Resource Training & Solutions Honors 144 Leaders in Education at the 2019 Leadership in Educational Excellence Awards
Five Monticello educators were honored in late October at the annual Leadership in Educational Excellence Awards. Brad Hanson, Kim Nygaard, Nathan Rowe, Tara Wilson, and Cindy Witschen were recognized as outstanding educators by Resource Training & Solutions. The honorees were previously recognized at ISD 882's own award ceremony in June.
The LEEA ceremony was held on Wednesday, October 23, at River’s Edge Convention Center, in St. Cloud, with Joe Beckman, speaker and owner of the company, “Epic on Purpose,” as the keynote speaker. Joe spoke to the audience about the importance of finding your calling in life, he talked about his own journey and the various jobs he held growing up. Jobs that he enjoyed, but knew they were not his calling.
It wasn’t until he was working for “Youth Frontiers” speaking to children that he knew that he had found his calling. Working and connecting with kids was what he was meant to do in life. He talked about how many of the educators in the room probably share similar stories to his own that lead them into teaching and eventually finding their calling. Joe closed his remarks with deep gratitude for all of the educators who help students each day and congratulating the honorees.
The 2019 Leaders in Educational Excellence Awards (LEEA) opened with a welcome address from Mark Schmitz, Executive Director at Resource Training & Solutions. Ken Anderson, chair of the Resource Training & Solutions’ Board of Directors, also extended his congratulations to the honorees. Over 449 attended the annual event.
Schools and districts across Resource’s central Minnesota region nominate award recipients based on suggested criteria that includes how educators inspire fellow colleagues, students, and communities through positive leadership, utilize curriculum development, motivate students, implement instructional effectiveness, act as strong role models, and display dedication to the profession of education.
Public, private, parochial, and charter schools were included in the event, as well as Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative, the West Central Education District, and the Wright Technical Center. Participating school districts, along with Resource Training & Solutions, sponsors the Leaders in Educational Excellence Awards (LEEA). Deb Thomes, Student Programs and Events Coordinator and the Learning and Development team at Resource Training & Solutions coordinate the event.
In its 28th year, LEEA event has honored nearly 4,000 central Minnesota educators. The next LEEA event will be on October 21, 2020.