MREA travels the state to see some of our greatest educators in action. We talked to their students, colleagues and community. We left invigorated about the future and prouder than ever about a profession that is making a difference each and every day. Learn more about Educators of Excellence.

Jessica Strom


Jessica Strom has flipped her high school math classroom to allow her students to become the problem solvers and teach one another. It’s been a lightbulb moment for her students and other educators who have seen it in action. Learn more.

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Ryan Larson

Pine City

Ryan Larson started a new academy inside his school district’s middle and high schools to provide a new approach to inter-disciplinary learning. The results have been life-changing for students who have struggled. Learn more.

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Patrick Merrick

Westbrook-Walnut Grove

Patrick Merrick helps students learn what they thought they couldn’t. He constantly develops new science classes and community projects and uses humor and teenage applications to engage students. Learn more.

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Anthony McGee


Tony McGee teaches by walking around, asking good questions and engaging students in new, hands-on experiences once limited to schools in large metro areas – like a mobile lab with the Mayo Clinic. Learn more.

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