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. 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 spending time with our four children and granddaughter.

Contact Information:

Email: michelle.bestor@ssdtigers.org

Classroom Phone: (507) 533-1677

E-Learning Day and Distance Learning Phone: (507) 533-5762

Teacher Schedule

8:00-8:30 Office Hours

8:45-9:35 Hour 1 English 8

9:39-10:27 Hour 2 English 8

10:31-11:19 Hour 3 English 8

11:23-12:12 Hour 4 English 8

12:16-1:04 Hour 5 Prep

1:06-1:36 Hour 6 Homeroom

1:36-2:06 Hour 6 Lunch

2:10-2:58 Hour 7 ELT

3:02-3:50 Hour 8 English 8

3:50-4:00 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. Complete all work to the best of your ability.

  5. Use technology as a learning tool.

  6. Follow directions.

  7. Keep all objects out of your mouth. No food or candy is allowed. If gum is a distraction, students will need to dispose of it. Only plain water is allowed in class.

Helpful Links/Resources

Parent Tool Kit, sponsored by NBC News Learn provides information, articles, and videos about school and adolescents that may assist parents through the middle school years. The drop-down menu opens up a variety of topics that may interest parents.

Schoology is the learning management system used by Stewartville Middle School. Students and parents can access students' assignments for their courses. I place daily lessons on the calendar.

Membean is a web site I use with students to help them develop their working vocabulary. Students need to complete at least 30 minutes of vocabulary development each week.

CommonLit.org is a web site I use with students that allows students to access certain stories, articles, and videos that I need them to read.

My.HRW.com is the web site for our literature book. We use this for stories, articles, and activities.

Students are expected to read from a self-selected book on a regular basis. Some web sites that may help your child identify interesting books are listed below:

  • SELCO is how to access our library. This site allows you to search for books in a variety of ways.

  • What Should I Read Next? is a web site that helps you find a new book based on books or authors you already enjoy. Just type in the book title or author's name to find recommendations.

  • FavoBooks is a web site that lists famous people's favorite books or recommendations. Students often are inspired to read by people they admire.

  • GoodReads is a web site that helps you keep track of your personal reading. It also allows you to explore book titles, authors, and topics that may interest you.

  • Lexile is a web site that helps you find books of interest based on your reading or grade level.

  • Of course, students get great reading ideas based on what their friends, family members, teachers, and librarians recommend also!