About Our Teachers

Mrs. Ahlers

I am Mrs. Ahlers and I teach Fifth Grade. I completed my schooling by attending Minnesota West Worthington Campus, Buena Vista University, and Storm Lake IA-Elementary Education, Pre-primary.

I started working for the Worthington school district in 2006 as a Preschool teacher for the Even Start family literacy program at the West building. From there I began teaching half time first grade at Prairie. I also taught ELL for one year at Prairie. I taught second grade. I especially enjoy seeing their progress in math. Second grade is a big year in math, learning how to regroup and rename in addition and subtraction! I also enjoy reading and listening to the students become much more fluent readers throughout the year. I’m excited for a classroom full 5th grade learners at the new Intermediate School! 

I enjoy teaching in my hometown, as I am a Worthington High school graduate! I grew up in the Rushmore area, along with my family of 3 brothers and 3 sisters! I am married; my husband and I have four children. We are farm family, and currently farm around the Worthington, Bigelow, and Brewster areas. We enjoy camping, watching baseball, gardening, and exploring trails on our atv’s. 

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Ms. Campbell

Hello, my name is Bekah Campbell and I am a fifth grade teacher at Intermediate School! I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in Elementary Education (K-6) and certification in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. I have student taught in Owatonna, Mankato, St. Peter, Blue Earth, and Winnebago. I started teaching in Worthington in 2017.

I live in Worthington, MN with my husband, Ryan, and our English Bulldog Neo. I love teaching and sharing my passion of math with the students. My favorite subject in school is math because numbers are incredible! Ryan and I love to play games, whether it be video games or card games.

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Mrs. Flynn

My name is Mrs. Flynn. I teach fifth grade at Intermediate School. I have previously taught in Becker, MN and at Fulda Elementary. I have been teaching in Worthington since 2010. I got received my Bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato and my Masters in Education from Saint Mary’s University. When I am not teaching I enjoy sports and spending time with my family.

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Mrs. Dahlquist

Hello! My name is Mrs. Dahlquist and I was a Kindergarten teacher at Prairie Elementary before becoming a fifth grade teacher. I previously also taught Middle School Special Education. I received my undergraduate degree at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership through Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN.

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Mrs. Kuhl

Hi Everyone! My name is Melanie Kuhl and I am excited to be teaching fifth grade this year. I have had the privilege to work in District 518 since 2006. I have had the honor to teach preschool, first grade, and kindergarten. All were amazing in their own special way. I received my undergraduate, Master’s Degree, and Reading Licensure through Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. My favorite thing about teaching is that every single day we make a difference in someone’s life. I love to inspire students to think beyond their comfort zones and challenge them to reach their fullest potential. Wow, what great job I have!!!!

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Mrs. Jungers

Hi, my name is Mrs. Jungers and I’m a Special Education teacher at the Intermediate School. I have been teaching in District 518 since the Fall of 1999. I teach Reading, Math, and Written Language to students with learning disabilities. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education.

The highlight of teaching is watching students grow academically and socially. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children, camping, boating, attending my children’s school activities, playing board games, and reading.

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Ms. Madison

I went back to school after 10 years to be an educator. My undergraduate degree is in English and French from the University of Minnesota, and I graduated with my MAT from Concordia University Saint Paul in 2018. I taught first grade for two years at Hmong College Prep Academy and now I am teaching 5th grade in Worthington. I live in Reading with my partner and two dogs. I love camping and being in nature.

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Mrs. Morales

My name is Alva Morales, and I graduated from The University of Texas in El Paso in 2015 with my bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies. I then moved to Fort Stockton, Texas where I taught ELAR for 7 years.

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Mr. Olson

Hello my name is Austin Olson and I am from Jackson, Minnesota. I graduated from JCC in 2015 and then received my Elementary Education degree Southwest Minnesota State University in the spring of 2019. 2019 was my first year working at the Worthington School District and first year of teaching. I have previously taught in the fourth grade at Martin County West school district. When I have free time, I enjoy spending my time with family and friends, playing golf, and watching sports. A fun fact about me is that in the summer I teach the junior golf program at the Jackson Golf Club.

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Miss VanMeeteren

Hello! My name is Hope VanMeeteren and I am a 5th grade teacher in the Worthington School District. I graduated from Augustana Univeristy with my degree in Elementary Education in 2022. I’ve always had a love for teaching and it has now become my passion to educate our youth by meeting both their academic and social emotional needs. An interesting fact about me is my hobby outside of school is photography!

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Miss Weidert

Hello! My name is Miss Weidert and I am a fifth grade teacher at Intermediate School. I grew up and attend high school in Adrian, MN. After graduating from high school, I attended Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. With any free time, I enjoy golfing and crafting.

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