Minnesota Education Commissioner Visits UMD

Emily Ness
Updated: September 18, 2019 09:02 PM

Minnesota Education Commissioner, Mary Cathryn Ricker made the 3rd stop on her 'Back to School’ tour at the University of Minnesota Duluth Wednesday afternoon. Here, she met with students studying to become teachers.


”I’m really excited to have a group of college students studying to be educators on my ‘Back to School’ tour because they are studying this semester and then they're going to go out and do their practicum work and so the opportunity to talk to them about what it takes to meet the needs of students in Minnesota, what are they hoping for in their careers, what are they excited for in their careers and you know what questions do they still have,” Ricker said.

Ricker’s tour has included an elementary school, a high school and an area learning center. Different as these facilities are, one thing is universal.

“It really seems like the common thread in every interaction I’ve had and every opportunity I’ve had to talk to students and faculty and staff and community members that relationships really matter and that we do our best work, our strongest teaching and learning conditions, those academic needs are best met when there is a relationship between learner and educator,” Ricker said.

What this means to Ricker is not only getting to know students, but also missing them when they are gone, which she believes Minnesota has done well with.

"Our schools are really working hard to build relationships with their students and in their communities and using that as the foundation for the academic work we’re doing with our students.”

Ricker’s hope is to inspire future teachers and improve education as a whole.

“It’s really important to visit different schools across the state because the work they are doing deserves to be highlighted. These are stories that deserve to be known statewide.”


Emily Ness

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