For Aaron Krueger, principal at Edinbrook Elementary, preparing the next generation of educators is important work.
That’s why Krueger and his staff welcomed 30 students from the University of North Dakota’s (UND) teaching program to Edinbrook this week for an up close look into elementary education. Now in its fourth year, Edinbrook’s partnership with UND is one that Krueger has cultivated in order to provide support to college students who will soon be seeking their first teaching jobs.
Krueger began each day on Oct. 8 and 9 with a brief orientation; students then spent the majority of their time in classrooms observing the work of Edinbrook’s teachers. In the afternoon, the group reconvened for a robust, 45 minute Q&A. This time together allowed UND students to share their classroom observations and ask Krueger questions on topics ranging from school curriculum to applying and interviewing for teaching jobs.
“I think our partnership with UND certainly fills a gap in teacher preparation,” Krueger explained. “Giving college students exposure to the real-life expectations of teachers helps them get ready to start their own successful teaching journeys.”
This year, approximately half of the students participating in the Edinbrook experience hailed from the Twin Cities and will likely seek teaching licenses in Minnesota, Krueger said. As a result of this opportunity, all students gained a first-hand look into teaching in Osseo Area Schools.
“I’m so proud of this partnership,” Krueger added. “It’s by far one of the best things I’ve been able to do during my career in education. It’s fun and meaningful, and I’m excited for this relationship to continue into the future.”
PHOTO: Edinbrook Elementary Principal Aaron Krueger meets with 15 teaching students from the University of North Dakota on Oct. 9.