phone: (320) 233-7611 ext 4017
This is Ms. Smith's 8th year teaching at Finlayson Elementary. She really enjoys her time at the school and in the Hinckley-Finlayson community. Originally, Ms. Smith is from the tiny town of Cromwell, MN where she attended school K-12, graduating in 2004. She now lives in the even smaller town of Mahtowa, MN.
She received her BA in Elementary Education K-6 and Science 5-8 from St. Scholastica in 2008 and her MA in Elementary Education from St. Mary's University in 2014.
Outside of school, she takes care of her farm animals and gardens. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching, playing volleyball, and running. She also likes to read and spend lots of time with her family and friends
phone: (320) 384-6443 ext 3113
Mr. Best graduated from East Central High School in 1992. He then graduated from Northwestern College in 1998 with a double major in Sports Medicine and Bible with a minor in coaching. He also attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for his special education license.
Mr. Best moved to Denver, Colorado in 1999 and worked in Physical Therapy. On Tuesday, April 20, 1999 a horrific school shooting at Columbine High School took place less than 10 miles from where he worked. The event changed his life and he immediately started working with emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth. He moved back to Pine county in 2002 and worked with youth at the St. Croix Boy's Camp. After 6 months, he was hired to work in the STP room and has been there since.
Mr. Best is currently pastor at Community Worship Center in Sandstone, MN. He is married to his wife, Brannan, and have two amazing boys, Elijah (3 years old) and Jacob (1 year old).
phone: (320) 384-6443 ext 3050
Ms. Sweeny has been employed in the Hinckley-Finlayson school district since 1986. She works with speech and language disordered students from birth - age 21. She does home-visits with birth to age three year olds, and travels to all three buildings in our school district.
Ms. Sweeny earned her B.S. degree in Communicative Disorders from UW-River Falls. She has post-graduate credits from St. Cloud State University.
Ms. Sweeny has a Dachshund that runs her household and two adult sons. She enjoys watching the local sports teams, taking pictures, making scrapbooks, gardening, backyard bonfires, listening to music, dancing, enjoying time on the water and spending time with family and friends.