I am a storyteller.
Whether it’s a hard-hitting investigative piece or a feature article on a local, I aim to tell a story accurately, fairly and well.
The story that is my least favorite to tell is my own. So, when my boss told me I had to write an article on myself, my cheeks got hot and I felt a familiar urge to hide under my desk or run away.
Oakdale Elementary School teacher Kathy Lukin is recipient of The Arc Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding teacher who has demonstrated excellence in educating and including students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Kathy Lukin holds her students to high standards. She does not pity or coddle the children who come into her classroom every day. She puts in extra hours before school and on the weekends to create new learning opportunities for her students. She advocates for more inclusiveness and support for her kids.
While these are strategies many teachers employ to help their students learn, Lukin is also faced with the challenge of teaching special education students, many of whom have severe disabilities.
Eighth graders Paula Alihonou, Eva O’Phelan and Justine Finken, along with AVID teacher Jeanette Landin with her son Liam, collected food Halloween night for We Scare Hunger, an initiative through Free the Children. (submitted photos)
This Halloween, Skyview Middle School students trick-or-treated for an unlikely kind of “treat”—non-perishable food items for a local food bank.
On Friday, Oct. 25, Lake Elmo city council member Mike Reeves and communications coordinator Alyssa MacLeod talked to Lake Elmo Elementary sixth graders about civility and the Speak Your Peace project.
Jake Raymond, 24, of Oakdale picked up boxing after attending a boxing showcase at the city’s annual Summerfest celebration this year. He has been training since July, and competed in his first fight in mid-October. (submitted photo)
Jake Raymond, 24, has many titles. Father of two, husband, student, Oakdale resident, military veteran, runner. And now, he can add another to the list: amateur boxer.
Raymond, a former member of the North High School wrestling team, says individual sports have always drawn his interest.
Steven Grant of Oakdale is currently on tour with Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure, which will be coming through the Twin Cities Dec. 12-15. Steven trained with the Woodbury Figure Skating Club and has been skating since he was three years old. He attended the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.
Laura Larson, Coordinator of Operations for Stillwater Area Public Schools District 834, was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Contributor Award at the annual Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals Association conference held on Oct. 3. This award is in recognition of Ms. Larson’s outstanding dedication and commitment to educational facilities management.
Lowell Johnson, director of Washington County’s Department of Public Health and Environment was named one of the winners of the Minnesota Department of Health 2013 Community Health Awards, which honor individuals and groups for outstanding contributions to the state’s public health system.