Congrats to this week's Teacher of the Week Ryan Heitland of North Junior High!

Ryan Heitland is a 6th, 7th and 8th grade AVID teacher at North Junior High in St. Cloud and was nominated by by Cory Grafft.

Ryan Heitland looks for unique ways to reach his students and engage them in his lessons in a way that each student benefits from. He has a fun loving approach and genuinely cares about all his students and their academic success. He tries to prepare them for not only high school, but also life. He deals with a variety of students from different cultures, and tries to implement items into his lessons that the students can relate. Ryan tries to bridge the gap between the diverse student body to create a comfortable environment that students can put aside barriers and learn together. He believes in treating kids with a an approach which allows them to feel valued and creates a way for them to openly talk to them about their problems inside and outside of school, so he can help them the best he can!

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According to North Junior High principal Brian Nutter, Ryan has been teaching at the school since 2014. He teaches AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and is also a member of the school's Leadership Team.

We surprised Ryan at school Monday with the support of of All Star Trophy & AwardsCoyote Moon GrillGreat Harvest Bread Co., Clutch Take and Bake Pizza and Concrete Image Salon.

Thank you, Ryan Heitland, for all the work you do at St. Cloud's North Junior High; we appreciate you!

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