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Fourteen students signed letters of intent to pursue a teaching career

Fourteen students signed letters of intent to pursue a teaching career

Fourteen seniors who plan to become teachers took part in a signing ceremony on May 17 at Burnsville High School, 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 Matt Deutsch, Dave McDevitt and Allison Millea, advisors of the Future Teachers of America (FTA) club, were on hand to welcome parents, staff and students to the event. 

“I don’t think there’s any job on earth that compares to being a teacher,” said Dave McDevitt. “You really become a part of someone’s life through the personal connections you make as a teacher.”  

This year’s future teacher signees include:

  • Ashley Alanis, Concordia University - St. Paul
  • Mia Austin, Minnesota State University - Mankato
  • Riannah Darby, Minnesota State University - Mankato
  • Makenzy Erion, Concordia University - St. Paul
  • Michael Goettl, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Morgan Hanson, Minnesota State University - Mankato
  • Sydney Hawkins, Minnesota State University - Mankato
  • John Hove, Inver Hills and Metropolitan State University - St. Paul
  • Jerry Long, Minnesota State University - Moorhead
  • Eli Raichert, Normandale Community College - Bloomington
  • Aubrie Reno, University of Minnesota - Duluth
  • Ariana Reynolds, St. Thomas University - St. Paul
  • Maisy Sheuneman, St. Olaf College - Northfield
  • Alexa Smith, Normandale Community College - Bloomington

Additionally, thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education, six students will receive $6,000 scholarships to attend a college with an approved teacher education program.

Through a partnership with Metropolitan State University, the Education Pathway at Burnsville High School helps jumpstart students’ journey into the education field. Seniors can take two education courses and earn six college credits without leaving the building.

The approach aligns with District 191’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.

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