Private and Independent Education Awards

Sunday, April 24, 2016

4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall

Anderson Student Center

The University of St. Thomas

St. Paul campus




Award nominations will be accepted

Click here to submit a nomination

Award Categories

Behind the Scenes

This award recognizes the quiet and essential work of an individual who supports the school outside the classroom. These individuals go out of their way to make the school environment welcoming, friendly, and caring. School staff, coaches, volunteers and other behind the scenes workers may be nominated for this award.


Community Champion

This award celebrates the work of an individual or group that has benefited a school and the community in which the school is located. Board members, donors, and other school supporters may be nominated for this award.


Program Award

This award highlights an innovative or successful program that supports engagement and academic achievement for the school, students, or faculty.


This award recognizes the hard work and dedication of school heads, presidents, principals, superintendents, or executive directors.
An MISF Leadership Award nominee should:
> Instill passion in themselves and the people with whom they work.
> Bring innovative ideas forward and to fruition.
> Be regarded as demonstrating highest integrity and ethical behavior.
> Understand how to help move change forward in an organization by effectively communicating with key internal and external stakeholders to help them understand, and participate in, the change process.
> Advocate for the importance of private/independent education in Minnesota.


Honor Teacher 

An MISF Honor Teacher nominee should:
> Display a passion for students and education.
> Model integrity, fairness, compassion, and excellence.
> Drive creativity and innovation in their students.
> Achieve exceptional and measurable outcomes.
> Demonstrate personal and professional growth through community service/involvement.



Click here to submit a nomination. 



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Congratulations 2015 Award Recipients

Watch the YouTube honoree videos

View a copy of last year's program


K-8 Honor Teacher

Mark Kenney, St. Charles Borromeo School (Minneapolis)

 9-12 Honor Teachers

Jim Parlin, Pacelli Catholic Schools (Austin)
Nancy Stockhaus, Benilde-St. Margaret's (St. Louis Park)


Honor Teacher Finalists

Twyla Beyers, Legacy Christian Academy (Andover)
Andrea Hahm, Trinity Lutheran School (Belle Plaine)
Peter Horton, Cotter Schools (Winona)
Mark Kenney, St. Charles Borromeo School (Minneapolis)
Jim Parlin, Pacelli Catholic Schools (Austin)
Nancy Stockhaus, Benilde-St. Margaret's (St. Louis Park)


Story Award Winners

Against All Odds

Adela Alvarez, Mayer Lutheran High School (Mayer)

Behind The Scenes

Maureen Soller, Risen Christ School (Minneapolis)

Community Champion

Going Out Program, Sunny Hollow Montessori (St. Paul)


Digital Citizenship Program, Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis)



STEM Grant Recipients

Innovation Grants

Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield)

Academy of Whole Learning (St. Louis Park)

Benilde-St. Margaret's (St. Louis Park)

Bethany Academy (Bloomington)

City of Lakes Waldorf School (Minneapolis)

Concordia Academy (Roseville)

Highland Catholic School (St. Paul)

Hill-Murray School (Maplewood)

Mayer Lutheran High School (Mayer)

Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis)

St. Charles Borromeo School (Minneapolis)

St. Jude of the Lake School (Mahtomedi)

Sunny Hollow Montessori (St. Paul)

Winona Area Catholic Schools (Winona)


Starter Grants

Heritage Christian Academy (Maple Grove)

John Ireland School (St. Peter)

Maternity of Mary - St. Andrew School (St. Paul)

New Life Academy (Woodbury)

St. John the Baptist Catholic School (Savage)


Sustainability Grants

Cotter Schools (Winona)

St. Anastasia School (Hutchinson)



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