Excellent Educator

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Excellent Educator: Rosemount Middle School’s Alyssa Simmers

School 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.

05/29/2015

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Excellent Educator: Mr. Jon Olson Of Andover Elementary

The school year may be winding down, but there is still time to honor our educators! This week’s Excellent Educator has many talents, from teaching third grade to starring in his own music video.

05/22/2015

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Excellent Educator: Chris Zimmerman Of Ivan Sand Community H.S.

As a social worker at Ivan Sand Community High School in Elk River, Chris Zimmerman helps students through some of their most difficult moments. His compassion is what makes him this week’s Excellent Educator.

05/15/2015

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Excellent Educator: Barbara O’Malley Of St. Paul Music Academy

This week, it’s Barbara O’Malley, a special needs teacher at North End Elementary in St. Paul.

05/08/2015

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Excellent Educator: Plymouth Middle School’s Benjamin Drexler

Every Friday we take the time to recognize one of the great teachers in our community. This week, we’re honoring Benjamin Drexler. Drexler teaches 8th grade math at Plymouth Middle School. He was nominated by his students!

05/01/2015

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Excellent Educator: Joan Demeter Of Dowling Urban Environmental Learning Ctr.

WCCO paid a visit to one teacher just in the nick of time. After 35 years of teaching at Dowling Urban Environmental Learning Center in Minneapolis, Mrs. Joan Demeter is retiring next year.

04/24/2015

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Excellent Educator: Carol Callen From Golden Valley SEA

Carol Callen is a teacher at Golden Valley’s School of Engineering and Art. Her compassion for kids inside, and outside school, hours is what makes her this week’s Excellent Educator.

04/17/2015

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Excellent Educator: Meet Karing Kingdom’s Teaching Staff

For this week’s Excellent Educator award, a whole group of teachers were nominated at the Karing Kingdom Preschool in Lord of Life Church in Maple Grove. They say it takes a village, and at Karing Kingdom, a team of four work together all on the same mission.

04/10/2015

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Excellent Educator: Patty LaBeau At ISD 917

This week’s Excellent Educator traveled the country perfecting her trade before entering her Rosemount classroom. We go into the kitchen to see how that experience helped Patty LaBeau teach others culinary arts.

03/27/2015

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Excellent Educator: Lakeville High School’s Geniveve Prochnow

This week’s Excellent Educator left a lasting impression on her students. So much so, that they’re still talking about her 30 years after graduating. It’s been a long time since Mrs. Geniveve Prochnow has been in the classroom, but the legacy she left is what makes her this week’s Excellent Educator.

03/20/2015

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Excellent Educator: The Runkes From Grandview Middle School

If we had an Excellent Educator “family” award, this would be the week to give it. Students at Grandview Middle School nominated their teacher Margaret Runke. But her husband, who also teaches there, has quite a few fans too.

03/13/2015

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Excellent Educator: Anthony Wolfbauer Of South View Middle School

Teachers have a lot of people to please. The principal, the parents and don’t forget about the students.

03/06/2015

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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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