Degrees and Certifications:

UofMN, College of Liberal Arts: BA History, Minor: Asian Languages and Literatures US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program, 2017 and 2019 UofMN, College of Education and Human Development: Master's of Education+ Teaching Licensure Program, Focus: Social Studies

Ms. Sofía

Hello Murray community! My name is Sofía Cerkvenik (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers) and I go by Ms. Sofía in class. This is my first year at Murray and I am teaching 6th grade Minnesota Studies and the History Day elective. I went to Highland Park Middle School and High School and am very happy to be back at Saint Paul Public Schools!

¡Se habla español!

***If you have any questions about MN Studies or History Day: 1) Watch the daily class instruction videos, 2) Send me an email, 3) Come to Office Hours. Mon-Thursday, 2pm***

I was born in a country in South America called Perú and I was adopted when I was a baby. My parents lived in Minnesota, so I moved there with them when they became my family. Growing up, I loved learning about my own personal history and enjoyed learning about the history of the people and places around me. I earned a Bachelors degree with a major in History and minor in Asian Languages and Literatures and afterwards a Master of Education along with my Social Studies teaching license from the University of Minnesota. Throughout my time in school I had some amazing opportunities to study abroad in Lima, Perú and through the US Department of State in Dalian, China and Changchun, China. This past spring, I was awarded a Fulbright award to do research in Perú, which was incredibly exciting despite the COVID pandemic’s interruption of those plans! 

We are all arriving to school this year after being challenged in a variety of ways by local, national, and international events and pandemics. I am looking forward to using the lens of history in our classroom to comprehend the ways we all think about ourselves, our communities, and how we can move forward together.