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Normandale Student Brea Copeland receives national honor

Normandale student Brea Copeland, who is a paraprofessional in the Beacon Program at Kennedy High School, has been recognized by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) for her dedication and commitment to helping students achieve academic success.

Copeland, who is one of 15 educators across the country to received recognition, will receive a $500 grant she plans to use to purchase supplies to create inclusive spaces and innovative learning experiences.

In her role with Kennedy High School, she helps students who need extra academic support by creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion where every student feels acknowledged, appreciated and represented.

Copeland is a student in Normandale’s SpedUp Program, which recruits and supports BIPOC students as they pursue the first two years of a special education degree.  She was featured by the City of Bloomington for her work in the program and at Kennedy.

“My students deserve a comfortable environment to learn better. I hope to foster a safe space where support, belonging and excellence are celebrated, and where students are motivated to explore the boundaries of their intellectual potential,” said Copeland.

Check and Connect is embedded within Kennedy’s Beacon credit recovery program for students needing additional academic support. As the paraprofessional for the program, Copeland works closely with students, school support staff and families to keep students engaged and accountable for their learning. She also implements strategies to keep students on track for graduation with a goal of increasing graduation rates.

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