About Carissa + Nellie
Ms. Carissa
Ms. Carissa
Carissa Tobin
  • Masters in Teaching, Hamline University
  • Teaching licenses: K-6 elementary, K-6 bilingual/bicultural, K-8 Spanish
  • B.A. Spanish, Carleton College
A bit about me… I live in Northeast Minneapolis. I spend time my free time with my husband, friends, and family, or enjoying some quality introvert time. I love coffee and coffee shops, creative writing, and yoga. I taught for nine years at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School –  five years as a kindergarten teacher and four years as a first grade teacher. I helped to start the Spanish Native Language Literacy and Transitional Dual Language programs at the school. I smile every time I think of my former students and their families. I'm excited to help start the Spanish program at Webster!
I believe in… humor, down time, organization, efficiency, language learning, and bilingual education.
My education journey… When I started college I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study. Second term when I took Spanish, I realized how much joy the language brings me. I was fortunate to get to study in Mexico and Spain and spend a year living in Mexico.
Books… I love reading
Ms. Nellie
Ms. Nellie
and I love the Minneapolis Public Libraries! I prefer reading real (paper) books, but I recently started using a Kindle, too –  it is definitely easier for traveling!
Nellie McLean-Browne


  • Masters in Education, University of Minnesota
  • Teaching licenses: K-6 elementary
  • B.A. Spanish, Minor:Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Minnesota

A bit about me… I grew up in the Seward neighborhood and attended Minneapolis Public Schools for elementary and high school. I now live in South Minneapolis with my husband, daughter and dog Max. I love going to the park with my family and riding my bike. Before Webster, I taught at Nellie Stone Johnson for three years in the transitional dual language program. I have also taught Spanish to preschoolers. After college, I traveled to Ecuador to teach English in Riobamba.

I believe in… enjoying school! My goal is for all of my students to feel comfortable, safe and happy at school.

My education journey… I started learning Spanish when I was a kindergartener. I loved singing and rolling my R’s. I studied Spanish all throughout high school and college and traveled to several different Spanish-speaking countries.

Books… I love to read! One of my favorite things is swinging in a hammock with a good book! Some of my favorite children’s books are The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Wemberly Worried and The Snowy Day.