Richard Wassen is the director of the Educator Licensing Division. The division is responsible for reviewing and issuing licenses for educators to work in a Minnesota school. They also provides assistance to schools in order to comply with Minnesota and federal licensing standards, and work closely with the Board of Teaching and the Board of School Administrators to ensure Minnesota has the highest quality possible educator workforce helping kids succeed in school.
Mr. Wassen worked for many years at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in roles to support the development of educators as a career services director, admissions director, program manager, and coordinator for policy outreach. He completed his graduate education at the University of Minnesota, and began his education career as a librarian and community educator.
Gifted and Talented Youth Week
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed November 2-8, 2014, to be Gifted and Talented Youth Week in Minnesota. In addition to recognizing the unique potential of gifted and talented youth, seize the opportunity to laud the efforts of the parents, educators, counselors and psychologists with whom they work. Their sustained efforts, coupled with the organized advocacy of the Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT) and the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented (MEGT), help make our state one in which gifted learners are honored and valued.