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Osseo Area Schools educators Kori Brown, Jan Radder and Jessica Spurrell are among 134 teachers statewide to be nominated for the 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award.

Brown and Radder teach art and second grade, respectively, at Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts, while Spurrell is a fourth grade teacher at Fernbrook Elementary.

In the weeks ahead, a 25-member panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists. The 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced during a ceremony on May 3 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

The Minnesota Teacher of the Year program is organized and underwritten by Education Minnesota and receives support from several other organizations and businesses.

Candidates for 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year include pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, early childhood, and adult basic education teachers at public and private schools statewide.

PHOTOS: Pictured left to right are Kori Brown, art teacher at Birch Grove Elementary; Jan Radder, second grade teacher at Birch Grove Elementary; and Jessica Spurrell, fourth grade teacher at Fernbrook Elementary. 

park brook and three rivers staff with awardOn Jan. 10, staff from Park Brook Elementary and Three Rivers Park District were honored with the prestigious Tommy Johnson Award of Excellence from the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association. This award recognizes the innovation and creativity of students and staff and the strong school-community partnership that led to the redesigned play area at French Regional Park in 2018.

The Park Brook and Three Rivers Park District partnership began during the 2015-2016 school year, as scholars in Renee Pelton’s third grade class were afforded the opportunity to serve on the Kid Task Force and help influence the work being done at French Regional Park. Students continued to meet with Three Rivers staff over the course of the following two school years and were recognized for their contributions during the play area’s grand re-opening ceremony in 2018.

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