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

St. Thomas University | ISD 196

Math Educator

Shawn Smith

Wildamere Capital

Vice President

Eileen Sene

Pricewaterhourse Coopers

Risk Assurance Director

Mari Avaloz

Upward Bound at St. Olaf

Program Director

Steve Owens

Lockridge Grindal Nauen


Attend Our Next Virtual Board Meeting!

Monday, May 24

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