Why we library…

  • Not Everything is Available on the Internet: The amazing amount of useful information on the web has, for some, engendered the false assumption everything can be found online. It’s simply not true. Google Books recognizes this. That’s why they take on the monolith task of digitizing millions of books from the world’s largest libraries. But even if Google does successfully digitize the sum of human knowledge, it is unlikely that the sum of contemporary authors and publishers will not allow their works to be freely accessible over the internet. It is already prohibited by law to make copyrighted books fully accessible through Google Book search.
  • School Libraries and Librarians Improve Student Test Scores: A 2005 study of the Illinois School Libraries shows that students who frequently visit well-stocked and well-staffed school libraries end up with higher ACT scores and perform better on reading and writing exams. Interestingly, the study points out that access digital technology plays a strong role in test results, noting that “high schools with computers that connect to library catalogs and databases average 6.2 percent improvement on ACT scores”.
  • Libraries can Preserve the Book Experience: Consuming 900 pages on the intellectual history of Russia is an experience unique to the book. In general, the book provides a focused, yet comprehensive study that summarizes years of research by an author or team of authors who have devoted their academic to a particular subject area. But, even when the internet does provide actual content, the information is often snack-sized or the overall experience cursory a sort of quick-reference browsing. Knowledge can be found, but the experience of delving into a book for hundreds of pages just doesn’t happen online. The preservation of stacks, therefore, will help preserve access to this approach to learning and the more traditional form of scholarship can continue alongside the new.

–Read all 15 reasons why libraries are not obsolete by clicking here

Mrs. Julie Twardowski, Grade 6

Hello, my name is Julie Twardowski. In 1991, I graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I teach 6th Graders, and some courses for our St. Mary 5th Graders! I began my teaching career in 1992, shortly after college graduation. Working at St. Mary School has blessed me in so many ways.

I was born and raised in Browerville, Minnesota. In 1991, I married Chad and made the big move of 8 miles to Long Prairie! My family and I live five miles Northeast of town.

I have two daughters, Elizabeth and Allyssa, who keep me very busy outside of school. My husband, Chad, owns an excavating company. My hobbies include going on runs,  walks, shopping, and spending time with my family.

If you would like to donate to the 6th Grade Teachers Pay Teachers account please click this link! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ClassFund/Julie-Twardowski-61303?utm_campaign=ClassFund%20Page

Mrs. Megan Dreher, Grade 5

Hello, my name is Megan Dreher. I am originally from Browerville. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris in 2013. I have a degree in Elementary Education K-6. I began my teaching career in 2013 at St. Mary’s and I am currently the 5th grade teacher. Ever since I was in Kindergarten I have wanted to be a teacher, I have always loved school. I love to see the joy in a child’s eyes when they discover something new or make a connection. It is also important to me to be able to grow in my faith alongside my students.  My husband Tyler and I live near Long Prairie and we have three children. I enjoy spending time with my family, watching sports, and reading.

If you would like to donate to the 5th Grade Teachers Pay Teachers account click on this link! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ClassFund/Mrs-Megan-Dreher-27191?sharing_template=on

Mrs. Felicia Middendorf, Grade 4

Hello, my name Felicia Middendorf. I grew up on a dairy farm near Dubuque, Iowa and graduated from Clarke University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. In 2016, I graduated from Clarke University with a master’s degree in instructional leadership. I have been teaching since 2016, with one year at Christ the King in Browerville before coming to St. Mary’sin 2017. I have always loved school and enjoyed learning. My favorite thing is to see the students’ eyes light up when they learn something interesting  or something connects with them.  My husband, Daniel, and I live near Long Prairie and dairy farm. We have one child, Zoey, with another one on the way. I enjoy reading, drawing, and spending time with family.

 
If you would like to donate to the 4th Grade Teachers Pay Teachers account please click on this link! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ClassFund/Mrs-Felicia-Middendo-1635?sharing_template=on
 
 

Ms. Monica Broz, Grade 3

The 2019-20 School year marks my first year teaching at St. Mary of Mount Carmel, and my first year teaching 3rd Grade. I graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND in 2016 with my B.S. in Math Education! Right away I knew I did not think I could see myself teaching Math, so I decided to give a year to serve as a NET missionary.

Afterwards, I still was unsure about teaching math, but I thought working at a Catholic School was my calling and ended up teaching Math to 5th-8th graders near the cities for 2 years. I left with the intention of taking a year off from having my own classroom and to be a substitute teacher in some small towns while working part time for St. Joseph’s in Bertha. God had other plans though. 12 days before school was to start Mrs. Dinkel asked me if I would be interested in teaching for St. Marys, and I eventually told her yes a few days later.

It was part of my faith journey that brought me to teaching. I was 17 when I began teaching 5th Grade Faith Formation at my parish in Rogers. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into, but I really wanted to share my faith with others. Since then, I have grown in my desire to teach, my faith, and in so many other ways! I feel truly blessed to be able to teach at St. Mary’s!
Also, important to note is that I am not from around here. I actually grew up in Rogers, but my mom is from Long Prairie, so growing up we would come up to visit often.
If you would like to donate to the 3rd Grade Teachers Pay Teachers account please click on this link! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ClassFund/Miss-Monica-Broz-91984?sharing_template=on

Mrs. Mary Vetter, Grade 2

Hello!  I am Mary Vetter.  I graduated from the University of Mary in Bismark, ND, with a B.S. in Elementary/Early Childhood Education.  I have been teaching since 1998, and have been at St. Mary School since 2000. I enjoy seeing a child’s growth over the school year and watching that child be the best that he/she can be with the gift that God has given that person.

I am married and have children and grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening, baking, horseback riding, some sports, nature walks, and spending time with family and friends.

If you would like to donate to the 2nd Grade Teachers Pay Teachers account please click this link! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ClassFund/Mrs-Mary-Vetter-54232?utm_campaign=ClassFund%20Page

Ms. McKayla Warmka, Grade 1

Hello! My name is McKayla Warmka and this is my first year teaching at St Mary of Mt Carmel! In 2018, I graduated from the University of Sioux Falls, SD with my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. I am originally from southern Minnesota, where I grew up on an Organic farm. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

I love teaching as each day gives you something new and rewarding along with the excitement of the students. I am so blessed to be able to begin my teaching career at St Mary’s in the First Grade!

If you would like to donate to the 1st Grade Teachers Pay Teachers account please click on this link! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ClassFund/Ms-McKayla-Warmka-81605?sharing_template=on

Mrs. Chris Hebert, Kindergarten

“Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way.”
-George Evans

I have been teaching at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel School since 1994.  I taught sixth grade for 11 years.  I am currently teaching Kindergarten.   Being a kindergarten teacher is so rewarding!  I feel like I have a front row seat to watch a flower bloom!
Each day is different and I think that is what keeps my life exciting and my teaching fresh.

I am married and have two children.  In my spare time I enjoy playing my flute with the Long Prairie Chamber Orchesta.  I also find time to read, craft, and spend time with my family.

If you would like to donate to the Kindergarten Teachers Pay Teachers account please click on this link! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ClassFund/Ms-McKayla-Warmka-81605?sharing_template=on

Mrs. Rosemary Berscheit, Preschool

Hello, my name is Rosemary Berscheit. I graduated in 1987 from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massechuetts  with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I moved to Texas, where I taught first grade for 15 years. My husband, Pete and I moved to Grey Eagle in the spring of 2004 when he retired from the Army. We have five daughters,who all attended St. Mary’s.  I spent time volunteering and substitute teaching at St. Mary’s. In 2016, I was blessed to become the Preschool teacher! I love working, and learning with the 3 and 4 years olds.

In my time off, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and gardening.

If you would like to donate to the Preschool Teachers Pay Teachers account please click on this link! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ClassFund/Rosemary-Berscheit-15179?sharing_template=on