About Our Physical Education Teachers

Mr. Bauer

My name is Austin Bauer, and I am the DAPE instructor for the Worthington school district. I graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in P.E.T.E (Physical Education Teacher Education). I also received a minor in health education. I have worked with special education students in the past through a number of different capacities. Some of those capacities include: Special Olympics, Therapeutic Recreation Camp and resource room volunteering. An interesting fact about myself is that I have hiked the Rocky Mountains on three separate times.

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Mrs. Cowan

Hello, I am Mrs. Cowan and I am a Physical Education and Health Teacher here at Prairie Elementary. I went to high school at Ruthven Ayrshire Community School in Ruthven, Iowa and graduated in 2011. I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Health, as well as my Teaching License and Coaching Endorsement from Iowa State University in 2016. I have worked in this school district since the 2017-2018 school year. I really enjoy working at Prairie and seeing students of all ages grow throughout the years. An interesting fact about me is that while student teaching, I was able to teach in Rome, Italy. I was there for three months and taught at the American Overseas School of Rome.

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Mrs. Linder

My name is Mrs. Linder. I am currently a Physical Education and Health Teacher at Prairie Elementary for grades K-4. I have also taught ELL and 4th grade at Prairie. The great part about teaching all the grade levels at Prairie is I get to see the students grow and mature from year to year.

I received my AA degree at Worthington Community College (Minnesota West) and my BS degree at Bemidji State University. I have worked for District #518 since 2000. I keep myself busy by attending my children’s events and activities.

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Mr. Marquardt

Hi, I am Mr. Marquardt and I teach Elementary Health and Physical Education here at Prairie. My education includes a Masters Degree and I have been teaching in district since 1995. I was born in Wisconsin and now live in Minnesota. I am a BIG Chicago Bears fan! I love the energy levels the students have when they come to my class.

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Mr. Schumann

My name is Mr. Schumann and I am a Physical Education and Health teacher at Prairie Elementary. I have been teaching since 1991 and have been in District 518 since the 2000 – 2001 school year. I went to college at SSU which has now become SMSU where I earned my bachelors degree in teaching and coaching. I truly enjoy working with students and helping them gain an understanding of the importance of an active lifestyle.

I am married and have three daughters. An interesting tid-bit about me is that I served 4 years in the Navy and lived for 2 years in Japan and 2 years on an Aircraft Carrier stationed at Alameda, California. The USS Carl Vinson. Ooooh Raaaaah !!!!

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