October 2016 - Jane Kleinman

October 2016 Lifechanger: Jane Kleinman


Jane Kleinman has a unique perspective not many Hopkins educators have. As a member of the very first graduating class of Hopkins High School — following the merger between Hopkins Lindbergh and Golden Valley high schools — she has seen it transform right before her eyes. And with her expertise in the health field, she has helped change the District for the better.

Kleinman currently teaches two health electives at the high school, stress management and psychology of motivation. As the District’s health coordinator, she ensures both staff and students are supported and allowed to do their best, in and out of the classroom.

“Jane succeeds tremendously in identifying needs and gaps in terms of student learning and healthy living, and collaborating to develop successful strategies to address these needs,” said Holly Magdanz, coordinator of Hopkins One Voice. “Jane provides the District with unwavering leadership and vision regarding the importance of health education in public schools.”

While she said sharing her knowledge energizes her, Kleinman said she also learns the most from her students. For her, teaching health is an “enriching profession” that allows her to make a positive impact on a student’s mental, emotional, and physical health.

“Jane serves such an important role in this community,” said Hopkins community education director Katie Williams. “She is a gem in this community who is willing to go beyond the classroom to support students.”

Background: Jane Kleinman was a part of the very first graduating class of Hopkins High School after Hopkins Lindbergh and Golden Valley high schools merged. She has been teaching health at Hopkins High School for 24 years, and she also is involved with coaching the boys and girls alpine ski teams.

What do you love most about working at Hopkins Public Schools? There are two main things I love most about Hopkins High School: one is the four-block schedule where students can focus their studies, take elective classes, and get far more learning opportunities. The second is our diverse student population, which enriches our learning environment and brings a much broader perspective. Everybody has the opportunity to be themselves and find a place at Hopkins. 

Proudest moment? Any time I get to collaborate with or observe our health teachers (at all levels) and elementary counselors, or the elementary health leads, is a proud moment. They are all passionate about the health field and dedicated to making sure Hopkins students are well-educated to make healthy decisions in their current and future lives.

Teaching philosophy? Monday is the best day of the week! PMA (positive mental attitude) all the way!

Stats:  • B.A. in economics, St. Olaf College; M.A. in education, University of St. Thomas. Teaches health science at Hopkins High School, serves as the District’s health curriculum coordinator, and coaches boys and girls alpine skiing.