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Promise Fellow Comes Back to Her Roots for Year of Service

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Promise Fellow Comes Back to Her Roots for Year of Service
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The Orono School District proudly hosted an Americorps Promise Fellow during the 2018-19 school year. Laura Hertzog, a graduate of Watertown-Mayer High School, will conclude her year of service at Orono in July. As the current school year nears its end, candidates are being sought for the Promise Fellow position for the 2019-20 school year.

Promise Fellows work directly with youth in grades 6 – 12 to provide support and guidance in school, which sets students on a trajectory for high school graduation and lifelong success. The Orono Promise Fellow helps students reach their full potential through relationship building, informal mentoring, homework assistance, service learning, volunteer projects and more.

As Hertzog reflected on her year of service at Orono, she valued the opportunity to work with so many different students and school support staff, from teachers and counselors to social workers, Community Education staff, School Board members and volunteers. “I’ve learned a lot about how a school operates and all of the different entities. It’s amazing to see how a student’s whole-being is connected to their academic success. It truly takes a village to ensure a student is successful in school,” she explained.

Promise Fellows gain hands-on experience and valuable skills during the year of service that benefits them as they pursue a career. Promise Fellows are often pursuing a career in education, social work, counseling or youth development. Hertzog graduated from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin with a degree in Political Science and Statistics. She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Education Leadership and Research at either the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities or Vanderbilt University this fall.

Hertzog is looking toward her future, but hasn’t forgotten where her education began. She attended Orono Schools through 4th grade. “It was nice to come back to where my education started and do a full circle. Orono is unique in the fact that it’s a really supportive community for our students and it was great to experience this firsthand,” she said.

According to Hertzog, a Promise Fellow should be passionate, flexible, have a sense of humor and be open to whatever may come your way. “You will meet lots of different students in different walks of life and struggles, but you will get to see and celebrate their accomplishments.”

Promise Fellows receive a monthly living allowance (approximately $1,272), health and dental insurance, Qualified Federal Student Loan Forbearance and an education award (approximately $6,095). A total of 1,700 hours are served from September 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020.

Are you ready to serve as an Americorps Promise Fellow in the Orono School District? To learn more or to apply, contact Genna Torney at or call 952-449-8338 x6350.