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A Systemwide Teaching Award


2014 Awards Event Photo Gallery

This site provides information about the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The award is an honor bestowed upon Minnesota State Colleges & Universities faculty to acknowledge and reward exceptional individual professional accomplishment, and to encourage ongoing excellence.

30 Faculty Named 2014 Outstanding Educators


On April 23, 2014, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' Board of Trustees honored 30 outstanding educators who teach at 17 colleges around the state. The board announced selection of its 2014 Educators of the Year. See also 2014 Press Clips.

The Outstanding Educator designation by their presidents reflects the exceptional commitment that each of the nominees have demonstrated in teaching, in their continuous professional development, and in their service to students, the college, profession, and the MnSCU system.

  • Event program (PDF
  • About BOT Awards (video
  • About Deanna Forsman (video)
  • About Cheryl Neudauer (video)
  • About Sandra Sellner-Wee (video)
  • About Cheryl Tefer (video)

2014 Educators of the Year

Deanna Forsman, History Instructor, North Hennepin Community College, Interim President Lisa Larson 

Cheryl Neudauer, Biology Instructor, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, President Phillip Davis 

Sandra Sellner-Wee, Radiography Instructor, Riverland Community College, President Adenuga Atewologun 

Cheryl Tefer, Nursing Instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, President Kent Hanson 

Congratulations to all!

2014 Outstanding Educators

Eric Anderson, Music Instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, President Kent Hanson

David Atwood, Mathematics Instructor, Rochester Community and Technical College, Interim President Gail O’Kane

Aaron Barker, Energy/Mechatronics/Instrumentation Instructor, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, President Joyce Helens

Julie Buntjer, Nursing Instructor, Ridgewater College, President Douglas Allen

Brad Burklund, Farm Business Management Instructor, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, President Joyce Helens

Michelle Cochran, Reading Instructor, Rochester Community and Technical College, Interim President Gail O’Kane

Julie Dillenburg, Industrial Technology Instructor, Pine Technical and Community College, President Robert Musgrove

Aimee DuBois, Communications Instructor, Normandale Community College, President Joseph Opatz

Roberta Freeman, Communication and English Instructor, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, President Peggy Kennedy

Loren Haagenson, Human Resource Instructor, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, President Peggy Kennedy

Pam Jensen, Computer Support Technology Instructor, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, President Richard Shrubb

Robert Jersak, Communications Instructor, Century College, President Ron Anderson

Deb Kvamme, Landscape and Horticulture Instructor, Hennepin Technical College, President Cecilia Cervantes

Lisa Lentner, Physical Therapist Assistant Instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, President Kent Hanson

Bayla McDougal, Addiction Counseling Instructor, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, President Phillip Davis

Julie Morgan, Dental Assisting Instructor, Central Lakes College, President Larry Lundblad

Nathan Peterson, Robotics/Automated Systems Instructor, Central Lakes College, President Larry Lundblad

Anne-Marie Ryan-Guest, Economics Instructor, Normandale Community College, President Joseph Opatz

Delia Samuel, Mathematics Instructor, Century College, President Ron Anderson

Ayesha Shariff, History Instructor, Saint Paul College, President Rassoul Dastmozd

Jay Siedschlaw, Landscape and Horticulture Instructor, Hennepin Technical College, President Cecilia Cervantes

Greg Skudlarek, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Instructor, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, President Phillip Davis

Penny Starkey, Chemistry Instructor, Saint Paul College, President Rassoul Dastmozd

Lori Thrun, Biology Instructor, Century College, President Ron Anderson

Christina Wilson, Practical Nursing Instructor, Anoka Technical College, President Kent Hanson

Robert Zbikowski, Engineering/Physics Instructor, Hibbing Community College, President M. Sue Collins

2014 Awardees

Congratulations to the 2014 Educators of the Year!

Deanna Forsman
Deanna Forsman

Cheryl Neudauer
Cheryl Neudauer

Sandra Sellner-Wee
Sandra Sellner-Wee

Cheryl Tefer
Cheryl Tefer

2014 Outstanding Educators