Sixteen seniors who plan to become teachers took part in a signing ceremony May 7 at Burnsville High School’s Mraz Center.

The ceremony, similar to those where high school senior athletes sign letters of intent to 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 club, were on hand to welcome parents, teachers and students to the event.

The 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.

Students in the classes presented the research they’ve conducted this year at a May 16 symposium 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.

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