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Instructors Needed for Community Education Programs

“We’re planning for Spring/Summer 2023!” A recent post by Administrative As­sistant Angie Goutermont said this on the Lake Superior School District Community Education Facebook page. The post contin­ued, asking “What classes would you like to see? Bonus if you know who might want to teach that class! What class would you be willing to teach?”

Goutermont reports she received 100 com­ments, many with class ideas, but there was virtually no interest from anyone interested in being an instructor. Requests for class­es ranged in diversity from Chinese/Asian cooking to salsa dancing to gymnastics. “It seems that there is interest in many different topics, but we are really struggling to find those in the community that are willing to share their talents,” Goutermont said. Classes can revolve around one’s hobbies, passions, and interests, not only one’s talents. As the instructor, you get to choose the class size, age range the class is geared towards, and when you are able to teach.

Teaching a community education class can be a great way to connect with multiple gen­erations, meet new people, and give back to the community. Instructors need to be at least sixteen years old, and a simple background check is required by the school district. No previous teaching experience is necessary. “We’re happy to help new instructors with any questions they have. We’re here to help our instructors be successful!” Goutermont explained.

Instructors are paid for their class, the sim­ple calculation being that the instructor gets 80% of generated class revenue, and 20% goes back to Community Education. Pay­ment takes place at the end of the course via direct deposit.

Classes can be set up at any time. If you are interested in teaching a class, you can con­tact any Community Education office staff: Angie Goutermont, Administrative Assistant in Silver Bay (agoutermont@isd381.org) ; Colleen McMillan, Administrative Assistant in Two Harbors (cmcmillan@isd381.org) ; or Bruce Remme, Community Education Direc­tor (bremme@isd381.org).

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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