About Frau Dvorak

I, Frau Dvorak, Martina Dvorak, studied German at the University of North Dakota and earned my major in German, minor in Psychology and certification in ELL in 2007. I began teaching in the fall of 2007 at Red River High School, Grand Forks and remained there for six years. While there, I taught levels I-IV, led three groups of students abroad, and managed a German Club. After six years in the Grand Forks school district, my husband and I moved to Mandan. I took this time to begin my Master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology emphasis in K-12 education. In the spring of 2017, I graduated from UND for the second time. During my two years away from the teaching in the classroom, I also worked as a substitute teacher for the Bismarck Public Schools, a tutor at Sylvan, and a ski instructor at Huff Hills. In 2015, I began teaching for the Great Western Network, teaching German I and German II on ITV from the Mandan High School hub.

In addition to teaching, I have been active in my own professional development. I have been a continuous member of AATG, ND-AATG, and FLAND. Currently I have been the secretary/treasurer for ND-AATG since 2007. I have also held the roles of 2nd and 1st president elect, president, and past president for FLAND. I am and have been for several years the webmaster for FLAND. In 2018, I took on the role as editor of the FLAND News. I have also been an occasional member of ACTFL and CSCSTFL. In 2021 I received the Graciela Wilborn Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Award from FLAND.

In my personal life, I have a husband who is a mechanical engineer, a daughter, and a son (both young). We have a dog and a cat. We love winter, me skis, my husband the snowboard, my kids, the sled. We love to travel - pretty much anywhere. As alumni of UND, we fell in love with hockey and try to attend a couple games a year. And we constantly have our hands in some home improvement project. I love to garden, but Mandan has hills, and so does my backyard, so I do what I can with what I have, but it's not the lot I had in Forest River (north of Grand Forks - where we lived a few years.) We are always busy and I think my calendar books out a year in advance at this point.