About Saint Paul Urban Teacher Residency

  • Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) and the University of St. Thomas are extremely excited about our Urban Teacher Residency (SUTR) program!

    This program aims to recruit, prepare and retain highly qualified teachers who share similar life experiences as our diverse student population in SPPS. SUTR provides an affordable, accelerated program to earn a Minnesota teaching license and master’s degree in 15 months from the University of St. Thomas.

    Application to SUTR Cohort 9 (end of May 2024-2025) is now open and closes on February 28th, 2024. Please email your application materials to 

    There are 4 simple steps to completing your application. Please email all of the following materials to

    1. Updated resume, including preferred license area
    2. All unofficial transcripts
    3. Names and email addresses for two references
    4. Two personal statements. You can find more information on personal statements here. 

    Information sessions for Cohort 9 will be held via Zoom video conferencing from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm CST on the following dates:

      • Tues June 20
      • Tues July 18
      • Tues Aug 24
      • Wed Sept 20
      • Wed Oct 18
      • Wed Nov 15
      • Thur Dec 14
      • Thur Jan 11
      • Thur Jan 25
      • Tues Feb 6
      • Wed Feb 21
    • Email for Zoom meeting details.


  • Calendar

    SUTR Supervisor
    Wouang Lao
    360 Colborne St
    Saint Paul, MN, 55102

    SUTR Recruiter/SPPS HR Coordinator
    Danielle Ferguson
    360 Colborne St
    Saint Paul, MN, 55102

    SUTR Special Education Specialist
    Jillan Pultz 
    360 Colborne St
    Saint Paul, MN, 55102

    SUTR Elementary Education Specialist
    Isabelle Davies
    360 Colborne St
    Saint Paul, MN, 55102

    University of St. Thomas
    Shelley Neilsen Gatti, PhD, Associate Professor
    Department of Teacher Education



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