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Natalie Rasmussen, Ph.D. (MN '03)

Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN

At the time of the Award, Natalie Rasmussen, Ph.D. was:

Teacher/Department Chair
North Community High School
Minneapolis, MN

Subject(s) taught: Chemistry, Biology/Life Science
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12


Biographical Information

Science teacher and department chair Natalie Rasmussen adheres to a strict ethical code and inspires her students to do the same at North Community High School in Minneapolis. She created a program called Quick Writes, an exercise for students who are on time to class. The program provides a natural segue between the previous lesson and the current topic, while also reinforcing punctuality. Mrs. Rasmussen's "hands-up" drills encourage students to participate in problem-solving activities. She motivates students to excel by rewarding those who earn an exceptional (A+) score with the right to sit in her "Fabulous Chair." She is a member of various schoolwide committees and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in science education. In her spare time, Mrs. Rasmussen is a voice-over artist, and has recorded commercials for local, regional and national radio and TV.


Personal Message

Hello Fellow Milken Educators,
I am very interested in hearing your experiences and views concerning best practices for strategies aimed at closing the achievement gap. This is a passion of mine, and while I have conducted extensive research, I would welcome your thoughts and opinions.



Additional Information

Degrees/Certifications

2015 Minnesota State University, Mankato, Ed. S.

2006 University of Minnesota, Ph. D.

1998 St. Mary's University of Minnesota, M. Ed.

1990 University of Minnesota, B.S.


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