Ms. Bestor

Welcome to Ms. Michelle Bestor's Middle School English Homepage!

My Teaching Philosophy:

I can help every child learn about reading, writing, and communicating in a positive classroom environment. Each child will enjoy my class when he/she works hard, uses his/her creativity, and values every other person in the room.

My Educational History:

I graduated from Stewartville High School in 1992. In December 1996, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin--La Crosse with an Elementary/Middle School Teaching License. In May 2003, I graduated from St. Mary's University in Winona with my Master's of Education.

I taught second grade at Mosinee Elementary School in Wisconsin in the spring of 1997. In the fall of 1997, I was a substitute in the Southeastern Minnesota area until I landed a long-term substitute teaching position at Stewartville High School. In the fall of 1998, I was hired at the middle school here in Stewartville as the eighth grade reading teacher. Since the fall of 1999, I have been enjoying teaching the eighth grade English classes here at Stewartville Middle School.

Class Information:

I teach eighth grade students about a variety of English skills. I have two different classes, including English 8 and Enhanced English 8, to best meet the needs of my learners where they are. Many activities are similar, but some aspects of the activities are different based on the readiness of the groups. The lessons I share focus on developing writing, reading, speaking and listening, and researching skills.

My Personal Background:

I was born and raised in the Stewartville area. In August of 2006, I married Tim Bestor on Catalina Island. We enjoy our home in the country and our four children.

Contact Information:


Classroom Phone: (507) 533-1677

E-Learning Day for Snow Days Phone: (507) 533-5762

Teacher Schedule

7:30-7:45 Office Hours

7:50-8:37 English 8--Hour 1

8:41-9:28 English 8--Hour 2

9:32-10:19 English 8--Hour 3

10:23-10:50 Pride (Homeroom)--Hour 4

10:52-11:22 Lunch

11:26-12:16 Enhanced English 8--Hour 5

12:20-1:09 Supervisory--Hour 6

1:13-2:02 English 8--Hour 7

2:06-2:55 Prep--Hour 8

2:55-3:30 Office Hours

Classroom Expectations

  1. Maintain an open mind & positive attitude about activities and people.
  2. Treat yourself, peers, adults, & property with respect.
  3. Be on time & prepared for class.
  4. Use technology as a tool.
  5. Follow directions.
  6. Keep all objects out of your mouth. No gum/candy allowed. Only plain water is allowed in class.
  7. Complete all work to the best of your ability.

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