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PANDA Staff and Contact Information


Crystal Learning Center

Robbinsdale Area Schools
305 Willow Bend
Crystal, MN  55428

Main:   (763) 504-4095
Fax:     (763) 504-4096


Wendy Sweeney

MA, Licensed Psychologist, PANDA Manager

(763) 504-4095

Wendy Sweeney became the PANDA coordinator in July 2015.  Wendy has worked in the ABE field since 2007.  Her expertise is mental health, learning disabilities and ADHD.   She oversees PANDA’s Learner Intervention and provides workshops on mental health, learning disabilities, and ADHD.  She also works in a private practice at Innovative Psychological Consultants providing counseling services and formal testing for LD/ADHD.  Contact Wendy with any disability related questions or concerns.

Laureen (Lori) Yurick

PANDA Administrator

(763) 504-4094

Lori Yurick joined PANDA in 2006.  Since 1996, she has held various positions in the Robbinsdale Area Schools K-12 system.  She is responsible for the editing of this website, budget management, researching and purchasing assistive technology and office administration.

Colleen Crossley

ABE Teacher and PANDA Consultant

Colleen joined PANDA as a consultant in September 2015.  Colleen teaches EL Transitions Literacy at the Robbinsdale Area Schools Adult Academic Program, District 281. She has been with the program since 2008. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Hamline University, where she completed an MAEd in 2007. Colleen has completed STAR, MNI, and UDL training, and has a strong interest in the use of multi-sensory/multi-modal strategies and technology tools to meet the needs of adult students.  In August 2017, Colleen was awarded the ABE Advocacy Award at Minnesota Adult Basic Education Summer Institute conference.  In January 2018, Colleen was nominated for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award and the Robbinsdale Area Schools Teacher of the Year Award. 

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