My name is Christine Manthe. I have been a teacher for over 25 years, with over 20 of them in kindergarten. I have taught Title I, first through fifth grade, a variety of art classes, beginning writing, and I have substitute taught in many grades in both a short and long-term capacity. I have taught in Waite Park and Royalton, Avon, and Albany, Minnesota, and I taught for over 9 years in Washington State; and substituted in many other towns. I've always wanted to be a teacher and have enjoyed working with children ever since I was a child!
I attended grade school and high school in Winsted, MN and received my undergrad degree from the College of St. Benedict and my Master's degree in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. In addition, I've taken classes in Early Childhood and Family Education, plus many graduate classes in Art, Art Integration, Reading, Writing, Language Arts, Math, and many other areas. I love getting kids excited about reading, learning, and exploring the world around them!
I live in Avon with my husband, Jeff, who is the pastor at SonRise Lutheran Church in Avon, a clerk at the Avon Post Office, and now, the mayor of Avon since January 2019. We lost our beloved West Highland White Terriers last year but have gotten lots of puppy love with our children's three new dogs - Maisy, Pepper, and Clark - and our one year old puppy - Sully, a big, floppy, friendly Labradoodle. Most importantly, I also have four children, Neil (34) Luke (31) and his wife, Ashley and my new grandson - Jensen born on July 19, 2019; Molly (28) and her husband, Tommy; and Callie (24). They are all very active and involved in various things and all four of my kiddos have graduated from college! Neil lives in the cities where he is a recruiter and trainer for Securian Financial and is also getting his Series licenses for finacial advising; Molly graduated Southwest with a double major in Biology and Chemistry and two minors: French and Honors studies, and then from medical school in Iowa. She is in her third year of her pediatric residency in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and was also named Co-Chief resident - an honor usually reserved for someone who's already finished residency! Luke graduated from St. Cloud State with an English degree and a Psychology minor and is a special education teacher at Orono High School . He is also going back to school for a master's in Special Education. Callie graduated from NDSU with a Family Science and Human Development major and a psychology minor, and after having finished her second year of graduate school for Occupational Therapy at the University of LaCrosse, WI, has completed her field work at St. Cloud Orthopedics and now will be finishing up at a pediatric orthopedist in Sioux Falls for the next three more months. You can tell I'm a proud mama of four wonderful - not perfect - but wonderful children. I also have a great son-in-law, a fantastic daughter-in-law (who now makes me NOT the shortest in my family), a granddaughter in heaven, (Reagan was a beautiful baby girl born prematurely and stillborn to Molly and Tommy last February 23rd), and finally, I have a beautiful grandson, Jensen! Yikes! I'm not old enough to be a grandma, am I? I mean, I'm only 29 with experience!
Well, crazy describes our lives which are full and busy! You can find us all at our jobs, participating in activities, doing home improvement projects, gardening, enjoying time with family and friends, doing homework, spending time at church, and sometimes you can even catch us at home!
We've grown to love this beautiful area of "Lake Wobegon" and the wonderful people who live here.
I am looking forward to a great year in kindergarten at Albany Elementary and I thank you for letting me share in your child's education.
Mrs. Christine Manthe
"Your child may not always bring something home in their hands, but they will always bring something home in their hearts."