Excellent Educator

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Excellent Educator: Senor Jamil Salaam Of Richfield Dual Language School

Senor Jamil Salaam loves teaching in Spanish so much, his lessons continue even around the dinner table with his family. That’s what makes him this week’s Excellent Educator.

02/27/2015

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Excellent Educator: Falcon Ridge Middle School’s Jen Welk

Not always, but often times people who teach special needs students do it because they have a loved one living with a disability, such as a sibling or a cousin they helped as a child and developed an empathy to help others.

02/20/2015

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Excellent Educator: Fire Prevention Speaker Casidy Anderson

When we think of teachers, a truck, a hose and a helmet typically don’t come to mind. But those are props one teacher uses to engage her students, and items she wears for her job as a fire fighter.

02/13/2015

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Excellent Educator: Cedar SUN’s Saige Decleene

It takes years to hone your skills in any profession, and that is true in teaching, especially teaching students with special needs. But Saige Decleene has a natural gift for connecting with those students, making her this week’s and one of our youngest ever Excellent Educators.

02/06/2015

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Excellent Educator: Lisa Martin Of Northview Elementary

As a young girl growing up in Eagan, Lisa Martin used to dream of being a teacher, she even played “school” in the basement of her family home. As an adult, Mrs. Martin is living out her childhood dream teaching second grade at Northview Elementary. And she loves every minute of it.

01/30/2015

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Excellent Educator: Osseo Senior High’s Dan Prody

When it comes to budget cuts in schools, art programs are sometimes the first on the chopping block. One teacher at Osseo Senior High is showing how valuable art can be by helping students use it to pay for college. It’s what makes Dan Prody this week’s Excellent Educator.

01/23/2015

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Excellent Educator: Lexington Kids’ Katelyn O’Keefe

For most kids, preschool is their first experience away from mom and dad. And that can put a lot of pressure on the teacher to make the classroom comfortable. Ms. Katelyn O’Keefe at Lexington Kids Christian Child Care in St. Paul has a knack for making it an easy transition for both the children and their parents.

01/16/2015

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Excellent Educator: Adam Leicht Of Forest Hills Elementary

Third graders can have a lot of energy. But one teacher in Eden Prairie has found a way to keep them from bouncing off the walls. Instead he lets them bounce in their seats. The once mechanical engineer’s ability to problem solve in the classroom and get kids to focus is what makes Mr. Adam Leicht of Forest Hills Elementary this week’s Excellent Educator.

01/09/2015

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Excellent Educator: DeNise Pellinen Of Jefferson Elementary

Can you think of doing something every day for 22 years and not getting tired of it? One teacher in south Minneapolis has been helping second graders in the classroom for that long, and says she loves every day she gets to go to work.

12/19/2014

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Excellent Educator: DaVinci Academy’s Mark Slechta

For a lot of students, it’s their favorite subject in school — Gym. You’d think gym teachers have the best job right? Well it’s not just fun and games for Mark Slechta, the Phy-Ed teacher at DaVinci Academy in Blaine.

12/05/2014

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Excellent Educator: Metcalf Jr. High’s Steven Orth

Junior high can be a tough time for a kid. Many young teens struggle with challenges at school, at home, and among friends. Some students in Burnsville are lucky enough, though, to have a teacher who everyday gives them little life lessons to help them through the rough times.

11/21/2014

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Excellent Educator: Edgewood Middle School’s Julie Hartinger

or young students, getting good grades in math can sometimes depend on the teacher. Often students need one-on-one time. One teacher in Mounds View is known to go above and beyond to help students grasp the subject, and that’s what makes her this week’s Excellent Educator.

11/14/2014

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Excellent Educator: Way To Grow’s Eka Nagoya

When it comes to teaching kids, preschool is an age that requires a lot of patience. It’s an extra challenge when the majority struggle to speak English. One Minnesota teacher is dedicated to making sure all his preschoolers are ready for kindergarten, and that’s what makes Eka Nagoya this week’s Excellent Educator.

11/07/2014

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Excellent Educator: Orono Janitor Ed Glover Does More Than Clean

We’ve heard the saying “It takes a village.” That is especially true when it comes to making sure kids have a good education. That’s why this week’s Excellent Educator is not a teacher, not a principal but a custodian who is described as the backbone of Orono High School.

10/17/2014

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Excellent Educator: Eden Prairie’s Kristin Bastidas

Kristin Bastidas has a high energy and fun way to teach a foreign language. That’s why she is this week’s Excellent Educator.

10/10/2014

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Excellent Educator: Harmony Learning Center’s Scott Helland

This week’s Excellent Educator award goes to Scott Helland, an administrator who goes above and beyond to connect with those who aren’t your typical students.

10/03/2014

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Excellent Educator: Cedar Ridge’s Katie Tompkins

Caring, patient and devoted are three words used to describe this week’s Excellent Educator. Another word is creative.

09/26/2014

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Excellent Educator: Valley View’s Heather Young

In the age of television, computers, and video games, it can be hard to get kids to put down the devices and pick up a book. But a teacher in Bloomington’s love of reading is so contagious, it’s rubbing off on her kids.

09/19/2014

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Excellent Educator: Dodge Middle School’s Steve Terhaar

School is in session and that means WCCO is beginning our Excellent Educator awards. This week, we honor a teacher who loves to make students laugh while they learn.

09/12/2014

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Excellent Educator: Early Intervention Educator Stephenie Labandz

This morning, the WCCO Morning Show is honoring another excellent educator who has gone above and beyond to make a different in students’ lives. You don’t always have to look in a classroom for an excellent educator. Sometimes they make home visits. That’s where Edward Moody found this week’s honoree.

05/23/2014

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Excellent Educator: Park High School’s Abbey Janicek

This morning, the WCCO Morning Show is honoring another excellent educator who has gone above and beyond to make a different in students’ lives. Like adults, high school students must learn to balance their personal and academic lives. Having a teacher willing to help with both can often be just what a student needs to excel.

05/16/2014

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Excellent Educator: Mounds Park Academy’s Maureen Conway

For some, like our Excellent Educator pick from just last week, teaching is a calling that starts early in life. Others hear the call a little bit later. This week’s honoree took some time to explore the world before deciding to mold young minds.

05/09/2014

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Excellent Educator: Zachary Lane Elementary’s Mike Westby

This morning, the WCCO Morning Show is honoring another excellent educator in the metro who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in students’ lives. For some, teaching is a calling that starts early in life. This week’s excellent educator knew he wanted to teach when he was in seventh grade.

05/02/2014

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Excellent Educator: Heights Community School’s Brenda Allal

This morning, the WCCO Morning Show is honoring another excellent educator in the metro who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in students’ lives. Like the rest of us, teachers have to balance home life and work. As busy and this week’s Excellent Educator is, she seems to be managing things just fine.

04/25/2014

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Excellent Educator: Apple Valley High’s Greg Gamache

This morning, the WCCO Morning Show is honoring another excellent educator in the metro who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in students’ lives. Some teachers go to great lengths to connect with their students, and that’s certainly the case for this week’s educator.

04/11/2014

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