Minnetonka Employee Awards for Child-Centered Excellence
We are pleased to introduce a new recognition program to shine a spotlight on our many exemplary employees. This recognition is not a selection of Minnetonka’s best employee in each category—which varies by year, by day, and by moment. This award seeks to select the best representatives of the many outstanding employees in the Minnetonka School District. The program includes recognition for representatives from every employee group.
2019 award recipients
- Pete Dymit, Principal, Minnetonka Middle School East
- Ann Foss, Nurse
- Lynda Hartmann, Paraprofessional, Minnetonka Middle School East
- Zina Hilgers, Cook Manager, Minnewashta Elementary
- Debbie Kopischke, Paraprofessional, Groveland
- Kathryn Larsen, Receptionist/Communications Assistant, District Service Center
- Randy Phillips, Head Custodian, Minnetonka Community Education Center
- Nicholas Pyzdrowski, Assistant Site Leader for Explorers Club, Minnetonka Community Education Center
- Demonstrates exemplary commitment, enthusiasm, student-focus, effectiveness, and professionalism
- Maintains a helpful attitude and responsive behavior with encouraging words and outstanding customer service
- Takes pride in surroundings and being a member of the Minnetonka School District educational team
- Displays personal and professional integrity
- Advocates for the best interest of students, exhibits a genuine love of children and a professional commitment to children’s learning; recognizes and appreciates being a partner in the educational success of each student
- Demonstrates a commitment to professional growth, system improvement, and community involvement
Awards may be presented in each of the following employee categories:
- Administrative and Support Personnel
- Buildings and Grounds
- Community Ed
- Coaches or co-curricular advisors
- Food Service
- Licensed professionals district-wide (Guidance, Social Workers, Nurses, OT/PT, Speech Lang., Psychologists, etc.)
- Teachers (please refer to the Excellence in Teaching award)
- 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 this nominee’s strengths in relation to the criteria for this award.
- Briefly describe how this nominee displays a genuine love of children and commitment to their learning.
- Briefly describe this nominee’s attitude, responsiveness and customer service.
- Briefly describe this nominee’s involvement in our schools and community, beyond regular duties.
- Submit one or more letters of support which share personal observations of how the nominee demonstrates a commitment to child-centered excellence. It is suggested that letters be from both an employee and non-employee of the District.
- Recipients are selected by the District Recognition Committee and shall be notified in late April.