LEEA Award: Back Row (L-R): Tim Schochenmaier, Bob Dockendorf, Mark Canton, Rob Cavanna, Caryl Gordy, Crystal Thorson, Teresa Smock-Potter. Front Row: Nate Hamrin, Anita Stangler, Stacie Boeckman, April Bischoff. Support Staff: Back Row (L-R): Mark Canton, Jon Miller, Jack Ranallo. Front Row: Diana Quinn, Brenda Hill, Rob Cavanna, Kim Peterson, Bill Miller. (Submitted photos.)

BL teachers and support staff honored at two awards ceremonies

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Four Big Lake Schools teachers were recognized as exceptional educational leaders at the 22nd Annual Leaders in Educational Excellence Awards (LEEA) ceremony at the end of last month.
April Bischoff, Stacie Boeckman, Nathan Hamrin and Anita Stangler represented Big Lake Schools’ honorees.  They were recognized among 151 educators across 41 school districts. 
Additionally, four educational support staff members were recognized for their commitment to helping Big Lake Schools run smoothly at the 4th Annual Educational Support Staff Recognition event held at the end of September.
Brenda Hill, Bill Miller, Kim Peterson and Diana Quinn were recognized among 101 support staff members across 27 school districts.
Honorees were selected from nominations submitted by each school within a district.
“We are very proud of these individuals for the great work they have done inside of our schools,” said Superintendent Jonathan Miller. 
Each honoree received a plaque and certificate from the Governor of Minnesota. 
 

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BIG LAKE AMBASSADOR 2015-16 candidates were painting faces at the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. They are, from the left, Kayla Robertson, Izzy Rasmussen, Cady Shaw, Bella Kallas, Allie Bahe and Ali Wandersee. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

PRAIRIE FIRE THEATER ACTORS Lauren Longyear and Gregory Stowers spent one short week with these Big Lake students working on the play Sleeping Beauty before they presented the show twice this weekend. Prairie Fire is sponsored by Big Lake Community Education. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

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Jenna and Dan Nygaard visit with Friends of the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge President Bruce Johnson, who is holding a beaver pelt.