Minnesota Wild February 2023 Teacher of the Month

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Minnesota Wild February 2023 Teacher of the Month


Victoria Tambornino


New Ulm Middle School

Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

I have been an educator my whole life. As the oldest daughter of a family of nine children, I’ve always been teaching. After 33 years there’s more education in my bones than calcium. I started teaching fresh out of college. I found a passion for mentorship and took in student teachers yearly. It was important for me that they gained experience in how to create a positive environment for learning. I am now the media technology specialist in a middle school. I help everyone in my building become more acquainted with the new technologies in this field while still offering advice that can only come from a long career as an educator. I have trained a therapy dog, Arabella, that I bring in to schools, assisted living and daycares. I volunteer on the Arts council at the “Grand” and the Cable Advisory Board for our community.

Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?

Kirill Kaprizov because of his speed and agility on his skates. He is fun to watch on the ice.

What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?

I love that it is self- paced. The real life aspect of the Wild Science and Math are exciting to students. STEM is everywhere in hockey, in the angles of the puck to the net, the design of the rink, they placement of the lines, the speed of the hockey players and puck, the composition of the puck or hockey stick and so much more.

If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?

Right or left Wing because they are all over the ice. They are quick:)