About Our Teachers
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.
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.
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.
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.
Miss Ingri Mastel
I am an English Language Learner Teacher at Worthington High School. Originally, I’m from North Dakota. I graduated from Hamline University with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a double minor in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics with a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate. I will receive my Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2024. None of my grandparents spoke English as their first language: on my dad’s side, they spoke an old dialect of German in the German-Russian communities of North Dakota; on my mother’s side, my grandparents immigrated with their son, none of whom spoke English, from Norway to the United States. I grew up with many different cultures and languages. I can’t imagine my life without these things. I greatly love culture and language. I speak English as my first language, but I also speak (some) Norwegian, took Spanish throughout my schooling, and had one year’s experience of college German. I look forward to teaching what I know and to learning what I don’t.
My name is Anna Meyer and I am excited to be beginning my teaching career at Worthington High School as an EL teacher. I was born in Worthington and graduated from Worthington High School in 2019. I received my teaching degree from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. I enjoy spending my time with my family and friends, traveling, walking, and baking goodies. I am thankful to be back in the Worthington community and teaching next to the many teachers that inspired me to pursue a career in education. I am looking forward to connecting with my students and watching their progress as they grow in their language learning.
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.
Hello! I am Grace Pineda Roskamp. I teach English as a Second Language at Worthington High School. I was born and raised in Angeles City, Philippines. I went to school there and obtained my Bachelors in Science in Industrial Education, majoring in Food Technology. My teaching career started in the Philippines, where I taught Hotel and Restaurant Management to college students aspiring to work overseas and on a cruise ship. I moved to the United States in 2006 when I was 26. My love for teaching rekindled when I was hired as a SPED paraprofessional at Worthington High School, where I worked from 2017 to 2022. I am currently going back to school to obtain my Masters’s in English as a Second Language at SMSU. I grew up speaking Kapampangan and Tagalog in the Philippines and learning English when I was in school. Teaching ESL students is very dear to me because I understand their struggles with language. I sometimes have difficulty communicating because I have to transition from three different languages to English. In addition, I also have a family member who only speaks our native language. Fun facts about me: I have one son; I love sports cars, gardening, family travel, Japanese food, and karaoke with friends.
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.
I am Kristin Walerius. I graduated from high school in Marshall, and went to college in Hannibal, Missouri and New Orleans, LA. After moving back home, I decided to go back and obtain my Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Southwest Minnesota State University. I taught one year at Round Lake-Brewster High School and one year at Murray County Central West Elementary. I subbed for several years in the Worthington School District and loved the diversity of the students. I am currently attending Southwest Minnesota State University to pursue my Masters in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Education.
I started teaching ESL at Worthington High School in the fall of 2022. I am also the Sophomore Class Advisor. In the fall of 2023, I also began teaching Adult ESL through Adult Basic Education. I love watching my students when they start to understand more and more English. I love the diversity in Worthington and wouldn’t want to live and teach anywhere else. I would have to say that my absolute favorite part of teaching EL is hearing my students in their beautiful accents reading in English!
In my spare time, I love spending time with my nieces and nephews (I have 10!), listening to music, playing piano, violin, flute, and bass guitar, reading, and swimming.