About Our Staff

Mrs. Brands

My name is Jen Brands and I received my BA in nursing from Augustana College. I worked as an RN in a nursing home in Sioux Falls, and then a clinic and eventually a school in Milaca, MN for several years prior to moving back to my hometown of Worthington. I have worked as a Licensed School Nurse for District 518 at the Non-public school sand ALC since 2002. I believe prevention and education are key when it comes to health.Our motto at school is "Healthy Kids Make Better Learners". My husband and I have 3 children and besides keeping up with them, I have a passion for animals so our country home is a little like a small zoo!

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Mrs. Donkersloot

I have been a registered nurse since 2002 and have enjoyed working at the Sanford clinic and on the med/surge and OB units in the Sanford Worthington Hospital, but since have found my passion to be school nursing. I have been contracted to the Worthington School District from the Sanford Clinic since 2006. Each year is new an exciting, there is never a dull day in the health office! My husband and our 3 children live in Worthington. We enjoy camping, walking, sports, and spending time with family and friends.

As the school nurse keeping children healthy is my mission because “healthy kids are better learners”. Immunizations, medication administration, hearing and vision screening, health education, and wellness promotion are my part to keeping our school a healthy place to learn and grow. Assisting me with the health office and attendance secretarial duties at Prairie Elementary is Linda Huisman. When a child comes into the health office be assured they will be given the best care we can to get them back to class or when necessary, home to you.

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Mrs. Reitmeier

I have been the school nurse at the Worthington Middle/High School since 2008. I am originally from Bigelow, MN, and went to school here in Worthington. I attended Minnesota West College in Worthington and graduated with an Associated Degree in Nursing. I have worked for Avera Medical group Worthington since 2003 in pediatrics and OB. I love working with young people and helping them understand the importance of health and what it means to live a healthy life style. Assisting me in the health office is Mrs. O'Neil.

My husband, Ryan, and I have one child. We lived in Bigelow for six years and now live in Worthington. I am also the head Gymnastics Coach at Worthington High School, and coach two little girls’ competitive teams, and all the Community Ed Gymnastics in Worthington. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and working out!

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Mrs. Schmitz

I graduated from NCC in Sheldon, Iowa in May 2015 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. My first year as the nurse at the Middle School was 2015. I was very excited to be working in District 518!!

I have been married for 8 years and have three children ages 7,5 and 2. We live on an acreage north of Round Lake. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

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Mrs. Thier

I have been a nurse since 2013. I started my nursing career at the Sanford Clinic in the pediatrics department. I went back to school to further my education and upon graduation was able to become contracted with Sanford as a School Nurse for District 518 in 2015. I am full time between Prairie Elementary and the ALC and I love the differences I am exposed to. I have a strong passion for helping children and believe that helping to keep them healthy, allows for their best learning ability.

My husband and I have had four children (all boys) and are expecting another child in February. I enjoy everything family and sports. My children are into football, wrestling, and baseball and thus is where a lot of my time is spent. We also enjoy all things outdoors.