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Reaching Higher Through Education

Two Lourdes High School teachers, Peter Fourniea and Brett Blattner, are showing their students in real time how to reach higher through education. In addition to teaching, both are completing courses toward their master’s degrees. 

They are doing this through the help of the RCS Fund for Academic Excellence established in the 2020-2021 school year with one of its core objectives aimed at providing support for RCS educators pursuing professional development and advanced-degree opportunities. 

"I think it's good for the students to see their teachers continuing to grow,” said Fourniea, who teaches Choir and AP Music Theory, while earning his Masters in Music Education. “It also feels good knowing that the school is investing in me as an educator so I can help the students be more successful.” 

Blattner, who teaches Freshman English, also instructs college-level courses at Lourdes as part of the school’s newly established partnership with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Program for Advanced College Credit (PACC). He is appreciative of the support the fund provides to complete courses needed as a PACC teacher while pursuing a Masters in English.

Programs like this allow teachers to develop their personal academic interests, and, in turn, allow us to give more to our students. I have felt and received great support from the RCS community, and our students will benefit because of it,” explained Blattner.