Educators of Excellence Award
MREA presents the Educator of Excellence Awards to recognize, reward, and promote excellence in education that achieves the highest outcomes for Greater Minnesota students. This award honors inspiring educators who demonstrate:
- Positive impact on students and student achievement
- Leadership in the school, district and community
- Innovative and creative instructional practice that impact all students
- Collaborative efforts with fellow educators, parents, families and the community
Nominate an Educator
Nominations are due February 28. Honorees will be recognized at MREA’s Awards Ceremony & Banquet in November.
Questions? Call the MREA Office at (320) 762-6574 or toll free at (833) MNVOICE.
Jaqueline Stoffel developed a unified physical education program that pairs students with disabilities with other students to gain skills and develop friendships.
Kathrina O’Connell keeps coming up with big ideas to engage students, from a greenhouse and pollinator garden to an extensive summer literacy program.
Chad Powers wears many hats for his school and community, but it is the one as firefighter and EMT that led him to develop an EMT program for his students.
From Ada to Zumbrota, across Greater Minnesota, MREA wants to know about members’ programs that serve as examples of innovative educational opportunities for our rural students. What are the compelling practices or programs at your school or educational organization? Programs throughout MREA member districts are nominated and then selected by the MREA Board of Directors based on these core criteria:
- Innovation — What made this program unique?
- Benefit to Students — How did your students benefit from this program?
- Collaboration — Who worked on developing this program with your school?
- Ease of Adaptability — How can other districts replicate this program?
Nominate a Program
Nominations must be received by March 31. Honorees will be recognized at MREA’s Awards Ceremony & Banquet in November.
Questions? Call the MREA Office at (320) 762-6574.
2020 Innovative Programs
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Public Schools
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School developed an extensive career-based advisory and pathways model for 9-12 students. Built through workforce connections both locally and regionally, the program focuses on three major areas of workforce readiness and incorporates graduation requirements.
Health Field Science
West Central Area Schools
Students at West Central Area High School gain in-depth, real-life experience to careers in the health field through a comprehensive community collaborative. The growing program not only allows them to earn certifications while in high school but also brings them to a variety of health organizations in their local community.
Distinguished Service Award
There are many leaders working behind the scenes and on the front lines to advocate for Greater Minnesota students and rural education. MREA recognizes these key leaders who have demonstrated contributions in one or more of the following areas:
- Development of leadership potential of rural youth and adults in a rural region or statewide
- Enhancement of rural community development regionally or statewide
- Support and assist in furthering the effectiveness of communications and partnerships between local school districts and business/industry, governmental agencies, institutions of higher education, and/or the private sector
- Advocacy leadership to support legislation to enhance rural school/education
- Leadership in the development of rural education-related conferences and workshops
Jeremy Kovash & Dr. Boyd Bradbury
When the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) raised the credentialing standards for high school teachers to teach concurrent enrollment, Kovash and Bradbury collaborated to find a solution. They led a partnership between their two organizations Lakes Country Service Cooperative and Minnesota State University Moorhead along with the Northwest Service Cooperative.
The result is 18 Online, a graduate initiative for high school teachers in Minnesota to gain the 18 credits they need to teach concurrent enrollment under the new credentialing standards – for free. Since 2017, the program has served hundreds of teachers in all six economic regions in Minnesota and as of this fall, enabled teachers to earn nearly 1,700 credits.