New Langdon Area teachers gear up for new year

The Langdon Area Schools have been very busy over the summer hiring new teachers and staff for the upcoming school year. 

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Posted on 8/16/14

By Melissa Anderson

Jacy Borgen joins the Langdon Elementary School as the special education teacher.

Borgen, who graduated from Langdon Area High School in 2010, went to college at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. There, she completed her degree in Elementary Inclusive Education with special education licenses in Learning Disabilities and Academic Behavior Strategies. She completed her student teaching right here in Langdon, working a bit in all three schools. This will be her first job in the field of education.

“I’m very excited to be back in the community in which I grew up in.” Borgen said

She grew up in the nearby town of Hannah, but always went to school in the Langdon school system. Now she is very much looking forward to teaching in the same school system she attended growing up.

“I had such a great experience student teaching at the elementary school that I’m excited to return and be able to work with the same teachers and students. I am sad that I won’t have the sixth graders that I student taught with, but they know they are welcome to visit my classroom anytime. I’m also looking forward to meeting the new students that I will have in my classroom and working with them throughout the school year.”

Borgen would like to be very active within the school and within the community. Currently, Borgen is the girl’s 19U hockey coach for the upcoming year and she recently finished coaching T-Ball for the summer.

“I am very excited to jump into the 2014-2015 school year as I’m hoping the students are too. I want parents in the community to know that I’m a very easy to talk to person and that my door is always open for questions, comments or concerns.”

Derek Grahn

Derek Grahn will be the new Business Education teacher at the Langdon Area High School.

Grahn graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 2007.  He attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and received a degree in Sports Management in 2011. He then went back to school at Valley City State University in 2012 earning his Business Education degree in 2014. Grahn student taught at Barnesville High School.

“I am excited as this is my first real teaching position and I have heard nothing but great things about the Langdon area and look forward to getting to know the students, staff, and the rest of the community” Grahn said.

Grahn won’t be limiting his impact to the classroom but will also be assisting with the football, basketball, and baseball programs for the upcoming school year.


Christina Sailor has joined the Langdon Area High School teaching staff as the new science teacher for the high school and middle school.

Originally from Pennsylvania, she went to Penn State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in biology and a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

Before joining LAHS, Sailor worked at the Head Start Program and as a substitute teacher. Last year she was in Munich teaching science.

“I am looking forward to working and learning with the staff and students at the Langdon Area High School” she said.

Along with her teaching duties, Sailor will be assisting with the Science Olympiad program.