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Brainerd Public Schools Employee Receives MnACTE/SNP Teacher of the Year Award

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Brainerd Public Schools are pleased to announce that special education teacher, Sue Sorensen, has been named the Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Education/Special Needs Personnel (MnACTE/SNP) Teacher of the Year 2017. Sorensen was nominated by her coworker, Twila Ehrich-Belton.

Sue Sorensen

Sorenson has been with Brainerd Public Schools for more than 16 years at Lincoln Education Center where she teaches classes in Occupational Skills and Career Exploration.

“We truly have been blessed to work with Sue and to have her on our team helping us serve and meet the needs of our special population of kids,” said Nancy Anderson, principal of Lincoln Education Center

Every other year, the MnACTE/SNP recognizes the contributions and efforts of fellow professionals who have made a significant impact on the success of students in the field of Career & Technical Education.

The 2017 Teacher of the Year Award will be presented on February 23 at the Edinburg USA Event and Conference Center in Brooklyn Park.

The Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education/Special Needs Personnel is a statewide professional organization of individuals who coordinate work-based learning programs, teach, administer or provide transition services for students with special needs. MnACTE/SNP has been providing professional leadership since its charter in 1975.

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The mission of the Brainerd Public Schools, in partnership with the community, is to ensure all students achieve their individual potential by providing the highest-quality programs and resources to prepare learners for an ever-changing global society.

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