Daily Classroom Instructors
Originally from Caledonia, MN, Rachel has been on a theoretical journey to Norway since she was born! Having parents who both volunteered as Youth For Understanding coordinators kept a Scandinavian brother or sister in her life annually. As a high school student given the sole option of studying Spanish, Rachel decided to instead attend Skogfjorden’s intensive summer credit program. She fell in love, and returned a second year for the remaining portion of her high school foreign language credits. An operatically trained classical singer, Rachel keeps up her relationships with elder foreign siblings and utilizes their knowledge frequently as she performs and teaches music as a career at her home studio. If paired with Rachel in class, you will learn a lot about Norwegian language and culture through song and story, and can help her carry out a personal goal of a successful performance of the “weaving” dance!
Maria has also been a part of this camp since its inaugural year. She is amazing with young kids, and a patient, caring leader who enables those around her to shine. She has been on many family trips to Norway and frequently practices the language in their home.
Jakob will be back again this summer. He is an avid outdoors man whose athletic energy is infectious. Jakob will be helping with daily activities, armed with a golden heart and great patience. If you need help with a detailed project, he is your guy. Just like Maria, he has been on many family trips to Norway and frequently practices the language in their home.
Brit has been involved with our language camp from the very beginning. She is from Åfjord, Norway, and has lived in the United States since 1977. Brit lives in Cresco, Iowa. Brit has raised her own family with Norwegian culture and has so much to teach our students. She is amazing with arts and crafts.
Kari Tauring is a Nordic folk musician, cultural educator, and spiritual leader living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Born to a Norwegian-identified family in Minnesota, summers were spent with extended family on their heritage farm in Wisconsin. She has performed her original folk music in the Twin Cities and around the Midwest from the early 1990’s.
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