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Published August 22, 2013, 06:46 PM

Teachers Making a Difference - Dani Rowekamp

It's the first day of school for grades 10 through 12 in Grand Forks, and some high school students couldn't wait to get back in one teacher's classroom this year.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

It's the first day of school for grades 10 through 12 in Grand Forks, and some high school students couldn't wait to get back in one teacher's classroom this year.

Tonight kicks off our "Teachers making a difference" series where once a month, we'll feature an educator who is inspiring and motivating students in the classroom and beyond.

"She's always been one of my favorite teachers," said Brittany Innes.

"She's always pushing you do this and do that and not in a pressuring kind of way but in a way where she wants to see you grow," said Maggie Davis.

The teacher they spoke of is Dani Rowekamp. A medical career teacher at Red River High School, Rowekamp makes sure her students have real world experience.

"They will go out and do clinicals, they will go on tours, we have a few speakers that come in so we just try and really help them, guide them on their path to making a career choice," said rowekamp.

Rowekamp says she had a medical careers class when she was in high school. Now on the other side of the desk, she says she's seen an increase in males entering the healthcare field. Last spring, Rowekamp won an award from the National Technical Honor Society based on student nominations.

"Now that I've gone through two of her classes and I'm starting her third one, my eyes are open and things are so much different than i thought they were," said Maggie. Davis says that it's important to treat patients the way you would expect to be treated. Other students told us Mrs. Rowekamp is very understanding and engages students with practical assignments.

"It's never the busy work that you have to do. It's stuff that you want to learn about and that you feel you need to be able to do," says Brittany.

Rowekamp says "there's nothing more rewarding when you run into a student and they just finished the nursing program or they just are applying to get into med school and they thank you and they say thanks for helping me make my decision to go into health care. It's just really humbling and it makes you feel like you made a difference."

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