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Terry McDanel


Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12


Terry McDanel, ESL teacher

Terry McDanel teaches World and American Literature, Advanced Writing classes, Basic and Middle level ESL, and Content ESL for science and social studies.

Mr. McDanel has studied both Chinese and Spanish. He has a degree in English Linguistics. He received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1980 with degrees in TEFL, English Linguistics, and English Language and Literature. He currently holds teaching certificates in both ESL K-12 and English Language and Literature.

Mr. McDanel began his teaching career teaching computer science, robotics, math, English and many other subjects at Rocky Boy Tribal High School in Rocky Boy, Montana with the Cree people from 1983 to 1985. Those same taught data applications at Dull Knife Community College in the same town. From there he moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota to Red School House, a Native American K-12 school designed by the American Indian Movement (AIM) to teach computer science, robotics, electronics, math, and English from 1985 to 1989.
In 1989 he joined Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) teaching ESL at Olson Elementary from 1990-95, then Olson Middle School from 1995-2005.

Mr. McDanel was a MPS district mentor for new teachers during the 2005-06 school year.

Terry McDanel arrived at Wellstone International High School in 2006 where he has taught a wide content including basic English, content English integrating social studies and science, American and World literature, and academic writing, all focusing English language instruction from 9th to 12th grade for high school students new to the United States.

Favorite Subjects

Composition, English, Creative Writing, English as a Second Language, Linguistics, Literature, Reading


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