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WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program Honorees Announced
  • Stephen Chapin (Teacher Achievement) is high school physical education and health teacher at St. James Middle/High School. Stephen has been teaching for 22 years. View press release.
  • Susanne Collins (Teacher Achievement Award) is a sixth grade elementary teacher at Edgerton Elementary School in Maplewood. Susanne has been teaching for 19 years. View press release.
  • Chris Goebel (Athletic Coach Award) is an elementary teacher at Mora elementary school. He also coaches cross country and track and field. Chris has been teaching and coaching for 17 years. View press release.
  • Megan Schimek (Ethics in Education Award) is a high school biology teacher at Pine Island High School. Megan has been teaching for 10 years. View press release.
  • Ruth Thom (Academic Challenge Coach) is an elementary school teacher at DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science in Ham Lake. She also coaches Math Masters. Ruth has been teaching and coaching for 21 years. View press release.
  • Melanie Urban (Ethics in Education) is a high school social studies teacher at Maple River High School. Melanie has been teaching for 10 years. View press release.
May 10 is Character Recognition Day!
Governor Dayton proclaimed May 10 as Character Recognition Day in Minnesota. Synergy will be celebrating 10 honorees at the Character Recognition Awards luncheon. View proclamation.
2018 Character Recognition Awards Honorees Announced:
All honorees will be celebrated at the Character Recognition Awards luncheon on May 10. 

Academic All-Star Nomination Now Open!
Teachers, administrators, academic coaches: Nominate your students as Academic All-Stars. Nominated students are invited to attend the 2018 Gathering of Champions to be recognized. More information.

Seeking Sponsorships 
New this year, the Character Recognition Awards ceremony will be held at the Science Museum of Minnesota and include a luncheon. We are seeking sponsorships to help support this amazing event. Learn more about available sponsorship opportunities. 

School Honored for Character Development Work
Congratulations to Cottage Grove Middle School for being named a 2018 Emerging Minnesota School of Character! They will be honored May 10 at the Character Recognition Awards. 

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