Cheryl Dahl, fifth grade Reading and Language Arts teacher at Kenyon Wanamingo Middle School, has been nominated by K-6 Principal Katy Schuerman for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Education Minnesota. Dahl attended University of Wisconsin River Falls, where in 1997 she earned a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in science and a coaching certificate. In 2003, she earned her Masters degree in Talent Development and Gifted Education from Minnesota State University, Mankota.
Dahl began her teaching career at Kenyon Wanamingo as a long call substitute in sixth grade and was then hired to finish the year as a first grade teacher. She spent the next two years at the Middle School level, first in fifth grade and then as a sixth grade teacher. She left to accept a full time position in Cannon Falls in 2000 where she remained for nine years, teaching both fourth grade and first grade. She jumped at the opportunity to return to Kenyon-Wanamingo when a full-time position became available in 2009. She stated “School is a big part of every community and it was important to me to have good schools and good teachers at K-W where I live and where my children were attending school. I love being part of the school where my girls are!”
In the nomination for Teacher of the Year, Schuerman wrote, “Mrs. Dahl embodies compassion. Her kind approach and commitment to educating the whole child make her classroom a happy, safe place to learn. She is a gifted reading teacher who truly knows and values the strengths of every student. She is tireless in her work to meet each child at their individual level and help them achieve. Mrs. Dahl is a positive leader who brings great perspective to her position, always prioritizing students in her decision making. She models her dedication to life-long learning by embracing new instructional strategies and the effort and ongoing professional development they require. Our Middle School program is better because of Mrs. Dahl’s creative problem solving and ability to think outside the box. Her good thinking is a critical component of our continuous improvement and response to evolving student need.”
Heartfelt congratulations to Dahl on this honor and for the positive influence she has had on numerous K-W students.