Faculty


Ms. Laura Tempel

 Phone: 763.506.6861
 Email: Laura.Tempel@ahschools.us
 Schedule:  
 Period 1  Concert Choir
   
 Period 3  Varsity Choir
 Period 4  Bel Canto
 Period 5  Rebel Men

Laura is in her sixteenth year as vocal music director at Champlin Park High School where her duties include directing Rebel MenBel Canto, and select Varsity and Concert Choirs. Laura also serves as the artistic director for Rebelution, the school’s select co-curricular ensemble. Her students have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Edith CopleyDr. Angela BroekerSigrid JohnsonDr. Axel TheimerDr. Lee NelsonPhil MattsonDr. Mary Kay GestonDr. Matthew MehaffeyJeremy FoxDr. Tina Thielen-Gaffey, and Jason Smith.

Laura earned her Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Education degree from Saint Mary’s University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education with a Choral Conducting emphasis at the University of Saint Thomas.

She was the Vocal Jazz Repertoire and Standards Chair for the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota and served as North Central Jazz Honor Choir coordinator for “A Community That Sings,” the 2010 North Central American Choral Directors Association Division Conference in Minneapolis, with Steve ZegreePhil Mattson, and The Real Group.

Laura is a member of the American Choral Directors AssociationMinnesota Music Educators Association, and the VoiceCare Network.


Ms. Michelle Bendett

 Phone: TBD
 Email: Michelle.Bendett@ahschools.us
 Schedule:  
   
 Period 2  Treble Choir
 Period 3  Varsity Choir
 Period 4  Bel Canto
 Period 5  Rebel Men

Michelle is excited to return for her second year with the  Champlin Park High School Vocal Music Department. Her duties include directing Treble Choir, Rebel MenBel Canto, and Varsity Choir

Michelle  has taught music at the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels since beginning her career in 2000. Previously at Lake Nona High School and Avalon Middle School in Orlando, her choirs consistently earned superior ratings at Music Performance Assessments and were selected to perform at the 2015 State Florida Music Educators Association Clinic-Conference in Tampa and the 2014 Florida American Choral Directors Association Fall Conference. Her choirs have earned state enrollment awards on multiple occasions.

Michelle received her Bachelor of Choral Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she studied with Dr. Andre Thomas, Dr. Judy Bowers, Dr. Clifford Madsen, Dr. Kevin Fenton and Professor Roy Delp.

She is an active member of the Minnesota Music Educators AssociationAmerican Choral Directors Association, and serves as a presenter, adjudicator and honor choir clinician. She currently serves as the National Honor Choir Coordinator for the American Choral Directors Association's 2019 National Conference in Kansas City. 

Michelle  lives in Columbia Heights with her husband, Tesfa,  and three cats.