MN-AATG Teacher of the Year

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Frau Strom

MN German Educator of the Year 2018!

Lynn Strom earned her bachelor’s degrees from Bemidji State in German and social studies and was fortunate to find a position in Faribault, where she taught German I and exploratory language classes for six years with Vicki Swedeen and Vicki Olson.  Lynn is grateful to have taught with and learned from two such talented teachers. She earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Mankato State.

She then became the one German teacher at Watertown-Mayer High School.  She lives with her boyfriend, Todd, just a mile from the school. Her older daughter, Amanda, is becoming a high school teacher, studying social studies and German at St. Cloud State.   Her younger daughter, Emma, is studying elementary education at Moorhead State. Both daughters went through all four years of German in high school with Frau Strom. Lynn enjoys hanging out with her family, traveling, and being outside.

Over these 19 years at W-M, Lynn has built up the German program, adding a fourth year, University of Minnesota College in the Schools course in her 2nd year.   She began a German American Partnership Program with a school in the city of Lahr, Germany. This coming summer will be the 10th GAPP trip that Frau Strom has planned, lead and hosted for more than 270 local students over the years.  She spent 3 months in Germany as a high school senior and another 3 months during college, which is why she values an authentic immersion experience so much. Frau Strom is also excited that Watertown-Mayer is adding an eighth grade exploratory language class next year that she will get to teach.  



Nominations received for MN-AATG Educator of the Year Award.

Thank you for submitting your nominations!

The MN AATG German Educator of the Year will be announced at the National German Exam Banquet in May. MN AATG may choose to further nominate winners for MCTLC awards such as Minnesota World Language Teacher of the Year.

~~~~Past MN AATG Teacher of the Year Winners:

Lynn Strom, Watertown Mayer High School, 2018-19
Michele Strassburg, Buffalo High School, 2017-18
Matt Beck, Saint John’s Preparatory School, 2016-17
Emmerich Sack, Saint John’s Preparatory School, 2014-2015
Dan Buck, Spring Lake Park high School, 2013-2014
Matt Mitchell 2012-2013
Jenni Dorfsman 2011 – 2012
Bruce Buscho 2010 – 2011
John Diffley 2009 – 2010
Shari Fox 2008 – 2009
Verena Luethy-Clay 2007 – 2008
Vicki Olson 2006 – 2007
Ted Anderson 2005 – 2006
Maureen Curran 2004- 2005
Gayle Carlson 2003 – 2004
Jutta Crowder, 2002-2003
Rebecca Waterhouse, 2001-2002
Anita Ratwik, 2000-2001
John Linnemann, 1999-2000
Vicki Swedeen, 1998-99
Cheryl Wason, 1997-1998
Felice Dickey, 1995-1996
Shelley Orr and Heide Westergard (dual winners), 1994-1995
Peg Feil 1990