Team 5-2

Mrs. Lauritsen


Juli Lauritsen

I’m Juli Lauritsen and I truly LOVE teaching fifth grade!  I’ve been teaching fifth grade for over 15 years, and teaching is what I’ve always wanted to do.  Making students feel safe and loved is my first priority because that’s when they learn the best!  I’m the math teacher on our team and really love seeing kids’ learning lights come on when they understand new and exciting concepts.  On Team 5-2, we work hard to create a fun, safe environment with lots of opportunities for students to learn and grow.  

      I grew up in Rexburg and graduated from Madison High School.  My husband is an artist and runs the Art program at MHS.  I have three children, all graduates of MHS, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and one grandson, Sawyer.    



Mrs. Barrus

Sunny Barrus







Hello!  My name is Sunny Barrus and I am excited to be teaching 5th grade reading and language arts at Madison Middle School. I am an advocate for lifelong learning. I am a believer in Albert Einstein’s philosophy that, “Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.” I look forward to creating a safe learning environment where the students can increase their love of reading and expand their understanding of the world through literature. I am thrilled to be working with your children this year and look forward to a year full of discovery, challenging work, and fun learning opportunities.

I am a lifetime resident of Rexburg and a proud Madison bobcat. I love spending time with my family, especially in the outdoors. Some of my interests include hiking, traveling, reading, and quilting. I love meeting new people and look forward to getting to know each of my students this year!



Mrs. Christensen

Kelsey Christensen






Hello, I’m Kelsey Christensen, and I can’t wait to learn with your bright fifth graders this year! I grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming with my four brothers and parents who taught me to love laughter, games, learning, reading, and the outdoors. Working with students across the grades has solidified my love of teaching and especially of fifth grade! As the Science and Social Studies teacher for Team 5-2, I look forward to the environment of curiosity, discovery, safety, friendship, and love that your students and I will foster in our classroom.