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Jim Stern

Job Title

  • Instructor
    College of Adult and Professional Studies

Started at Bethel



  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Bachelor of Science in Life Science, Earth Science, and General Science Education, 1983
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Masters of Education in Science Education, 1986

Areas of expertise

I have taught courses in biology, animal behavior, environmental science, and earth science. I thrive on any adventures that include encounters with wildlife, geologic events, or environmental issues. I have 32 years of teaching experience and enjoy teaching these natural sciences to students from middle school age through adult.


I have spent many years of my life enjoying the natural beauty and wildlife that Minnesota has to offer.  I enjoy golf, hiking, fishing, rock hounding, fossil hunting, and about any other outdoor activity Minnesota or Northwest Ontario has to offer.  I have been married for 35 years and have two grown boys.  I have always taught around the twin city and was born here as well so I am very familiar with what our area has to offer the avid outdoor enthusiast.  I have hiked and skied the Upper Midwest, Rockies, Tetons, Lake Tahoe, and Northern Arizona.  Our world has so much natural beauty to offer and it is always exciting to look forward to the next adventure.

Courses Taught

Environmental Studies

Certificates and Licenses

Minnesota Teaching License

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Education Minnesota

Hobbies and Interests

I enjoy outdoor sports and activities, as well as music. 


Kites rise highest against the wind...not with it! Sir Winston Churchill