Born and raised in Northern Minnesota, Dr. Spangler attended Bemidji State University in which she was active on campus and found her first “home away from home”. After graduating with her B.S. from BSU’s Elementary Education program, she worked on the Red Lake and Leech Lake Native American Reservations in numerous roles K-8 including a classroom teacher, interventionist, and Academic and Behavioral Coach to K-12 teachers. Following her completion of her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and K-12 Administrator certificate with Minnesota State University Moorhead, she moved around for her husband’s job; Florida, South Dakota, and Southern Minnesota.
Dr. Spangler was called back home to the Bemidji Area in 2016 where she continued her work at Leech Lake and Red Lake. She came full circle in 2019 and accepted a position as BSU’s Clinical Experience’s Director and Assistant Professor. While here, she has focused her research on essential elements of a teacher preparation program and worked to create a collaboration between the Native American Reservations and Bemidji State University’s Professional Education program to assist in producing efficient and effective new teachers.