Courtney Walsh

School Librarian Media Specialist

I am the KMS Library Media Specialist for grades K-12. I teach at the elementary school in the mornings and the high school in the afternoons.


I have a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from the University of Minnesota and a Library Media Specialist license and a Master's Degree in Information Media from St. Cloud State University. 

My family moved to Kerkhoven when I was 5 years old, and except for my college years, I have been in the area since. My husband Jason, an agronomist, also grew up in the KMS area and now our 3 children are doing the same.


When I am not teaching I enjoy reading, flower gardening, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with my family.

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Marlyce VanHeuveln

Elementary Library Assistant

I have been a para in the KMS school district since 1991. I have worked in several areas.  I started in the library at the high school and then went to Title I with junior high students, I was then transferred to Early Childhood program. I then came to the elementary school and worked in Title I before I became a special education para-professional.  I am currently a para working in the media center in the elementary school.  I enjoy my work here where I get to see all the kids and help them pick out books to read.

I am a graduate of the first class of KMS High School-long ago.  I have lived in the area my whole life.  I am married and my husband has a construction business.  He is also a graduate of KSHS.  We have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.  Several of my grandchildren go to KMS.

In my spare time I like to read, garden, travel, kayak, fish, and the list could go on and on. I also like to spend time with the grandkids.

Karen Thayer

High School Library Assistant

I have been a Paraprofessional here at KMS for nearly 20 years.   I really enjoy my position working in the media center which now has been for quite a few of those years. 

Since marrying a local farmer who is a graduate of Kerkhoven – this has been our home for 45 years.  Our 3 children all graduated from KMS – 1993, 1995 & 2002.  We are blessed with 6 grandkids from ages 5-14 that we adore!  The hardest thing we have been through is losing our youngest daughter to cancer in 2019.  She was a great example to us all.

When home I enjoy working outside, quilting, organizing things, spending time with the grandkids and enjoying our lake cabin.