SUBSCRIBE NOW Just 99¢ for your first month



9 educators receive STEM awards

STEM educators
Angela Heitmann, Dan Devine, Burke Egner, Katie Donlin and Paula Braun at the Outstanding Educator awards ceremony. (Contributed photo)
We are part of The Trust Project.

Nine area educators were recognized Wednesday  for their efforts to teach so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

Outstanding Educator awards were presented by the Southeast Service Cooperative’s STEM Forward collaborative during a ceremony at Castle Community in Rochester

Two teachers won awards: Angela Heitmann and Burke Egner, both from Albert Lea Public Schools.

Award nominees included John Bartucz (Rochester Public Schools), Paula Braun (Dover-Eyota Public Schools), Dan Devine (Rochester Public Schools), Katie Donlin (Byron Public Schools), Nate Pfeilsticker (Plainview-Elgin-Millville Public Schools), Alison Rumpca (Red Wing Public Schools), and Art Trimble (Rochester Public Schools).

The educators were celebrated for building strong foundations in science, technology, engineering and math literacy, increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM, building computational literacy, and preparing the STEM workforce for the future.


"It is our job as educators to prepare students to work and excel in fields that do not currently exist and in emerging technologies that include Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and the connected lifestyles from Internet of Things enabled objects." Egner said.

Nominees were accepted from school districts in the 11 counties of southeastern Minnesota.

What to read next
Both Sanford Health and Essentia Health in Fargo report more inquiries from new mothers about breastfeeding.
See the latest COVID-19 numbers updated daily.
A whiff of the sweet smells of springtime are a seasonal joy. But the pollen-filled air also may send people with allergies running to their medicine cabinets. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams gets tips on how to handle seasonal allergies from asthma and allergy specialist.
Fentanyl has taken root in Montana and in communities across the Mountain West during the pandemic, after formerly being prevalent mostly east of the Mississippi River, said Keith Humphreys of the Stanford-Lancet Commission on the North American Opioid Crisis. Montana law enforcement officials have intercepted record numbers of pale-blue pills made to look like prescription opioids such as OxyContin. Nationwide, at least 103,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2021, a 45% increase from 2019, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 7 of every 10 of those deaths were from synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl.