By Tasha Timmerman
North Elementary Writer
A new school year brings new faces around district and North is no exception as we welcomed five new teachers for the 2019 - 2020 school year. We have one grade level teacher and four specialist teachers for everyone to get to know. Each new staff was asked about the education background and
degrees they have earned as well as to tell us two fun facts about themselves to share with the community.
Carolyn Fox, who grew up in Dayton, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris with an Elementary K-6 degree is our new Second Grade Teacher. Before coming to St. Peter,
Carolyn was a long term substitute in Anoka with first grade, and then she worked in Buffalo with second and first grades. Carolyn was hired as the MSU fellow and while working on her graduate
degree. She loves to camp and explore! Carolyn was lucky enough to have the experience of living in the middle of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where she worked as a camp counselor and slept in a tent for four months. She also lived in New Zealand for four months, where she was able to complete
her student teaching.
Madison Bergren is one of two new faces around the Phy-Ed department this school year. However, she is not a stranger to St. Peter as she graduated from Gustavus this past spring with a degree in Health and Physical Education. While at Gustavus, Madison also played for the Gusties Women’s
Hockey Team. Madison grew up in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Two fun facts about her are that she is scared of elevators, and one thing on her bucket list is to ride in the side-cart of a motorcycle.
Jordyn Jarr, who is the other new face you will find in the PE area, received his degree in both developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) and Health & Physical Education from Minnesota
State University-Mankato in December 2019. Following graduation, she did a long term substitute position at Blue Earth Area High School. She is not currently working on her masters but does plan to go back to get it at some point. She grew up and graduated from a small town in Wisconsin called
Bloomer, and graduated from Bloomer High School. Jordyn is also currently coaching Saints Volleyball. She loves to be outside, doing almost anything, including canoeing, hiking, exploring, walking, running, camping, playing games, and sports. She loves to hang out with family and friends and spend time with her two dogs, Pepper and Blaze. Her favorite foods are dumplings (popular in her hometown), ice cream and she enjoy lots of different kinds of fruits, but of course not all those together! She also has two younger sisters, one goes to UW-Stevens Point, WI
and the other is a senior in high school.
Our Special Education Department also has two new faces this year. The first is Abby Chappuis, who was hired as the Third grade Special Education Teacher. Abby graduated in May 2018 with an Academic Behavior Strategist (Special Education) bachelor’s degree. She is currently working on
getting her Masters in Special Education with add-on licenses of Emotional and Behavior
Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Abby grew up just down the road, in Faribault and taught at Maple River West Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year. She is excited to be a part of
the Saint Peter School District! Abby is a major Vikings fan (as heartbreaking as it may be). Abby is also area record holder as she holds the Medford High School record for having the most 3 pointers made in a basketball game (seven 3-pointers).
North’s last but certainly not the least new teacher is Ann Johnson. She is the new Fourth Grade Special Education Teacher. Ann attended elementary school in Minneapolis and junior high and high school in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Wisconsin ~ Eau Claire and got her Masters Degree in Education from St. Mary’s University. Ann previously taught fourth grade in the Osseo School District. She also 4th and 5th grade and special education in California, co-taught English in the Japanese public schools, and special education at Prior Lake and Shakopee high schools. Ann has a therapy dog named Bonnie, who visits hospice patients with her each week. She also enjoys to run and has participated in three half marathons.