MREA announces the 2019 Educators of Excellence and recognizes them for their passion, innovation and collaboration in achieving results for students across Greater Minnesota.

  • North: Jessica Strom, Win-E-Mac Public School
  • North Central: Ryan Larson, Pine City Public Schools
  • South Central: Patrick Merrick, Westbrook-Walnut Grove Public Schools
  • South: Tony McGee, Plainview-Elgin-Millville Public Schools

Watch these videos to see each of the educators in action and the impact they are having.

MREA will share more of each of their stories in the coming weeks and honor the 2019 honorees at the Annual Awards Banquet on Nov. 18 at Cragun’s on Gull Lake near Brainerd.

“These educators are engaging students in new and inventive ways,” said Fred Nolan, executive director of MREA and former teacher, principal and superintendent in Minnesota. “They keep their teaching fresh and are constantly collaborating with others to achieve better results for our students.”

The MREA Board of Directors reviewed nominations categorized by four main geographic zones in Minnesota and selected the 2019 Educators of Excellence based on their impact, innovation, leadership and collaboration. The 2019 awards are sponsored in partnership with ICS Consulting and Sourcewell. Learn more about the award, the honorees.

“By sharing their stories, we hope our state sees the immense impact of teaching and together we continue to elevate teachers in all parts of our state, ” Nolan said.

MREA is the only advocate exclusively for Greater Minnesota schools. Under the leadership of school board members, administrators, teachers and community members, MREA focuses on what puts first the education, growth, and development of learners to bring about our best possible future. MREA’s membership represents about 230 school districts in Minnesota. Learn more.