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District 191 superintendent named ‘Lighthouse Award’ winner

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District 191 superintendent named ‘Lighthouse Award’ winner

The Minnesota School Board Directors of Color and Indigenous (MNSBDOCI) has named Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle as the 2023 Lighthouse Award winner for superintendents. The award will be presented at the annual Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) Annual Leadership Conference on Jan. 11, 2024.

The Lighthouse Award is given annually to one Black, Indigenous or Person of Color public school superintendent and one board of education member who have demonstrated a commitment to racial equity in their district. According to the organization, the award winners are people who have “served as a beacon of light and hope in the journey towards racial justice in education for all students.” 

In naming Dr. Battle as this year’s Lighthouse winner, MNSBDOCI cited her “outstanding record of achievements in her job performance, not only in the educational system for nearly 40 years, but as superintendent for Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 for the last five years. Among other things, she maintains tangible efforts to advance cultural competence by attending community cultural heritage events, consistently makes efforts to improve academic outcomes for ALL students, and engages in civic outreach by partnering with our three local city governments on issues from community engagement to emergency response.” 

“I am extremely honored and my work is rewarding because of the students and families we serve and the talented colleagues I work with each day,” Battle said. 

Battle has been the superintendent of District 191 since 2019. She worked for St. Paul Public Schools for 28 years over two tenures, including as a classroom teacher, special education facilitator, lead teacher, assistant principal, assistant director for curriculum, development and instruction, principal and assistant superintendent. Additionally, Dr. Battle has worked for Osseo Area Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools and University of Minnesota, where she developed a statewide college readiness program, Ramp Up to Readiness.

She graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Science in special education. She also holds a Master of Arts in educational administration and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Minnesota. 

The Minnesota School Board Directors of Color and Indigenous is a fellowship group comprised of various school board members from the state of Minnesota. Its mission is “Fostering excellence in good governance, supporting effective leadership, and preparing school board members from diverse communities to champion high-quality public education, while acknowledging the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of Minnesota students and families.” The group was formed in 2016 and meets monthly. More information can be found at https://mnschoolboarddirectorsofcolor.org.

 

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