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Teaching Pathways

Are you interested in becoming an educator? Brooklyn Center Community Schools hosts a Grow Your Own (GYO) program, which are partnerships between educator preparation programs, school districts or charter schools, and community organizations that recruit and prepare non-certified school staff, interested community members, and high school students to enter the teaching profession and teach in our community.

To begin your application, submit your interest form below and you'll receive further details from a staff member on next steps for your application.

This program is possible through the Minnesota Department of Education's Grow Your Own Grant. Any person who is interested in this program and has additional questions should contact Demonte Baker at for more information.

Non-Licensed Staff Members

All current, non-licensed staff are eligible to apply! This includes but is not limited to Tier 1 & 2 teachers, paras, parent liaisons and much more.


What are the benefits of participating in the Grow Your Own Program as a current staff member?

  • Built in Mentorship
  • Job security
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Further your education
  • Greatly impact your community
  • And increase your earning potential

Community Members

BCCS is looking for current community members who are interested in shaping the minds of the future and serving the young people of our community. Any community member, with or without professional experience in schools, is welcomed to register for this program!


What are the benefits of participating in the Grow Your Own Program as a community member?

  • Built in Mentorship
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Further and expand your education
  • Greatly impact your community
  • Explore new career paths

Secondary Students

This program is designed for secondary-students to explore and engage in activities that cultivate the skills and experiences needed to thrive within the teaching profession. Students must have a good attitude, a great work ethic, and are interested in a career within education!

Class opportunities to gain credit toward graduation will be available for students in grade 9-12 starting in Fall 2024. Club activities are available for interested students in grades 6-12.


What are the benefits of participating in the Grow Your Own Program as a BCS student?

  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Service Learning
  • College Preparation
  • Mentorship

Calling All Seniors: Scholarship Opportunity!

 Brooklyn Center’s  Grow Your Own Program is awarding scholarships to two lucky Seniors in the amount of $5,000.


To qualify: 

  • You must be a graduating Senior. 

  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher. 

  • Plan to attend a Minnesota State College / University.

  • Plan to pursue a degree in Education (i.e. Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Special Education, 6-12 Science, History, Art education etc.)


Applications are due  May 10, 2024.


Click here to complete the student application.


Click here to fill out the teacher recommendation form.


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