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Resource Training & Solutions Honors 144 Leaders in Education at the 2019 Leadership in Educational Excellence Awards

Five Monticello educators were recognized for their outstanding work at the Resource Training & Solutions LEEA ceremony. 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.