Breck Honors Teaching Excellence
This morning, we honored our faculty & staff who are historically recognized on Staff Appreciation Day in early May. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we held an awards ceremony online.
First we honored our those who have worked at Breck for 10, 20, and 30 years.
Paul Kielb | Breck Transportation
John Lofquist | Anderson Ice Arena
Bob McClure | Breck Transportation
Lan Tan | Middle School Chinese Teacher
Scott Wade | Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Brian Benson | Bus Mechanic
Mary Healy | Human Resources Director
Lisa Hunninghake | Fourth-Grade Teacher
Steve McCarthy | Grounds Supervisor
Dan Ratliff | Sixth-Grade Science Teacher
Gordon Walker | Evening Maintenance Supervisor
Sara Thorne | Second-Grade Teacher
Chris Walker | Evening Maintenance Supervisor
Awards recognizing our faculty for teaching excellence and leadership were next.
THE JEAN WIGLEY TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD
This award is given in recognition of excellence in teaching and is presented to a faculty member each spring. Named after the late Jean Wigley, grandmother of three Breck alumnae. The Wigley Award was presented to Emily Brisse, Upper School English teacher.
THE LEE AND PENNY ANDERSON FAMILY FOUNDATION BRECK FACULTY CHAIR
Breck Faculty Chair Awards are an honorary recognition of excellence in teaching, endowed by generous donors and held by teachers for a three-year term. The Anderson Family Foundation Faculty Chair was awarded to Lisa Heurung, Lower School Counselor.
THE CARL AND ELOISE POHLAD FAMILY BRECK FACULTY CHAIR
Breck Faculty Chair Awards are an honorary recognition of excellence in teaching, endowed by generous donors and held by teachers for a three-year term. The Pohlad Family Faculty Chair was awarded to Jessica Wanless, Middle/Upper School Learning Coach.
Being named a Master Teacher is Breck’s highest honor for a faculty member who has shown exceptional leadership and professionalism. This morning Head of School Dr. Natalia Rico Hernández announced our newest Master Teacher: Jenny Bennett.
THE ERNEST CAMPBELL AWARD
Voted by faculty and staff for one of their own, this award recognizes “self-giving love for Breck.”
The award is named for a beloved former Chaplain on Breck’s River Road campus. Breck's 2020 Ernest Campbell Award recipient is Sarah Flotten '85, Peter Clark Center Coordinator and Eighth-Grade History Teacher.
Finally, we said good-bye to our retirees and to Bishop Brian Prior. Three members of our community are retiring and we wish them the very best. They are Steve McCarthy, Paula Nelson, and Patti Roby.
Bishop Brian Prior is moving back to Washington state after spending the last 10 years as IX Bishop of Minnesota and Chair of the Breck Board of Trustees.
Congratulations to everyone — award recipients and retirees!
On Wednesday morning, Upper School students listened to Ugandan climate justice advocate Evelyn Acham.
MS science students collaborated on a climate change research project earlier this year. Their teacher, Ms. Alexander, created a scenario for her students that opened up opportunities for deep conversations about climate justice and helped them understand the complicated nature of negotiating resolutions while also internalizing the need for immediate action to mitigate its impact.
This year, the Breck Math League Team took second in Class 1A at the 2021 Minnesota State High School Mathematics League State Tournament. In a year of virtual practices, meets, and tournaments that literally crossed the International Date Line, the team stuck together and retained their second-place standing for a second year.