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District 742 2018 LEEA Award Recipients

October 29, 2018

Joe Beckman, speaker and owner of the company, “Epic on Purpose,” knows one of Maya Angelou’s famous quotes rings especially true for educators who teach students in today’s device-driven world: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Beckman, the keynote speaker at the 2018 Leaders in Educational Excellence Awards (LEEA) held on Wednesday, October 24, at River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, told over 146 educators honored at the event that “teachers face greater challenges with students in their profession in our ever-connected environment.” He explained that human connection always matters most to students and that, to them, feelings matter as much as facts. He went on to share strategies that may help educators intentionally reclaim human connection with their students each day. He closed his remarks with deep gratitude for all of the educators who help students each day and reiterated how vitally important human connection with an educator is for those students who face extraordinarily difficult struggles.

The 2018 Leaders in Educational Excellence Awards (LEEA) opened with a welcome address from Mark Schmitz, Executive Director at Resource Training & Solutions. Ken Anderson, chair of the Resource Training & Solutions’ Board of Directors, also extended his congratulations to the honorees. Over 481 attended the annual event. Schools and districts across Resource’s central Minnesota region nominate award recipients based on suggested criteria that includes how educators inspire fellow colleagues, students, and communities through positive leadership, utilize curriculum development, motivate students, implement instructional effectiveness, act as strong role models, and display dedication to the profession of education. Public, private, parochial, and charter schools were included in the event, as well as Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative, the West Central Education District, and the Wright Technical Center. Read the full press release.

District 742 Honorees:

Amanda Anderson, Oak Hill Community School
Morgan Barrett, North Junior High School
Paul Bates, Oak Hill Community School
George Bienusa, Clearview Elementary School
Dianne Brady, Apollo High School
Eglantina Cenolli, North Junior High School
Molly Denne, Tech High School
Sylvia Huff, District Administration Office
Steven Kline, South Junior High School
Karen Kruse, Madison Elementary School
Jill Lipp, Apollo High School
Brenda Mayer, Madison Elementary School
Michael Myers-Schleif, McKinley ALC
Amy O’Hare, Kennedy Community School
Carolyn Otto, South Junior High School
Sara Sliter, Lincoln Elementary School
Kristin Sowada, Kennedy Community School
Steve Taylor, Tech High School
David Vaerst, Apollo High School
George Zahn, Apollo High School
Leah Zook, Tech High School

LEEA Award Honorees