Math teacher finds joy in the outdoors

Grace Carr, Staff Writer

Kerry Bjornstad has been a math teacher at Charles M. Russell High School for twelve years. However, she did not always teach at the high school level.   

“I [taught] four years at East Middle School and two years in Brady,” she said.

Bjornstad came to Great Falls when she found out the school in Brady was going to be consolidated. She moved out, bought a house in town, and continued teaching.

Several years later, Bjornstad has a two-year-old daughter named Kimber and a variety of hobbies to keep her occupied.

“I like to take pictures,” she said. “I like to be outside a lot, we snowmobile in the winter, ride four-wheelers, [and] garden.”

Her family also owns a cabin in the mountains, but she admits they do not do much hiking there.

Bjornstad’s teaching career has been long and successful, but she did not always want to pursue teaching.

“I wanted to do something with math, not necessarily always a math teacher,” she said.

Now, Bjornstad teaches a variety of math classes. She runs a second-period math study hall and strives to be helpful toward students.