Although I am a teacher, I am also a life-long learner! I get excited about new ideas and creative thinking!
I currently teach half time Title 1 Reading/ Math teacher (K – 3) and ELL in the morning at the Fairview Colony LaMoure School that is located about 6 miles west of LaMoure. It is operated through the LaMoure Public School. I have been teaching in LaMoure since 2002. My other half of the day, I teach in the LaMoure Public School (afternoons) as the 4th grade classroom teacher. I teach Math, Science, and Health; and I love each of these areas! In the fall of 2010, I also added ELL (English Language Learner) Coordinator to my duties. I have added to my credentials several STEM classes as well as training for Smart Lab Facilitator.
Backing up a ways, I graduated from high school at Monango, ND (Dickey Central) in 1981. I am lucky number 13 out of 14 children in my family. I attended Mayville State University (go Comets) with dreams of touching children’s lives. I played four years for the Mayville Comets Women’s Basketball team. In 1986, I graduated from MSU with an Elementary Education degree and Phys. Ed. concentration. My first teaching job was in Bagley, MN. I then taught in Hosmer, SD (Edmunds Central). While in SD, I also got endorsed at NSU for Technology. Following that move, we came to LaMoure, ND. We moved here in the summer of 1999, the year our first child was to start school.
While in MN, I was the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach, Volleyball Assistant Coach, and Track Assistant Coach. While in South Dakota, I was the 5th and 6th grade girls’ and boys’ basketball coach, and the Girls’ Basketball Assistant Coach. Our greatest achievement in coaching at the Varsity level was being the runner up in the State Girls’ Basketball Tournament in South Dakota. Upon coming to LaMoure, I felt the need to stay out of coaching to be a parent to my children, but now that they are of an age of independence, I have entered the coaching field once again. From 2011 – 2015, I took on the volleyball assistant coaching job. In 2014, our Volleyball team took 2nd place in State. In 2015, I took on coaching the 5th and 6th gr. gbb team, what fun getting back to the basics!
During my years of teaching, I have continued my education to stay current with best practices in education. While teaching in South Dakota, I became certified in technology education. While in North Dakota, I have taken several classes to obtain a Reading and Math credential (above and beyond the elementary degree) and I continue to take classes yearly to stay current with the best researched practices. I completed my endorsement in ESL (English as a Second Language) in the summer of 2010. With that, I am the ESL coordinator / teacher for the LaMoure District Schools (LaMoure and Fairview Colony). I have added STEM classes and about have that endorsement completed.In 2016, our school implemented a SmartLab, I am a trained facilitator and utilize the Lab with our 4th grade.
I am married to Mitch Carlson, Superintendent at Litchville / Marion Public School. We have two children, Tanner – 2012 LaMoure graduate, a NDSU graduate in 2016 with Business Admin. He has begun his career in Wyndmere as a business teacher and assists with tech. In the summer of 2015, he studied abroad for 5 wks throughout Ireland and parts of Europe (lucky guy); and Courtney – a 2014 HS graduate. She has declared her major in Business Education, with a minor in marketing and coaching and is attending VCSU. She is student teaching this fall at West Fargo Sheyenne.
I have been asked to do many things while here and I have become a better teacher due to the various positions.
Miss Manley, Mrs. Carlson, and Mrs. Dathe at STEM Training, VCSU
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