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The District 112 Foundation is pleased to announce the five finalists for the 2022 Excellence in Education (Teacher of the Year) Award. In alphabetical order, the finalists are as follows:

  • Mary Ann Hallgren (Carver Elementary, K-5 Special Education)
  • Kelly Motta (La Academia, 1st grade)
  • Scott Prescott (Pioneer Ridge Middle School, Band/Choir)
  • Erin Puk (Carver Elementary, 1st grade)
  • Laura Tessmer (Clover Ridge Elementary, 5th grade)

The Foundation received 56 total nominations for 43 teachers across the school district. Historically, most nominations are submitted by parents, but this year a record number of students nominated teachers.

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Our Mission: To prepare each learner for lifelong success through personalized, inquiry-based education combining art and core academic standards. We believe in education that is student-centered, community-focused, and relevant to our world. 
Integrated Arts Academy is a public high school founded on research linking academic success to the arts and hands-on learning experiences. Our curriculum embeds culinary, horticulture and visual arts into core subjects such as English, math, science, and social studies. The rich arts-integrated instruction, small school size (~125 students), and strong community partnerships offer students a true personalized high school education.

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Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

Students learn culinary techniques and management skills hands-on from educators in the classroom, but also gain experience with culinary professionals.

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We teach environmental studies, ecology, business skills, and teamwork through the lens of the horticultural arts. We partner with the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and other local experts.

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Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Our teaching methods combine a rigorous curriculum with active learning through the arts. Areas of study include ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, videography, and decorative art.

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