About the Teacher

Phone: (612) 293-5245


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh English as a Second Language teaching license M.A. in Teaching from Hamline University

Ms. Renee Dorman (she/her)

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Welcome to Ms. Dorman's class!

email: renee.dorman@stpaul.k12.mn.us || phone: (651) 744-1301

I started working at JHS in fall of 2017, and I love it here. Go Govies! I know each and every student brings unique gifts to the world, and that you can all accomplish amazing things with hard work and a strong community. 

If you are in 12th grade, I might be one of your teachers in US Government. If you are in 10th grade, I might be one of your teachers in Biology. I also teach a 10th grade English Language Development class. For information about what is happening in class, look at the class Schoology page. 

My Schedule

Period 1:
US Government with Ms. May (Room 1119)

Advisory: Advisory (Room 1201)

Period 2: US Government with Ms. May (Room 1119)

Period 3: Biology with Ms. Kleven (Room 2115)

Period 4: PLC (Rm. 2115) and prep (Rm. 1117)

Period 1:
ELD Biology (Room 1221)

Advisory: Advisory (Room 1201)

Period 2: Biology with Ms. Kleven (Room 2115)

Period 3: Biology with Ms. Kleven (Room 2115)

Period 4: PLC (Rm. 2115) and prep (Rm. 1117)


Welcome, parents! 

I am an ESL teacher at Johnson High School, and I currently teach in the science and social studies departments. I might be collaborating with a teacher in your child's Biology or U.S. Government class. My job is to make sure students of all language backgrounds can be successful in the class. Some students in these classes speak English fluently, including native speakers. Other students in the class are still working on English. Having an ESL co-teacher will give all the students more support. The materials we cover and the difficulty of the course are the same as classes without an ESL co-teacher.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. The best way to reach me is by email at renee.dorman@stpaul.k12.mn.us

Sra. Dorman habla español. Si lo prefiere, puede escribir su mensaje en español.



Ms. Dorman's Top 5 Favorite Books for Teens

  • SLAY

    by Brittney Morris Year Published: 2019

    This book is about a teenager who created an online game focused on Black culture. When a real life murder is connected to the game, it becomes a huge controversy. This book has suspense, complex relationships, and a really cool video game. It also asks interesting questions about racism, safe spaces, and different points of view within one community. It is an awesome book!


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  • Six of Crows

    by Leigh Bardugo Year Published: 2015

    In a unique fantasy world, a group of 6 teenagers attempts a dangerous heist. This book has it all: Interesting and relatable characters, immersive setting, cute romance, and a very exciting plot!

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  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Year Published: 2012

    Two high school boys meet by chance and become the best of friends.... and maybe something more? This book has beautiiful, emotional writing. You will cheer for the characters, I promise!

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  • Dear Martin

    by Nic Stone Year Published: 2017

    This is the perfect book for fans of the Hate U Give. High school student Justyce balances his life at an elite private school with his reality of racism back home. This book is sad, exciting, very relevent to real life racism, and even romantic. 

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  • Cinder

    by Marissa Meyer Year Published: 2012

    In this retelling of Cinderella, Cinder is a cyborg in a futuristic China. Can she save the world from a deadly plague and an evil queen.... and also end up with the handsome prince? Read to find out! There are 3 sequels that are also great reads.

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