DPC Community Center serves adults age 50+ from Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Newport, Afton and a few other small nearby communities.
The new owner of Stepping Stones Early Learning Center has a heart for early-childhood education.
Catching up with new East Ridge High School activities director Sara Palodichuk.
“In middle school, we were required to read a short story called ‘Flowers for Algernon,’ a story about a not-so-bright man undergoing surgery to become a genius,” explains East Ridge High School senior Julie Ma. “During the unit, we had a one-versus-one style debate on whether it was wise for Charlie to undergo the surgery or not.”
For Julie, this classroom book discussion, styled as a debate, was eye-opening. “I found that making arguments and listening to my opponent’s arguments was both interesting and exhilarating, so I wanted to pursue debate in high school,” Julie explains.
Each year, leaders in education, business, government and the nonprofit sector select 10 finalists for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year program. A local language arts teacher, Woodbury Middle School’s Lanka Liyanapathiranage, was one of the 10, nominated by Robyn Madson, an English teacher at Forest Lake High School. The two educators met at the Minnesota Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute.