The Sioux Falls School District is trying to attract more Native American teachers.
Welcome to the Teacher Pathway class at Lincoln High School. This is the first year of the program, which teaches students how to become teachers.
“I want to better myself and my community,” Delilah Rouse said.
Rouse is a high school junior and plans to pursue teaching. The Native American says she’s only had one teacher of her race throughout all of her schooling.
“It would be nice to see diversity and see our people grow,” Rouse said.
That is one of the goals of the Sioux Falls School District. It’s meeting with students and creating programs like the Teacher Pathway class to get more students, especially those with diverse backgrounds, interested in the education field.
“As we have over 40 percent of our students of diverse background, especially when you look at the elementary level, if we can have a lot of those students become teachers or look at education, we’re going to be able to grow our own right within our own district,” Assistant Superintendent Jamie Nold said.
In addition to getting more students interested in teaching, the district is also reaching out to adults in the community through ads and outreach.
“Students in a classroom often want to make some type of connection with their teacher. Through relationship building that will happen over a course of time. A lot of times you can instantly bond with somebody if you feel you have some type of connection. Diversity is one of those connections,” Nold said.
A connection that Rouse can’t wait to develop.
“To help my people and future generations to come,” Rouse said.
For information about job opportunities in the Sioux Falls School District, check out this website.