Biermaier will teach fourth grade at Highland

    The annual summer staff shuffle is underway in Crookston Public Schools, with teachers resigning and teachers being hired. But Superintendent Chris Bates says for mid-June the district seems better positioned than in most years when it comes to filling open teaching positions early in the summer rather than later.

    The board this week accepted the resignation of kindergarten teacher Brandi Stromstad, while hiring new kindergarten teacher Madison Brekke to replace her. They also hired Andrew “A.J.” Biermaier, a relatively recent Crookston High School graduate, to teach fourth grade at Highland School.

    Biermaier will be hired at the “Step 1” level, as its his first full-time teaching job. He graduated from Bemidji State University with a bachelors degree in elementary and middle school education, with a minor in mathematics. He replaces Alyssa Lia, who resigned and moved to Sauk Rapids.

    Seven applied for the position and three were interviewed.

    As for Brekke, with roots in Thief River Falls, she, too, will be hired at the “Step 1” level, as this is her first full-time teaching job. She earned her bachelors degree in elementary/inclusive education from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

    Seventeen applicants sought the job, and six were interviewed.

    The board also accepted the resignation of speech-language pathologist Kristen Isaacson. Advertising the position has begun, Bates said.