Each year the Lakeville Area Public Schools present Friends of Education Awards to honor outstanding individual contributions to the Lakeville Schools. The awards recognize on-going service of people in these categories: Volunteer Service, Business Partnerships, Distinguished Service, and Education. The awards were presented at the 2013 Staff Recognition Reception on May 22, 2013 at Brunswick Bowl in Lakeville, MN.
Kathy Lewis- Distinguished Service
As a Board of Education member, Kathy devoted 22 years to the Lakeville Area Public Schools and was instrumental in the leadership and direction of the district.
The district experienced unprecedented growth – creating challenges and many opportunities. From 1990 until now, the district grew from 4700 to 11,000 students. Kathy was involved in renovation projects and the opening of eight schools. She worked with four superintendents and 17 board members over her tenure on the board. At one point, Kathy was part of the first all woman school board in the state.
Beth Beckwith- Education
Beth is always working to make Kenwood Trail Middle School a better school. She has increased student visits to the media center, acquired magazines for staff use with students, and expanded the Kenwood trail professional library.
Beth has also created a PLC (professional learning community) to support reading instruction across content areas, transforming teacher use of the media center.
John Barta- Volunteer Service
John has served 11 years as the Basketball Gym Coordinator and Scheduler between Community Education and four youth associations requesting, allocating and scheduling facilities.
He started the Lakeville South Girls Basketball Youth Program and the Lakeville South Girls Tennis Booster Program when LSHS opened and served as the president and treasurer of both organizations. John has also volunteered as the score clock operator at Girl’s Varsity basketball games over that same time.
Brian Knapp- Business Partnership
Brian is a member of the Business and Education Committee and personally organizes and coordinates the Career Fair each year. This fair provides the opportunity for approximately 750 high school juniors to meet with more than 80 representatives of various careers. He is also involved in the ongoing activities of the Business and Education Committee throughout the year and include teacher appreciation, mock interview, financial aid night and challenge to change, a program encouraging students to make good choices on prom night.