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 “All students can learn and succeed, but not on the same day in the same way.” William G. Spady

My name is Jessica Haapajoki and I am the Principal of the Area Education Center and the Learning Center. I would like to welcome you to our website and hope the information you find is informative. We are in the building process so your feedback is appreciated.


Brainerd has a reputation of excellence, and I feel very honored to be working with such a dedicated team of educational professionals who are focused on student learning, collaboration, innovation, and a true commitment to our students. The educational program we provide must challenge every student academically, engage them by connecting the curriculum to prior knowledge and experience, and also excite and encourage further exploration of new ideas, while making meaningful connections between students and staff.  


Parents, teachers, staff, and administration all play an important role in inspiring our children to become active learners. It is my heartfelt desire to offer opportunities for the students of the AEC to obtain the skills to become productive members in a rapidly changing global community. Please contact me at 218-454-5400 if you have any questions, concerns or celebrations!