Community News

New teachers greet new schools and the new school year

We continue this week with our new teachers from Munich Public School. Meet them below:

Posted 8/16/18

By Lisa Nowatzki

Lauri Bennett will be a half-time teacher and half-time paraprofessional in Elementary Special Education. She is originally from Edmonds, Wash., but graduated from Walhalla High School. She has been married to Ron Bennett from Vang for over 40 years. Currently, she lives in Calvin. Bennett has two grown children and is expecting her first grandchild this fall.

Bennett received her BA from the University of Washington in Natural Science/Education. Then she went to Western Washington University and graduated with her teaching credentials. She has worked in the Edmonds School District until she moved back to ND.

During her days off, Bennett says she enjoys planning fun activities for her students to practice what they need to learn. She wants new educators to be as helpful and kind as they can because you never know what other people are going through.

For new trends, Bennett thinks that she would like to see more vocational classes available for the small rural schools.

“My experience is vast and varied; I have worked in dozens of schools as a substitute teacher and adapt to new situations well,” Bennett said when she was asked what she brings to the table that uniquely qualifies her as a teacher.

Bennett believes that she will be a stable presence in Munich because she is not a first-year teacher looking to move to a better position.

Danielle Foster will be working as a Para at the Munich Public School for the 2018-2019 school year. She will be helping those that need extra one-on-one assistance.

Foster and husband Bobby will be celebrating their 15 year anniversary this September. The couple has four kids: Chloe is a 5th grader, Noah is a 4th grader, Kaleb is a 3rd grader, and Will is a 2nd grader at the Munich Public school. During her downtime, Foster said that she has been busy camping this summer.

The Munich School District will undoubtedly appreciate Foster’s education and experience. She earned her Child Development associate degree through NDSU. She was a head teacher at the YMCA for 12 years where she worked with kindergartners.

Foster believes that kids are always coming up with new thoughts and ideas. “I love encouraging them to be creative and using their imagination to come up with new ways to solve their problems. Kids grow up way too quickly. Everyone is entitled to having a bad day, just keep your head up and stay positive.”

The Munich School District welcomes Elizabeth Haraseth this week. She will start as the K-12 music teacher. Haraseth, originally from a northern suburb of Minneapolis, Minn. notes that she has lived in North Dakota since 1992, which means that she has lived in North Dakota more years than she lived in Minnesota.

The new music teacher has two children. Arianna is 12, and Aiden is 8. Both attend the Langdon Area Schools. Haraseth and her family live on a farm in Nekoma. When not hard at work teaching eager young students, Haraseth is an avid golfer.

In 1992, Haraseth got her start and her first teaching job in Edmore. Fresh out of college and a graduate of Moorhead State University, she began teaching grades  5 thru 12 music. She then became the K-12 music teacher for both Edmore and Adams schools. For the next 17 years, she continued to teach at both schools.

She took a year off from teaching in 2009 after the birth of her son. She then started teaching music again at North Star School in Cando. She also traveled to the Rock Lake School and Rolla School for two years. She taught at North Star School for eight years. While there she taught elementary music and beginning band. This year will mark Haraseth’s 26th year of teaching.