Spotlight - New Staff

Calvin Hanson

MSHS ELD - Hometown - Richfield, MN. (Lived in Madelia for 17 years.) College - Augsburg + MSU Mankato - "After subbing in the district and then working in the district last spring, I can say that I really do enjoy teaching and working with the St. James students!"

- Calvin Hanson

Kandice Byron

Northside ELD - Hometown - St. Paul, MN - Saint Cloud State University - "I am excited to bring my 8+ years in education to the Saint James school district and build new relationships with students, staff, and families. "

- Kandice Byron

Tori Heidt

Northside Special Ed - Hometown - Fargo, ND - MSU Moorhead - "I'm excited to be in St. James to work alongside a great community of teachers, be invested in by the leadership, and invest into the lives of the students here in St. James. I really am just excited for it all!

- Tori Heidt

Scott Boelke

MSHS Social Studies - Hometown - Fargo, ND - Concordia College - Moorhead, MN. "I’m excited to bring my 20+ years of teaching experience to St. James MSHS. I look forward to building new relationships with the staff and students. "

- Scott Boelke

Brittney Karschnik

MSHS English - Hometown - Mankato, MN - MSU Mankato - "I’m excited to work with the tight knit English department who has welcomed me with open arms. I’m can't wait to start my teaching career at such a safe and kind school district!

- Brittney Karschnik

Eve Anderson

Northside Special Ed - Hometown - St. James - College - Augustana - "I am excited to teach in St. James not only because it is my hometown but also small towns are the best place for building relationships with students, families, and fellow teachers that last a lifetime!"

- Eve Anderson

Heather Brandt

MSHS Special Ed - College - MSU Mankato - Have taught/worked in the field of special education for over 20 years. I'm passionate about helping students succeed in school, and I've learned that laughter and smiles are the best tools."

- Heather Brandt

Lauren Collier

MSHS 6th Grade MN History - Volleyball Coach - Hometown - St. James - College - UMN TC and MSU Mankato. "I am grateful to be teaching in St. James this year. History is a passion of mine, and I am excited to be able to share it with the MN History students. "

- Lauren Collier

Paula Braaten

Northside Special Ed - Hometown - Welcome, MN Currently lives in: Butterfield.Education - MSU - Mankato - "I'm excited to continue serving my community and students from a different lens as I step into the role as a teacher after being a para for 5+ years."

- Paula Braaten

Allison Wolle

Northside 5th Grade - Hometown - St. James, MN - College - MSU Mankato - "I am so excited to be teaching back in my hometown with staff that were once my own teachers and coaches! It has always been my dream to teach here!"

- Allison Wolle

Sydney Farber

Northside 1st Grade -Hometown - Andover, MN - College MSU Mankato - "My experiences in St. James student teaching and coaching gymnastics were a lot of fun and I learned so much. I am so excited to continue to get to know the community and teach 1st grade this school year!"

- Sydney Farber

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