• STILLWATER: Nine teachers and staff of Stillwater Area Public Schools were honored with Partnership Awards in recognition of the excellent work they do to educate students.  

    The recipients represent three different categories: 

    Elementary Teacher:

    1. Kari Pidde, First Grade Teacher, Brookview Elementary

    2. Jenny Hanlon, Parent, Child and Family Educator, Early Childhood Family Center

    3. Roberta Luby, First Through Third Grade Special Education Teacher, Lily Lake Elementary

    4. Allison Puhrmann, Fourth Grade Teacher, Afton-Lakeland Elementary

    Secondary Teacher:

    1. Tim Kellen, Special Education Teacher, Stillwater Middle School

    Support Staff:

    1. Lisa Conners, Paraprofessional, Rutherford Elementary

    2. Paula Sommaruga, Secretary to the Principal, Lake Elmo Elementary

    3. Lisa Sherman, Paraprofessional, Lake Elmo Elementary

    4. Jennifer Paulson, Graphic Designer, Stillwater School District

    The Partnership Awards are annual awards given to educators and staff as representatives of all the excellent employees of Stillwater Area Public Schools. These annual awards are sponsored by The Partnership Plan, the nonprofit educational fund that provide grants to teachers with unique and innovative ideas to make learning deeper and more meaningful for students.

    The recipients are nominated by co-workers, local residents, parents and students.  A community review panel scores each nomination.  The recipients were surprised in their buildings recently with the news that they were being honored and were also publicly recognized at the Partnership Party held May 4th at Rustic Roots Winery.  In addition to the award, the recipients are each able to designate a $1,000 award from The Partnership Plan to the school of their choice. 



    Photo:  Paraprofessional Lisa Conners is surrounded by a group of students at Rutherford elementary who helped her celebrate the Partnership Award she was presented.  Connors was one of nine teachers and support staff of Stillwater Area Public Schools receiving the award this year.  

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