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 email@example.com or 701-241-7575.
Lynda Ferguson specializes in alternative education, and community-supported learning through the arts and media. Lynda has a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies, and received her master’s degree in education from University of Minnesota Duluth, with a focus on curriculum design and assessment, cultural competency, leadership development, and media production. She has worked with several schools, community groups, nonprofits, and state agencies throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, providing K – 12 assistance, programming related to the arts, sustainable agriculture, food and farming, and has been a mentor and chaperone for students attending local, regional, national and international science fairs, and teen summer programs. She is especially interested in developing resources and opportunities for middle school, high school, and life-long learners, and better understanding the changing landscape of education in North Dakota. Lynda is originally from the southwest corner of ND. She is also a freelance artist, writer, community and street theater costumer, and master naturalist. Contact Lynda at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or (701) 241-6900.
Molly Flaspohler has 26 years of experience in higher education and academic libraries. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Library and Information Science from Indiana University, Bloomington and a second in Liberal Arts, which she obtained at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Molly’s professional concentration has been on integrating information literacy concepts and research competencies into the classroom. She spent her library career collaborating with teaching faculty; developing online and print pedagogical tools/learning objects; acquiring expertise with information resources in a variety of formats; as well as working with students in the classroom and library. She is the author of Engaging First-Year Students in Meaningful Library Research: A Practical Guide for Teaching Faculty, issued by Chandos Publishing. Molly grew up on a small farm in southeastern South Dakota where she and her family raised cattle, pigs, crops, and even a few rabbits. She and her husband John now live in Moorhead where they are the parents of two teenaged daughters. Molly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701.239.7531.