Skip to main content

Minnesota teacher uses $4,000 inheritance for student laptops

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

FOX 9 has the story of veteran Minnesota teacher of 30 years Tracy Gripentrog, who recently spent $4,000 she had inherited from her parents on laptop computers.

The money was enough to pay for 15 Chromebook computers for her students at Willow Lane Elementary School in White Bear Lake.

Gripentrog's father died a few years ago, and her mother passed away in May. "They always supported everything I did," Gripentrog said of her parents.

"It shows her dedication to her class and she wants to make a difference with every student," Principal Brendon Schwirtz said.

Teachers have a long history of using their own money to pay for classroom materials. A growing number of teachers are spending more of their own money for school supplies, USA Today reported last month.

Three quarters of the teachers in a June 2013 Horace Mann survey spent more than $100 of their own money on classroom supplies, and 30 percent spent from $200 to $400.

Fifty-three percent of teachers in the survey said their classroom budgets had been cut, and 44 percent said their salaries had been frozen.

The average Minnesota teacher salary for 2010-11 was $53,680, according to Education Minnesota. The state ranked 19th among states for teacher pay. First-year teachers in Minnesota start at $33,000, according to the teachers union group.

The U.S. average public school teacher salary for 2011–12 was $55,418, according to the National Education Association.

KMSP-TV

Next Up

IMG_3509

Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Minneapolis police

Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

Minneapolis North principal says she was fired, district says otherwise

“MPS requires schools to follow protocols in times like that and I did not,” Friestleben said.

Kris Richard Severin

Inmate who escaped Minnesota prison is captured

The inmate escaped Wednesday morning.

Brave New Comedy Workshop in downtown Minneapolis.

Brave New Workshop cancels shows due to COVID-19 cases

The shows were scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.

Austin Retterath

Body of missing U of M student found in Mississippi River

Austin Retterath was last seen alive in the morning hours of May 8.

"Love" mural seen in St. Paul.

Summer mural events to bring together community, shine light on MN artists

The 2022 Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival will take place this weekend in St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone, with ensuing events happening this summer.

14869-Manitou-Road-NE-Prior-Lake-MN-55372-6110268-image37

Gallery: Remodeled lakeside home in Prior Lake on market for $2.8M

It offers privacy at the end of a dead-end road fronting onto Lower Prior Lake.

golden valley police department

Carjacking outside ice arena in Golden Valley under investigation

Golden Valley PD confirmed it received a report of a carjacking Monday evening.

Growlers

Signs that MN Legislature could move to loosen liquor laws

A provision was approved by a legislature committee on Thursday but still awaits a final decision from the House and Senate.

US Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium looking to hire 400 part-time workers

A hiring fair will be held for the positions.

Related