Debra Jokela, Interim Principal
Deb Jokela has worked in education for more than 20 years as a Special Education Teacher, Elementary Classroom Teacher, Special Education Supervisor, Elementary Assistant Principal and Principal of the 742 Distance Learning Academy. In all capacities, she has demonstrated a passion for working with teachers, students, and their families. She is a firm believer that all students can succeed when they are involved in supportive, positive learning environments where they have a sense of belonging. She loves to partner with parents and teachers of students to ensure the best possible learning experiences which are engaging and have social emotional teaching within the classroom environment.
Ms. Jokela attended Minnesota State University, Moorhead where she earned her BS in Elementary Education, and completed licensure requirements to teach Special Education. She earned her Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s University where she also earned a K-12 Administrator’s and Director of Special Education licenses. She has worked in the St. Cloud Area School District since 2012. She served as Oak Hill’s Assistant Principal from 2016-2020, when she left for a one year term as Principal for the 742 Distance Learning Academy. She is extremely pleased and proud to return to Oak Hill as the Principal, where she looks forward to partnering with the teaching staff and families.
Deb has been married for 29 years to Pete and they have three children. They were excited and happy to welcome their daughter in law to the family in September of 2020! They love to travel together, especially west to Montana and Oregon to visit family, and for skiing in the winter and hiking and adventures in the summer. They enjoy spending time together with their 2 dogs in addition to the 3 dogs their children have! Deb likes to read, cook, hike, ski, go to concerts and watch movies.
Shannon Bruskiewicz, Assistant Principal
Shannon Bruskiewicz has worked in education for over 20 years. She has worked as an elementary special education teacher, classroom teacher, and behavior specialist. In addition, she spent the last few years as a middle school teacher and AVID Coordinator.