Born on the Great Plains of South Dakota (kind of like a mountain-top in Tennessee, only better), Mr. Hofer is the first born son of Dave and Rhonda Hofer (they didn't really name him 'Mister;' this title was earned later in life).
He graduated from Yankton High School in 2001, and migrated north to St. Peter, Minnesota. This is where he won the love of his future-wife, Anne; received his liberal conscience; and earned a BA in criminal justice and political science from Gustavus Adolphus College.
With the completion of his bachelors, Mr. Hofer was deceived by the allure of money. He spent some time in the St. Paul / Minneapolis area working in a legal office where the drudgery of office work slowly began destroying Mr. Hofer's soul like a black hole eats away at the universe one asteroid at a time. Though the legal profession promised a stable income and predictability, the depths of his DNA resisted (both of Mr. Hofer's parents are teachers). A coffee cup with a quote by Mohandas Gandhi, "Be the change you want to see in the world," would give Mr. Hofer the courage to break away from his path and seek fulfillment in the field of secondary education. Two years and many student loans later, he emerged from Minnesota State University, Mankato with his teaching license. This accomplishment would lead to a job opportunity in the unexplored lands of Nebraska.
Mr. Hofer (a liberal unicorn from the Dakotas) and Mrs. Hofer (his city-girl), were willing to take a leap of faith and venture south of the Missouri River because a road sign promised "the good life." While he still fails to understand the Natives' enthusiasm about Cornhuskers and coon hunting, his experience has far surpassed his expectations. What he has found is an oasis - a community where family, faith, and education are still important (he is currently contemplating a petition drive to change the name of his town to "Mayberry" but doesn't want to jinx it).
Since the 2008-09 school year began, Mr. Hofer has made himself (and his family) at home in Crofton. They have welcomed two children, Alice the Loud (2009) and Aubrey the Determined (2012). He continues to teach social studies and has taken the helm of the spring play and the speech team. His latest professional accomplishment was completing his Masters in curriculum and instruction (2013). You may continue calling him Mr. Hofer, although he won't mind Master Hofer either.