Timothy Wollenzien has been Education Services Manager at Prairie Public since July 2015. He was previously director of Cultural Events, Music Organizations and Program Operations at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and prior to that he served for seven seasons as the camp director of the International Music Camp Summer School of Fine Arts at the International Peace Garden in North Dakota/Manitoba. Wollenzien’s 22-year teaching career included classroom and instrumental music education at Lake of the Woods School in Baudette, and at Coon Rapids High School and Osseo Senior High, all in Minnesota. He also served on the music education faculty at St. Cloud (Minn.) State University. Wollenzien holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and he earned master’s and doctoral degrees in music education from the University of Minnesota. A passionate advocate for arts education and community arts engagement, Wollenzien remains musically active as a euphoniumist with the Lake Agassiz Concert Band and the International Tuba Quartet. He has served for many years as a community band conductor and organizer of many “Merry TubaChristmas” celebrations. He currently serves as a coordinator of “Oktubafest” held annually at the International Music Camp. Tim and his wife, Laurie, live in Moorhead, and are the parents of two adult daughters. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-241-7575.
Shaina Winning brings a background in early childhood education to her position as Education Services Associate. In her role, she concentrates on Ready to Learn initiatives as well as curriculum connections for Prairie Public’s extensive online resources. Born and raised in Valley City, N.D., Shaina graduated from Valley City State University with a degree in elementary education. Her credentials are in Early Childhood Education, Title I Reading and Title I Math, and she is working toward being credentialed in ELL (English Language Learners). She taught elementary school for seven years – the last five of those in the Bismarck (N.D.) Public School District. Prior to joining the Prairie Public team, she was a Title I Reading and Curriculum Specialist at Dorothy Moses Elementary School in Bismarck. She is currently attending North Dakota State University’s master’s degree program for School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Contact Shaina at email@example.com.
Tammy Swift coordinates and promotes preK-12 education events, workshops and conferences – with special emphasis on Ready to Learn initiatives (early childhood education). She is also responsible for departmental newsletters and assists with grant writing, departmental social media, and some web content. A native of Glen Ullin, N.D., Tammy graduated from North Dakota State University with a mass communications degree. Her 25-year-career has mostly been spent in newsrooms around the state. She has been a reporter, columnist, features writer, and editor at the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Tammy also has worked as a writer in University Relations/Publications Services at NDSU and as a social media marketing director at a downtown development firm. Although this is her first job in the education field, Tammy does hail from a family of teachers. Her grandmother was a teacher, her aunt taught fifth grade for many years, and her mother taught in a one-room schoolhouse and later became an art instructor. Contact Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-239-7588
Lynda Ferguson specializes in alternative education, and community-supported learning through the arts and media. Lynda received her master’s in education from University of Minnesota Duluth, with a focus on curriculum design and assessment, cultural competency, and leadership development. She has worked with several schools, community groups, nonprofits, and state agencies throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, and is especially interested in developing resources and opportunities for middle school, high school, and life-long learners. Lynda is originally from the southwest corner of ND. She is also an established freelance artist and writer. Contact Lynda at email@example.com or 701-239-7537.
Darcy Bakkegard is originally from Valley City, N.D., and is a 10-year teaching veteran who has taught in public and private, rural and suburban, and international schools. She has a bachelor’s of arts in theater from Minnesota State University Moorhead where she spent five summers as a Straw Hat Player. After working in educational theater, she completed a master’s degree in secondary English education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and has been teaching high school English and theater ever since. Most recently she served as the director of theater and English teacher at West Fargo High School. Darcy focuses on using interactive teaching strategies, many of them grounded in the principles of theater, to engage students in learning and has led workshops for educators of all subjects to help them develop such methods for their content and classrooms. She is the most recent member to join Prairie Public Education Services, and will serve as our PBS Teacher Community Program Teacher Ambassador, working with teachers and administrators in rural North Dakota. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 241-6900.