About Our Teachers

Mr. Brandt

Picture of high school teacher, Mr. Brandt.My name is Zach Brandt. I graduated from Worthington High School in 2013 and from Augustana University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education with a minor in English as a New Language. I am excited to start my teaching career at my alma mater. I also serve as an advisor for the high school’s Student Council. 

I aim to help students develop their voice and sense of self through the examination of literature and our own writing, just as my teachers have done and continue to do for me.

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Ms. Johnson

Picture of high school teacher, Mrs. Johnson.I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Hamline University in St. Paul. In 2005, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to begin my teaching career. In 2013, I moved back to my home state of Minnesota, and I have been working for ISD 518 since then. I have taught many different high school English courses. With each class, I strive to guide students toward an understanding of the important role that communication plays in their lives

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Mrs. Neugebauer

Picture of high school teacher, Mrs. Neugebauer.My name is Linda Neugebauer.

I am delighted to be a Communication Arts teacher in District 518. Working with students is a real joy. I have studied Theater, Speech Communications, Literature and Education. My degrees come from Minnesota State University, Mankato as well as Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall. I have been honored to be with the Trojan Speech Team since 1999 and also serve as the advisor to Drama Club.

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Ms. Raetz

Picture of high school teacher, Mrs Raetz.Before coming to Worthington in 2011, I taught a creative writing course at the St. Peter Alternative School and have experience teaching English at the Sibley East High School and the New Prague Middle School.

I enjoy working with students and challenging them to look beyond the surface of literature because what’s below the surface is the most interesting part. For, the hidden secrets of Robert Frost go beyond the diverging road in the yellow wood.

Outside of teaching, I keep myself busy by coaching soccer for the WHS girls and by coaching figure skating during the winter months.

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Mr. Sauerbrei

Picture of high school teacher, Mr. Sauerbrei.My name is Stacy Sauerbrei. I have been an English teacher and coach at WHS since the late nineties. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morningside College and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Southwest Minnesota State. Spending time with kids is my favorite part of the job.

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Mrs. Singler

Picture of high school teacher, Mrs. Singler.My name is Gillian Singler. I began teaching at Worthington High School in 2008. I have a master’s degree in literature and English studies. I also hold a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, communication arts and literature with a minor in psychology. My work has been published in the Minnesota English Journal Online

In addition to my academic achievements, I served in the Army National Guard. I became a teacher because I believe a democracy must consist of citizens who can and will think critically. I value my subject, but I do not teach because I feel my subject is important only in itself. I teach because I feel my subject is part of a well-rounded education that benefits the greater good of citizenship.

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