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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, Grant Coordinator

(763) 504-4095

Wendy Sweeney became the PANDA coordinator in July 2015.  Wendy has been working 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

Grant Assistant

(763) 504-4094

Lori Yurick joined PANDA as a Grant Assistant 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

Consultant, ABE Teacher

Colleen joined PANDA as a consultant in September 2015.  Colleen teaches Levels I and II Academic Skills as well as an annual Citizenship Preparation class at the Adult Academic Program, part of Robbinsdale School 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.

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