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The Wayfinder Blog

We are a district of trailblazers. The Trailblazer is the first to break ground on their quest for discovery. Innovative and driven, the Trailblazer blazes new pathways to explore and learns from the world around them. The Wayfinder Blog is your trail map. It contains stories, features and resources about how we enable our students to blaze their own trails.

Featured Stories

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Students learn practical, professional skills in Culinary Pathway
  • Pathways & Partnerships

Students at Burnsville High School have access to a wide array of career pathways that they can explore, but only one results in projects that they can eat. Growing from its roots in the Family and Consumer Sciences department program, the BHS Culinary Pathway has expanded to 21 class sections a year, all of which are full of students eager to learn new skills.

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Nikki Rykhus
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  • Pathways & Partnerships

Nikki Rykhus’ journey as a musician, educator and mentor came full circle recently when Rykhus was named the executive director of Twin Cities Catalyst Music. The non-profit organization operates The Treasury in St. Paul and The Garage in Burnsville, music venues that provide music-based educational opportunities.

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Wayfinder Mag

The new Wayfinder Magazine is sent to district families twice yearly and available online. Read the latest issue

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Vicki Roy receives an award

For many parents, finding time to volunteer at their child’s school can be a tricky but extremely rewarding experience. Volunteers get to see first-hand what their children are working on and get to know the dedicated staff. Vicki Roy is someone who has taken volunteering to a new level over the past 40 years in District 191, first just helping out in her daughter’s classroom and gradually finding her passion and representing the district through decades of service. 

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shrey pothini

No single person embodies the culture of community service in District 191 quite like Shrey. Growing up in Savage, Shrey was surrounded by a family who showed him different aspects of the world, teachers who encouraged him, and a community who rallied behind his efforts. It started when he was three years old and his mother Seema took him to a local teen homeless shelter where she served on the board. 

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Burnsville High School senior joins apprenticeship program to pursue her passion for engineering

After doing some research online, Vernessa Jones connected with representatives from the Twin Cities Ironworkers Local 512 and is now participating in its apprenticeship program — a four-year, paid program in which apprentices receive on-the-job practical training and classroom instruction.  

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Olivia Brammer

When Olivia Brammer was a student at Burnsville High School (BHS), she was involved in a variety of activities and ready to start exploring career options. After taking some courses in the Healthcare Pathway and finding it wasn’t for her, Olivia tried education-focused courses the following year. 

Read More about Olivia Brammer used the Pathways at District One91 to try new things and set the course for her future, ultimately leading her back to Burnsville High School as a Special Education Teacher.