Joseph Praska

 

Education:

  • University of Minnesota, B.A. in Sociology and Urban Studies, 2012
  • Augsburg University, M.Ed in Elementary Education, 2018

A bit about me… I’m lucky to say that I married my high school sweetheart in 2011!  We live together in south Minneapolis with our cat, Petra, and our daughter who was just born just this past July.  I enjoy going to the movies, reading, writing, working out at our local YWCA, and sometimes enjoying an evening in and watching episodes of Star Trek or Doctor Who with the family!

I believe in… fostering community, asking questions and making mistakes, encouraging empathy, and cultivating a life-long love of learning.

My education journey… I began my path through education as a member of the Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) in their pre-K program during the 2013-2014 school year. Through MRC, I was placed in a High-5 classroom at Northrop Urban Environmental Learning Center in south Minneapolis. From there I was hired on at Northrop as a Special Education Assistant in the SPEN (Special Programing for Elementary Needs) program. During this time, I worked towards attaining my teaching license through Augsburg University, student taught in a Kindergarten classroom at Northrop, and earned my K-6 license in the spring of 2016. From there, I worked as a long-call substitute at Pratt Elementary in one of their Kindergarten classrooms until I was brought here to Webster to teach 3rd Grade! I spent two years as the 3rd grade teacher and now I’m excited to begin my journey as the 4th/5th grade teacher specializing in the humanities.

Books… My favorite book growing up was an old, illustrated edition of the Edward Lear poem, The Scroobious Pip, that I got as a gift from my aunt. I also love the Harry Potter series, Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, and anything by Kate DiCamillo! As I continue to read more and more, I find I have a soft spot for almost anything sci-fi or fantasy.

Stories to tell… Our trip to Peru in 2011, time spent with Habitat for Humanity in Kenya in 2012, and an impromptu road trip to Louisville, Kentucky to sit in the captain’s chair from the original Star Trek series.