About Our Teachers
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.
My college career started at Minnesota West here in Worthington. After completing my general classes, I attended Winona State University in Winona, MN, graduating with a teaching degree in both Learning Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities. I taught for 4 years in Luverne, MN before starting at Worthington High School in 2007 as a Special Education Teacher. In the fall of 2012, I started a new role in the school district as a Special Education teacher on the Special Education Assessment Team (SEAT). I love my job because I love working with kids, preparing them for graduation, and seeing them as successful adults!
Charon Doyscher teaches special education at the high school. She graduated from Buena Vista University with a degree in Elementary Education. She earned her Masters in Emotional Behavior Disorders from Minnesota State Mankato along with licensure in Learning Disabilities. She taught at Southwest Star Concept and Jackson County Central Schools before joining Worthington Schools in 2013. She has experience teaching students in all disability areas and also as an assessment coordinator.
Hello. My name is Kristina Heggesesth and I teach Special Education at the high school. I obtained my B.S. degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of North Dakota. I earned my M.S. degree in Vocational Rehabilitation-Career Counseling from University of Wisconsin-Stout. I began teaching at Worthington High School in the August of 2016. While I am new to Teaching in the district, I am not new to the field. I have over 30+ years working in Human Services. Most of my experience has been helping people who have a disability. My most recent experience was helping students and adults with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment. I love teaching Special Education students. I want to make a difference. I especially enjoy helping students prepare for lives beyond high school.
My name is Kelly Nelson and I am Special Education teacher at the high school. I received my teaching degree from Western Governor’s University and am in the process of obtaining my Masters in Special Education. I’m so excited to be a part of ISD518 and love getting to work with such amazing students. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, crafting, quilting, and playing volleyball.
Ms. Ruml began her first year as a Special Education teacher at Worthington High School in 2014. She attended University of South Dakota for two years before transferring to Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota where she graduated from in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing students overcome struggles in the classroom.
My name is Mikayla Schroeder and I am a Special Education teacher at the high school. I am originally from Yankton, South Dakota. I received my bachelor’s degree at the University of South Dakota where I double majored in Secondary English Education and Special Education. While at USD, I played on the women’s rugby team. I moved to Worthington in 2020 and I have enjoyed being a part of such a great school district.