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

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.

Rich Penix

Rich Penix

Vice Chair

Growing up in a home in which both parents were full-time educators, Rich learned from an early age the value and priority of a well-rounded, liberal arts education. After earning an undergraduate degree in music, Rich went on to pursue multiple advanced degrees in Theology. He currently serves the Burnsville community as a local church pastor. Rich is motivated to see the unique benefits of classical education serve families in the south metro.

Brieana Smith

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


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.

Jason Hackenmueller

Jason Hackenmueller

Board Member

Jason Hackenmueller is the owner and operator of Hammerhead Volleyball, a club he started and continues to run. Jason has extensive business experience and, as the father of five children, is personally invested in providing excellent educational opportunities in our community. He assists the team in business manners, including financial management and commercial lease negotiations.

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 below next to the date). All board meetings are held at the school. The dates for 2020-2021 are:

 September 21, 2020-7 pm – 9 pm

October 19, 2020-7 pm – 9 pm

November 16, 2020-7 pm – 9 pm

December 21, 2020 -7 pm – 9 pm

January 18, 2021-7 pm – 9 pm

February 22, 2021-7 pm – 9 pm

March 15t, 2021-7 pm – 9 pm

April 19, 2021-7 pm – 9 pm

May 17, 2021-7 pm – 9 pm

June 21, 2021-7 pm – 9 pm

July 19, 2021-7 pm – 9 pm









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.