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Buenas! I'm looking forward to working with and getting to know you this year! We have a LOT of fun in Spanish class. :)

In my 6th & 7th  grade classes , and to a large extent 8th grade Spanish 1, homework consists almost exclusively of work not completed during class time.  Additionally, because 8th grade is a HS credit class, many students may find the need to manage their own study routine to prepare for our written assessments. The assignments pages will reflect work we are doing in class on most occasions. Any missing work in the grade book reflects work not finished in class and/or not handed in.

I have been a professional educator for 21 years, 17 of which have been here in Mahtomedi. Prior to that, I lived in my hometowns of Fargo, ND & Mitchell, SD. My first four years teaching were in Mt. Vernon, SD, near Mitchell.Since beginning my career, I have always taught Spanish, and have taught all ages K12. I have also taught and coached speech and theatre, and have led numerous teacher traings with Organic World Language. Both my undergraduate degree and M.Ed. are from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, which is known for its language villages in Bemidji, MN.  

I moved to Mahtomedi from Oakdale with my husband and our three children in fall 2015.  When I'm not teaching, I enjoying hiking & geocaching, reading & movies, and either trying out new restaurants or a new recipe!

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Our Mission

The mission of Mahtomedi Middle School, an authentically connected community of Zephyrs dedicated to the fearless pursuit of personal growth is to ensure all students possess the academic, social, and emotional foundation for individual success while exploring passions and enhancing their joy of learning, through a vital system distinguished by:

  • A culture that fosters trusting relationships and belonging
  • An inclusive community that embraces and celebrates each individual
  • Exceptional learning experiences and diverse opportunities that inspire and challenge students inside and outside of the classroom
  • A culture that encourages curiosity and risk-taking and recognizes failure as a part of the learning process
  • A dynamic learning environment that is flexible and responsive
Mahtomedi Middle School ISD #832
8100 75th Street North, Mahtomedi, MN 55115
Phone: 651.407.2200
Fax: 651.407.2225
Our School
Mahtomedi Middle School provides programming to allow each student to find success academically, socially, and emotionally. Our curriculum provides students exploratory opportunities in a variety of curricular areas that provide career and college ready experiences: engineering, art, music, health, family and consumer science, phy-ed, and Spanish. Our experienced staff is focused on the social and emotional development of the early adolescent and provides small advisory groups and individual success coaching. Academic offerings include accelerated and honors courses in math, science, and language arts as well as support classes for those students who need extra attention in skill-building and time management. In addition to academic coursework, our students also have opportunities to engage and explore through our co-curricular offerings. Individual student attention is the strength of Mahtomedi Middle School.