Excellent Educator: Diane Weiher Of Lake Harriet UpperOne science teacher in Minneapolis believes song and dance makes learning a difficult subject easier.
Excellent Educator: Jenny Bennett At Breck SchoolEvery week on WCCO we ask for your Excellent Educator nominations. Sometimes we get them from co-workers or from parents of students. But this week, a first grader wanted us to know about her teacher.
Excellent Educator: Ascension Principal Dorwatha WoodsA Minnesota principal concerned about obesity in her school has decided to lead by example. The brave and dramatic steps she's taken to inspire her kids to be healthy is what makes her this week's Excellent Educator.
Excellent Educator: Richfield ESL Teacher Inspires Immigrant StudentsThere's one teacher who has stepped up to the challenge every year for more than four decades. Nancy Maker teaches English as a Second Language or ESL at Richfield Middle School.
Excellent Educator: Stillwater High School's Joanna TomYou know you're doing what you love if you'd do it without getting paid. One Twin Cities educator is known to step up without asking for anything in return.
Excellent Educator: St. Thomas Academy's John BinaThe saying is when one door closes another one opens. A teacher in Mendota Heights knows that first-hand.
Excellent Educator: Mary Gilbertson Of Basswood ElementaryPreschool is often the first experience kids have with school. For their parents, it can be their first time sending them off. One teacher in Maple Grove strives to make it an easy transition for everyone.
Excellent Educator: Derek Williamson Of Lincoln ElementaryThe math teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Anoka gets to play with numbers all day long with people he admits he fits right in with.
Excellent Educator: St. Croix Catholic School's Pamela BerryPamela Berry started her career at Stillwater's St Croix Catholic School three decades ago and still has just as much passion as on day one.
Excellent Educator: Nurse Rose Link At Shakopee Area Catholic SchoolIt's that time of year when flu and cold bugs make their way through our schools. The nurse's office can be a busy place. So, we decided to recognize one school nurse at Shakopee Area Catholic School with our Excellent Educator award.
Excellent Educator: Henry Sibley High School's Steve LufkinSometimes the greatest challenges can teach us the greatest life lessons. This week's Excellent Educator is living that right now. Steve Lufkin has been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. It's a terminal disease that affects nerve cells and muscles.
Excellent Educator: Hoover Elementary's Travis TuckerA paraprofessional in a Coon Rapids elementary school is about to retire after nearly 25 years. She had one thing that she wanted to make sure happen before she did, however: nominate the teacher she works with for the WCCO Excellent Educator award.