Editor’s note: This is the third of several installments featuring new teachers in Worthington District 518.

Job title: Eighth grade English teacher

Where I attended high school: Century High School, Rochester

Education: Pacific Lutheran University

What excites you about this school district? What are you looking forward to? I am delighted to work with an excellent team of learners and instructors to help students become their best performers in all aspects. I am also excited to have my own classroom as this will be my first year in the teaching staff.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My high school English teacher Mrs. Alme. She was always tough on us, but her class helped me improve my writing by leaps and bounds and it encouraged my love of reading.

Job title: first grade teacher

Ella Coyle

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Where I attended high school: cannon falls

Education: Augustana University

What excites you about this school district? What are you looking forward to? The people I’ve met so far in the Worthington School District excite me. Everyone showed me kindness, which helped me feel welcome. At the start of the school year, I am delighted to continue to meet new people, especially my students and their families.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? This is a difficult question to answer because I have had many favorite teachers for different reasons. That being said, I have to say that the dedication of my second grade teacher, Ms. Ruud, probably puts her at the top of the list. Even with a classroom full of students, she worked every day to make sure I had the tools I needed to succeed. She was also always honest with us students and open about expectations. His passion for teaching is something I always have and will always admire.

Job title: school counselor

Where I attended high school: St. Francis High School

Kayla Hendrickson
Kayla Hendrickson

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Education: University of Wisconsin-River Falls for undergraduates, Saint Cloud State University for graduates

What excites you about this school district? What are you looking forward to? Being in a new city and being close to my family. I look forward to being a school counselor for the first time and meeting new people.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher was my English teacher Mr. Olson. He always pushed you to think outside the box and he made me feel college ready after taking his college writing course.

Christine Morgan
Christine Morgan

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Job title: Teacher in specific learning disabilities

Where I attended high school: Tracy

Education: Pueblo, Colorado.

What excites you about this school district? What are you looking forward to? The bigger size, the new people, the new building and the return to southwestern Minnesota.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mrs. Hutka (CE1). She was the first teacher to read me a book about a disability.

Job title: first grade teacher

Taylor Ossefoort
Taylor Ossefoort

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Where I attended high school: Fulda High School

Education: Southwestern Minnesota State University

What excites you about this school district? What are you looking forward to? I am very happy to meet all the wonderful students and families in the district. I’m super excited to work at the school with K-2 students and all the space we have in Prairie.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher was Mrs. Linda Beerman. I was lucky to be able to have it for my third and fifth years. Her passion for teaching was always evident and she made sure to bond with each of her students. She inspired my love for learning, which became my passion for teaching young minds.

Job title: English as a second language teacher

Ingri Mastel
Ingri Mastel

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Where I attended high school: Oak Grove Lutheran High School, in Fargo, North Dakota

Education: I attended Hamline University for my bachelor’s degree; I am currently enrolled in the MATESOL program at the University of Minnesota, Mankato

What excites you about this school district? What are you looking forward to? I am delighted to meet all the students. I have a lot to teach and even more to learn.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? It’s a connection between Mrs. Parrow, my high school Spanish teacher, and Dr. Hadziavdic, the teacher I worked with as an undergraduate teaching assistant. Both are still so energetic and passionate about their work, which made taking their classes the highlight of my day. I aspire to be like them.

Job title: Special education teacher

Sandra Sable
Sandra Sable

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Where I attended high school: Westbrook

Education: Southwestern Minnesota State University

What excites you about this school district? What are you looking forward to? I have been a para for many years and have always enjoyed the friendliness of the schools in Worthington. I look forward to growing, learning and getting to know the students and paras.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Debates, he was my favorite because he had fun in class while we were learning.