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Mrs. Pranke

Welcome to Heritage Middle School! 

Mrs. Abby Pranke will be joining HMS as SEBLR and a 6th grade Special Education teacher. She received her Special Education and Math Intervention at the secondary level from MSUM. In the Fall of 2019, she graduated with her Masters in Special Education, with an emphasis on Specific Learning Disabilities, also from MSUM.  Mrs. Pranke recently got married to her husband Peter. When Mrs. Pranke is not in school she enjoys running, reading, and being with family and friends. Mrs. Pranke is looking forward to meeting all of our HMS students and parents. Her favorite quote “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein 

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Miss Burns

Welcome to Heritage Middle School! 

Ms. Erin Burns is joining Heritage Middle School as a Special Education teacher. She graduated from MSUM with a Bachelor’s degree in Inclusive Education and is finishing her Master’s degree in Special Education. She has worked in Special Education for the past three years at Liberty Middle School and Deer Creek 6th grade. Teaching and working with students is her driving force, as seeing students persist and achieve is inspiring!  

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Mrs. Grina

Welcome to Heritage Middle School! 

Mrs. Ashley Grina will be joining HMS as 8th and 9th grade Special Education Teacher. She attended school in Minot, ND and went on to Minot State University where she received a double major in Elementary Ed and Special Ed. Mrs. Grina later went on to get my Masters in Special Education. This will be her 11th year of teaching. She has spent the last 9 years teaching Special Education. Her passion is to work with students with disabilities and to advocate and teach them the skills to be successful in both the school setting and community. When not in school she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 boys, traveling and going to the lake. Her favorite quote "No act of Kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."-AESOP 

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Mrs. Peterson

Welcome to Heritage Middle School! 

Mrs. Bailey Peterson will be joining HMS as a Special Education Teacher. Mrs. Peterson will be in her third year of teaching with WFPS. She has taught MTSS math and case managed 8th and 6th graders. She graduated from MSUM with her bachelor's degree and now I am almost done with my Masters in Special Education! Mrs. Peterson’s family includes her husband Pedro, Stella (black Malinois mix) Kona (dalmatian pointer pit mix) & Chance the Rabbit. When not in school she enjoys being outside with my dogs, family & friends. Her favorite quote ‘Like wildflowers you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.” -E.V. 

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Mrs. Stephenson

Welcome to Heritage Middle School! 

Mrs. Olivia Stephenson will be joining HMS as a Special Education Teacher. She graduated from NDSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology as well as sociology. She also received her master's in special education with an emphasis in emotional disabilities from UND. Mrs. Stephenson has spent the last 8 years working for the Moorhead School district as a special education teacher and behavior interventionist. Her family includes her husband, 3 kids, and 2 dogs. When not in school Mrs. Stephenson enjoys spending time with family and friends, laughing, reading good books, watching movies, traveling. Her favorite quote “Never get tired of doing the little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.” Author Unknown 

 

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Mrs. Nistler

Welcome to Heritage Middle School!  

Mrs. Sonia Nistler will be joining HMS as our MTSS coach and will also be teaching math and reading intervention courses. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and holds a Master’s degree in Reading from UND. She has taught both elementary and middle school, and just completed her 13th year as an educator! Mrs. Nistler is looking forward to creating a culture of excellence at Heritage Middle School next year!  

 

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Mrs. Kruger

Welcome to Heritage Middle School! 

Mrs. Jenny Kruger will be joining HMS as an ELA interventionist for grades 6-9. Mrs. Kruger has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master's of Science in Education from the University of North Dakota. She taught at West Fargo High School for five years and has been teaching at Bismarck High School for the last four years. When not in school Mrs. Kruger enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, spending time at the lake and crafting. She is looking forward to learning and growing with students and colleagues at Heritage Middle School. Her favorite quote “Positive Attitude + Positive Behavior = Positive Consequences. 

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Mrs. Kremer

Welcome to Heritage Middle School!  

Mrs. Missy Kremer will be joining HMS as an Instructional and Tech Coach for grades 6 through 9. She received her undergraduate from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor’s in Communication Arts and Literature. She then received her Master’s in Differentiated Instruction from Concordia University-St. Paul. Mrs. Kremer has taught English for 11 years, and the last 8 were teaching 8th grade ELA at Cheney Middle School. When not in school she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and yellow lab. Mrs. Kremer is looking forward to collaborating and building school culture. Her favorite quote is “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ”-Albert Einstein  

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Mrs. Eben

Welcome to Heritage Middle School! 

Mrs. Holly Eben will be joining HMS as a Math Interventionist for grades 6 through 9. Mrs. Eben graduated from the University of Sioux Falls with a degree and Mathematics and Secondary Education. She went on to teach 6th grade math in Lennox, SD for 3 years while completing her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from MSUM. In 2018, she moved back to North Dakota where she has been teaching math at West Fargo High School for the past 2 years. When she is not in school she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons and enjoying the outdoors.  

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Mrs. Kowalski

Welcome to Heritage Middle School!

Mrs. Kelsey Kowalski will be joining HMS as a speech-language pathologist. This is her second year as speech-language pathologist in West Fargo Public Schools.  Mrs. Kowalski grew up in Moorhead, MN and received her college education at Minnesota State University Moorhead.  In her free time she enjoys exercising, reading books, going to the lake, and socializing with family and friends.  As a speech therapist Mrs. Kowalski believes everyone deserves a voice and she personally loves teaching students how to become effective communicators.  Mrs. Kowalski looks forward to being a part of the Heritage Middle School staff and continuing to grow as an educator in the years to come!

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