Munich welcomes new teachers

Munich has four new teachers joining them this school year.

Posted on 8/30/14

The teachers range in experience and diversity.


Michael Dinkle will be the new Technology and Engineering Education teacher in Munich. He will be working with students in grades 7-12. He will also be working with the elementary teachers to introduce younger students to STEM type projects.

“I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with the younger elementary students and I’ll be doing some cross curricular projects with the other high school teachers” Dinkle said.

Dinkle is originally from Lake Park, Minnesota and attended Valley City State University where he graduated from in 2013.

Previously, Dinkle taught at West Fargo for the spring segment of school. This will be his first full year as a new teacher.


Rasin Gani comes to Munich this year as the new science teacher for grades 7-12.

Gani, who is originally from Somalia, but grew up in Kenya, went St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota for his teaching credentials for life-science education.

Gani previously taught at Princeton, Minnesota and also taught refugee students  in Dabaab refugee camp.

“I am looking forward to teaching and I am excited to welcome and meet my new students in my classroom at Munich Public School” Gani said.

Gani will also be assisting with many extracurricular activities such as football, basketball,  soccer, and the running club.

“I want parents to know that I will treat their child with fairness, respect, and will create a place to grow and become critical thinkers.  I am flexible, patient, supportive, and can smile easily. Besides I love teaching. “ Gani added.

Barb Hill

Barb Hill will be the new librarian and 6th grade language arts and math teacher.

She grew up in Hansboro and went to school at Rock Lake. She received her education degree from the University of North Dakota.  She has lived in Langdon since 1992.

She previously taught at St. Alphonsus School, Little Flower School in Rugby, and St. Vincent’s School in Mott.

Hill is most looking forward to meeting new people and being in the library at Munich.

Hill is married to Randy, and they have a 14 year old daughter, Rachel.


John Kumpula joins the Munich staff and will be the new Special Education teacher.

Kumpula received his teaching degree through Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. He did his student internship at Ridgeline Alternative High School in Nampa, Idaho.

Kumpula has worked in the Devils Lake Public School system for the last year and a half as a substitute teacher, and paraprofessional.

When asked what Kumpula is most looking forward to in his new position he stated,

“The adventures and learning experiences that come with a new job.

“I am very excited about my new position in Munich/Starkweather, and I will strive to meet the needs of my students and their communities.” Kumpula added.