2014 National Magnet School
Teacher of the Year

Salk Middle School

Elk River, Minnesota

ISD-728 Elk River Area School District 

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is pleased to announce that Ron Hustvedt, Jr. from Salk Middle School in Elk River, MN is the 2014 National Magnet School Teacher of the Year. Through a competitive application process, Ron was selected from a pool of regional teachers of the year in MSA’s eight regions. The award was announced during the Magnet Schools of America’s 32nd National Conference in Hartford, CT May 17, 2014. 

Mr. Hustvedt is a Middle Grades Social Studies Teacher and has been teaching for 16 years. During his time at Salk he helped create a dynamic new magnet program that challenges and supports students. He is credited for helping integrate the humanities with the school’s S.T.E.M. theme and making its History Day competition a school-wide success. Among his many accomplishments, Ron was appointed by the Governor of Minnesota to serve on the Minnesota Social Studies Review Committee where he coordinated the state’s
K-12 historical inquiry standards. In addition, he has been a pioneer in his district on the use of “flipped classroom” teaching methods and has presented on technology-based instructional practices in social studies and history.  

“Being selected as the National Teacher of-the-Year is a tremendous accomplishment and it’s a privilege for our organization to recognize Mr. Hustvedt for his efforts and leadership,” said Magnet Schools of America Executive Director, Scott Thomas. “Mr. Hustvedt is so deserving of this award,” added parent Korrine Rademacher. “His love of teaching shows through in every fiber of his being. He awakened a new appreciation of history for our 6th grade son, Blake who enjoys his class so much. Mr. Hustvedt is a shining example of a true educator; it is obvious he loves his career!” 

The National Teacher of the Year Award was established in 2010 and is given annually to an outstanding magnet school teacher who is acknowledged by their peers, parents and students for their exemplary contributions made to their profession. They have shown their skill and ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, as well as their aptitude for building relationships with parents and members of their community. 



Magnet Schools of America would like to thank all candidates for their submission.  Congratulations to all 2014 Regional Winners!

Region I  (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT)
Janet Farquhar, Head Teacher - PLTW/STEM Coordinator
Science & Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut
New London Public Schools
New London, CT
Theme(s): Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Region II  (DE, MD, OH, PA, VA, WV, DC, Int'l)
Deidre Austen, Magnet Coordinator and STEM Teacher
Lutherville Laboratory
Baltimore County Public Schools
Lutherville, MD
Theme(s): Science, Mathematics, and Communications

Region III (AL, FL, GA, PR, Virgin Islands)
Mark Tohulka, Teacher
Maritime and Science Technology Academy
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Miami, FL
Theme(s): Marine Environment and Industries

Region IV  (KY, NC,SC,TN)
Maria L. Eby, Teacher
Charles R. Bugg Creative Arts and Science A+ Magnet School
Wake County Public Schools
Raleigh, NC
Theme(s): Creative Arts and Science

Region V  (AR, LA, NM, OK, MS, TX)
Laurie Font, Teacher
Baton Rouge Magnet High School
East Baton Rouge Parish Schools
Baton Rouge, LA
Theme(s): Academic

Region VI  (IL, IN, MI, MN, IA, WI)
Ron Hustvedt, Jr., Social Studies Teacher
Salk Middle School
ISD 728 - Elk River School District
Elk River, MN
Theme(s): S.T.E.M.

Region VIII  (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA, American Samoa, Marianas Islands, and Trust Territory of the Pacific)
Richard M. Knoeppel, Teacher
Advanced Technologies Academy
Clark County School District
Las Vegas, NV
Theme(s): Academics plus Technology