Samantha Rittenour

Education: Bachelor’s degree (Child and Family Studies - birth-3rd grade) from St. Cloud State University; Master’s (Reading - K-12) from Capella University

Position at Ogilvie Schools: Preschool (3 year olds)

About me: From Princeton, 2 kids - ages 4 and 10 months. Enjoy spending time with my family, crafting, riding snowmobiles/ATVs.

What inspires me to teach: I had many wonderful teachers when I was in school that impacted my life in a positive way. I went into teaching with the hopes of paying it forward and having that positive impact on the students in my class.

Jackie Forcelle

Education: I have a bachelor’s degree in social work from St Cloud State University.  

Position at Ogilvie Schools: I am the teacher the level 3 preschool program.

About me: My husband, 2 sons and I moved to Ogilvie from Faribault to farm. 

What inspires me to teach: My love for children and seeing their excitement when they learn something new inspires me to be a better human in their world and help ignite that spark for learning.

Mary Kettl

Education: BA in English and Journalism from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. I have a masters in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota.  

Position at Ogilvie Schools:I teach grades 6, 8, 9 and 12 in the English department

About me: I have taught middle and high school courses in English, journalism, speech, and art for 24 years. Most of my career was in the state of Wyoming, but I also taught one year in South Dakota and five years in Minnesota. During the summer, I work at church camp in the Black Hills of South Dakota, a job I’ve had almost continuously since college. I run the horse program at camp. 

What inspires me to teach: I’ve been playing school since I was five years old. Our mom was a teacher, as was her father and some of my aunts and uncles. I love hanging out with young people and getting them to love books and writing as much as I do. I love helping kids discover things they are good at--acting, writing, reporting--and pushing them to develop those skills. I love exposing kids to great literature and poetry, even if it’s hard at first, and helping them apply old stories to new challenges in their real lives.

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