Meet Ms. Albertz

Meet Ms. Albertz

Our New Preschool Teacher

Hello everyone!

My name is Kelsey Albertz and I am the new preschool teacher at Hendricks Public School. My first year here is also my first year teaching! I graduated from South Dakota State University in December 2015, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, Birth through age eight specialization.

I now call Canby my home and reside there with my fiancé, Jon Feuerhelm. I grew up in Alexandria, South Dakota, just a small town on the edge of Interstate 90, heading west on the map. Attending a small, K-12 school while growing up, Hendricks School was a very appealing opportunity to me. I am the oldest of three children in my family; I have a younger brother and a younger sister. My dad, Kelvin, is an instructor at Mitchell Technical Institute and my mom, Linda, is a registered nurse at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. In my spare time I enjoy reading, decorating, and taking care of my flowers.

I am looking forward to starting a new adventure and meeting the kids and families of Hendricks School!

Welcoming Scott

Welcoming Scott

Our New Social Studies Teacher!

Let me introduce myself,

I am Scott, first of his name, eldest son of Steve and Mary Beth, of the great house Thoresen from Vadnais Heights, a suburb of St. Paul. I’m a student of history, and a teacher of social studies. I earned my first degree in history from MSUM, and completed my education degree from SCSU. My apprenticeship in the craft of teaching was completed at Highland Park Senior High School, in St. Paul. Following my successful completion of student teaching, I lived and subbed full time in St. Paul for two years, but also subbed for several social studies teachers in neighboring Roseville.

In my free time I slay the elusive walleye, exercise, and defend the ice in a men’s hockey league. I’m an avid reader of history, with a special interest in military history, Roman and Greek, the steppe tribes, as well as early to mid-European history. I’m also an aficionado of podcasts, a film enthusiast, and a die-hard follower of the Purple and Gold (skol Vikings) and Wild/Gopher hockey.

I look forward to my first full time teaching position at Hendricks Public School, and carrying on the tradition of excellent social studies education started by Mr. Bartholow. I’m proud to be a Grizzly, and I look forward to meeting everyone from the great community of Hendricks.

Regards,
Mr. Thoresen

Picture Introducing Our New 1st Grade Teacher, Trudy!

Picture Introducing Our New 1st Grade Teacher, Trudy!

Hi there! My name is Trudy Johnson and I am the new first grade teacher at Hendricks Public School. As this is my first year teaching, it is so comforting to start my career in such a welcoming community. I’m looking forward to meeting students, staff, families, and community members and making Hendricks my home.

I’m a recent graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, where I studied Elementary Education. Along with teaching I have a strong passion for music. I played French horn in the Concordia Band and Orchestra for most of my time at Concordia. Through music I had the opportunity to travel to and play in countless places in the U.S. and Spain! At Concordia I was also given the chance to spend two weeks hiking through Scotland and a semester studying in Australia and New Zealand. So, I guess you could say I’m passionate about traveling as well!

I grew up on Prairie Lake just outside the small town of Pelican Rapids, MN. Teaching has always been a part of my life as my father, Paul, is a Communication Arts and Design instructor at Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, MN. My brother, Andy, is also an educator and is about to start his second year teaching Social Studies in the small town of Wells, MN. My mother, Carole, holds down the fort in Pelican Rapids and works for a financial planner.

During my last semester at Concordia I student taught in a first grade classroom in Dilworth Glyndon Felton and had a wonderful experience teaching, learning, and growing as a new educator. I am so very excited for the school year to begin!

Go Grizzlies!

Introducing Meghan Carmody

Introducing Meghan Carmody

Music Teacher

Hello Grizzlies!
I am Meghan Carmody the new music teacher for HPS. I graduated from SMSU in May with a degree in Music Education, with an emphasis in both band and percussion performance. Starting my sophomore year of college, the Marshall Tiger Marching Band hired me as the Assistant Percussion Director, where I was a participant of the band for 4 years.
During college, I was active in all bands – pep band, jazz band, symphonic band and concert band. I also played with the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, and sang and played with Bella Voce and played with the SMSU Chorale and Men’s Glee. I traveled throughout my college years attending conferences, including the Minnesota Music Educators Midwinter Inservice in Minnesapolis, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio and Indianapolis, the Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and finally the NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar in New York City.
Outside of music, I enjoy watching sports, but especially hockey, hanging out with friends and family, biking and shoe shopping.
I am extremely excited to start my teaching career at Hendricks Public Schools and cannot wait to work with all the students here!