District Site

410 Central Ave. N.
New Prague, MN 56071

phone: 952-758-1700
fax: 952-758-1799


Katie Challberg
Middle School
(952) 758-1423
Resource Teacher

My name is Katie Challberg and I am a special education resource teacher for students in 7th and 8th grade.  This is my 5th year at New Prague Middle School.  Prior to teaching in New Prague I taught for 5 years in Wayzata, and for 3 years in St. Cloud.

My husband, Curt and I live in Savage with our two boys Gabriel and Dominic, and our yellow lab, Galt. 


Failure and Growth Mindset

In my classroom we embrace a growth mindset philosophy. We show students that your brain is a muscle that will become as strong as you choose to make it. Strengthening their knowledge with practice and persistence. "Experience success and failure not as reward and punishment, but as information," says Alfie Kohn. I agree. Failure is the greatest teacher and I believe it is important for students to experience the struggle of learning and failure in an environment that will support their learning. Allowing them to fail while encouraging them to work through the challenge creates growth. It also teaches students to recognize the importance of persevering through failure to achieve great learning. Every student is able to learn great things if we all meet our challenges with effort and persistence. We are a growth mindset classroom, working, and failing, and strengthening, and growing our brains together. There are no limits here.