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Excellence in Education Awards

Excellence in Education Award: created to celebrate and recognize superior contributions of educators whose leadership and dedication inspire a spirit of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities outside the traditional education system and classroom. Candidates for this award should exemplify the highest educational standards and methods by field practitioners. Qualities include, but are not limited to: professionalism and collegiality and the expertise to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities; dedication, knowledge and skill in a demonstrated distinguished educational practice; established high standards for themselves and their students, creating an environment conducive to learning; a commitment to students and their learning and has the respect and admiration of students, parents, community members and peers. (This award is not given every year and is awarded as a “lifetime achievement award.”)

Past Excellence in Education Award Honorees:

Bob Kaitz, founder, president and CEO of BestPrep
Dr. Karen Rusthoven, Founder, Community of Peace Academy

Dorwatha Woods, Principal, Ascension Catholic School

Siah St. Clair, Former Director, Springbook Nature Center

Dorothy McCargo Freeman, Dean, Center for Youth Development, U of M Extension

Art and Barb Straub, Master Naturalists and Educators

Tim Hoogland, Co-coordinator of History Day in Minnesota and manager of educational outreach services at the Minnesota Historical Society

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