SAVAGE, Minn. (WCCO) — Every Friday we honor an excellent educator in the Twin Cities metro.

This week we introduce you to Pat Skrove. She’s a Kindergarten teacher at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Savage. For 30 years, she’s been teaching little ones there both academic and life skills. She has one goal as a teacher: To help her students be the best they can be.

“I just think that a large part of my job is teach them to be responsible adults in the future,” said Skrove.

She holds her kindergartners to high academic and personal standards, always taking time to work1-on-1 with her students.

“It gets them interested in learning, teaches them social skills, how to be friends and how to make friends,” Skrove said.

“The caring and compassion is the best I’ve ever seen out of any educator. She’s phenomenal,” said Mike Smalley, the school’s principal.

That’s high praise from a principal who’s had three daughters go through Mrs. Skrove’s class.

“She did a great job preparing our kids for the education they received, setting that foundation, working with us as parents and keeping us in the loop the whole time,” Smalley said.

Skrove said she still loves coming to work, so we asked her what the secret is.

“That’s a question mark,” she said.

Skrove has been a teacher for 39 years, with the first nine years of her teaching career being in Fargo.

You can nominate a deserving educator by going to the WCCO Morning Show’s Facebook page, telling us their name and why they should be WCCO’s Excellent Educator of the week.


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