Thursday, February 29, 2024

Marit Lang named Triton Teacher of the Year

Triton Public Schools has announced its Teacher of the Year as Marit Lang.

A middle school math teacher, Lang has worked in a variety of roles. Those include having worked in early childhood education, kindergarten, first, third and fifth grades. This fall Lang moved from the elementary school to the middle school to teach sixth grade math.

This also marks Lang’s 35th year of teaching, with 26 of them being spent at Triton schools.

Lang’s resume also includes having taught after school programs, summer school, 5th grade math masters and helping out at Triton track meets.

She graduated from Winona State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree, and later attended Hamline University where she earned a master’s in education. Her degrees afforded her the opportunity to teach any grade level pre-K through sixth grade, and she has “taught just about every subject within that license area,” said Teacher of the Year coordinator Shelly Bungum.

As part of the nomination process for Teacher of the Year, colleagues submit their explanation of why their nominee should win, and Lang’s colleagues were effusive with their praise of her.

“Marit Lang is the epitome of what it means to be an educator,” one colleague wrote. “She is willing to take on any role to help our students. She is firm, but flexible and is a team player.”

“Even after many years in education, she is still finding new ways to help students… she is constantly doing those things that need to be done … Any teacher in any stage of their career would learn a great deal about how to be a great educator by observing and collaborating with Marit. Marit is a tremendous teacher who works tirelessly for her students.”

“In each role that she takes on, she is the epitome of dedication, professionalism, and ultimately, care for her students and their growth both educationally and personally.”

Lang started her teaching career in Florida, teaching kindergarten. After putting in three years in Broward County Public Schools, she and her husband moved back to Minnesota.

She then became a substitute teacher for seven school districts. This experience gave her the unique perspective of seeing a wide variety of teaching and leadership styles, said Bungum.

When asked why she became a teacher, Lang said being a teacher was all she ever wanted.

“I can’t tell anyone the exact reasons why education was such a calling, but I was fortunate enough to have exceptional teachers growing up in Zumbrota,” she said. “I had so much respect for them, and I just enjoyed learning and being in school. I also have an aunt who taught for Faribault Public Schools, and she has always been such a positive role model for me.”

Lang said she is honored to be named Teacher of the Year.

“It means a great deal to me since I feel that Triton has so many incredible educators, and to have their respect humbles me,” she said.

 

 

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