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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


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.