Kristie Sullivan happy to return to Rothsay

Kristie Sullivan, English teacher in Rothsay, Minnesota

I’m a high school English teacher in Rothsay, MN. I love my job, and, each day, I am grateful to be able to share my love of literature and composition with my students. Rothsay is a sparsely populated, rural community. There are so many things that I love about this town. I grew up here and felt that the members of this community helped to support a safe environment for me and my friends.

After graduating from high school, I went on to pursue my dream of becoming a high school English teacher—hoping for the chance to have a positive impact on high school youth in years to come. I was inspired by my high school English teacher, Susan Ward, who showed me, as William Butler Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” I graduated from NDSU with a BA in English Education and immediately began my teaching career. I spent three years teaching in Grand Forks, ND, and the next two years in Breckenridge, MN, before returning to Rothsay to teach in my home town.

I truly believe that our students here in Rothsay are among the best youth in our region; they are kind, compassionate, and trustworthy. I also believe that it is our duty to provide our youth with the best education possible.

Steve Henning