Each year, District 194 presents Friends of Education awards to honor outstanding individual contributions to the district. The awards recognize people whose service has been ongoing in one of four categories: distinguished service, education, business/community partnership and volunteer service. Five exceptional Lakeville Area community members have been selected to receive a 2018 Friends of Education award, which will be presented at the annual staff recognition event on May 23 at Brackett’s Crossing in Lakeville.
Pamela McNutt, District 194 community education enrichment coordinator, will be honored for her distinguished service. McNutt has served as an exemplary role model to staff members, implemented vital after-school programming for students and has helped to coordinate the Ready, Set, Achieve! back-to-school readiness event for students who are in need of school supplies and other essential belongings.
Dave Hanson, Kenwood Trail Middle School math teacher, will be honored for his contributions to education. Hanson is known for his unique ability to provide exceptional encouragement and help to struggling students. Additionally, Hanson has coordinated parent math nights, hosted free summer math challenges, mentored students and has assembled a free after-school basketball program.
Todd Mooney, LEAF union president and Lakeview Elementary School program assistant paraprofessional, will also be honored for his outstanding contributions to education. Mooney has worked to build positive relationships with all stakeholders, including classroom teachers, support staff, volunteers, building maintenance crews, parents and students. He is a champion for children with special needs and an advocate for all students.
Craig Pratt, businessman and District 194 parent, will be honored for his outstanding partnership through his company ServiceNow. Pratt has been a consistent leader in the district supporting the MNCAPs program, and most recently, helping to organize a campaign to pay off school lunch debt for families in need.
David Anderson, the chairperson of the District 194 special education advisory council (SEAC), will be honored for his volunteer service. Anderson has served on the SEAC for eight years and has developed fundraising opportunities that provide scholarships for students. Anderson also serves as a special education parent liaison and supports parents through the evaluation and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) processes.
The five award recipients were judged primarily on the significance of contributions to education in District 194 over the years. All recipients have made contributions above and beyond what is expected, supported the strategic plan, provided creative leadership in motivating others to contribute and have demonstrated continued support for District 194.