Kerianne Loran, a fourth-grade teacher at M.W. Savage Elementary School, was selected as an Excellent Educator by WCCO TV Channel 4 recently.
Kim Johnson, a morning and noon anchor person, surprised Loran with the news in her classroom while she was teaching.
The recognition honors teachers who do outstanding work, said Johnson.
Loran was nominated by Becca Buck, a music teacher at M.W. Savage, who wrote that Loran has built her entire classroom around her students and truly made it a home away from home.
“Kerianne has made it a point to make sure every single student who enters her classroom feels like they belong,” wrote Buck. “They have books about their cultures and backgrounds, a choice of seating, and a welcoming message on the whiteboard every morning.”
Loran’s students have a say in how the classroom is run, on where they work around the classroom, and their education as a whole. She has flexible seating for students to choose a spot where they work best and with whom they work best.
Loran promotes digital citizenship and has students take charge of their own class social media account. Every day, one student shares how they are a good citizen, both on and off the screen.
Just one look at her classroom's instagram account (@learningwithmsloran) will show all the ways that Loran engages her students in their learning. She has dressed up as a doctor to perform "sentence surgery," evolved into "Miss Lorax" on Dr. Seuss' birthday, and even become a "human sundae" to celebrate reaching fundraiser goals.
The feature was shown on the channel and also on the website www.wcco.com.