Meet Lancaster’s newest teachers

                                                                           Mallory Bernstrom                              Becky Johnson

By Linda Andersen
     Two teachers have joined the faculty of the Lancaster Public School during the 2017–2018 school year. Mallory Bernstrom started teaching kindergarten on Nov. 10th. Becky Johnson began conducting 7th-12th grade math classes on Feb. 12th. Read on to learn a bit about more about Mrs. Bernstrom and Mrs. Johnson.
     What does Bernstrom enjoy about teaching? “The students – at this age, everything is new to them. It is fun to see them learn new things like reading and math. I love teaching them these important school skills that they will build on as they get older. They get excited about the smallest things! Learning is such a joy for them!”
She decided to become a teacher because she enjoys being around kids, “especially preschool/kindergarten age” kids. She earned a teaching degree at the University of Minnesota Crookston, where she majored in early childhood education.
     She says she could never see herself doing anything besides teaching and if she wasn’t a kindergarten teacher, she might enjoy being an English teacher.
     Originally from Plummer, she offered some information about her family. “My dad is a farmer and my mom does day care for a family in town. My brother is an accountant at Brady Martz and my sister is in pharmacy school at NDSU.”
     She is married to Charlie Bernstrom (who happens to be used to living with a teacher as his mother, Eileen, was a former teacher in the Lancaster School). Charlie and Mallory live outside of Lancaster and have a two and one-half year old daughter, Briar. “My husband grows the 1,500 pound pumpkins, is an avid curler, and dog sleds. Briar is your typical two-year-old. She loves going to day care and ‘school,’ reading, coloring, and helping her dad.”
Of her interests beyond school, she says, “I love going to concerts and music festivals, traveling, and spending time at the lake in the summer. I am a reality show/Netflix junkie!”
     What are Mallory’s goals for the future? “To have a few more kids and have a long teaching career at Lancaster School.”
     “I enjoy teaching because I love to share the learning experience with students. Every day that I teach them, I am learning from them as well. Witnessing a student’s educational and personal growth are some of the most rewarding qualities of my position,” says Becky Johnson.
Teaching in Kittson County runs in Johnson’s family. Her mom, Julie, taught K–8 in the one room schoolhouse in St. Vincent. Her dad, Gary, taught high school math in Humboldt. Her mother-in-law, Cindy Johnson, taught at Kittson Central, the high school from which Becky graduated.
     “I have a passion for learning that I hope to share with students. I want to teach students not only the content in my class, but also how to be lifelong learners,” says Becky of her reason for becoming a teacher.
     That Becky loves learning is evident from her past accomplishments. “I have a master’s degree in architecture. I was a teaching assistant throughout my college career and I am pursuing my teaching degree at Mayville State.”
     She says she “jumped at the opportunity” when the Lancaster School posted the math opening.
     She has been married to Blake for three years and they will celebrate their daughter Julie’s first birthday in May.
     In her spare time, Becky enjoys cooking, baking, and gardening.
     Of her plans for the future, she says, “I plan to receive my master’s degree in teaching and continue teaching math to the students of Lancaster Public School.”

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