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2020 Educator and Young Educator

Hastings Public Schools proudly announces

The 2020 Educator of the Year

   Ruth Raun

Ruth RaunMs. Raun, a Grade 4 teacher at Longfellow Elementary, has been with the District for twenty-three years. Ms. Raun has served on various committees for Hastings Public Schools ranging from the Grading Committee, the School Improvement Committee, and the Superintendent's Committee for Feedback and Empowerment.

Here is just a taste of what the parents nominating Ms. Raun had to say about her:

"Mrs. Raun is one of the most enthusiastic and encouraging teachers we have experienced. She has been amazing not only for our daughter's confidence, but we assume for all the students in her classes over the years. She understands each child is unique with different learning preferences, life experiences, and challenges. What a wonderful role model for our children!"

The 2020 Young Educator of the Year

   Nate Story

Nate StoryMr. Story is a Special Education - Behavior Room teacher at Lincoln Elementary.

Mr. Story has been teaching at Hastings Public Schools for seven years. He is an assistant baseball coach for the Senior High baseball team and a member of the Hastings Baseball Committee. He also coaches summer Legion baseball, serves as a counselor at "Camp Hotshots", and is a member of Mustaches For Kids.

Here is a taste of what the parent nominating him wrote about Mr. Story:

"Mr. Story has changed the lives of many of his students. He communicates with each individual in a way that compliments his or he. own understanding of the task to be completed. My son is on the Autism Spectrum and he now spends the entire day in his primary classroom. I know this wouldn't have been possible without the effectiveness of Mr. Story and his aides."