Ms. Christensen

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BFA, University of MN - Duluth

Ms. Christensen

Art

I am originally from Isanti, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth.  I am so excited to start teaching at Prairie View Elementary and Middle, as well as Parker Elementary! Throughout my time teaching, I’ve had the honor working with students from Pre-K all the way through 12th grade.

Hobbies: Art making is my favorite hobby (no surprise)! I love working with a variety of art mediums, but I especially love colored pencils, watercolor, and ink. Another passion of mine is spending time outdoors hiking, biking, and kayaking. I also enjoy exploring the North Shore with family and friends.

Ms. Flood

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BA, Minnesota State Mankato MA, St. Mary’s University

Ms. Flood

FACS

This is my 11th year in the district. I have also taught in Rockford Minnesota. I have three sons, 2 in college and 1 in 8th grade. When I am not at school I enjoy traveling and gardening. I come from a long line of teachers. I am the sixth generation of teachers in my family! I received my bachelors degree from Minnesota State Mankato, and my masters degree from St. Mary’s.  

Mr. Gilbertson

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BA, University of Minnesota - Duluth MA, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Mr. Gilbertson

PE

I am married to Sarah and have two children Quinton and Grace.  I have enjoyed teaching Physical Education for 23 years in both Minneapolis and Elk River.  I coach Cross-Country Running, Basketball, and Track.  I look forward to my new adventure at Prairie View Elementary.
 
Hobbies: Running, biking, camping, hunting, fishing, canoeing, curling and eating seafood.
 
Fun Facts: I can hit a golf ball from my Cabin in Minnesota into Canada..it's only 200 yards.
Mrs. Gfroerer

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Mrs. Gfroerer

Media

This is my first year with ISD 728. I resigned from Anoka Hennepin Schools where I was a media specialist for 5 years and 20 years prior to that taught K, 1 & 2. 

My husband and I have 3 children: Katelyn (19), Nate (17) and Allison (12) plus a very crazy Springer Spaniel named Mack. Our family enjoys hockey, golf, biking, spending time at our cabin and traveling. I also enjoying reading books of all sorts!
 
Fun fact: I am a huge Gopher hockey fan.
Mrs. Herfindahl

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Bachelors of Music: Vocal Education K-12 University of Minnesota Duluth Bachelor's of Music: Vocal Performance University of Minnesota Duluth Master's Degree: Education K-12 Bethel University

Mrs. Herfindahl

Music/Choir

I am originally from Duluth, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota Duluth.  I lived in Washington D.C. for a year just out of college and taught at a small school in Prince George's County Maryland before coming home to Minnesota.  I taught at Zimmerman Elementary School and Zimmerman Middle/High School for 9 years before coming to PVEMS.  I currently live in Annandale with my husband (also a choir director) and three kids.  
 
Hobbies/Fun Facts:  I am a T.V. junkie.  Binge watching a show is one of my favorite things to do, however, I refuse to watch horror or overly dramatic shows-I want to enjoy my watching experience.  Also....there is nothing more exciting than a day shopping and going out to lunch for this lady!
Mr. Karst

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BA, University of Wisconsin LaCrosse MA, St. Cloud State University

Mr. Karst

Phy Ed

I have 3 sons. I have taught at several different schools in the district over the past 17 years. Schools I have worked at include; Rogers elementary, Rogers middle school, Parker elementary, Otsego elementary, and now PrairieView elementary middle school.  
 
Fun Fact: I am the youngest of 6 kids in 7 years. I have 4 older brothers and 1 older sister. 
Mr. Lewandowski

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BA, St. Cloud State Assistant Wrestling coach for 5+ years

Mr. Lewandowski

PE/Health

I grew up near Foley Minnesota along with three other siblings. I attended  Foley High where I was a three sport athlete. After graduating high school, I attended college at St. Cloud State University. There I continued my education and pursued a degree in Health and Physical Education.  I also was part of the Huskies collegiate wrestling program. I graduated from SCSU in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in education. I am now teaching here at Prairie View and looking forward on having an exciting and successful 2018-2019 school year!

I really enjoy doing is coaching the sport of wrestling. Other things that I like doing are hunting, fishing, frolfing and playing slow pitch softball. I also enjoy going to the movies, teaching myself to play guitar, singing and listening to music. 
Mrs. Rueber

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BA, University of Northern Iowa

Mrs. Rueber

Music/Band

This is my 6th year of teaching! It is my 3rd year teaching for the Elk River Schools. Before I was in this district, I taught K-4 general music and 5th grade band for one year within the Shakopee District. Before that, I substitute taught for two years and worked at a private lesson studio teaching piano, guitar, and band instrument lessons. I have loved my time within Elk River and hope to stay here for the long haul! I currently live with my husband Michael and our two dogs Beckett (Golden Retriever) and Jagger (Puggle) in the Maple Grove area. 
 
Hobbies/Fun Facts?: I am originally from Iowa. I moved up here for student teaching. I loved it so much I stayed! I really enjoy biking or walking my dogs when the weather is nice. I always knew I wanted to teach! I had trouble deciding between teaching French, English, or Music. 

 

Mrs. Skarphol

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BS & MA, St. Cloud State University

Mrs. Skarphol

Middle School Media/Coding

This will be my first year with ISD728. The past 18 years, I have worked in the Robbinsdale and Osseo Area school districts as a library media specialist and technology integrationist. I am from Anoka and currently live there with my husband, two children and our furry, tail wagging therapist named Louie. My oldest is a freshman in college and my youngest is in middle school.  I have way more hobbies than I have time to spend on them. If it involves glamping, knitting, reading or traveling, count me in. My birth stone is a coffee bean. 
I'm really excited to be at Prairie View Elementary & Middle School and looking forward to working with students.
Ms. Wojcik

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Ms. Wojcik

Elementary Music

I am a wife to a wonderful husband and a mom to three great kids (Graham, Audrey and Jude). I live in Elk River, which is also where I graduated from. I love music and I love to sing. I currently sing every weekend at my church and love to worship. I enjoy spending time outside at the lake and soaking up the sun.  I also enjoy hiking, especially in the Colorado Rockies. Reading is also a hobby of mine, but not one that I can do often, having three kids.
 
I have been a music teacher in the district for nine years and have worked at six different schools. I also work at my church, where I teach adult choir and lead a kid and youth band. Music is my thing and I love to teach, but I am also passionate about building relationships and mentoring kids and youth.