Anna Edlund

Anna Edlund is the Gifted Services and STEAM Lab Facilitator at Bluff Creek Elementary in Chanhassen, Minnesota.  She is also the founder of Funky Minds Nonprofit, a youth leadership organization and catalyst for community connection.  Valuing education beyond the traditional walls of school, Ms. Edlund is dedicated to building partnerships with parents, businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations.  She believes the strengths of these partnerships offer a highly engaging and important context for learning, the real world.

As an avid listener of National Public Radio (NPR) and admirer of Fred Rogers, Ms. Edlund began Bluff Creek Podcast Radio (BPR), a youth led lunchtime radio show.  Integral to the success of the program are two dedicated Parent Coordinators, Allison Lang and Leah Plath.  Through their partnership, over one hundred community guests have attended "business lunches" and participated in podcast interviews.

The powerful impact of shared stories and human connection has inspired Ms. Edlund and her parent partners to bring BPR to a national platform.  For more information, please email<>.

Anna Edlund received a degree in Liberal Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, and her Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She is the recipient of the Presidential Call to Service Award and a BestPrep Teacher of Excellence.  Her students have received multiple recognitions in service learning and youth leadership, including the Little Red Wagon Award.