Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, September 21, 1998

New Lester Prairie teacher profiles

Written by students


Lois Danielson, 5th grade

By Martina Heinsch

One of the many new teachers in the Lester Prairie school system is Lois Danielson, who teaches fifth grade.

You could say that teaching fifth graders is a hard task, but for Danielson, it's nothing new. Having substituted for kindergarten through 12th grade all over McLeod County, she's seen it all.

With support from her husband, Dave, and her three children, Brad, age 16, Sarah, age 14, and Mark, age 10, there is no stopping her. She is determined to provide a good learning environment for the children.

After graduating from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, she's taught math, reading, language arts, science, health, and spelling.

Danielson is a humorous, dedicated, and resourceful woman. She welcomes anyone to visit her classroom at anytime.

Dorothy Harrelson, Reading, Government, Spanish

By Jessica Jaskowiak

Dorothy Harrelson is the new seventh grade reading, American government, and Spanish teacher at Lester Prairie High School.

California is Harrelson's home state. She attended Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., and the State University of New York in Cortland, N.Y.

During her nine years of teaching, Harrelson has taught at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Litchfield, and Hutchinson.

Her family includes her husband, Ernest, her sons, Jacob and Juan, and her daughter-in-law, Karen. In her spare time, Harrelson enjoys reading.

Linda Simonson, Family & Consumer Science, Child Development

By Laura Angvall

Linda Simonson is the new family and consumer science (FCS), foods, and child development teacher for Lester Prairie High School.

Linda has been teaching for a total of five years in the towns of Menahga, McIntosh, and Claremont, Minn. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

When away from school, Simonson spends time in Glencoe with her husband, Kevin. In her spare time, she reads, does crafts, and spends time with her family.

What Simonson likes most about Lester Prairie is its size and sense of community.

One of her goals for the future would be "...to see more and different classes for senior high in FCS." She is glad to be here, and she looks forward to the year ahead.

Rick Baumann, 6th Grade

Rick Baumann is the new sixth grade elementary teacher at Lester Prairie Public School. He substituted for four months last year at Lester Prairie High School, but this is his first year of teaching elementary students.

Baumann has also substituted in Glencoe-Silver Lake, Hutchinson, and Watertown. He received his associate of arts degree at Willmar Community College, then moved on to Moorhead State University and obtained his bachelor of science degree.

When away from school, he spends time in Winsted with his wife, Lisa. In his spare time, he enjoys playing softball, being with his family and friends, and going bike riding.

Besides teaching sixth grade, Baumann is also the ninth grade volleyball coach. In the spring, he will be coaching junior varsity baseball.

What Baumann likes most about Lester Prairie is the friendliness and the familiar faces of both old and new friends.

His goals for the future are to become a well-rounded teacher, to meet every child's educational needs, to go back to school to receive a master's degree in education, and to become a head coach.

Lyle Kritzeck, Physical Education

By Martina Heinsch

New to Lester Prairie Public School, Lyle Kritzeck is excited and ready for his first year of teaching in Lester Prairie.

Kritzeck graduated from St. Cloud State University and has taught physical education for five years at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Waconia, Minn.

He lives in Winsted with his wife, Marlene, and his three children: Eric, Brent, and Kristie.

Being the creative, fun, and honest person that he is, Kritzeck finds it very easy to get along with the Lester Prairie faculty, which he describes as helpful and friendly. He is looking forward to getting to know the students at Lester Prairie Public School.

Julie Olson, 7th Grade Language Arts

By Jessica Jaskowiak

Julie Olson is Lester Prairie's new seventh grade language arts teacher.

After growing up in northern Minnesota, Olson attended Bemidji Sate University. Before coming to Lester Prairie High School, she was a substitute teacher for schools in the surrounding area.

When she's not teaching, Olson enjoys writing, reading, acting, and directing class plays at McLeod West High School.

Olson's family includes her daughter, Lindsey, a college student, and her son, Jeremy, a freshman at McLeod West.


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