Teacher of the Year Awards
Each year, MCSS honors four Teachers of the Year at the annual awards dinner. These three teachers, representing Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Lifetime Achievement, are nominated by colleagues, supervisors, parents and students. They exemplify the best of social studies teaching in Minnesota. For the 2017-2018 school year, the MCSS board elected to create a new award, the Friend of Social Studies Award, to honor exemplary educators outside of the K-12 classroom.
Nominees will be invited to apply by submitting a resume, lesson plan or classroom activity, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Nominees will be contacted by an MCSS representative who will provide more detail about the submission materials and process. Contact Valerie Walker with questions. Nomination deadline is November 15, 2018.
2018 Teacher of the Year Awards
David Lanegran, Michelle Martin, MCSS President Jessica Ellison, Molly Keenan, Connor Murphy
MCSS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Teacher of the Year awards:
2017 Teacher of the Year Awards
Lisa Wiener, Pat Bauer, MCSS President Jessica Ellison, Mandy Kraus, and Heather Loeschke at the 2017 Social Studies Social.
MCSS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Teacher of the Year awards!
Elementary: Lisa Wiener, Raven Stream Elementary School (New Prague)
Middle: Mandy Kraus, Wayzata West Middle School
High: Heather Loeschke, Cannon Falls High School
Lifetime Achievement: Patricia Bauer, Black Hawk Middle School (Eagan, retired)
2016 Teacher of the Year Awards
Award-winners Jerry Benson, Matt Moore, Phyllis Haensel, and Bill Beckman, and board members Jessica Ellison and Valerie Walker at the 2016 Teacher of the Year Awards Dinner.
MCSS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Teacher of the Year awards!
Elementary: Phyllis Haensel, McKinley Elementary School (Ham Lake)
Middle: Bill Beckman, Maple Grove Middle School
High: Matt Moore, Mankato West High School
Lifetime Achievement: Jerry Benson, Luverne Public Schools
2015 Teacher of the Year Awards
Ron Hustvedt, Jr., MCSS President Brian Traxler, Laura Tessmer, Dennis Schreiber, and Tim McLean at the 2015 Awards Gala.
MCSS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Teacher of the Year awards!
Elementary: Laura Tessmer, Clover Ridge Elementary School, Chaska
Middle: Ron Hustvedt, Jr., Salk Middle School, Elk River
High: Tim McLean, St. Francis High School, St. Francis
In 2015, MCSS has created a new award to honor our teachers who have dedicated many years of their lives to teaching young people: the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lifetime Achievement: Dennis Schreiber, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, Rochester
2014 Teacher of the Year Awards
MCSS President Brian Traxler, Molly Hickok, Huy Nguyen, and Tom Lachermeier at the awards gala on March 2, 2014.
Elementary: Molly Hickok, Convent of the Visitation School, Mendota Heights
Middle: Huy Nguyen, Sunrise Park Middle School, White Bear Lake
High: Tom Lachermeier, North Community High School, Minneapolis
At the 2014 awards gala, MCSS also honored JoEllen Ambrose, who recently received the prestigious Isidore Starr Award from the American Bar Association, which honors excellence in law-related education. Ms. Ambrose teaches at Champlin Park High School.
Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice David Lillehaug, JoEllen Ambrose, and Learning Law and Democracy Executive Director Jennifer Bloom.