North High’s Dombrosk a finalist for 2015 Teacher of the Year

Stephen Dombrosk (Submitted photo)
Stephen Dombrosk (Submitted photo)

School District 622’s Stephen Dombrosk has been named a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

The North High history teacher is one of just 10 finalists chosen out of an original pool of 123 candidates from across the state. That number was narrowed to 30 semifinalists in February, which included another District 622 educator, Julie Swanson, a third-grade teacher at Cowern Elementary. The final cut of 10 finalists was announced late last month.

Teaching is a second career for 61-year-old Dombrosk, who came to the profession at age 46. Prior to teaching, Dombrosk worked in a variety of jobs, including on Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign, and in marketing and information systems for the Minnesota Medical Association.

In a March interview, Dombrosk told the Review he had several teachers growing up who made a profound impact on his life, and after a midlife reassessment, he decided he wanted an opportunity to be able to do the same for others.

North High principal Greg Nelson, who nominated him for Teacher of the Year, said Dombrosk has a gift for keeping students engaged in the classroom, and described him as being a “fabulous teacher” who “gives students ownership of learning.”

Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member statewide educators union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program, which is now in its 51st year. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers from public and private schools.

A 23-member selection panel will conduct final interviews with the 10 finalists Saturday, May 2. The panel selecting the winner includes leaders from the education, business, government and non-profit sectors.

The Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be named the following day, Sunday, May 3.

—Joshua Nielsen
 

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