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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

Renee Dorman (she/her)

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Welcome to Ms. Dorman's class!

email: || phone: (612) 293-5245

The 20-21 school year is my fourth year as an ESL teacher at JHS, 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. Even though things are different with online learning, I can't wait to get to know all my new students! And of course, I'm so excited to see my returning students again! 

If you are in 9th or 10th grade, I might be one of your teachers in English class. You might also have English Language Development class with me. For information about what is happening in class, look at the class Schoology page. 

My Schedule

Period 1: PLC (English Office)

Period 2: English 10, with Ms. Montgomery (Room 1102)

Period 3: English 9, with Ms. Vang (Room 1107)

Period 4: Advisory 

Period 5: Prep (Room 1219B)

Period 6: English Language Development (Room 1221)

Period 7: English 9, with Ms. Vang (Room 1109)

Period 8: English 10, with Ms. Montgomery (Room 1102)


Welcome, parents! 

I am an ESL teacher at Johnson High School, and I currently teach in the English Department. I might be collaborating with an English teacher in your child's English 9 or English 10 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 material we cover and the difficulty of the course are the same as classes without an ESL co-teacher.

I might also teach your child in English Language Development class. This class gives extra instruction on the English language to help multilingual students meet the expectations of scholarly language in the English class and throughout the day.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. The best way to reach me during distance learning is by email at

Ms. Dorman habla español. Si lo prefieres, puede escribir su mensaje en español.



Ms. Dorman's Top 5 Favorite Books for Teens

  • The Book Thief

    by Marcus Zusak Year Published: 2005

    This book tells the story of Liesel as she grows up in Germany during WWII. The twist: we hear the story from the view of Death. It is hard to explain the plot, but it is Ms. Dorman's #1 favorite book! Beautiful, thought-provoking, sad, and with a twist ending. 

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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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