By Lorrie Ham
The Westonka School District’s Feature Teacher for January is Krista Fisher, a special education teacher at Mound Westonka High School. Fisher has taught small group English and small group guided studies for 11 years at Westonka.
Prior to working at Westonka, Fisher was a paraprofessional and worked with students with developmental disabilities at the Orono School District for three years and at the Rockford School District for two years.
Fisher went to college later in life, earning her degree in special education in 2001 with a specific license in learning disabilities at St. Cloud State University. She is currently a member of the first class to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology at Concordia University in St. Paul.
“Krista Fisher is a very important part of our Special Education Department,” said Assistant Principal Marty Fischer. “Ms. Fisher works with students who simply need a little more support to be successful in mainstream classes. And she goes above and beyond. In her pursuit of a Master's Degree, Ms. Fisher continues to show a desire to grow and learn best practices to work with students with disabilities. She would be the first to say that a disability is actually ‘ability’ when a student learns how to work with it. Ms. Fisher is a blessing to have at MWHS.”
Outside of the classroom, Fisher is currently on the Student Concerns Committee and has served on this committee several times in the past while at MWHS. She served as SPED department chair for one term and was on the Shared Decisions Committee for two terms.
Fisher has served three terms on the Attendance Appeals Committee and the Foreign Exchange Committee for one term. She has also served five years on the Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children.
“I am honored to receive this recognition and feel very fortunate to teach at MWHS working with great students and a caring staff,” Fisher said.
Each Feature Teacher winner receives a certificate for a brunch for two at Lord Fletcher’s.