Herald and Journal, Oct. 4, 1999

HLWW instructors receive educational excellence awards

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted instructors Karen Ready, Brad Robinson, Charlie Roux and Merrill Skinner were among the 150 educators and 14 principals honored at the Central Minnesota Service Cooperative's eighth annual Leadership in Educational Excellence (LEEA) awards and banquet ceremony, Sept. 22 at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud.

The LEEA awards and banquet ceremony provides area school districts the opportunity to recognize outstanding achievement by educators, aides and administrators. Hosted each year by the Central Minnesota Service Cooperative, the ceremony is the only one of its kind in Minnesota. Some 500 people attended the event with honorees from both public and private education.

Robert C. Cavanna, executive director of the Central Minnesota Service Cooperative, welcomed the participants and honorees representing over 35 districts. Deadra Stanton, a motivational speaker and teacher with 23 years of classroom experience, presented the keynote address. Her humorous presentation, "Don't Shoot Skinny Rabbits," received a standing ovation.

Jeannette Kester, member of the Board of Directors of the Central Minnesota Service Cooperative presented the LEEA awards. Mary Lillesve from Department of Children, Families and Learning, presented each honoree with a certificate of commendation from Gov. Jesse Ventura.

In addition to the LEEA awards, 14 graduates of the 1998-99 Principals' Leadership Academy were recognized for their active participation in the year-long training program. The academy is an annual program designed to help principals remain current in leadership development.

The Leadership in Educational Excellence Ceremony is sponsored and coordinated by the Central Minnesota Service Cooperative. For more information, contact Judy Manetas, program development specialist at 320-255-3236.

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