In preparation for back-to-school, Fair Oaks Elementary preschool teacher, Etta Rassier, thought she was attending a typical back-to-school staff meeting on Tuesday morning; what she wasn’t prepared for was the surprise of being named national Teacher of the Year by The Kids In Need Foundation. She is the first teacher in Minnesota and one of only two in the country to receive the award this year.

Kids In Need Foundation Executive Director Dave Smith announced the news and Rassier was given a hearty standing ovation by her colleagues.

Rassier was selected based on the creativity and quality of her project for literacy in preschool called, “Learning Through Dramatic Play.” Kids In Need Foundation and Jo-ann Fabric and Crafts funded the project last year through their teacher grant program. Rassier's project supports kindergarten readiness and literacy by grade three, two requirements of our state's new World's Best Workforce legislation.

Rassier will be recognized again at the Kids In Need Foundation’s annual gala in September. She will receive $500 as part of the award and Fair Oaks Elementary will receive a $500 gift card to Staples to purchase supplies for the school.

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(PHOTO: Fair Oaks Principal Phillip Sadler (far left) and teacher Etta Rassier (4th from left) are joined by Kids In Need Foundation Executive Director Dave Smith and Foundation representatives Jeanne Mock, Lesley Walton and Melissa Philibert to celebrate Rassier's award.) 


-Published Aug. 26, 2014