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District 191 names recipients of Community Of Excellence Award

Fourteen staff members have been chosen to receive 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 so students are future ready and community strong.

"We are fortunate to have many talented, dedicated education professionals working in One91 for our students, our families and for each other," Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle said. "I'm excited to be able to participate in honoring them."

The One91 Community of Excellence Awards Ceremony was originally slated for Tuesday, April 7, in the Mraz Center at Burnsville High School.

The 2020 One91 Community of Excellence Award winners are:

Excellence in Educational Support:

  • Maggie Kaufman, Educational Assistant, Nicollet Middle School
  • Shelly Felton, Educational Assistant, Nicollet Middle School

Teaching Excellence:

  • Janelle Grueneich, Teacher, Nicollet Middle School
  • Julia Ulrich, Teacher, Sky Oaks Elementary

Collaboration and Partnership:

  • Rahn WIN (What I Need) Time Team
    • Lori Keuler
    • Keri Peterson
    • Lisa Lauer
    • Kayla Zwicke
    • Kim Olson
    • Angie Arias

Community Engagement:

  • Hamde Daoud, Clerical, Community Education


  • Anne Werner Dempsey, Teacher, Burnsville High School

Leadership in Action:

  • Mohamed Selim, Principal, William Byrne Elementary

Spirit of Excellence:

  • Rebecca Buck, Teacher, Gideon Pond Elementary

Other staff members and teams nominated for this year’s awards are:

Rahima Abdi, Brittney Anderson, Deb Arakawa, Nick Armstrong, Luke Bearth, Chris Bellmont, Jen Bohr, Sandy Carlson, Teresa Dennis, Ken Essay, Nicole Happe, Stacey Harrold, Joe Kinsella, Megan Gauer Kloos, Kari Komar, Jeff Nepsund, Huda Odowa, Steven Orth, Amy Tucci, Tiffany Weiler, Paula Wendling and Kim Wood. 

HIdden Valley Pre-K teachers and support staff, Nicollet Middle School AVID Team, Project KIDS Coordinators and Vista View PTO.

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 08:33