About Our Teachers

Ms. Aljets

Picture of fourth grad teacher, Ms. Aljets.My name is Ms. Aljets and I currently teach 4th grade at Prairie Elementary. I graduated from Worthington High School in 2013. I then attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and received a STEM endorsement. I completed my student teaching at Wilson Elementary in Owatonna, MN. My favorite part about being an educator is the opportunity to create a collaborative classroom community with my kiddos each year! I am so excited to be back in district 518!

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Ms. Bursch

Picture of fourth grad teacher, Ms. Bursch.Hi! My name is Ms. Bursch, and I am happy to be teaching 4th Grade in Worthington. I graduated from Owatonna High School and earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a K-8 Science Endorsement from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. I have taught 4th grade in Wheaton and Spring Lake Park as well as substitute taught in Owatonna, Faribault, Waseca and Ellendale. I am excited to be here at Prairie and to be sharing my love of learning with these students. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, playing games, cheering on my favorite teams, and taking road trips around the United States.

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Mrs. Fletcher

Picture of fourth grad teacher, Mrs. Fletcher.My name is Mrs. Fletcher. I currently teach 4th grade. I am also an advisor to K-Kids and the Prairie Elementary Science Fair. I graduated from Worthington High School in 2002. After high school, I attended Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN where I received by Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis of Middle School Science. I am currently attending St. Mary’s University of Minnesota where I am pursuing my Masters of Education degree.

I started working for the district in 2008 at Prairie Elementary.

I love everything about teaching! I enjoy seeing student’s faces light up when they finally understand something and making learning fun. 

An interesting fact about me was that I was born in San Jose, California.

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Mrs. Kerkaert

Picture of fourth grad teacher, Mrs. Kerkaert.I am Mrs. Kerkaert and teach 4th grade at Prairie Elementary. I graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University and received my Master’s Degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I began teaching in 2006. What I enjoy about teaching is the opportunity to collaborate with other educators and the opportunity to continue my own learning. The biggest reward is working with children and seeing them reach their hopes and dreams. I grew up in Worthington and attended District 518. I am proud to be a part of this great community!

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Mrs. Marquardt

Picture of fourth grad teacher, Mrs. Marquardt.My name is Mrs. Marquardt, but to my students I am Mrs. M. I am a part of our awesome fourth grade team at Prairie Elementary. I started my teaching career in Worthington in 2000. I taught 5th grade for 2 years, 3rd grade for 11 years and now 4th grade.
My favorite part of teaching is combining fun with learning, creating a school family, and getting to know my kiddos. Helping children learn and grow academically and socially is an amazing experience. I love being a part of their learning journey.
My husband is also a teacher at Prairie Elementary. We have five children. Payton, twin boys Benjamin and Braddock, a daughter Adalynn and our youngest son Jackson. I love to write, play volleyball and spend time with my family and friends.

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Ms. Poppe

I am Ms. Poppe and I currently teach 4th grade at Prairie Elementary. I graduated from Southwest Star Concept School in Okabena, MN in 2014. After high school, I attended Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN where I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 2018. I completed my student teaching here at Prairie in the 4th Grade. My favorite part about teaching is getting to know the students and watching them grow throughout the year! I am excited to be a part of District 518!

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Mrs. Troe

Picture of fourth grad teacher, Mrs. Troe.I am Mrs. Troe. Currently you will find me teaching fourth grade after twenty-four years teaching third. I am advancing! I love learning. 

I have a degree from the University of Minnesota in English, Sociology and Elementary Education. I also have a certificate in Gifted and Talented Education K-12 from the University of St. Thomas. Hablo un poquito Espanol. I tweet, follow me @TroeCom. Teaching offers me an opportunity to improve every day. Here are two favorite quotes:

“(Kids)don’t remember what you teach them. They remember what you are.” Jim Hensen.
 “When fear knocks on the door, let faith answer.” Robin Roberts

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