Kindergarten teacher receives $15,000 award for excellence

Terese Trekell, a kindergarten teacher at Gideon Pond Elementary in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, is one of two recipients of the 2013 WEM Outstanding Educator Award for Teacher Achievement presented by the WEM Foundation and Synergy & Leadership Exchange. The honor is accompanied by a $15,000 check for recipients to spend as they wish.

The award recognizes exemplary teachers who support, inspire and assist students to attain greater learning as evidenced by student achievement.

Trekell has been teaching for 22 years.

Outside the classroom, she serves on building and district leadership teams, is the teacher representative for the school PTO and is the kindergarten curriculum leader. She also teaches a class to parents to help prepare their preschool children for kindergarten and accepts the parking lot duty each day.

“Terese inspires and motivates students, colleagues and parents like me to do more, give more and be more,” a parent told the WEM Foundation. “That is how she lives her life.”

Educators are first nominated for the WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program by students, parents, colleagues or community members. Those who accept the nomination provide additional information for review and consideration by Synergy & Leadership Exchange and a blue ribbon selection panel, which reviews and ranks the nominees.

For more information on the WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program and Synergy & Leadership Exchange, visit