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Career Advancement

Our goal is to turn your passion into a career and help you continue to grow and learn while at Rochester Public Schools. We currently provide professional development to all our staff in a variety of topics; technology and learning, diversity in the classroom, creating a safe learning environment, developing connections with students, and so much more. 

Along with our professional development offerings, we have also implemented other programs such as the Para to Teacher Program in partnership with WSU, Graduate Induction Program, and more.

Para-to-Teacher Program

The goal of the Para-to-Teacher Program is to provide an opportunity for paraprofessionals to maintain their paraprofessional position during the day while acquiring their elementary education teacher licensure in the evenings. Rochester Public Schools and Winona State University have collaborated to develop this program for positions that fall under the paraprofessional category.  

For more information, please contact:

Julie Ruzek
District Facilitator of Family and Community Engagement 
(507) 328-4354 | Email

Dr. Joel Traver
WSU GIP Director
(507) 328-4366 | Email