BEULAH, N.D. - As part of his K-2 innovation task force, Gov. Doug Burgum participated in the "Shadow a Student Challenge."
Burgum traveled Beulah High School hallways, just like the students, throughout the entire day.
He followed around junior Phoebe Garman to better understand education through a student’s eyes.
Garman says it's a cool experience to interact with the governor in this way.
"I don't know, it feels like we kind of have a posse going around," laughed Garman.
Burgum says his visit provided good insight into current teaching practices.
He even wrote down notes to get the full high school experience.
"Just came from pre-calc and was having some memories of Mrs. Dallmeyer, my great high school math teacher. It was a good refresher to get back in there," said Burgum.
Burgum also says he wants to make sure North Dakota stays at the forefront of education because K-12 education is vital to the future of our state.
"It's important that we're laying the ground for 21st century skills starting in high school. We have to do that, we have to make sure that our education system is keeping up," said Burgum.
Burgum also adds that one of the biggest items in the general fund for North Dakota is funding K-12 education.