Our Team

Amanda Janssen

Executive Director

Amanda Janssen

Executive Director

Amanda joined Rêve Academy with extensive experience in national and international education contexts, holding roles that ranged from classroom teacher and instructional coach to adjunct faculty at Hamline University. With a passion for working with diverse student populations, she brings inclusive practices into her design of peer coaching, curriculum, and pedagogy.

Throughout her career, she’s held numerous leadership positions that utilize her strategic thinking and desire to co-create innovative solutions. It’s this experience that fuels her passion for Rêve Academy’s work. By engaging students in new ways, we’re equipping them for the workforce and inspiring them to plan for the future. Amanda believes that this process helps youth themselves build the capacity they need for success.

What I’m most proud of
Seeing the tremendous growth that our students can achieve after just a few months of engaging with Rêve Academy.

Vision for my role
Redesigning learning spaces to raise up digital leaders who bring diversity and ingenuity to our workforce.

Let’s connect if…
You’re ready to learn more about Rêve Academy. I love telling our story and hearing the journey of others!

Andrew Koch

Director, Student-Run Businesses

Andrew Koch

Director of Student-Run Businesses

Andrew joined Rêve Academy with experience in adult employment services and community development. He knows the importance of building career capacity early, so his work of managing student interns, honing their skills, and overseeing Rêve Academy’s volunteer program is especially satisfying.

What I’m most proud of
Helping students move through the pathway we originally dreamed of—first as classroom students, then Rêve Academy Interns, and finally as Senior Interns who are leading their own teams.

Vision for my role
Developing connections with people and organizations that enable our interns to become digital leaders of the future.

Let’s connect if…
You want to learn more about Rêve Academy’s Student-Run Businesses or volunteer with our students.

Eliza Wright

Director, Marketing + Operational Excellence

Eliza Wright

Director of Marketing + Operational Excellence

Eliza joined Rêve Academy with experience in digital marketing, content creation, and the scrappiness that can only come from working at a tech startup. Her interest in the nonprofit world has developed into a full-blown passion for managing Rêve Academy’s marketing, fundraising, and storytelling.

What I’m most proud of
Creating a library of student stories—now everybody can see how amazing our kids are!

Vision for my role
Elevating the Rêve Academy brand to the point where doors open instantly for our alumni.

Let’s connect if…
You want to explore a marketing opportunity or partner with a like-minded organization.

Amanda Breen

Financial Manager

Amanda Breen

Financial Manager

Amanda joined Reve Academy with years of experience in public accounting, as well as a skill for creating training programs and on-boarding experiences for new employees. She now builds streamlined reporting processes for Rêve Academy and supports the organization in scaling with quality.

What I’m most proud of
Helping the team better understand and utilize financial information.

Vision for my role
Becoming a strategic advisor for Reve Academy when it comes to fiscal planning.

Let’s connect if…
You want to know more about the financial health of the Academy.