to accept a call to Concordia Classical Academy in 2017, where he currently serves as Principal/Teacher. He is blessed to work with a wonderful faculty, staff and great families.

In addition to teaching children, he enjoys hobby farming, old Allis Chalmers tractors, directing choirs, playing and working on pipe organs, and doing work on family history.

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Mrs. Emily LaPlant
3-4 Grades
Mrs. LaPlant graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mrs. LaPlant has taught in Lutheran schools in both Indiana and Minnesota since 2003. She lives in St. Peter with her husband, three sons, and all of their laundry. In her spare time, Mrs. LaPlant loves to read books, listen to classical music, and drink coffee.

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Mrs. Jenean Cherney
1-2 Grades
jenean cherney
Mrs. Cherney graduated from Concordia University, Seward in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Jenean’s first Call was to Dubuque Lutheran School in Dubuque, Iowa, where she taught a combined Kindergarten/ First Grade and K-5 General Music. In 2016, Jenean married Mitchell and moved to Wisconsin, where she taught at Our Redeemer, Wauwatosa. While at Our Redeemer Jenean taught Third Grade Math & Social Studies and Three-Year-Old Preschool.
Jenean grew up in North Mankato and after 10 years traveling the Midwest is excited that God has brought her and Mitchell back home. Outside of teaching she enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, playing board games with
Mitchell, reading, crafts, coaching, and just about anything outdoors.

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Alice Brase

Mrs. Alice Brase
Mrs. Brase attended St. John's College in Winfield KS and graduated from Concordia College in St. Paul MN. For the past 21 years she has taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at St. John Lutheran School in Good Thunder, MN. Prior to that she taught grades 1-3. Besides teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, walking, and biking.
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Mr. Kristian Bjornstad

Latin, Science, Literature and Technology

Administrative Assistant, Jan Ritz

Choir Director, Ben Holten

Operetta Director, Beth Wilson

Reading Assistants
  • Bethany Holtmeier
  • Richard & Karen Johnson