Chosen by peers, RC educators awarded

Sue Karvonen, left, and Julie Thom were selected by their peers as Leaders in Educational Excellence. Photos supplied

Sue Karvonen, left, and Julie Thom were selected by their peers as Leaders in Educational Excellence. Photos supplied

Two teachers and two support staff from Rush City schools were recently awarded for jobs well done for students and the overall school community.

Nominated by their peers, teachers Julie Thom and Sue Karvonen accepted their Leaders in Educational Excellence awards at a Resource Training and Solutions banquet in St. Cloud on Oct. 30.

“It is my privilege to teach sixth-graders; they keep me on my toes in teaching math, reading, science and various life skills,” said Jacobson Elementary’s Karvonen, who’s been teaching for 10 years.

She admits her students have been her “go-to’s” in all technology matters.

“It’s a symbiotic relationship,” she noted.

In addition to coordinating all early childhood programs for the district, Thom teaches two sections of preschool and two sections of parent education. She is in her 13th year with Rush City Schools.

“Parents, administrators and community members comment on the quality of our staff, and these two teachers certainly have demonstrated a commitment to their students and Rush City Schools,” the school district said. “Thanks to Julie and Sue for all you have done and continue to do as representatives of the educational community.”

Wendy Cook, left, and Kim Sarago were formally recognized by Resource Training and Solutions, of Sartell, Minn., for their roles as educational support staff.

Wendy Cook, left, and Kim Sarago were formally recognized by Resource Training and Solutions, of Sartell, Minn., for their roles as educational support staff.

Support staff honored

Resource Training recognized Rush City educational support staff Wendy Cook and Kim Sarago, among others across Central Minnesota, during an award dinner Sept. 30 in St. Cloud.

They, too, were nominated by their peers.

“Thanks to Wendy and Kim for your contributions to the students and staff at Rush City Schools,” the district said.

Based in Sartell, the Resource Training organization has honored 101 people from 27 school districts in its fourth year of recognizing those who work as bus drivers, custodians, cooks, paraprofessionals and other staff who help keep schools running smoothly.

“Resource is proud to give recognition to the education support staff,” said Rob Cavanna, executive director. “They are an integral part of our school districts and help them run efficiently on a daily basis. They promote student achievement, ensure student safety and contribute to the establishment and promotion of a positive and safe instructional environment.”

Those who received awards went home with a trophy and a certificate signed by the governor of Minnesota.

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