AVID helps students build skills they will need to become college graduates. Students enroll in rigorous classes and in the AVID elective. The pillars of the curriculum are strong writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading skills. For one period a day, students learn skills, such as:

  • AVID 9-12
    • How to organize schoolwork and study,
    • How to think critically and ask probing questions,
    • How to get academic help from peers (and college tutors),
    • How to work effectively with teachers.
  • AVID 10
    • Career Research
    • Deepening critical thinking skills
    • Focusing on collaborative activities
  • AVID 11
    • ACT Prep
    • College Research
  • AVID 12
    • Navigating the college application, scholarship, and financial aid processes

AVID is a college preparation program for students in the academic middle who have the ability and desire to attend a four-year university. While not all AVID students will choose to attend a four-year school, the goal of this program is to have every graduate be eligible to do so. Students are admitted to the AVID program through a rigorous application process that examines academic performance, school citizenship, and motivation to succeed. For more information on the AVID program at Winona Senior High School, contact Building Coordinator Shannon Helgeson at 507-494-1610 or shannon.helgeson@winona.k12.mn.us

AVID Staff

AVID District Director Karla Winter
Instructional Coach/AVID Building Coordinator Shannon Helgeson
Instructional Coach/Technology Specialist Jeremy Graves
AVID Trained Counselor Courtney Dahlby
AVID Trained Counselor Samantha Wagner
AVID Elective Teacher/English Maeve Peterson
Classroom Teacher: English Barrie Schank
Classroom Teacher: Science Ken Mann
Classroom Teacher: Special Education Jackie Stevens
AVID Elective Teacher/English Adam Matson
AVID Elective Teacher/Math Seth Haun
AVID Elective Teacher/Social Studies Katie Pearce
Classroom Teacher: Social Studies Sarah Andrews
Classroom Teacher: PE/Health Kenzie Antczak
Educational Assistant Jill Peters
Educational Assistant Katie Ellinghuysen
Miller Mentoring Kim Hancock