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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.

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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

Nancy Eckerson Ph.D.
Professor at WSU
(507) 280-2860 | Email

Para-to-MHP

The goal of the Para-to-MHP Program is to provide an opportunity for paraprofessionals to maintain their paraprofessional position while acquiring the additional hours of supervised experience to become eligible for Mental Health Practitioner  positions. This learning pathway is available for positions that fall under the paraprofessional category.  

For more information, please contact:

Denise Moody
Assistant Director of Student Services 
(507) 328-4273 | Email

Graduate Induction Program

Winona State University and Independent School District 535 have been joint participants in a Graduate Induction Program for grades K-6 elementary classrooms in the Rochester Public Schools. The program is designed to assist inexperienced teachers (residents) with challenges unique to entry into the field of education. Residents complete a Master of Science in Education through a sequence of course work and field components. K-5 residents are placed in elementary school settings. Residents assigned to a sixth grade are at a middle school site.

For more information, please contact: 

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

Shelli Pearson
GIP Secretary
(507) 328-4375 | Email