EMM Awards Sara Fidler as Monticello Teacher of the Month
Sara Fidler, school pyschologist with the Sherburne & Northern Wright Special Education Coop, has been selected as the April Teacher of the Month in ISD 882 by Education Minnesota Monticello. Check out the Q&A with Fidler below to learn more about her career and experiences in ISD 882!
Name: Sara Fidler
Years working in Monticello: 7 years
Tell us a little about yourself
I am a School Psychologist with the Sherburne & Northern Wright Special Education Coop. I grew up near Milan, MN and attended college and grad school in Moorhead, MN. I live in Monticello with my husband Brandon and our two girls Kendall (5) and Madelyn (3). Prior to working in Monticello, I worked within the Deer River school district. When I am not at work, you can find me enjoying time with family and friends, reading, crafting, watching Netflix or pontooning on Lake Miltona.
Why did you choose the school psychology profession?
I have always enjoyed working with children. I chose to become a school psychologist because I was interested in working in the educational setting supporting students with varying abilities. I enjoy the variety that this career provides. Every day is different!
What is the best thing about working in Monticello?
Monticello is a great place to live and work! I love working with and learning from the wise and talented school psychologist within the coop. Since I am employed by the special education coop that serves four local districts, my current assignment is within the Big Lake School District. I have enjoyed getting to know staff from Big Lake and the other coop schools, as well.
What is your proudest moment as a school psychologist?
The most rewarding part of my job is building connections with students and families who are going through tough times or are in need of support. I am proud that I have been able to establish and maintain relationships with several individuals throughout my time with the coop. I love when students stop by my office to check in or to update me on their recent successes.
What advice would you give a young adult who is thinking about a career in education?
As a school psychologist, I have seen the mental health needs increase in schools. I would advise those going into teaching to get as much training as possible on how to effectively work with students who have experienced trauma. Other pieces of advice would be to focus on the positives of each student, work hard to build meaningful connections at work, learn from your colleagues and be a good team player.