About Our Teachers

Mrs. Anderson

Hi! My name Mrs. Anderson. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with grades one and two at Prairie Elementary. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders in 1996 at South Dakota State University, and my Master’s Degree in 1998 from the University of South Dakota. I have worked in the public school system and rehabilitation setting since I graduated. I enjoy working with pediatrics and geriatrics.

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Mrs. Blanchard

Mary Blanchard grew up on a dairy farm outside of Worthington and is still a farm girl at heart. She loves to read, and hike while camping with her husband and two kids. She received her teaching license at Southwest State University in Marshall and her Master’s degree in Counselor Education at Winona State. She is licensed to teach elementary education and special education K-12. 

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Ms. Feldman

Hello!  My name is Tricia Feldman. I am a Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing for District 518. I have been working here since 2012, but have been an itinerant teacher in several other districts and states since 1998. I graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, majoring in Deaf Education and Elementary Education.  

I work with students with varying degrees of hearing loss and needs.  I truly love what I do, and it is always different every day! My most rewarding part of my job is when I see a student advocate for themselves in different situations, and when skills are carried over to the classroom or in social situations. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family at our lake cabin.

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Mrs. Hartzler

Hello! My name is Kelsey Hartzler, and I am the district Occupational Therapist, who will primarily be working with students in 2nd-12th grade levels. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from the University of South Dakota in 2013. I then went on to graduate school, where I received my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2016. While in graduate school, I worked at Coulee Connections, an alternative school for at-risk youth; it was during this experience that I realized my passion for working with the pediatric population with unique needs.

I am so excited to be a part of the Worthington School District and get to know students and staff in all buildings, as I will be traveling between the elementary, middle school, and high school to work with a wide variety of students!

An interesting tid-bit about myself is that my dad and sister both work at Prairie Elementary as well!- My dad is a PE teacher and my sister works in the preschool special ed room!

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Ms. Melby

Hello! My name is Rhea Melby and I teach Special Education at Prairie Elementary. I graduated from SMSU in 2020 and currently live in Luverne, MN with my boyfriend, Logan, and dog, Bo. Outside of school you can find me at the lake or relaxing outside.

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Mrs. Mulder

I teach occupational therapy. I received a B.S. from Mount Mary, Milwaukee Wisconsin and a MBA from University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

I have worked in healthcare for twenty years then changed to education in 2009. I have specialized in pediatrics for several years while in healthcare. I enjoy the day to day hands on with the children. When the child understands the concept, it’s very exciting and rewarding. I am an avid, diehard, relentless, understanding U of M gopher fan! Go Maroon and Gold!

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Mrs. Neuman

My name is Jenny Neuman, and I am the specific learning disabilities teacher for 3rd grade at Prairie Elementary School. I have been teaching students with special needs since 2010. In 2009, I obtained my BS degree in Elementary and Exceptional Education from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. 

I am originally from Rochester, MN, but have taught in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Alabama. I started teaching in the Worthington Public School District in 2014. I love teaching children and each new challenge the profession brings my way.

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