We're delighted to introduce India Burton, our new Patrick Henry High School Career & College Center (CCC) coordinator. India is no stranger to the Henry community. Before joining the Achieve team, she served Henry students through her work with the Beacon Boys and Girls Club.
As a member of our two-person CCC team, India works one-on-one with students to help them explore their career passions, find their best postsecondary options, complete the FAFSA, apply for financial aid and connect with other resources as they prepare for life after high school. During COVID-19 she reaches out to students via video chats, email and other communications channels.
We asked India to share a bit about her life as a young student, her favorite memories from school and what she enjoys about working at AchieveMpls:
When you were a young person, what's some good advice that shaped your life?
Never stop pursuing the things that you are passionate about.
What's one of our best memories for your school days?
Recess! Weather permitting, we would play football or soccer every day at recess.
Who was your favorite teacher or school staff adult?
My third grade teacher, Mrs. Schuermann. She always encouraged me to pursue education and fitness. She was once a student athlete herself and I really admired her for that. I thought “Wow! I hope that's me someday!"
What activities did you participate in during your high school years?
I played hockey and rugby all four years of high school, I also sang in the concert choir for a year and did PSEO during junior and senior years. I stayed plenty busy!
If you could have lunch with any person, dead or living, who would it be?
Prince. We are both about that plant-based diet life, and I would love to pick his brain about music and social justice. I admire how he used his art form to address historical events, so I would want to talk to him about that too,
What do you like most about working at AchieveMpls (so far)?
I love getting to know the staff at Achieve. Everyone is so passionate about this important work. I’m also really grateful that I get to continue working with Henry scholars in my new position. I just love the Henry community!