Our seventh and eighth grade program (which Maria Montessori called Erdkinder) strives for high academic expectations, community involvement, and an atmosphere of respect. Our program prepares students very well both for high school and for productive adult lives. Our teachers believe in creativity and innovation in education and emphasize every student doing their best quality work at all times. Our low student-teacher ratio creates strong relationships and allows for individual attention. All students have the same teachers for both seventh and eighth grade; in this way, a great deal of trust and rapport is built up between teachers, students, and families.
“Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good”. Shelby grew up in Iowa before moving to Rochester, MN and eventually Winona 2 years ago. She enjoys spending time with her family out camping, hiking, visiting museums, or watching movies. Shelby is an animal lover and owns a bunny named Sir and a cat named Logan (for you Wolverine fans). She is a huge superhero fan and loves anything related to Marvel, especially X-Men. In her spare time you can find her doing anything related to art, music, and of course SOCIAL STUDIES!
Susan Webber, English Language Arts, grew up in Northern Minnesota. She spent 3 years as an undergraduate student studying in Akita, Japan, and after receiving her Master’s degree, she spent 6 years living and teaching in Istanbul, Turkey. She is currently working on her Doctor of Education degree through Winona State University. When not studying or prepping for teaching classes, Susan enjoys traveling, spending time at the lake, camping, bonfires, movies, music, dancing, and spending time with family and friends, especially her two children, who also attend Bluffview.
Meghan Booth, Math, hails from the great Northwest and is a lifetime fan of the Timbers. She enjoys spending time with her dog Larry, her cats, and her husband and two children. When she is not prepping for her math job at Bluffview you can often find her enjoying game night with her friends.
Kate O’Grady, Natural World, grew up in the distant lands of Minnesota City. Moving all the way to Pickwick, she has traveled through Winona numerous times. You can often find Kate singing and enjoying the outdoors when she’s “teaching”. In her free time she sings and enjoys the outdoors. She enjoys spending time with her family, often outside and singing.