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Megan Johnson named 2022 Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes Teacher of the Year

English teacher surprised during May 3 class.

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Pequot Lakes English teacher Megan Johnson was honored as the 2022 Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes Teacher of the Year on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Teacher Sara Crabb-Erickson presents Johnson with balloons, a card and trinket in honor of her recognition.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
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PEQUOT LAKES — Pequot Lakes ninth grade English teacher Megan Johnson was surprised with cowbells, balloons and a card honoring her as the 2022 Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes Teacher of the Year during a morning English class Tuesday, May 3.

I work with some of the best teachers in the district, so it's amazing I was even considered and selected. It just feels like a huge honor.
Meghan Johnson

"This is a great honor," Johnson said. "I work with some of the best teachers in the district, so it's amazing I was even considered and selected. It just feels like a huge honor."

Johnson has been with the district for five years. She's been teaching six years overall in approximately the same grade level. Johnson was also recently honored as one of the annual Sourcewell Teachers of Excellence.

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Ninth grade English teacher Megan Johnson, in the center holding flowers and shown with her morning class, was honored Tuesday, May 3, 2022, as the Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes Teacher of the Year.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

"It's been a really great year," Johnson said.

The plan to surprise her was nearly undone, as Johnson had considered leaving early to tend to an issue with a pre-existing hip condition. She was asked to stick around longer under the guise of overseeing MCA testing.

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Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or travis.grimler@pineandlakes.com.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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