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Hello! My name is Mark J. Westpfahl and I teach 6th grade Minnesota Studies and 7th grade American Studies. This is my 4th year teaching at Capitol Hill. GO COUGARS! I have been teaching in the Saint Paul Public Schools since 2009.
I live in South Saint Paul with my wife Jennifer, and our three children, Grace (12), Connor (10) and Eleanor (7).
I graduated from Onalaska High School in 1997 where I participated in football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. After high school I attended Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI were I earned my Associates Degree in Commercial Art with a focus on Graphic Design. I decided to go back to school to become a history teacher and spent two and a half years at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire before finishing up my Bachelors Degree in History at the University of Minnesota in 2008. I received my Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota in 2016.
I was a semifinalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2016 and just received word that I have been nominated again for Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2017!
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