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Sprunger, Kalispell educators celebrate boost to intership effort

Emmery Schmidt knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was in elementary school. Now a junior in high school, Schmidt confirmed she was cut out for the job through several internships...

“I do love working in the classroom,” Schmidt said. “I won't have to go to college for four years and then start being a student teacher just to see if I like being in classrooms...”

“What we are moving toward is a system that values real-life experiences,” said Rep. Courtney Sprunger, R-Kalispell, on Tuesday during a back-to-school press conference focused on the program held at an area car dealership. Sprunger carried House Bill 257, which grants $4 million annually to expand personalized learning opportunities for students across the state, during the 2023 legislative session.

Read the FULL STORY here. Check out photos of Wednesday's Back to School 2.0 event below! (A big thanks to Stephanie Hill with Kalispell Public Schools for taking and sharing these photos.)

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