Pictured receiving their awards are Andrea Pelowski, Stephanie Rahm and Michelle Lyrenmann
BANQUET HONORS 149 LEADERS IN EDUCATION
By Sandra Cordie
“Tonight’s honorees have an unwavering belief that they are teaching someone who will do great things for our world,” said Paul Neubauer. Neubauer served as the presiding superintendent at the Leaders in Educational Excellence (LEEA) event on Wednesday, October 25 at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. “Honorees, I want you to take a moment to thank those who also support you. Your family, spouses, your administrators – all are in your corner supporting you,” continued Neubauer.
The evening began with a welcome and congratulations by Mark Schmitz, executive director of Resource. “Teaching can be both exhilarating and exhausting. We are pleased to be able to bring this honor to deserving educators,” he added.
Over 465 people attended the event to honor 152 educators who were recognized with a plaque. The honorees were nominated by their school or district. Represented at the event are public, private, parochial, charter schools, and Meeker & Wright Special Education Cooperative. There were forty school districts / agencies represented.
Keynote speaker for the evening was Jay Haugen, superintendent of Farmington School District. “I invite you to use your natural strengths but lead with passion and joy. Joy in your classrooms and joy in your life,” he said.
Ken Anderson, chair of the Resource Board, brought congratulations to the honorees. He said, “Schools, students and teachers have access to tons of technology. But it is the teacher that makes all the difference in the world.”
The event is sponsored by the participating school districts and Resource Training & Solutions. It is coordinated by Sandra Cordie, K-12 Director of Educational Program. This banquet marked the 26th anniversary of the LEEA event. To date, there have been 3,803 educators in the Central MN region who have received this recognition.
“Teachers, we all know that on Sunday night, you have Monday rolling around in your mind. Thinking about lesson plans and activities for your students. But for tonight, take a deep breath and relax knowing you are making a difference every day,” concluded Superintendent Neubauer.