About Our Teachers
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.
Hello! My name is Sara Hartquist. I started my employment with Worthington Schools in 2021. Currently, I’m a school psychologist at the Intermediate Building. I received a B.A. in Psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. I then attended graduated school at the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Menomonie, WI, where I earned my Ed.S. in School Psychology. I also work at my family’s funeral homes in southwest Minnesota. I love traveling and dreaming about travel, lake days, being outdoors and cheering on my three boys at their activities.
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.
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.
Hello! My name is Rhea Melby and I teach Special Education at Intermediate School. 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.
My name is Jenny Neuman, and I am the specific learning disabilities teacher for 3rd grade at Intermediate 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.
My name is Jeanne Prekker. I am a special education teacher at Intermediate School. I have degrees in outdoor recreation, physical education, and a master’s in SPED, all of which I obtained through Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN. My teaching experience has included teaching physical education in juvenile residential treatment centers, homeschooling, and substitute teaching. I love spending time outdoors and learning more about nature.
Hello! My name is Avery Wysong. I am from Beaver Creek, Minnesota, and attended Hills-Beaver Creek Highschool. After high school, I went to North Dakota State University to further my studies in Elementary/ Special Education and to continue my softball career. I graduate in December of 2022 with a major from North Dakota State University in Human Development and Family Science and a major from Valley City State University in Elementary and Special Education. My position in the Worthington School District will be at the Intermediate School as a Special Education Teacher. I will also be the Head Varsity Softball Coach. I have a younger brother that is 20 years old and is a sophomore athlete at Dakota State University, playing football. I also have a 2-year-old German Shepard/husky mix dog named Paisley. In my free time, I enjoy going to the lake and spending time with friends and family. An interesting fact about myself is that I have a 13th set of ribs.