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Second Grade Team

Our Amazing 2nd Grade Team
Amanda Dens

My name is Mandy Dens. I love teaching second graders at Garfield and being a part of the Brainerd community! It is a joy to watch students learn and grow throughout the year. When I am not at school, I enjoy being outside and spending time with my family and friends.
Gina Barber

My name is Gina Barber and I teach 2nd grade at Garfield.  It is my favorite grade!  I feel like I have one of the best jobs ever!


I love spending my days with curious and creative 2nd graders.  I think my favorite subject to teach is math.  I love hearing and seeing the many strategies students come up with for solving math problems.


Another favorite part of my day is listening to kids read.  I always enjoy the great discussions that we have in our reading groups.


I have 2 kids.  Beck is in 6th grade and Bella is in 4th.  My husband teaches 5th grade math.


When I am not at work, I love to do anything outdoors!  I enjoy all 4 seasons and am glad I live in MN.  But, I also enjoy traveling as much as I can.


Cassie O'Connor
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