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Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School: Local teachers honored for their service

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Bridget Stalboerger and Sondra Tokarczyk, both fourth-grade teachers at Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School, have been selected as teachers in the spotlight for the 2009-10 school year.

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The teachers have been at Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig for five years.

Stalboerger has taught first, third and fourth grades, as well as summer school and after-school tutoring. Tokarczyk has taught both third and fourth grades.

This year embarks their second year team teaching.

"The expectations our class sets are going to be consistently achieved," Stalboerger said in a press release. "It's important that students set individual goals early on in their education so that they have a focus point of what they could accomplish in their future."

According to Tokarczyk, the fourth-grade classroom focuses on respect in order to allow the students to feel safe and challenged.

"Students need to understand that new people and new situations are present everyday," Tokarczyk said in a press release. I want them to know that it is OK to make mistakes, as long as they are trying new things. We learn by trial and error, and the more things we experience, the more knowledge we gain."

For two consecutive years, Stalboerger and Tokarczyk have received awards for the Reading Model Classroom Educators through the exemplary use of Accelerated Reader and best classroom practices. They each also received the Silver Eagle Award from the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School, which is awarded at the end of the school year to individual teachers and staff for their dedication in teaching.

Apart from teaching in their classroom, the teachers are in the process of becoming coaches in the elementary for Responsive Classroom.

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