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District 191 announces first Community of Excellence Award winners

Seventeen staff members have been chosen to receive the first One91 Community of Excellence Awards this year from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. The awards recognize the extraordinary contributions of staff members who empower learning, energize achievement and embrace community to achieve the district’s mission of “Each Student Real-World Ready.”

“I’m very proud and impressed with this first group of recipients for this new award,” Superintendent Joe Gothard said. “They are wonderful representatives of the dedication, professionalism and caring that District 191 staff members exhibit.”

The 2016 Community of Excellence Award winners are:

Excellence in Educational Support
Carol Bengtson, educational assistant, Burnsville High School
Elly Dahler, administrative assistant, Vista View Elementary
Maria Gutierrez Beltran, educational assistant, Vista View Elementary
Mary Lopez, cultural liaison, Nicollet & Eagle Ridge Junior High
Denise Wolff, educational assistant, Burnsville High School

Teaching Excellence
John Glas, sixth grade, Edward Neill Elementary
Marie Hansen, language arts, Burnsville High School
Meggan Malone, business, Burnsville High School
Brad Sorensen, language arts, Nicollet Junior High
David Taylor, fourth grade, Sky Oaks Elementary

Collaboration and Partnership
Chancellor Manor PALS Program: Sam Wyman, Beth Gruenke and Jes Rau, Gideon Pond

Community Engagement
Matt Deutsch, language arts teacher, Burnsville High School

Innovation
Jeffrey Webber, special education teacher, Eagle Ridge Junior High

Leadership in Action
Rachel Gorton, instructional technology coordinator, districtwide

Spirit of Excellence
Brian Ribnick, math teacher and chess coach, Metcalf Junior High

A ceremony to honor the 2016 One91 Community of Excellence Award winners will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Mraz Center for Performing Arts at Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13, in Burnsville.

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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 17:21