Three Trek North students and a staff member were recently recognized at the Minnesota Indian Education Association conference last month in Prior Lake.
Chelsey Jourdain, the Indian Education Coordinator and American Indian language and culture teacher at Trek North, shared the successes of her program and her students.
Jourdain, a Red Lake Band member and Trek North alumna herself, shared what inspired her to become an educator and the inspiration she hopes to share with her students.
Jourdain’s been with Trek North for the past four years in a number of different roles and also helps coordinate three student clubs including the Ojibwe Quiz Bowl and the council of Native American students. She was nominated by a parent as the MIEA K-12 Liason of the Year.
Three of her students also brought home awards, two high school students of the year, Marla Messarina and Cecelia Humphrey, as well as 6th grader Sophie Barrett who was recognized as MIEA’s Female Athlete of the Year.
Featured photo, from left: Trek North Indian Education Coordinator Chelsey Jourdain with her MIEA K-12 Liason of the Year award; Cecelia Humphrey, MIEA High School Student of the Year; Marla Messarina, MIEA High School Student of the Year; and Sophie Barrett, MIEA Female Student Athlete of the year.