New teachers start a new year

By : 
Marlene Deschler

The 2018-19 school year is underway; all students have returned to Spring Grove Public Schools. 

There are new faces in the building from the kindergarten class that is just beginning their school career, to new students in elementary and high school, to new teachers. 

This year there are three new teachers – Kay Dahl, Adriane Fisher, and Brianna Johnson.

Kay Dahl

Kay Dahl will be teaching high school special education. She and her husband, Larry, live in Rushford with their two Australian Shepard dogs and three horses. 

They also have five children and 13 grandchildren. In her free time Dahl enjoys bluegrass and old time music as well as horseback riding and fiber arts. 

She received her BS in Business and MS in K-12 School Counseling and Leadership at Winona State University.  

Her teaching background includes teaching business, being a school counselor, supporting students who have been at risk, being a curriculum director, and also substituting in area schools.

“I am happy to be back at Spring Grove High School and hope to be able to support the students, staff, and all the good things that are happening here,” Dahl commented.

Adriane Fisher

Adriane Fisher will be teaching seventh grade Civics and middle/high school Special Education. 

She lives in Hokah with her husband, Mike. They have a one-and-a-half year old daughter, Mikah, and are expecting baby number two in October. 

In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding including participating in competitions. 

She received her social studies degree with a history emphasis from US-Platteville and went through the teaching licensure program at Viterbo. She recently taught fifth and sixth grades for five years at St. Peters’ School in Hokah.

“I am super excited about my new adventure here in Spring Grove,” Fisher said. “I have always loved the city of Spring Grove; I’m really happy to be a part of the community through the school.”

Brianna Johnson

Brianna Johnson will be teaching fifth grade and also volunteering with the volleyball program. She grew up in Pipestone, MN, and currently lives in Winona with her husband. 

She has three younger siblings that are still in school in Pipestone that she is very close to and involved with. 

In her free time she likes to do anything sports related – coaching, watching, and playing. She also loves spending time with her family. She and her husband enjoy camping, kayaking, running, and watching movies. 

She graduated in May with a BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Winona State University. She also has a Coaching minor and Reading Instruction training. This is her first teaching job, however she has had a variety of teaching experiences including preschool instruction, fourth grade guided math and reading, and sixth grade RTI enrichment Spanish Club.  

She student taught at Cochrane-Fountain City where she also coached volleyball for two years and track for three years. 

Her most memorable experience was teaching for a few weeks at three different schools in Nairobi, Kenya in Africa.

“I am very excited to begin my career in such a warm and welcoming environment. It already feels like home here at Spring Grove School,” remarked Johnson. “The staff has been so supportive this summer and is constantly checking in to see how they can help which means more to me than they could ever know. I am excited to finally have my own classroom and begin to implement the strategies and tools I’ve learned from my time at WSU and through my various trainings. Spring Grove is a beautiful town and I’m so honored to begin my teaching career here and even learn some Norwegian!”