New teachers ready for new school year at area schools

As area parents and children prepare for a new school year, so, too are the teachers.


Posted on 8/20/16

By Melissa Anderson

New LASD teachers


Ashten Edinger– This will be Edinger’s first year as a teacher, and she will be teaching kindgarten.

Edinger was born and raised in Valley City. She attended Valley City State University and received a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Kindergarten and Early Childhood Education as well as credentials in Title One Reading and Math.

Edinger’s favorite part about teaching is watching how excited the students get when they finally understand something that they have struggled with.

“Their eyes light up and their smiles are unforgettable,” Edinger explained.

Edinger is looking forward to seeing how much her students grow and learn throughout the year. As a first year teacher, Edinger knows that she will be growing and learning alongside them as well.

“So far I am really enjoying my new home. Langdon is a very welcoming community and I am excited to see what the upcoming year(s) bring,” Edinger said.


Brittany Feil– Feil will be the Preschool Special Needs teacher this upcoming school year. Feil grew up in Langdon and attended the University of North Dakota where she graduated in 2010 with a degree in elementary education with a kindergarten endorsement. Feil is currently attending UND, pursing her masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education. In addition to teaching and her studies, Feil will be coaching the C-squad volleyball team again this year. Along with husband, Sean, the Feils have two children, Paisley and Cash.

“I love working with children and watching them learn. I am highly motivated by seeing the growth in my students and from my own personal growth as teacher,” Feil said, “I love new learning opportunities and encourage my students to do so as well.”

Feil is looking forward to working with the younger preschool-aged students and learning along with them. She is also looking forward to working with the all of the wonderful staff at Langdon Elementary and gaining new ideas and insights.

“I hope to bring the highest possible quality education,” Feil said,”I want to enrich student’s lives beyond just the day-to-day instruction and activities. I feel that is what makes teaching such a rewarding job.”


Tanner Groth– Groth will be teaching business classes at Langdon Area High School. He will also be stepping in as the assistant baseball coach as well as assisting somewhere in the basketball program.

“I will be taking over as the FBLA advisor and continuing the Tech Club,” Groth said.

Groth grew up in Enderlin, graduating in 2012 and then went on to attend and graduate from Valley City State University with a B.S. in Education along with minors in both athletic coaching and marketing.

“My favorite aspect of teaching business classes is that everything is on a computer,” Groth said, “I really enjoy having an almost paperless classroom and having the ability to give quick effective feedback to my students.”

Groth is most looking forward to finally having a classroom of his own this school year.

“Going through college, you go through multiple practicums where you observe different classrooms but never have your own. It will be nice to finally have classes and a room that I can consider mine,” Groth said.

Groth is also look forward to joining the LAHS staff and community and to help it grow over the upcoming years.

Tonia Olson

Tonia Olson– Olson will be the new Health Occupations teacher at LAHS.

Olson grew up right here in Langdon, and attended college at Northland Community and Technical College, Lake Region State College and the University of North Dakota. She currently holds an RN degree and has been hired for the Health Careers/Career Coop Instructor.

“As an added bonus I will be helping out as a Career Advisor,” Olson said, ”I am excited to take over this position for lots of reasons, but one in particular is that I feel like I’ve been training for this job my whole life.”

Olson’s experience with health careers has come full circle since she took Health Careers, which was called Health Occupations when she took the course in high school, to working as a nurse for several years, and having children that have utilized her nursing skills daily.

“I love what I do and am grateful for the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with a great group of students,” Olson said, “I feel like I’ve stepped into my dream job.”


Valerie Gudgel– Valerie Gudgel joins the Langdon Area School District as the new junior high special education teacher. Gudgel grew up on a farm in northeast South Dakota and attended college at University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. There she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

She moved to Park River in 1992 and was a substitute teacher for several years before being hired by the Lake Region Special Education Unit in 2002.

Gudgel continued her education by attending  the Univeristy of North Dakota, where she received her master’s degree as a Special Education Strategist in 2005.  She has worked for the Lake Region Special Education Unit for the past 14 years as a special education teacher in the Edmore School District.

“I especially enjoy working with students to improve their math skills.,” Gudgel said, “I also enjoy working with students to improve their reading, comprehension, and writing skills.  I believe the best way to improve academic skills is continuous practice of those skills.”

Gudgel is looking forward to meeting her new students and getting to know them.

“It is always exciting to discover students’ strengths and use those strengths to help students build the skills they need to improve,” Gudgel said.

New Munich School teachers

Munich School district is welcoming three new teachers to their staff this year.


Chris Sommer– Sommers will be teaching 7-12 grade social studies along with a few physical education electives. As of right now Sommer will not be coaching but hopes to in the future.

Sommer was born and raised in Cavalier, graduating from Cavalier High School in 1993. In 1995, he decided to go back to school and attended Mayville State University from 1995-2000 graduating with a B.S.Ed. in social science and physical education.

This year will be Sommer’s 17th year teaching. Sommer taught for three years at a middle school in Lancaster, Calif., three years at Grenora, and has spent the last 10 years at Central Middle School in Devils Lake. Sommer has been married to his wife, Diane, who is the principal at Four Winds Elementary School at Ft. Totten for 23 years.

“My favorite aspect of teaching social studies is connecting events that happen in our past to what is happening today and stressing the importance of civic responsibility. I enjoy teaching in general because I enjoy working with the students.”

One aspect of teaching in Munich that Sommer is looking forward to is the smaller class sizes and the smaller school in general.

“I have taught in a small school before as well as large schools,” Sommer explained, “There is just that sense of community and family you have in a smaller school that you don’t see in a large school.”

Kim Hart

Kim Hart– Hart will be the new music teacher for preschool through 12th grade at Munich Public School. Hart grew up in Langdon and attended UND, graduating with the Bachelors degree in Music Education. She taught one year in Towner and 19 years in Rolla. The courses taught by Hart will be band, choir, and general music. Hart is hoping to add guitar into the curriculum as well.

“My favorite part of teaching is making meaningful connections with students through music,” Hart said.

Hart is looking forward to having meaningful connections with her new students and hopes that with the smaller ratio that will be possible. Hart explained that in most music programs, the ratio of teacher to students prevents private lessons.

“All music teachers wish they had more time for their students, so I am very excited to teach in a smaller school where I have the opportunity to have more one-on-one time with students,” Hart said.

Hart shared that she has been greeted warmly by the Munich community and is very excited to get the school year started.


Amy Voss– Voss will be the new 2nd grade teacher for Munich Public School

Voss grew up in Wadsworth, Illinois and attended Northern Illinois University where she studied biology and education. After college, Voss and her son moved to Bakersfield, Calif. to begin her teaching career.

“I love seeing the light bulb go off in my students’ heads,” Voss explained, “It is like when a mother cooks supper and hears her family saying “mmmm, this is so good!” I feel accomplished when my students say “mmmmm this is so good” to learning. It brings joy to my heart to see people learn, grow and aspire to be someone successful.”

Voss is most looking forward to meeting  her new students and enjoying their learning.

“I am very excited to live in a small town, meet new people, and get married to Garrett Nelson,” Voss said.