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From fan to scholarship winner to participant, teacher’s ties to Class Acts are deep

In one way or another, Meghan Jermeland has been part of Class Acts since it began 30 years ago in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

She grew up with it and has continued her commitment to the annual teacher comedy variety show, which has raised a total of $345,000 for scholarships for graduates at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School.  

When she was young, her parents Wes and DeeDee Hanna took her to Class Acts rehearsals because she and her sister could not stay at home alone. She didn’t mind going because, “It’s fun to see your parents and teachers being part of something funny, and entertaining people.”  

Then as a senior at Burnsville High School, Jermeland received a Class Acts scholarship.

When she started teaching at M. W. Savage Elementary 14 years ago, she joined the Class Acts choir and also performed in comedy skits.  

She scaled back her involvement a bit when she had children, but has continued her long-time commitment in other ways. Currently, she’s the Class Acts rep at Sky Oaks Elementary, where she teaches third grade.

“Singing, dancing and acting on stage may be out of the comfort zone for teachers, but they do it anyway to benefit their students,” said Jermeland. “We know the scholarships make a big difference to our students and that’s what has kept Class Acts going for three decades and that’s truly awesome.”

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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 09:54