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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Passing on a passion

  • Will Sordahl has a passion for history, and he is passing that passion on to others as a teacher at RVMS. His plan is to teach as much of U.S. history from pre-Colonial times through the modern day as is possible in one year.
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  • Will Sordahl has a passion for history, and he is passing that passion on to others as a teacher at RVMS.
    “I have always had an interest in history,” said Sordahl, who grew up in Willmar graduating from high school in 2002.
    After high school, Sordahl attended Minnesota State University in Mankato where he earned his social studies education degree in 2007.
    For the next four years, Sordahl was teaching social studies in the Onamia school district to students in Grades 8-12.
    After teaching a variety of social studies subjects to a number of students, Sordahl is honing in on students in the seventh and eighth grade and offering them an education in American history.
    Sordahl said he decided to get into education because of the great experience he had in education when he was in high school, adding he has always enjoyed working with kids.
    It was actually children, his own, who prompted the move to the area, as he and his wife, Katie, had their first child earlier this year, and the two of them decided a move to a more central location would suit their growing family better. Sordahl said with his wife originally from Mankato, the move to Redwood Falls became that ideal central spot.
    Katie currently works in the Wabasso School District. Their son’s name is Erik.
    In addition to teaching, Sordahl is also going to be involved in the lives of students as an assistant wrestling coach.
    Although he has coached in the past, Sordahl said this is his first time as a wrestling coach.
    “I like the sport,” Sordahl said, adding he participated in wrestling when he was in school.
    When selecting a place to raise a family, Sordahl said they opted for Redwood Falls because it had a good reputation as a good family community, and so far he said they have found that to be true.
    “People are very friendly,” he said, adding he really ap-preciates that small-town  atmosphere.
    Sordahl said he is enjoying his experience with the students in the classroom, adding he is offering a setting where students are able to find something in history they are interested in studying. He also said the plan is to teach as much of U.S. history from pre-Colonial times through the modern day as is possible in one year.
    “I’m really looking forward to a good year,” said Sordahl, adding he is already finding that to be the case at RVMS.
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