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                                                 MINNESOTA’S K–12 EDUCATION CONNECTIONTODAY                                     MN                ™

                             Moorhead House Remodel  Minnesota Finalists Chosen for

                             Demonstrates Former MHS  Presidential Awards for Excellence in

                             Teacher’s Legacy                                  Mathematics and Science Teaching

                                                The builder sent Tyler Spriggs to meet   The Minnesota Department of Education
                                            with the Olsons and as they walked through   (MDE) is pleased to announce that six Min-
                                            the house, he immediately noticed the gun   nesota  teachers  have  been  selected  as  2024
                                            cabinet in the corner. “Tyler said it looks just   f nalists for the Presidential Awards for Excel-
                                            like the one he made in high school,” Chris   lence  in  Mathematics  and  Science  Teaching
                                            recalled.  “So  I  asked  him,  ‘Who  was  your   (PAEMST).
                                            teacher?’ and he said ‘Stan Olson.’    The Minnesota f nalists are:
                                                When  Tyler  learned  he  was  standing
                                            in  Stan  Olson’s  basement,  he  was  blown   Mathematics
                                            away. His words impacted Chris deeply. “He   Kristin Cayo, Eden Prairie Schools, Forest
                                            told  me  that  dad  was  his  favorite  teacher   Hills Elementary School
                                            and those classes are a big reason why he’s   Sarah Donovan, Anoka-Hennepin Schools,   Kristin Cayo  Sarah Donovan
                                            working in construction now.”         Hamilton Elementary School
                                                Spriggs,  MHS  Class  of  2005,  took   Mark Nechanicky, Albert Lea Area Schools,
                                            woodworking  with  the  elder  Mr.  Olson   Lakeview Elementary School
                                            before he retired in 2003. He grew up in a
                                            family of contractors but taking woodwork-  Science
                                            ing at MHS helped cement his passion for   Krista Wyvell-Fink, Anoka-Hennepin
        Moorhead Area Public Schools                                              Schools, Rum River Elementary School
            Chris Olson is a music teacher at Prob-                             Kelly Gibson, Saint Paul Public Schools,
        stf eld Elementary whose family has a long                                Battle Creek Elementary School
        history with Moorhead Area Public Schools.                              Deanne Trottier, Pequot Lakes Schools,
        Chris  himself  is  a  Moorhead  High  School                             Eagle View Elementary School
        alum, having graduated in 1992, as were his                                                                Mark Nechanicky   Krista Wyvall-Fink
        parents Stan and Margie, both in the MHS                                   The  PAEMST  are  the  highest  honors
        Class of 1961. He also follows in the profes-                           bestowed by the U.S. government specif cally
        sional  footsteps  of  his  mom  and  dad:  Stan                        for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and
        was  an  MHS  woodworking  teacher  for  31                             mathematics teaching. The awards were estab-
        years;  Margie  was  a  family  and  consumer                           lished by Congress in 1983 and the President
        sciences teacher and later substitute at MHS                            recognizes  around  100  exemplary  teachers
        for 39 years.                                                           each year.
            When Margie passed away in February                                    The award recognizes teachers who have
        at age 80—Stan had passed in 2020 at age                                deep content knowledge of the subjects they
        77—Chris  and  his  wife  Lynne  decided  to                            teach and the ability to motivate and enable
        renovate and then move into Stan and Mar-                               students to succeed in those areas. The award
        gie’s house. The Olsons contacted a custom                              is  administered  by  the  National  Science
        home builder in Fargo to inquire about the                                                                   Kelly Gibson     Deanne Trottier
        project.                                         Continued on Page 12               Continued on Page 25

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