Teacher of the YearDanielle Raabe, Special Education teacher at Chaska Middle School West, has been named the 2020 Teacher of the Year by the District 112 Foundation. This year, a virtual celebration recognizing the efforts of each of the finalists was produced by the Foundation and shared via email and on the Foundation’s Facebook page. Raabe is a Center-Based Special Education teacher at Chaska Middle School West. Her teaching style enables her classroom to be a thriving community and students are excited to come to school every day, where Raabe’s enthusiasm and high expectations for achievement contribute to her students’ desire to learn. Raabe has served as a voice and advocate for students who are not always heard or recognized. She communicates effectively for and with her students to provide them with a solid education based on their individual needs and is committed to making a positive difference in each of their lives.

The Excellence in Education Awards is a signature program of the District 112 Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to advancing innovation and excellence in education in Eastern Carver County Schools. In addition to Raabe, the other finalists this year include Blair Leigh, Carver Elementary; Rachel Novotny, La Academia; Jody Tellinghuisen, Bluff Creek Elementary School; and Kristen Volp, Chanhassen Elementary.

Past award recipients include: Nina Kirkman, Anna Edlund, Jake Jauert, Edie Stearns, Tim Beckler, Candice Galipo, Bob Downs, Michele Schnaare, Sara Rother, Mary Perrine, Julie Myhr, Arlene Borner, and Eric Songer.

About the Organization:
The District 112 Foundation is a nonprofit organization, separate from the school district, that advances excellence and innovation within Eastern Carver County Schools. The Foundation provides supplemental funds for innovative educational ideas, helps close achievement gaps, and supports teaching and learning across all buildings and grade levels. Funds raised by the Foundation augment the school district revenues provided by taxpayers, state aid, and other public funding sources. Visit district112foundation.org or call 952-556-6299 for more information.