October 16, 2013

‘Luck is preparing yourself’

‘Luck is preparing yourself’
State superintendent visits C-S Schools
By April Baumgarten

Kirsten Baesler had one message for the children of Center-Stanton Public Schools – Luck is preparing yourself for future opportunities.
“It’s not about luck. It’s not about where you were born,” the superintendent of Public Instruction said. “It’s about what you do with yourself.”
The educator of 22 years spent her Thursday morning touring the halls of CSPS, walking from classroom to classroom and observing the students as they worked. The energy and happiness at the school radiated as she spoke with the children and teachers, she said.
“They really seem to enjoy their time at Center-Stanton Schools,” she added. “(The students) were so eager as I communicated with that group of eighth-graders and they were sharing their books with me. I’ve seen a lot of students, and the Center-Stanton students were some of the most articulate and the most competent young people that I have ever come across.”
Baesler says she has a passion for education that has inspired her entire adult career, but she had no idea where life would take her. She grew up in Flasher, a city about 50 miles southwest of Bismarck and her office at the State Capitol Building. Like Center, her hometown is a small with a population of 230. She told the Center Republican that she thought she may be at a disadvantage when she went to a large university.

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