Team Award for Child-Centered Collaboration

Team Award for Child-Centered Collaboration

Collaboration is a key element of Minnetonka Public Schools' Teaching and Learning Framework. We depend on teachers, staff and the community to build relationships and design unique student experiences for deeper learning. This award gives us an opportunity to encourage a collaborative culture of innovation in our District.

2016 award recipients

  • Brad Halvorson - MME, Language Arts Teacher
  • Ann Hanstad - MME, Science Teacher

Award criteria

  • Two or more individuals will be recognized for working collaboratively on a project, with established goals, to positively impact student learning.

Nomination process

  • Any Minnetonka colleague, administrator, student, parent, community member, or alumnus may make the nomination. Self-nominations are not accepted.

The nomination shall include:

  • Nominator’s name and phone number
  • Nominee’s name, job title, and school or department

Answers to the following questions:

  • Briefly describe the team, collaborative project and goals.
  • Briefly describe how this project is positively impacting student learning

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
  4. Mail nominations to:

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

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Past Recipients


  • Tim Ketel, Excelsior Elementary, Teacher
  • Laurie Pohlad, Volunteer
  • Amy Wilkenson, Volunteer


  • Chris Pears, MHS, VANTAGE
  • Melissa Olson, MHS, VANTAGE
  • Erik Sill, MHS, VANTAGE
  • Brent Veninga, MHS, VANTAGE