Our Stories

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Angela Zoller Barker


An Albert Lea native and a English and journalism teacher at Albert Lea High School. She has a Bachelor of Arts from MSU-Mankato in English literature, a minor in Film Study and earned a teaching license from Bemidji State University. She has been a columnist, an entertainment reviewer, a photographer, a founding member of a couple book clubs, and now is proud to co-produce the Story Show. She is an avid reader and writer. The Story Show is way to celebrate those interests with other local storytellers. Angie is married to Josh Barker. They have a son, Auslund, and two snuggly pups: Lily and Olive. In her spare time she loves hanging with her nieces and nephews and traveling.

"Nothing gets my heart racing like a well-written sentence. A story can persuade us, inform us, entertain us, and most importantly, connect us. A single word can change everything."


Jeremy Corey-Gruenes


A teacher at Albert Lea High School. Before teaching, Jeremy worked with the homeless population in Minneapolis for three years. He earned his B.A. in English from St. John’s University and his MA in Teaching English from MSU, Mankato. He has also taught English at Mankato West High School, MSU, Mankato, and Riverland Community College. When Jeremy’s not reading and responding to student writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, playing guitar, and obsessively following the Minnesota Timberwolves. One of his biggest challenges right now is limiting coffee dates with Ross Pirsig to three hours. His literary crushes include Dave Eggers, Willa Cather, David Sedaris, and Malcolm Gladwell.

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Riley Worth


Riley Worth and his wife Amanda Lester moved to Albert Lea in 2005, one year after Riley began working in the Albert Lea High School English department. A new chapter began in the summer of 2016, when the Lester-Worth family headed to the Middle East to teach at an international school. The international school, as one of its perks, flies everyone home for the summer, which, of course, means that everyone is required to list a U.S. home residence. Riley and Amanda picked Albert Lea, because, well, look around you right now. This is a great place to be.