Teacher Profiles

Profile of Nancy Brastrup

I have been involved with the Montana Heritage Project since 2003. I have taken on the philosophy of believing “yesterday’s history impacts the present day”. I strongly feel that I need to involve my history students in discovering how the past continues to play a part of their lives. The past never truly dies. Through the Montana Heritage Project, I assist students to recognize the strings which tie students to the past and incorporate their knowledge into learning valuable skills. These skills, in turn, will help students to be productive and participating citizens. I am also involved with two other programs, the Montana Economic Education Leaders and the CHILD Grant Project, which help teachers to develop economic and technology skills that we will bring back to our classrooms.
I am an outdoors person, who enjoys doing many things with my family, Chad, Walker, and Derek. Many weekends you can find us hiking, camping, and/or snowmobiling. After acquiring my teacher’s degree from Montana State University, I moved to White Sulphur Springs in 2000. I chose White Sulphur, due to the fact that this hometown offers the comfort of neighbor knowing neighbor, several recreation options, and years of community pride.

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Profile of Kari Patterson

I was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana.  I earned a B.A. in English literature from MSU.  Unsure of just what to do with that degree, I went back to MSU to follow my early instincts and become a teacher.  I have taught at Fort Shaw Elementary School, Sun River Middle School, and Fairfield High School.  I have also taught gifted and talented students, arranged career shadowing experiences, and taught an adult writing class.  This year I participated in the Montana Heritage Program as an affiliate and had my students interview seven Vietnam veterans. 

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Profile of Becky Duty

My name is Becky Duty and I am currently the high school English and art teacher at Brady Public School. I grew up on a ranch in Stevensville, graduated from Western Montana College in 1989, and taught in Belgrade and Broadus before coming to Brady. During these years my husband and I had three children who are now 13,11,and 7. We enjoy camping, hiking, skiing, wildlife, and always seem to have one project or another on the back burner, either for 4-H or just for our family.

I have taught many elective classes including yearbook, photography, stained glass, and drama in addition to the language arts and fine arts. Blending these courses of study with social studies provides meaning for students. I believe in involving the learner and learning from my students. If I can branch off from the ordinary and go to deeper levels in my classes using both creativity and critical thinking, the student will become the teacher as well as the learner.

My art students have participated in the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster contest for the past ten years. We have had at least six state winners for the Poppy Posters and several Poppy Corsage winners on the state level. This project has taught my students art methods and critical thinking skills; they have also come to value the veterans who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. I have assisted other staff members for six years as we have hosted our annual Veteran’s Day program. The communities of Brady and Conrad have appreciated our efforts to recognize and thank veterans.
I am excited to be involved with the Montana Heritage Project and see students actually interview veterans in our community. They have honored veterans through art and Veteran’s Day programs; now is the time for young people to interact with the veterans and record their lives.

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