Fall Reception

The Athletic Hall of Fame, Distinguished Educators / Distinguished Alumni events are now history.  Thank you so much to the Albert Lea community for your enthusiastic support of both of these programs and a big thank you also to all of those who generously offered their time and efforts to make these events so successful. 

The 2021 Distinguished Educator honorees are presented immediately below.

We Are A Community Committed To Its Children

Carl Grandstrand

Carl Grandstrand

1967-1996

Every day you walk into the classroom you really have to be prepared with materials for your teaching. I tried to make it fun to learn.

Dick Lybeck

Dick Lybeck

1963-1996

It’s all in the state of mind, if you think you can, you can.

Hank Guse

Hank Guse

1962-1999

I’ve had a really great life, a really great one! 

Karen Hendrickson

Karen Hendrickson

1981-83; 1985-2019

Nothing can replace a good, caring, and loving teacher in the classroom.

They Lit the Way: Honoring Albert Lea's Distinguished Educators

Brookside Administrative Offices, Community Ed and Alternative Learning Center

INTRODUCTION
A partner to the Pathways to Success–Distinguished Alumni  program, the They Lit the Way–Distinguished Educator program recognizes those extraordinary individuals who were on the other side of the desk from those who became distinguished alumni.  Outstanding teachers deserve recognition as Distinguished Educators for the assistance they provide their students in unveiling the genius that rests within us all.  For as Plutarch observed, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.”  Those honored as Distinguished Educators are representative of all teachers who have enlightened their students and have “Lit the Way” for the path that leads to their future.  Please recognize a teacher who was especially influential for you by submitting a nomination from one of the fields below.