After 25 years of searching for her birth mother, it was a home DNA test kit that proved to be the turning point for Teena Andersen. Andersen’s search was met with obstacles on more than one occasion, but her persistence eventually led to a phone call that was met with apologies, enthusiasm, tears and finally a face-to-face meeting with her birth mother.

Andersen, 50, lives in Pilger and teaches fourth grade at West Point-Beemer Elementary School. For years, she had questions about her birth family and often thought about how difficult it must have been for her birth mother to give her up. She was adopted as an infant in 1969 by Larry and Sherrill Glandt.

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