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Mrs. Dahlquist

Hello! My name is Mrs. Dahlquist and I was a Kindergarten teacher at Prairie Elementary before becoming an interventionist. I previously taught Kindergarten and 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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Ms. Dominguez Escalante

Hello! My name is Kesia Dominguez Escalante an academic support teacher servicing 3rd and 4th grade students. I am originally from Laredo, Texas and obtained my bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M International University. I have taught 1st grade for four years and was a Title I teacher for one year. I relocated to Worthington in the summer of 2018, one of my favorite things to do is play in the snow with my family.

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Mrs. Dorcey

My name is Mrs. Dorcey. I graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Then, I attended Wayne State College in Nebraska, and earned my Masters in Education.

I am currently a K-2 Reading Interventionist at Prairie Elementary. Previously, I taught First Grade in Nebraska, and K-3 Title I in Iowa. I enjoy teaching Reading at the early primary level. The most exciting thing in teaching is when you see a child begin to read!!!

One interesting fact about me is I am a diehard Nebraska Cornhusker football fan! (GO BIG RED!!) There are not many of them residing in Minnesota!!

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Mrs. Holinka

Hi, my name is Mrs. Holinka and I am a reading interventionist at Prairie Elementary. I was born in Worthington and lived in Wilmont, MN before moving to Cornell, WI until I was in 8th grade. At that time, I moved to Fulda, MN and graduated from Fulda High School. I attended Mankato State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education 1-6 and Coaching. I have continued my education with a Masters in Education from St. Mary’s College of Minnesota and in May, 2019, I received my reading licensure from Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN. I also have an RN degree from Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington, MN. I had taught in 2nd -5th grade in Fulda, MN before coming to Worthington in the fall of 2014 as a 4th grade teacher. I have been in my current position as a reading interventionist since the fall of 2017. I enjoy seeing my students every day and sharing in their growth as a learner. I also really enjoy collaborating with my peers and sharing in our passion for education. I am married to Brad Holinka and we have 3 adult children, Mari, Michale, and Myah. Outside of school, I enjoy time with my family and friends, running, reading, and cooking.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

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Mrs. Jensen

My name is Mrs. Jensen and I currently teach kindergarten. I received my bachelors degree in elementary education from Mankato State University. I earned an English as a Second Language licensure from Mankato State University and have my Masters in Education degree from St. Mary’s University. I have taught in District 518 since 1996. During this time I have taught in every grade except 2nd and 3rd.

What I enjoy the most about teaching is seeing the excitement in the children when they have learned something new. I learn so much from my students every day. An interesting fact about me is that I am currently hosting an exchange student from Brazil. It’s my fun sharing our culture with her and also learning about the Brazilian culture.

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Mrs. Raymo

Welcome! My name is Mrs. Raymo. I graduated High School from Bloomington Kennedy High School. Then I graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall with a double major- Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. I completed my Masters in Education from Saint Mary’s University in 2013. I received my Reading License though Concordia College in 2015. I have taught in the ISD 518 school district since September 2008. I taught 4th grade for 5 years, I was in 2nd for 5 years, and now I am enjoying teaching reading interventions with Kindergarten, first and second grade students.

I live in Worthington with my husband, and two children. We love to boat, travel and be outside! I have the pleasure of seeing both my children at Prairie throughout the school day.

The most enjoyable moments in teaching are when I see my students grasp the concept we are working on and all of their smiling faces that warm my heart!

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Mrs. Rogers

My name is Ann Rogers. I have taught in District 518 since 1993. I am currently a reading interventionist with the Response to Intervention Title Program. 

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in 1992 from Mankato State University in Elementary and Special Education and Reading Recovery Training from the University of South Dakota in 1999. My teaching experience includes: Special Education, fourth grade, multi-age 4-6, Reading Recovery, ESL, and Title 1. 

One of the things that I enjoy most about teaching is watching struggling students develop into independent, confident readers. An interesting fact about myself is that I am a go-green enthusiast, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle!

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Mrs. Skog

Hello, I am Mrs. Skog. I received my education with a BA from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and an Early Childhood Coursework and Endorsement from Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA.

I have experience teaching Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, technology and reading. I began teaching Kindergarten in Worthington in 1999 and have taught in 1st grade since 2009.

There has never been a day that I didn’t want to go to work, because I am so fortunate to have a job that I love. I love challenging my students, while showing them how fun and interesting school can be. My students know that in our classroom we will always do our best and we always want to be proud of everything we do. My hope for all my students is that they leave my classroom with a love for school and learning and a desire to always to do their best in all aspects of their lives.

When I’m not doing school work or spending time with my family, I enjoy playing the piano and attending concerts of all kinds.

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