About Our Teachers

Mrs. Butzon

My name is Mrs. Butzon. I have a Master’s in Education and I am licensed to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) K-12. Through a grant, I started my career co-teaching at Worthington High School. Afterwards, I taught EL (English Learners) K-12 for 9 years at Jackson County Central. I have been teaching EL students at Worthington Middle School since the beginning of the 2008 school year. 

I grew up traveling around the world as a Navy dependent for 25 years and still love to travel. I enjoy teaching EL students, because my students tend to share the same desire to learn language and culture, as I do.

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Mrs. Leuthold

Hello! My name is Mrs. Leuthold. I started teaching 7th grade ESL with District 518 in the fall of 2012. I graduated with my undergraduate in education from the University of Sioux Falls in 2012 and I graduated with my masters of ESL from Western Governors University in 2015. My high school diploma is from Adrian, MN but I am excited to finally be able to call myself a Trojan. It is such blessing to be able to teach in Worthington. I believe that teaching is an opportunity to make an impact, and that all students should have the chance to make and reach goals. I set expectations for all children to succeed, and take on the responsibility of helping them meet those expectations. My door is always open, come in if you ever need something.

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Ms. Motschenbacher

Hello! My name is Dana Motschenbacher and I teach 5th grade EL. I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education in 2012 from Minnesota State university Moorhead and my masters in Teaching English as a Second Language in 2016 from the same university. After graduating with my undergraduate degree, I served for a year in an Americorps program in Detroit Lakes, MN that focused on helping students in grade 4 and 5 learn math. I then became the ESL teacher for the district in Detroit Lakes for two years. After those two years, I became the ESL teacher for the Perham-Dent school district for two years. I am excited to continue my journey in education as an EL teacher at Worthington Middle School!

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Mrs. Omot

My name is Mrs. Omot and I teach 6th grade EL! I graduated from Bethel University in 2013 with a degree in TESL. I just got married in June 2016 to an amazing man from South Sudan who was an EL student himself! I love traveling and exploring different cultures. I love being an EL teacher because I learn so much from my students’ different backgrounds and experiences that they have had. I really think my students teach me more than I teach them sometimes!

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Ms. Plath

Hello, my name is Courtney Plath. I have my bachelor’s in Elementary Education, as well as my Master’s in EL. I obtained both degrees through the University of South Dakota. I teach The Language of Science to our 5-8th grade newcomers, along with 7th and 8th grade Advance EL. Prior to joining the Worthington team in 2018, I taught 6th grade Science (3 years), Health (2 years) and Math (1 year) in Lennox, SD. I also taught a year of 5th grade Science and Math in North Sioux City, SD and a year of 6th grade Math and Language Arts in Hartford, SD while obtaining my degrees. My previous schools had very limited diversity, so I’m excited to for the opportunity to put my Master’s to use and work in a district with so many different cultures. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy relaxing and spending time with my friends and family.

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Ms. Werder

Hi my name is Caitlin Werder and I am a ELL teacher for both 7th and 8th grade. I received my degree in teaching English as a second language from Bethel University in 2012. The last three years I taught ELl students in Wisconsin. I love teaching students because I get to learn so much from them, as they do from me! 

I love to travel and have had the opportunity to study abroad in Fiji and visit other places such as Germany, Austria, France, and Great Britain. I am also the dance team coach and love that I get to continue to do something that I so dearly love.

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Ms. Utesch

Hello, name is Alissa Utesch. I teach newcomers at Worthington Middle School. I love working with newcomers because it gives me the opportunity to be one of the first people to welcome these students to the United States. It also gives me the opportunity to learn from my students in addition to teaching them. I am originally from Marcus, IA. I graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, IA in 2017. I studied Spanish Education, ELL education, and coaching. After graduation, I started teaching in Worthington in the fall of 2017. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time at church and with my family. During the summers, I love to travel and experience new places. I’ve gotten the opportunity to visit 8 different countries, and I would like to add to that number!

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