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Patriot Perspective: 11 staff members and seven retirees honored at Pequot Lakes Schools

On May 25, the district hosted an Employee Recognition Celebration at Breezy Point Resort to honor staff

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PEQUOT LAKES — An organization is only as good as its people - and the Pequot Lakes School District is fortunate to have an outstanding staff who are dedicated to students and this community.

On May 25, the district hosted an Employee Recognition Celebration at Breezy Point Resort. The following staff were honored at the event:

  • Kelly Crosby (Eagle View Elementary School): Region 5 Educator of Excellence.
  • Kyle Spray (middle school): Region 5 Educator of Excellence.
  • Megan Johnson (high school): Region 5 Educator of Excellence and Teacher of the Year.
  • Mike O’Neil (middle school): Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals 2022 Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year.
  • Brian Alt (high school ): 20 years of service.
  • Jessica Mudgett (Early Childhood): 20 years of service.
  • Rachel Sullivan (Eagle View): 20 years of service.
  • Mindi Brill (Eagle View): 25 years of service.
  • Anna Larson (middle school): 25 years of service.
  • Andrea Neva (Eagle View): 25 years of service.
  • Lynn Smith (high school): 25 years of service.

Retirements

  • Debra Buckner: high school paraprofessional, 5 years of service from 2016-2021.
  • Mark Rieschl: high school/middle school custodian, 5.5 years of service from 2016-2021.
  • Janet Durham: high school paraprofessional, 23 years of service from 1998-2021.
  • Eileen Nelson: Eagle View social worker, 24 years of service from 1998-2022.
  • Tom Smith: high school physical education teacher, 31.5 years of service from 1991-2022.
  • Barb Wallace: high school secretary, 33 years of service from 1989-2022.
  • Wade Hoppe: middle school math teacher, 37 years of service from 1985-2022.

A video showcasing the seven retirees' careers is now posted on the district website. Please join us in thanking and honoring these and all staff members.

Kurt Stumpf is Pequot Lakes Schools superintendent.

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