It all started in fourth grade in Rochester, Minnesota. That's when I knew that I wanted to teach.
Fast forward to college--that's when I put the dream into motion.  I attended St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, and four years later graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English Language Arts with my teaching license to boot.  Before I knew it, I was teaching  high school students as well as coaching and directing the all-school play.    Fortunately, I had an awesome network of veteran teachers and an outstanding principal, Ed Ferkingstad, who mentored me along with other new recruits.  
Four years later, I received my Master's Degree in teaching from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.  During this time and beyond, I was also the Assistant Track Coach, Speech Coach,  All School Play Director, and a member of numerous committees.  I couldn't have done this without my husband who also helped out immensely with our two small children.
After several years of the previous extra-curriculars, I blazed new trails, including Head Boy's Varsity Coach, Head Girl's Varsity coach, and Student Council Advisor.  My next educational endeavor led me to Winona State University where I received my K-12 Principal Licensure.  This expereince proved beneficial, because I discovered that educational leadership also involves teaching and mentoring, just on a different level.
Many changes have occurred in education over the years, but one quality remains the same:  the interaction amongst teachers and students remains vital to produce the energy that breathes life into learning.  Today, students and teachers have the advantage of incorporating technology into learning, while maintaining the teacher-student relationship that is meaningful and real.

I welcome the opportunity to communicate with parents, students, and anyone else who would like to speak with me.  You may reach me at 507-725-3316 Ext. 3106, or contact me via E-mail .  If I am unavailable, I will get back to you as soon as possible.

            

 

Contact: Susan Link