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Meet your Oshki Ogimaag Community School staff: Jodi Hyrkas

May 15, 2024 08:31AM ● By Editor
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A Boreal Community Media exclusive - May 15, 2024

Come learn more about Jodi Hyrkas, one of the amazing staff members at Oshki Ogimaag Community School!

What is your role/title at Oshki Ogimaag Community School? 

Special Education Paraprofessional

How long have you been working at Oshki Ogimaag Community School? 

Since Fall 2023

What do you look forward to the most when coming to work each day? 

I most look forward to learning alongside the kids, especially Ojibwe language and Anishinabe culture, the special programming of storytellers, authors and artists, forestry, gardening, the education is holistic.

Did you always know that you wanted to work in education?  

I have wanted to be a teacher since Mrs. Henderson’s first grade class at Keweenaw Elementary. I got my math teaching degree as a non-traditional college student and recently graduated with a Masters in Engineering Education. Schools are my happy place.

Anything about your family/special interest you would like to share? 

I have 5 grown children, 2 grandsons, a very large Finnish American family in the Upper Peninsula. My First Nations Canadian husband works as an underground miner and we like to hike, travel, do house projects and dream about our future sauna. I am looking forward to bringing my teardrop camper from the other side of the lake for the summer.

Where is your favorite place in Cook County for a day of fun and relaxation? 

My favorite place is any hiking trail. I want all the recommendations for Cook County! 

Fun fact about you that many may not know about?  

I speak conversational Finnish and am finding lots of parallels between Finnish and Ojibwe language. Both are rooted in nature and neither was written until more recently in history. My people are storytellers and that’s why I feel at home here.

To learn more about the wonderful things happening at Oshki Ogimaag Community School, follow this link to their school website!
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