Q&A: New Valparaiso Superintendent Jim McCall talks school reopening and looking ahead in education during the pandemic | Valparaiso News

Q: What have you learned through the process of reopening schools?

A: That processing communication is really important. That means communicating with our state and local health officials, communicating with our public, understanding the “why” behind initiatives and being able to explain those “whys,” and that we may not be right, but if we work together, we can get it right. And, we will continue to work together and communicate and evolve our practices to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our students and teachers and staff.

Q: Walk me back to this summer as you were approaching the first day of school. What was it like for your team as you were preparing to bring students back to class?

A: Thankfully we had the foresight to have a team of admin, directors, teachers and even community working on the COVID problem and solution. A lot of the

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Kristi Reinke of Minot’s Jim Hill Middle School named 2021 North Dakota Teacher of the Year | Education

Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday, Sept. 21, that Kristi Reinke, a social studies teacher at Jim Hill Middle School in Minot, has been named the 2021 North Dakota Teacher of the Year.

Reinke was chosen from a group of four finalists for the annual honor. The other three were Jana Gudmundson, a technology integration specialist and instructional coach at Park River Area Schools; Dana Kasowski, a Wahpeton Middle School special education teacher; and Cory Volk, a science teacher at Bismarck’s South Central High School.

“Kristi Reinke not only embraces the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child, she lives it every day in her classroom, creating a sense of community with her students and colleagues and laying the foundation for positive relationships that lead to positive outcomes,” Burgum said. “We’re grateful for Mrs. Reinke and all of these passionate and dedicated

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