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Allison Schmidt, who was previously a teacher in Texas and Worthington and an administrator in Martin County West, moved to a new office this year as Director of Programs and Education for Blue Earth Area Schools. The district post was only created this year, and Schmidt enjoys it so far.

The multifaceted field of education continues to produce new career opportunities as it evolves.

Allison Schmidt’s position in the Blue Earth Area (BEA) School District represents one such career.

Schmidt was recently hired as the BEA Curriculum and Teaching Director for the current school year.

The position, which is brand new to the district, allows Schmidt to work one-on-one with BEA teachers and serve as an educational resource.

“I go to the classrooms and I give comments” Schmidt explains. “I help teachers make sure what they teach meets standards. “

She concludes, “Everything is focused on improving student outcomes. “ 

Schmidt’s efforts, as his job title suggests, focus on providing teachers with an effective teaching program. She explains that the program is “what (teachers) teach and how they teach it.” 

Schmidt’s presence in the district aims to reduce the time teachers spend researching and designing programs so that they can spend more time implementing them in their classrooms and working with their students.

“I provide teachers with resources so that they can focus on the pedagogical part” Schmidt said. “For teachers, it gives them someone whose only goal is student success. “ 

She adds, “It’s good to have someone who is focused, at the district level, on the scope and sequence of the curriculum. “

By scope and sequence, Schmidt refers to the breadth of the curriculum taught from Kindergarten through the BEA to its high school students.

Ideally, research and collaboration ensure that K-12 education effectively builds on what has been taught in the past, rather than repeating itself or jumping too quickly from less complex concepts to concepts. more complex.

When evaluating the effectiveness of the study program, Schmidt considers it important that the study program is research-based.

“I make sure it is properly aligned with Minnesota standards”she says.

Schmidt refers to the educational standards that each state develops as a guideline for teachers. Each subject is assigned its own set of standards that describe what students should be able to do upon completion of a particular program of study.

A standards-aligned curriculum is designed to ensure that students learn all the necessary skills before advancing to the next level.

Schmidt recently sought to develop a new K-12 math program that meets these criteria.

“I did a lot of research for the math program”Schmidt remembers. Because the state’s mathematical standards had changed, Schmidt wanted to work alongside teachers and administration to develop a curriculum aligned with the new standards.

“I hope to have pedagogical training (for teachers) this summer and to implement the program during the school year 2022-2023”Schmidt said.

She hopes to work on developing standards with other departments in the future.

With the havoc wreaked by COVID in American schools, efforts to improve curriculum design may be more important than ever.

“When I look at the data from last year, COVID had a big impact”Schmidt admits.

However, she is happy to share that one of the greatest strengths of BEA students is their willingness to work hard.

“When you look at the test results, COVID has certainly had its impact, but when students work hard they can catch up,”Schmidt said.

She is quick to add that the negative impact of COVID is certainly not unique to BEA students; it affects American schools across the country.

“It will take time,”Schmidt reasons. “Our focused work on standards, curriculum and education will be helpful. “ 

Schmidt brings years of varied experience in the field of education to the challenge.

“I was a primary school teacher”Schmidt shares, adding that his teaching experience ranges from Grades 1 to 6. She spent three years teaching in Texas, and another three years in a fourth, fifth and sixth grade classroom in Worthington.

After her years as a teacher, Schmidt served as a school administrator, first as a principal and then as a superintendent in Martin County West.

Now she is delighted to apply all of her experience to a new position.

“I have always liked working with the programs and with the teachers”Schmidt said. “I like being able to provide them with the support they need and being able to focus on that. I don’t have to wear so many other hats. 

Schmidt, of course, refers to professional hats. There are a few hats that she dons outside of the work environment in the form of hobbies and activities.

Schmidt particularly enjoys traveling and visiting state and national parks. There, Schmidt can practice another favorite hobby: photography.

Schmidt also has a few favorite hobbies that she participates in closer to home.

“I love taking walks with Barry (her husband) and the boys”Schmidt said. Her “boys” are her two little dogs, Scooby and Riley.

Schmidt also spends time indoors from time to time, creating and reading detective novels.

However, Schmidt also appreciates his working time very much.

“It’s nice to get to know the staff and it’s exciting to watch the implementation phase once we have chosen the program”Schmidt said.

“It’s also exciting to see how this is going to have an impact on the students”She adds. “This is why we are all in education: to have an impact on children. “

Clifton L. Boyd