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Future teachers honored in annual BHS signing ceremony

Sixteen seniors who plan to become teachers took part in a signing ceremony on May 7 in the Burnsville High School Mraz Center, located at 600 E. Hwy. 13. The ceremony, similar to those where high school senior athletes sign letters of intent regarding where they will play college sports, honors students who are committed to pursuing a teaching career.

Teachers Dave McDevitt and Hayley Ohama, both advisors of the Future Teachers of America (FTA) club, were on hand to welcome parents, teachers and students to the event.

Future teachers honored in first-ever BHS signing ceremony

The first-ever teacher signing ceremony took place in the Burnsville High School Career Center on May 23 with 14 seniors who plan to become teachers.  

BHS language arts teacher Allison Millea heard about a similar event that took place in Iowa last year and wanted to create an official ceremony at Burnsville High School to honor students who have committed to pursuing a teaching career.

It’s like the ceremonies with high school seniors signing letters of intent with the colleges and universities where they’ll play sports.

With new classes, district aims to ‘grow its own’ future teachers

Talking to a group of Burnsville High School juniors – most of whom were students of color – District 191 Systems Improvement and Student Achievement (SISA) coordinators Frannie Becquer and Jeff Pope asked how many of their teachers in the last 11 years looked like them. A few students could say they’d had one teacher of color. Most said none.

“When you don’t see yourself in a career, research shows you’re less likely to think that’s an option for you,” said Pope.