Leadership / Board

Meet our leadership:

Great Oaks Academy is led by a five member Board of Directors. Our Director acts as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board.

Heith Wetzler

Board Chair

Heith Wetzler holds a Master of Divinity from Bethel University and a Master of Arts in Instruction at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. His experience teaching, both as an adjunct professor at North Central University, and at the high school, middle school, and elementary level in both public and private schools, has given him a passion for excellence in education. He was part of the launch team for Agamim Classical Academy, a K-8 charter school in Hopkins and is committed to using that experience to help launch an excellent school in the south metro.

Eric Rice, DC

Vice Chair

Eric is the owner of HealthPro Chiropractic Clinics.  He has been a pediatric, family and sports chiropractor for the last twelve years and continues to operate out of two locations in the South Metro.  He has extensive business experience and knowledge of the economics in the surrounding communities.  He has lived in Farmington for the last 13 years, is married and has two young boys. The culture and philosophy of Great Oaks Academy is what attracted both Eric and his wife Kailey to the school.  They look forward to enrolling their kids in Great Oaks in the next few years. 

Brieana Smith


Brieana Smith is the original founder of Great Oaks Academy. In ten years of Classical homeschooling, and four years as the founder and director of Alden Hills Academy, a homeschool cooperative, she came to see the value of Classical Education. When she realized there were no opportunities for Classical Education in the south metro, she began to organize Great Oaks Academy and continues to be invested in its success.

Zac Holm


Zac Holm holds degrees in Pre-Primary and Elementary Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Specific Learning Disabilities. He was on the initial teaching team for Paideia Classical Academy, a charter school in Apple Valley, as a special education teacher and was on the team that developed and implemented the special education department at that school. He was then offered the position of Director of Special Services at Eagle Ridge Academy, a Classical charter school in Minnetonka, where he oversaw all special education and English Language programming. He is currently the Assistant Administrator for the Transitions program for ISD 196, serving young adults with disabilities. Zac’s understanding of and passion for charter schools is invaluable to the Great Oaks Academy team.

Eileen Halligan

Board Member

My name is Mrs. Halligan and I am so excited to teach Kindergarten at Great Oaks Academy! I have taught Kindergarten for the last 7 years at a small Catholic school in Montgomery. I reside in Lonsdale with my husband, Dan. We have two children; Lexi is in 7th grade and Brenden is in Kindergarten! We also have two dogs and a cat. In my free time, I like to fish, camp, and spend time with my family! 

I joined the board to learn more about Great Oaks Academy and I really stand by the Vision and Mission. 

Minutes from Recent Board Meetings

The Great Oaks board will meet at 7:00 pm on the third Monday of each month (unless otherwise indicated. All board meetings are held at the school.

Great Oaks Academy

6300 212TH ST W, Farmington, MN 55024


Our Mission Statement:

The mission of Great Oaks Academy is to provide students with a classical, liberal arts education that is rigorous, literature-rich, wondrous, and virtuous.