Fellow staff burst into Nikki Stark's classroom on Monday, May 10 with cow bells, balloons and flowers to announce her as 2021 Pequot Lakes Teacher of the Year.

Stark was caught off guard as the honor was kept a secret beforehand. Her surprise was visible to her students and the staff gathering there.

Nikki Stark reacts in surprise upon learning Monday morning, May 10, in her Pequot Lakes High School classroom that she is the school district's 2021 Teacher of the Year.
Nikki Stark reacts in surprise upon learning Monday morning, May 10, in her Pequot Lakes High School classroom that she is the school district's 2021 Teacher of the Year.Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Look for the full story in the Wednesday, May 12, Echo Journal and online at pineandlakes.com.

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