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First BEST Graduate

District 33 is proud to present the first D33 graduate from our BEST program in partnership with Grand Canyon University – Amy Rasmussen.

Through the BEST (Becoming Employee Student Teachers) program, the non-certified staff is supported in pursuing their goal of becoming certified teachers.

Amy Rasmussen is in her sixth year with D33. She has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Eastern Illinois University. Amy is finishing her master’s degree in special education from Grand Canyon University and will begin teaching at Indian Knoll Elementary school in January as an LBS1. She started as a paraprofessional with D33 in the year 2000. After raising her children, she came back to D33 as a paraprofessional in 2019. With encouragement and support from the district, colleagues, and her family, Amy went back to school to pursue her dream of being an LBS1. While working full time, she completed the master’s program in half the time, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Amy was asked to join the Alpha Chi National College Honors Society and is very proud of her accomplishments. She has a love of learning and plans to continue her education and professional development. D33 is Amy’s home, and she plans to learn and grow with her students and fellow educators for years to come.