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Continued: Teacher-parent partnerships begin at home

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 24, 2013 - 11:40 PM

As part of negotiations, he said, he hopes to persuade the district to begin compiling individual student data to show who’s been visited and what their parents had to say, especially about their hopes and dreams.

Stories of academic turnarounds are anecdotal for now. At the American Indian Magnet School, Hass said one girl whose home she visited last year improved after she and her mother got to know Hass, and social anxieties that were a block of sorts were stripped away.

At the time, Hass was a preschool teacher, and she knew Makenzie and her parents then. At their home, she shared with Rachel Coyne how she wanted to create a community of parents, and might use her $50 stipends to pay for a picnic or ice cream social.

You never know what connections you can make, she said.

Hass, as it turned out, is an East Side native herself. And her grandmother, she told Rachel Coyne, happened to live on N. Chamber Street, right across the alley from the Coyne family home.


Anthony Lonetree • 651-925-5036


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  • Gina Hass spoke with Makenzie Coyne, 5, at her family’s home. Makenzie will be attending Hass’ class at the American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul.

  • Teacher Gina Hass, sitting in the window seat, and teaching assistant Miriam Foote, left, met with the Coyne family in St. Paul.

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