Teacher Cadet earns scholarship to become teacher

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 3:45pm
Tristian in grad outfit

Tristian is the first Five Star student to earn entry into TREP program

Legacy senior Tristian Guerin-Lautenschlager graduated Wednesday knowing that she’s going to college to be a teacher – and the first two years’ tuition is paid for.

Shown in this picture are Merris Pincsak (Teacher Cadet teacher) and Chris Duran (Bollman A.P.). They surprised her at Westlake Middle School where Tristen is currently working with a mentor teacher and co-teaching as part of her practical hours in the pr

Tristian is the first Five Star student to earn entry into Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation (TREP). TREP is a program that allows qualified students in an educator career pathway to concurrently enroll in college courses for the two years after the 12th grade year, with the tuition paid by the school district.

Tristian is in the Teacher Cadet Program at FutureForward Bollman. She will be the first in her family to go to college besides her older sister. 

“I want to be a teacher because I can't see myself doing anything else,” she said. 

Tristian wasn’t always so self-assured.

“Until about age 12 I hated everything about school. I hated most of my classmates. I hated my teachers. I hated schoolwork and homework and I was really struggling mentally,” she said.

Tristian found comfort in one teacher in seventh grade who left an impact.

“One teacher really put in time and effort into what she did – and into me. I liked being in her class and it changed my perspective on school. I'd like to do that for others, as it really made a difference in my life,” she said.

Tristian thinks she’ll most likely teach middle school. “It's a hard age for everyone and I want to be there for students struggling in that age group. I'd like to teach English, but if I had the opportunity/space I'd rather teach art.”

She encourages anyone who is interested in anything that FutureForward offers to take the chance. “I've gotten such an enriching experience out of the Teacher Cadet Program and it's really helped me realize what I want to do, and helped others realize what they don't want to do."

Tristian is still a bit nervous about college.

“Honestly, it's kind of scary being one of the first people in your entire family to go to college. I feel more pressure to succeed, not to mention I'm heading into this mostly blind,” she shared.

The financial aid from TREP is very welcome, considering Tristian was already planning on attending community college to save money. “It's an amazing opportunity I've been gifted with, and it's nice to see my hard work paying off!”

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