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“The three ‘R’s’ for me in education are relationships, relativity and reflection. I want to model what I want students to do, not just talk about it.” Ron Petrich recently completed 30 years with the Minneapolis Public School where he taught in the social sciences, wrote curriculum, served as lead mentor teacher, developed and administered a residency and mentorship program and served as a professional development coordinator. He practices at Augsburg what he has taught, by building mentoring relationship with students. “We stress learning over performance – creating safe climates where students can take risks. We build on a competency model – stressing constant improvement.”

Ron strives to involve students in their education so they become active, participatory learners. He calls himself a “coach and facilitator who establishes a climate of safety and trust.” Education is about building community, connections and relations. He emphasizes it’s not that we “have to” do something, it’s that we “get to.”


  • B.A. Augsburg College
  • M.A. United Theological Seminary


  • “Teaching With Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach”
  • “Love in the Classroom.”

Current Specialities

  • Creating learning environments
  • Reflective practice
  • Service learning
  • Constructivism
  • Brain compatible learning
  • Staff development
  • Teacher formation – “Courage to Teach”