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Leadership in Educational Excellence Awards

A genuine respect for the student's mind is one characteristic of a good teacher

Although outdoors it was cold, windy and rainy, the inside of the St. Cloud Civic Center was filled with warm wishes, laughter and good cheer. What was the reason for the frivolity? Wednesday, Oct. 21, Resource Training & Solutions hosted its 18th Annual Leaders in Educational Excellence Awards (LEEA) banquet and awards ceremony.

"As a school administrator, my family has had to move often. That can be traumatic to kids. But, around the supper table the talk seems to always get back to their favorite teachers. So, whether you like it or not, you are talked about in homes and your influence is carried further and further," said Mike McLoughlin who served as the Presiding Superintendent.

Nearly 450 people attended the event to honor 150 educators who were recognized with a plaque and certificate from the governor of Minnesota. The honorees are nominated by their school or district. At the event there were public, private, parochial and charter schools. Additionally, the Meeker & Wright Special Education Cooperative and Wright Technical Center sent guests and honorees to the event.

Honorees and guests were welcomed to the event by Dr. Rob Cavanna, Executive Director of Resource Training & Solutions. "Tonight we honor individuals who, because of their positive attitude and leadership in the education field, and their commitment to children are examples of inspiration to their colleagues, students and communities," Cavanna said.

Cavanna cited a book which was a collection of articles from teachers and described characteristics of a good teacher. They were:

• Respect for the student's mind

• Joy in seeing them grow

• A passion for their subject specialty

Kimball teachers Melissa Herrington and Jason Mortenson were honored with awards.