the minnesota division

for early childhood

CONGRATULATIONS 2016

MNDEC Practitioner Award Recipients!

  • Sonja Griebel

  • St. Paul Public Schools

  • Nicole Moeller

  • Mankato Public Schools


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  • These honorees have made a difference in the lives of young children with special needs and their families and/or in the lives of their colleagues by performing their job in an exemplary manner; by making significant contributions or providing leadership that has improved or will improve the lives of young children with special needs and their families; by demonstrating, through their work, evidence of knowledge and skills consistent with recommended practices in the field; and, by demonstrating high ethical and professional standards.

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MN DEC Members- Awards

MN DEC presents two annual awards:  the MNDEC Practitioner of the Year Award and MNDEC Leader of the Year Award.  Any early childhood professional (ECSE, ECFE, Head Start or preschool teacher or administrator, childcare provider/director or other professional) may be nominated by MNDEC members.

Awards

The Minnesota Division for Early Childhood (MN DEC) is a statewide membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and other special needs.

The Rose C. Engel Award for Excellence in Professional Practice

MN DEC presents two annual awards:  the MNDEC Practitioner of the Year Award and MNDEC Leader of the Year Award.  Any early childhood professional (ECSE, ECFE, Head Start or preschool teacher or administrator, childcare provider/director or other professional) may be nominated by MNDEC members.


Past MNDEC Award Recipients:


Lori Ptak, 2015 MNDEC Practitioner of the Year Award Recipient:

Lori Ptak, Speech/Language Pathologist with Roseville Area Schools, was awarded the 2015 MNDEC Practitioner of the Year Award. Lori holds licenses in both speech/language pathology and early childhood special education. Lori has been a partner in education with her team and instrumental in designing instructional space using the Zones of Regulation and Routines Based Intervention in the classroom setting.  Lori’s contributions and leadership in the Roseville ECSE program were acknowledged.  

Donna Marget, 2015 MNDEC Leader of the Year Award Recipient:

Donna Marget, Special Services Coordinator with Wayzata Public Schools, was awarded the 2015 MNDEC Leader of the Year Award.  Many leadership strengths were highlighted in her nomination.  Donna’s strong and supportive leadership style was an asset to the Wayzata ECSE program.   She was commended for being a champion for children and families in the area of early childhood mental health.  Donna’s positive collaboration with others and infectious sense of humor had a lasting impact on her team.


Barb Hustad Practitioner of the Year Award for 2014
2012 Rose C. Engel Award for Excellence in Professional Practicet: Mary Miller


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