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Resource Training & Solutions Honors 144 Leaders in Education at the 2019 Leadership in Educational Excellence Awards

Joe Beckman,  speaker  and  owner  of  the company,  “Epic  on  Purpose,”  was  the keynote speaker  at  the  2019  Leadership  in Educational  Excellence Awards  (LEEA).  The  ceremony  was  held on  Wednesday,  October  23,  at  River’s  Edge Convention Center,  in  St.  Cloud.  Joe  spoke  to the  audience  about  the  importance  of  finding your  calling  in  life,  he  talked about  his  own journey  and the  various  jobs  he held  growing up.  Jobs  that  he  enjoyed,  but  knew  they were  not  his  calling.  It  wasn’t  until he  was  working  for  “Youth  Frontiers”  speaking  to children  that  he  knew  that  he  had found  his  calling.  Working  and connecting with  kids  was  what  he  was  meant  to do  in  life.  He talked about  how  many  of  the  educators  in the room probably  share  similar  stories  to  his  own  that  lead  them  into  teaching  and  eventually  finding  their  calling.  Joe  closed his remarks  with  deep gratitude for  all  of  the educators  who help  students  each  day  and  congratulating  the  honorees.   

The 2019  Leaders  in Educational  Excellence  Awards  (LEEA)  opened  with  a  welcome address  from  Mark  Schmitz, Executive Director  at  Resource  Training  &  Solutions.  Ken Anderson,  chair  of  the Resource  Training &  Solutions’  Board  of Directors,  also extended his  congratulations  to the honorees.  Over  449  attended  the  annual  event.  Schools  and districts across  Resource’s  central  Minnesota region  nominate  award recipients  based  on  suggested criteria that  includes  how educators  inspire fellow  colleagues,  students,  and communities  through  positive  leadership,  utilize curriculum development,  motivate  students,  implement  instructional  effectiveness,  act  as  strong role models,  and display  dedication to the profession  of  education.  Public,  private,  parochial,  and charter  schools  were included  in the event,  as  well  as Meeker  and  Wright  Special  Education Cooperative,  the  West  Central  Education  District,  and the  Wright  Technical  Center.

Participating school  districts,  along  with  Resource Training &  Solutions,  sponsors  the Leaders  in  Educational  Excellence Awards  (LEEA).  Deb Thomes,  Student  Programs  and Events  Coordinator  and the  Learning and Development  team  at Resource Training  &  Solutions  coordinate the event.  In its  28th  year,  LEEA  event  has  honored  nearly  4,000 central Minnesota educators. 

Congratulations to Big Lake Schools' honorees: Mark Ernst, Heather Rutledge, Jean Hagberg, and Mark Spanier.