ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

District 518 welcomes new teachers for 2022-23 school year

This is the final of six installments featuring new teachers in Worthington District 518.

Kyle Johnson
Kyle Johnson
Tim Middagh / The Globe
We are part of The Trust Project.

Editor's Note: This is the final of six installments featuring new teachers in Worthington District 518.

Kyle Johnson

MORE DISTRICT 518 NEWS
“We’re not here to just throw the book at them,” Landgaard emphasized. “We want to do what’s right for them… our goal is not to expel kids, it’s to educate kids.”
"As you walk through the halls of the Learning Center, you will see students collaborating with teachers and students collaborating with other students."

Job title: High School Math Teacher

Where I attended high school: Cherokee, Iowa

Education: Northwestern College

What about this school district excites you? What are you looking forward to? I am looking forward to getting involved with the entire community in Worthington. I am excited to get to go to events and get to interact with a lot of new people this year.

ADVERTISEMENT

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher in high school was Kathy Curtis. Ms. Curtis was my high school geometry, statistics and calculus teacher. I enjoyed her classes because she really gave us ownership over our learning. She kept classes fun with her humor and really encouraged me to give math and teaching a try in my future. I will always remember during our senior awards night when she encouraged me that when she retires that I could take her place.

Anna Meyer

Job title: High School EL Teacher

Anna Meyer
Anna Meyer
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Where I attended high school: Worthington

Education: Augustana University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

What about this school district excites you? What are you looking forward to? As a sophomore at Worthington High School, I had the opportunity to be a student volunteer in an EL classroom. I quickly fell in love with it and I am excited to be starting my teaching career in the same place that made me feel so inspired as a teenager. I am looking forward to joining the passionate and motivated EL team at WHS and connecting with my students as we learn together through the language development process.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Growing up in Worthington, I had many favorite teachers. Through the years, I was fortunate to have teachers who challenged me academically and encouraged me in many pursuits. Many of these teachers continue to inspire and support me today.

Ellie Hallquist

Job title: Kindergarten Teacher

Where I attended high school: Annandale

ADVERTISEMENT

Ellie Hallquist
Ellie Hallquist
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Education: Undergraduate degree in elementary education: Concordia College, Moorhead; master's degree in curriculum and instruction: Saint Catherine University, St. Paul.

What about this school district excites you? What are you looking forward to? The multicultural aspect of the Worthington School District is exciting to me. This school year I am looking forward to getting to know families in the community and in my classroom.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Johnson, was one of my favorite teachers for so many different reasons, but one of them was that she could write backwards. My sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Smith, was also a favorite because she took the time to build a relationship with each of us.

Heather Doerr

Job title: Seventh/Eighth Grade Science Teacher

Heather Doerr
Heather Doerr
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Where I attended high school: Hills-Beaver Creek

Education: University of Sioux Falls

What about this school district excites you? What are you looking forward to? I'm excited to start this new journey at Worthington school district. Everyone has been very welcoming and I am excited to work with such great staff. I am looking forward to teaching seventh and eighth grade science this year and helping students learn.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My high school math and science teachers were my favorite. They always pushed me to do my best, but were always there for help when I needed it. The both of them helped foster my love for math and science and are part of the reason that I pursued education as a career.

ADVERTISEMENT

Hope VanMeeteren

Hope VanMeeteren
Hope VanMeeteren
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Job title: Fifth Grade Teacher

Where I attended high school? Luverne

Education: Augustana University

What about this school district excites you? What are you looking forward to? I will be able to learn more about the many different cultural backgrounds of the Worthington District!

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My college professor for my education classes because her passion for teaching poured into every lesson and really showed me how amazing this profession is!

Britney Hartmann

Job title: Second Grade Teacher

Britney Hartmann
Britney Hartmann
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Where I attended high school: New Ulm

Education: Minnesota State University, Mankato

What about this school district excites you? What are you looking forward to? Something that excites me about the Worthington school district is how welcoming and caring everyone has been so far. I’m most looking forward to getting to know my students, their families, and the community, while also growing stronger as an educator!

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My first grade teacher, Mrs. Pietz. She has always been such an inspirational person to me (both in general and as an educator) because of how caring, intelligent, and empathetic she is.

Michael Jacobsen

Job title: Art Teacher

Michael Jacobsen
Michael Jacobsen
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Where I attended high school: Brookings, South Dakota.

Education: South Dakota State University

What about this school district excites you? What are you looking forward to? Just being able to start over and take on something new. Changing things up and doing something different with my students.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Clark, he was always able to relate to the students and have fun with them regardless of their interests.

Lisa Woll

Job Title: ABE Teacher

Lisa Woll
Lisa Woll
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Where I attended high school: Worthington

Education: Mankato State University

What about this school district excites you? What are you looking forward to? I am most excited about all of the things my students will teach me and all the doors we will open together.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher was Mrs. Marie
Schnieder. She was my second grade teacher. I was very shy and unsure of myself as a child. Mrs. Schnieder was always kind and patient with me. She instilled in her students a sense of self-respect and a desire to do and become their very best. I have carried those lessons with me throughout my life.

Amy Hamilton

Amy Hamilton
Amy Hamilton
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Job Title: First Grade Teacher

Where I attended high school: Martin County West

Education: Southwest Minnesota State University

What about this school district excites you? What are you looking forward to? Seeing all the faces back at the beginning of the year.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My third grade teacher who would do backflips in the classroom for us as rewards (he was a gymnastics coach).

MORE EDUCATION NEWS
The program will be “Exploring Norwegian and Other Scandinavian Christmas Traditions,” presented by Harvey Pedersen.
“We just have a small space, but it’s a place to start. It is so totally awesome, though! The church is doing that for us as part of their mission work. It’s wonderful that they are supporting us by allowing us to use that space.”
"Safety is our first priority for our attendees and staff."

What to read next
Licenses issued by the Nobles County Recorder's Office.
Follow the Globe Minute, our twice-weekly Worthington news and weather podcast, on Apple, Spotify, or Google Podcasts!
“I think sometimes we lose that concept when we think about what Christmas has kind of become, in terms of commercialism and consumerism, and our interpretation of Jesus as a person now.”
The designation also includes the contiguous counties of Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Redwood, Brown and Watonwan.