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Mr. Dorshorst - He's back!

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Retired USD 294 superintendent and Oberlin Elementary School principal Duane Dorshorst has come out of retirement to teach science at Decatur Community High School. Mr. Dorshorst began his career in education as a biology teacher at DCHS.

When asked about what it feels like to be Mr. Dorshorst’s boss, Principal Ben Jimenez said, “It’s awesome. I enjoy being his boss. I have always enjoyed working with Mr. Dorshorst. The only difference now is that I’m his boss instead of him being mine.”  

Mr. Dorshorst was raised in Western Nebraska and got his degree from Chadron State College. He is married to retired math teacher Pat Dorshorst. They have four daughters and six grandchildren.

“I am pretty much an open book, “ said Mr. Dorshorst. “I gave [my students] my bio on the first day.  Probably one thing they don’t know about me is that I love to cook and create new dishes.  My forte is cooked meats and pretty much anything that can be grilled.  The one thing they asked me the most about when I gave them my bio was that I was inducted into the Chadron State Hall of Fame for football in 1995.”

He said was inspired by his high school science teacher to go into teaching. His goal for this year is to help students develop a curiosity of the world around them and for them to be able to explain why things are the way they are.

For Mr. Dorshorst, the best thing about being a teacher is “being surrounded by a group of students who are excited to learn.”  The worst thing is “grading papers and doing lesson plans.”

What makes a good day at school?  “Every day is a great day to be a Red Devil,” said Mr. Dorshorst.  “Attitude is everything.  I try to keep mine positive and contagious.”

Mr. Dorshorst’s hobbies and interests include golf, woodworking, electric trains, and spoiling his grandkids.

School counselor and English teacher Brenda Breth said Mr. Dorshorst was teaching science when she first came to Oberlin. “It’s fun to have him down the hall again.”


Mr. Dorshorst - He's back!

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