District honors 2017 staff and Friends of Education for dedicated service

Educating Lakeville Area Public Schools’ 11,000 students wouldn’t be possible without hard work and dedication of the district’s staff.

Lakeville Area Public Schools presented its awards May 24 to its Friends of Education, employees reaching service milestones and staff members retiring during the 2016-17 academic year.

Lakeville Area Public Schools presented its awards May 24 to its Friends of Education, employees reaching service milestones and staff members retiring during the 2016-17 academic year.

Lakeville Area Public Schools presented awards to its Friends of Education, employees reaching service milestones and staff members retiring during the 2016-17 academic year.

All told, the 152 staff members receiving service milestone awards have served the district 2,795 years, said Superintendent Dr. Lisa Snyder.

“That’s pretty amazing,” Snyder told the honorees. “Thank you for all the years of education you have provided for our students.”

In all, 35 staff members have retired during the 2016-17 school year. Throughout their careers, they’ve served more than 721 years, said Tony Massaros, executive director of administrative services.

“I can only imagine the profound impact you have had on our students,” Massaros said.

For the second year, Lakeville South’s STEM Academy students created the awards for Friends of Education, retirees and staff members. The group described their project in a short video, bringing “aws” and even tears to some staff members’ eyes.

District staff were honored for their years of service during this year's Staff Recognition event.

District staff were honored for their years of service during this year’s Staff Recognition event.

“This personalized thank you represents the unique partnerships students and staff have, and that makes Lakeville Area Public Schools such a great place,” said LSHS senior Grace Boyd. “Although it pales in comparison to your extreme dedication to your students, we hope this award reminds you of the extreme impact you’ve had on so many of their lives.”

Friends of Education awards were presented to people who have provided distinguished service by the business community, education and volunteers. The honorees included Steve Lorenz, Business/Community Partnerships; Linda Swanson, Distinguished Service; Rebecca Chamberlain and Holly Traub, Education; and Angie Farrell and Erin Gonyea, Volunteer Service.

If there was a common theme among remarks by the Friends of Education, it was serving others

District staff received awards for retirements, among other categories.

District staff received awards for retirements, among other categories at this year’s Staff Recognition event.

brings them joy, and no one makes accomplishments alone.

For several years, Lorenz has helped organize the career jamboree, teacher appreciation and college financial planning nights. Lorenz said it all started after he began teaching classes through community education and found joy.

That prompted Lorenz to consider ways of giving back, because he said, “I think I owe a lot to the district.”

Farrell offered similar sentiments. The 20-year volunteer who works with adults learning English as a second language said she’s been volunteering all her life.

“Nothing happens in a vacuum,” Farrell said, crediting the staff members with whom she worked for the success she’s had in helping others. “I hope I get to do this for a long time to come.”

Snyder thanked sponsors, including Brackett’s Crossing Country Club, Flora Etcetera, Perkins of Lakeville and Cornerstone Copy for their support for the event.

Watch the video below that Lakeville South STEM Academy students created to document their project.

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