Community Educators of Excellence Award given to Pine River-Backus director

Troy Gregory recognized for his many accomplishments

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Troy Gregory
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PINE RIVER — Troy Gregory, Pine River-Backus Community Education director and Pine River City Council member, has been recognized with the Community Educators of Excellence Award from Region 8 of the Minnesota Community Education Association.

Gregory is also the PR-B School District's communications coordinator and COVID-19 coordinator, and previously was the district's testing coordinator. He’s been with Pine River-Backus Community Education since 2011 and an MCEA member since he began this journey.

Gregory received a master’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University in 2003. He values education and sees the importance of educating others.

He has taken the PR-B Community Education department to new heights by implementing solid programs. He started STEM and STEAM programs within youth enrichment and has grown youth sports into a large, organized program that reflects the community’s needs.

Gregory has well-established programs such as adult enrichment classes, drivers education courses, adult basic education, bike rentals and a renovated community garden with water, to name a few.


Gregory has created programs that are centered on families and community members, increased budgets and reduced costs by cooperating with outside businesses and organizations in mutually beneficial ways in his community. Gregory has built strong relations with staff, community and businesses to better evaluate community needs and wants through active involvement in his community

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As the COVID-19 coordinator, he has had to work closely with the district nurse, superintendent, Cass County Health and Minnesota Department of Health to ensure safety in school and provide resources to his community. He helped develop COVID-19 guidelines for the district and was a valued member of this team.

Since 2015, he has served as a city council member for Pine River. He is on several local boards and committees.

Gregory is a well-known resident and demonstrates his local and regional leadership by serving his community, his peers and other directors and coordinators in Region 8. He is a dedicated leader, committed to Community Education and his community relationships at his school and around town.

He is a role model to many and leads by example. His kind and friendly demeanor are welcoming and genuine when it comes to interacting with others. He always greets people with a smile and his conversations are sincere.

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