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Ms. Kelly Holstine, an English teacher at Tokata Learning Center in Shakopee, Minn., and the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, visited Saint Mary’s University on Sept. 20. She spoke to an audience of 80 students in the Science and Learning Center Auditorium about the importance of acknowledging every person you encounter as someone with a heart and a unique story. Ms. Holstine shared her personal story of struggle and growth and noted the importance of personal well-being in meeting learner needs and professional obligations in teaching. She is the 13th Teacher of the Year to speak at Saint Mary’s since the Saint Mary’s Student Chapter of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) was founded in 2004.

Photo caption: Ms. Kelly Holstine (center), the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, poses with Dr. Scott Sorvaag, Education professor, and ASCD officers Emily Strezishar, Jacob Kramer, Erin Budin, and Spencer Johnston.