Brad Board Award

Bradley G. Board Grant for Excellence in Elementary Education

Sponsored by the Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation, the Bradley G. Board Fund awards an annual grant award to a District elementary teacher or professional staff person as a form of public recognition of excellence and achievement for this individual as a teacher/mentor having great impact on children. This monetary award is intended as a sign of encouragement for ongoing teaching and learning. It is meant to assist in the pursuit of the recipient’s interests.

Past award recipients

  • 2016 - Kay Ost, Deephaven (watch video)
  • 2015 - Daryl Seifert, Groveland Elementary (watch video)
  • 2014 - Kelly Phillips, Clear Springs
  • 2013 - Sue Odt, Groveland Elementary
  • 2012 - Jeanne Krake, Scenic Heights Elementary
  • 2011 - Lynn Owens, Deephaven Elementary
  • 2010 - Sandy Katkov, Scenic Heights Elementary
  • 2009 - Laura Whalen, Minnewashta Elementary
  • 2008 - Colleen Small, Groveland Elementary
  • 2007 - Mary Beth Solheim, Special Education Teacher
  • 2006 - Debbie Engel, Clear Springs Elementary

Award criteria

  1. Elementary teacher or professional staff person
  2. Evidence of excellence and achievement
  3. Recognized by colleagues and others as an outstanding elementary educator

The tribute will consist of a plaque in recognition of the award, and a monetary sum of $750 from the Bradley G. Board Fund, Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation. The use of the funds will not be restricted.

Nomination process

  • Any Minnetonka employee, parent, student or community member may make the nomination. Self-nominations are not accepted. Elementary teachers nominated for Child-Centered Excellence Awards will automatically be considered.
  • The nomination shall include:
    • Nominator’s name, address and phone number
    • Nominee’s name and elementary school
    • A brief essay not to exceed 250 words.
  • Deadline is March 1.
  • The selection will be made by a committee of the Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation.


The Awards


Four ways to submit a nomination

  1. Complete the online nomination form.
  2. Fax nominations to 952-401-5093
  3. Email nominations to celebrateexcellence@minnetonkaschools.org
  4. Mail nominations to:

Celebrate Excellence, Minnetonka Schools
5621 County Road 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345

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