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Wanken and Meihofer named EML Educators of Excellence and nominees for 2024 Teacher of the Year

November 30, 2023

Lakeville Area Schools is proud to have two staff members be named Education Minnesota Lakeville (EML) “Educators of Excellence" – Dr. Matthew Wanken and Gina Meihofer. They are now eligible candidates for the 2024 Minnesota Teacher of the Year among candidates from across the state who were nominated by their colleagues and named by Education Minnesota.

Wanken is the band director at Lakeville North High School, and Meihofer teaches A+ at Christina Huddleston Elementary.

"We are fortunate to have such excellent educators, like Matt and Gina, in Lakeville Area Schools. We are proud of their work and this recognition of their outstanding service to our students," said Superintendent Dr. Doug Van Zyl.

The annual EML Educator of Excellence Awards celebrates excellence in teaching in Lakeville Area Schools. The annual Teacher of the Year program celebrates the tradition of excellence in teaching across Minnesota. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be named at a banquet in the Spring.