Excellent Educator: Black Male Student Achievement Program's King WalkerThe office of Black Male Student Achievement is on a mission to close the achievement gap in the city's schools. The man leading that effort is King Michael Walker. He has several reasons for calling the men and boys he works with kings. It's all part of his goal to empower his students so they can achieve great things -- and it's why he is this week's Excellent Educator.
Excellent Educator: Minnesota Transitions Charter School's Blake JorgensenEach week we love reading nomination letters for Excellent Educators. This week a parent wrote to tell WCCO about Blake Jorgensen who teaches public speaking at Minnesota Transitions Charter School High School in Minneapolis.
Excellent Educator: Deephaven Elementary's Linda ColemanLinda Coleman makes up songs to help her second-graders remember their science and math lessons.
Excellent Educator: Washburn High School's Nancy LeeThis week's Excellent Educator is a teacher at Washburn High School in Minneapolis who helped transform the school's music program.
Excellent Educator: Abby Henrickson Of Chaska M.S. EastAbby Henrickson is a ball of energy at Chaska Middle School East. It's her goal to make what can be a tough topic, math, fun to learn. But she's also teaching her students how to be charitable citizens. And their work is really adding up for families in need this holiday season.
Excellent Educator: Jon Kroeze Of Calvin Christian SchoolJon Kroeze has taught at Calvin Christian School for 18 years.
Excellent Educator: Glacier Hills' Maureen CannonWhen many people contemplate retirement, they take up new hobbies, travel or play golf. When one social worker retired, she knew exactly where she wanted to be.
Excellent Educator: Chelsea Heights Elementary's Laura EricksonThey say the ultimate compliments are from your peers. For a teacher, they're even better from someone with years of experience in the classroom.
Excellent Educator: Clover Ridge Elementary's Laura McCaghyWe know teachers work very hard to make a difference in their students' lives. By doing so they often have an impact on parents’ lives as well. That's why some parents wanted to be there as we surprised Mrs. Laura McCaghy at Clover Ridge Elementary in Chaska.
Excellent Educator: Dawn Slattery At Orchard Lake ElementaryIt is hard to tell who is most excited at Orchard Lake Elementary in Lakeville for this week's Excellent Educator -- the teacher or the students. The students scream and shout for their teacher Mrs. Dawn Slattery, a veteran teacher in the classroom, and she embraces new techniques to engage students.
Excellent Educator: Red Pine Elementary's Laurie HermanMost elementary school teachers are responsible for about 25 – 30 students. This week's Excellent Educator has about 25 times that amount.
Excellent Educator: Lucy Craft Laney's Phebe CarrThis week we paid a visit to Ms. Phebe Carr at Lucy Craft Laney Community School in Minneapolis. Carr loves to give hugs to her kindergartners, but others wanted her to feel loved too for all she's done for the school and students. It's why she is this week's Excellent Educator.

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