About Our Teachers

Shelley Barber

Mrs. Barber teaches Special Education Language Arts and Guided Studies classes at Worthington High School. She attended Worthington Community College and gained an Associate of Arts degree in 1995, before moving to Marshall to attend Southwest State University. There, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1997. A desire to further her schooling in the field of Special Education led her to Mankato State University where she earned licensures in Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, as well as, a Master of Science degree in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders in 2003. 

During her numerous years of teaching, Mrs. Barber has taught many different grade levels. However, she truly enjoys teaching Language Arts classes at the high school level. Mrs. Barber reaps the rewards of teaching on a daily basis. She enjoys working with the students and watching them discover their strengths, develop their abilities and accomplish their goals. Mrs. Barber feels that it is her good fortune that she gets to be a decisive component in student’s education. She finds that she not only teaches the students, but she learns from them as well. 

An interesting fact about Mrs. Barber is that she was a cosmetologist for twelve years before she caught the “teaching bug” and returned to college as a non-traditional student.

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Mr. Barduson

I am Paul Barduson. I am from Pipestone, MN and I went to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and graduated in 2011. I teach ESL and Spanish at the high school. I started teaching in 2014 and I am also a golf coach for Worthington which I started in 2013. 

I got married in 2013 to my wife LeAnn who is also a teacher at WHS. My favorite hobbies are traveling and playing sports.

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Mrs. Borrero

My name is Kelli Borrero and I teach ESL at the high school. I started working for the district in 2010 after graduating from Winona State University with teaching degrees in both Spanish and ESL. During college I had the opportunity to live and study in Spain for a semester, which influenced me to go into this profession. 

My favorite part about teaching is watching students advance through the language process. I also enjoy learning about students’ home countries, cultures, and experiences in the United States.

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Ms. Hinojosa

I am teaching EL at the Learning Center and at the High School. I have been part of ISD 518 since 2000, first as a student, then as a paraprofessional and interpreter, and now as a teacher.

After graduating from Worthington High School, I attended MN West and obtained my Associates of Arts degree. After that, I moved to Mankato to attend Minnesota State University where I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Spanish Education. I’ve had the privilege of studying abroad in Spain and completing my student teaching in Costa Rica and St Peter Minnesota.

I am very excited to start my teaching career and grow as an educator with ISD518.

I love many thing including coffee, sunsets, and watermelon.

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Ms. Lee

My name is Ms. Lee, and I am an EL teacher at Worthington High School. In 2014 I completed my bachelor’s degree in linguistics at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. After that I spent a year as a Reading Corps tutor working with preschoolers and a year teaching English at a high school in Bulgaria with Fulbright. After returning from Bulgaria, I decided to pursue my ESL teaching license at Hamline University. I love seeing students be successful in my classroom and watching them develop confidence as speakers of two or more languages.

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Mrs. Nelson

Hello! My name is Jeana Nelson, and I am an ESL teacher here at WHS. To start, I graduated with my undergrad in English Literature with minors in Spanish and Art History from The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, and immediately entered the Masters Plus Teaching Certification program at USD. During my student teaching is the first time I set foot into an ESL classroom and completely fell in love with it and the students! I have been fortunate enough to spend time teaching at both Yankton (my alma mater) and Mitchell school districts, but I was ultimately gravitated towards a position within Worthington for its strong ESL program. My husband, Cole, and I recently bought our first home in Sioux Falls, SD (a big, old Victorian home, as is my dream!), and we are extremely hopeful to continue planning our vacation trip to Iceland this June for the Viking Festival. Along with creating fun and interesting classroom units and reading every book on education that I can, I also enjoy oil painting, camping, and traveling as much as possible. I am so excited to be a part of this district.

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Mrs. Van Note

Hello, my name is Krista Van Note. I am an ESL teacher at Worthington High School. I began my teaching career right here in Worthington at the high school and middle school in the fall of 1999. At that time I taught Spanish and ESL. For the past few years, I have been a full time ESL teacher at the high school.

I received my teaching license in Spanish and English as a Second Language from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
 I have always enjoyed working with children. I enjoy watching the excitement in students as they learn a new language.

An interesting fact about me is that I love to go camping. My family and I spend every spare moment in the summer at our seasonal campsite. We enjoy fishing, swimming, and sitting around the campfire.

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Ms. Witthuhn

I spent my early childhood in Texas, growing up on the southern tip of the Great Plains. My interest in other languages and cultures was fueled by the Mexican-American community there as well as the international students/faculty at the university where my parents worked and studied. This early exposure probably led me to becoming an ELL teacher. At the University of Minnesota, I majored in German Studies. My degree in German led me to Austria where I taught English to high school students for two years, and learned that this—teaching and working with English language learners—was what I wanted to do with my life. I recently obtained my teaching license in English as a Second Language at Hamline University. 

I love working with English language learners—because they are remarkable. Remarkable, because they speak more than one language. I love learning about them as individuals, their homelands, and their cultural backgrounds.

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