Monte grew up in Columbia Falls, MT and lived there with her younger sister, Dawn and her loving parents, George and Dolly Zingleman. In 1979, her family moved to Watford City, ND, where she graduated from high school.
Monte is a first-generation college graduate from the University of North Dakota and is just completing her 32nd year teaching for the Grand Forks Public Schools. She is a Google Certified Innovator, a Google Certified Trainer, she is the past president of the North Dakota Association of Technology Leaders, and a former Board member for Learning Forward North Dakota. She is currently a facilitator for Girls Who Code, and a middle school advisor for the YORS Committee (GF Youth Commission). She currently serves as a Board Member for the Grand Cities Children’s Choir.
Monte and her husband Geoff, have five children. Keegan, Dawson, Megan, Madison and Reagan. In her free time, she likes cooking, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family.
Monte plans to use her expertise in education to help the North Dakota legislature focus on ways to ensure a quality education for all students. “Education has always been central to North Dakota, all the way back to the Homestead Act. My parents loved education, but because of family finances they had to quit before they graduated from high school. Most importantly, they passed that love of learning on to me. “In North Dakota, we have an opportunity to really transform education. SB 2186 is a great first step, allowing teachers to do what they think is best for kids.”
Monte identifies several key factors that contributed to her decision to run for the House. “I want to make sure that all people have equal rights regardless of their age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. I want to represent each and every person and ensure that North Dakota is a safe and welcoming place for all people to live. I want to be an advocate for everyone and move beyond the labels.”
If elected to represent District 17 in the ND House of Representatives, Monte will work to listen to the stories that people are sharing, learn from her constituents, and lead for education and equality.