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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.

Ohama began the signing ceremony by saying to the signees: “To all of you amazing students here today, congratulations on making such a powerful decision. You are committing to a brighter future for everyone. You are dedicated to improving lives.”

“Your future holds empowerment. As a teacher, you have the power to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in life,” said Ohama. “You will provide them with the critical thinking minds they need to challenge the future and make our world a better place. Your future holds the most rewarding job in the world.”

Future teachers include:

  • Hannah Appold - University of North Dakota

  • Simon Ault - Normandale College

  • Thomas Faba - Normandale College

  • Taylor Harris - Minnesota State University-Mankato

  • John Hummel - Parkland College

  • Alec Johnson - Winona State University

  • Rachel Kelly - Boston University

  • Jennifer Le Vvintre - Augsburg College

  • Bryana Maddox-Sanders - Augsburg College

  • Tyana Maddox-Sanders- Augsburg College

  • Andrew Moe - University of Wisconsin-River Falls

  • Taylor Robinson - Winona State University

  • Sam Scheuneman- Augsburg College

  • Kara Schwenn - University of Minnesota

  • Angie Paz - Normandale College

  • Crystal Yiu - University of Northwestern, St Paul

Through a new partnership with Normandale Community College, a teaching pathway is now available at Burnsville High School. Seniors can take two education courses and earn seven college credits without leaving the high school.

The courses, “Introduction to Education” and “Multicultural Education and Human Relations in School,” are being made possible thanks in part to a “Grow Your Own” grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. Learn more about Burnsville High School's new education classes.

Students in the classes will present the research they’ve conducted this year at a symposium on Thursday, May 16 from 6-8 p.m. at BHS. The research is around the impact of student identity on learning.

The approach aligns with Burnsville’s Pathways model, which helps students think about and prepare for their futures by providing real-world opportunities right in the school, many of which lead to professional certifications or college credit.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 10:20