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Mary Cathryn Ricker, Minnesota's new education commissioner, brings 'solution-driven ambition' to state's schools


February 13, 2019


Mary Cathryn Ricker spent her career as a teacher and union leader before becoming the state's education commissioner.

In her first weeks leading the Minnesota Department of Education as commissioner, Mary Cathryn Ricker has been spending some time in her past.

There was a visit to her Iron Range alma mater: Hibbing High School, where a long-ago stint as "teacher for the day" cemented her decision to follow her father and grandfather into teaching. This week, she made a stop at Hopkins West Junior High, where she sat in a circle with students, posing questions and evaluating their responses - much as she'd done in the middle schools where she spent most of her teaching career.


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