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.
Excellent Educator: Anoka High School's Music Director, Michael HalstensonIt's that time of the week when we recognize a great teacher in our community. This week's Excellent Educator has quite the resume. Not only is Michael Halstenson the Music Director at Anoka High School, but his works have been performed by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and the University of Minnesota Opera Theater -- just to name a few.
Excellent Educator: Karen Pappas At Four Seasons A+ ElementaryThere are a lot of people who love Mrs. Karen Pappas at Four Season A + Elementary in St. Paul. For nearly three decades she has cared deeply about each one of her 1st grade students.
Excellent Educator: Principal Melissa Zahn Of Sweeney ElementaryFor this week’s Excellent Educator, we had to get staff other than the principal in on the surprise. That’s because the award went to the principal.
Excellent Educator: Robbinsdale Middle School's Gretchen EnseleinMs. Gretchen Enselein from Robbinsdale Middle School is a ball of energy. She uses that energy to engage students, even those faced with suspension. That's what makes her this week's Excellent Educator.
Excellent Educator: ABC Junior Achievement's Patty SchoffPatty Schoff teaches students with special needs at ABC Junior Achievement in Andover. Her ability to have a lasting impact on their lives well after graduation is what makes her this week's Excellent Educator.
Excellent Educator Jenny Lind Elementary's Leslie Rae FersterThis week WCCO paid a visit to Ms. Leslie Rae Ferster at Jenny Lind Elementary in north Minneapolis, who is our very first Excellent Educator of the 2015-2016 school year.
Excellent Educator: Rosemount Middle School's Alyssa SimmersSchool is almost out for summer. And that means we are saying "Have a great summer, see you next year" to our Excellent Educators. This year's final Excellent Educator is another great teacher whose student wanted to be in on the surprise.