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Tiffany Grossman, Fargo, Published October 13 2012

Letter: Teacher Baesler is the right choice

Most of us have been fortunate enough to have a teacher who has had a significant impact on our lives. I am referring to a teacher who inspired us to reach higher, challenged us to dig deeper, and helped us to see education as a life-changing experience, not a task. I have been fortunate to have many such teachers and Kirsten Baesler, one of my fifth-grade teachers, is absolutely on the top of the list.

Even in the fifth grade, Baesler’s love for teaching was obvious and contagious. Looking back, I am able to see how her enthusiasm carried over into each subject she taught. She encouraged those who needed a little extra help, while challenging others to push a little harder. The love for learning I developed then stuck with me through middle school, high school and, even today, as a college student at North Dakota State University.

I was thrilled when I heard Baesler was running for superintendent of public instruction. Although her love for learning and education may have moved her out of the classroom, it is obvious that is where her heart remains. After only a short conversation with her, it is apparent to me that she has no desire for position or power. With her passion and abilities for education she simply wants to serve the kids of North Dakota, just as she did with my fifth-grade class.

Without a doubt, Baesler is the right choice for superintendent of public instruction.