Paul Ambrosier2018 Rising Alumni

Paul Ambrosier

Paul Ambrosier a proud graduate of the master’s in education program, and credits the legendary professor JoAnne Buggey as an influence and inspiration. Paul teaches fourth grade English Language Arts at Franklin Elementary School, and is recognized as a mentor for both students and colleagues. He also is a volunteer coach for football, basketball and baseball. One of his former students said he “created motivation for us to remain interested in learning and school.” Beyond his teaching duties, Paul is involved in social studies curriculum writing for the district.


Grade 4 Teacher,
Anoka Hennepin School District

CEHD Degree

BS Foundations of Education, 2004
MEd Teaching, 2006

Please list any past or current volunteer activities.

  • Coaching football, basketball and baseball in Minneapolis
  • American Red Cross
  • Shoreview Ronald McDonald House

What professor(s) or course(s) were most influential during your time in CEHD?

The professor that was very influential during my time at the College of Education and Human Development was Dr. JoAnne Buggey. She had a way of keeping us focused on the meaningful components of education while shining a light on our passion for teaching. She truly inspired me and was instrumental in my pursuit to be a teacher.

What was the impact and benefit of your educational experience in CEHD?

The biggest benefit of my educational experience in CEHD is how well it prepared me to begin my educational career. Educators coming from the University of Minnesota CEHD stand out, and excel in their careers.

What is your favorite memory from the University of Minnesota?

My favorite memory from the University of Minnesota is walking to and from class. I loved the sense of community and the changing seasons were so supportive and comforting. I especially recall hanging out on the mall on a sunny day with Northrop in the background. We bring our children back to the mall every summer to enjoy the academic atmosphere.

Who has inspired you the most during your career?

My family and friends. They are my foundation and are always a large part of my life.

What are you hobbies?

Golf, reading, cooking and spending time with family.

What skills are important to succeed as an emerging professional today?

I think the most important skill as an emerging professional is being flexible. The ability to embrace change and look at most things as a learning experience are priceless tools. As educators we are constantly asking our students to be risk takers and try new things. Emerging professionals, and adults should welcome these concepts as well.

How do others describe you?

I am enthusiastic and passionate about the things that are important to me.

How do you describe yourself?

I'm driven to continue to learn and improve as a person.

What's a good book you'd recommend to others?

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

If you could have coffee with anyone from history, who would it be?

Crazy Horse

What gets you excited about work?

Seeing the students’ academic and social growth. Seeing students who have been in my elementary classroom graduate!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I think even as a child, I wanted to become a coach or an educator.

Outside of your job, how do you grow professionally?

Reading, travel, and networking with colleagues and peers.

What is a "fun fact" about you?

I have attended the Minnesota State Fair every year of my life. I never miss it!