New teacher luncheon inspires passionate education

Rotary Club President Charles Rick, Anoka Ramsey Community College President Kent Hanson, Rotary Club master of ceremonies Roger Anderson and Cambridge-Isanti School District Superintendent Ray Queener pose for a photo commemorating the 15th annual New Teacher Luncheon Aug. 23 at First Baptist Church in Cambridge. Photo by Shawna Carpentier

Rotary Club President Charles Rick, Anoka Ramsey Community College President Kent Hanson, Rotary Club master of ceremonies Roger Anderson and Cambridge-Isanti School District Superintendent Ray Queener pose for a photo commemorating the 15th annual New Teacher Luncheon Aug. 23 at First Baptist Church in Cambridge. Photo by Shawna Carpentier

Teachers, school administrators and community leaders gathered for the 15th annual New Teacher Luncheon Aug. 23 at First Baptist Church in Cambridge.

Supporting new teachers and cultivating a relational foundation for educating community members is a principal goal of the event. The event is sponsored as a collaborative effort of the Rotary Club of Cambridge and Isanti, Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce and Isanti Area Chamber of Commerce.

Cambridge-Isanti School District Superintendent Ray Queener enjoyed his inaugural new teacher luncheon and spoke on igniting “kids with spark” and enabling education for students that is based on passion.

2013 Cambridge Ambassador Elizabeth Poppen hands new Isanti Primary School kindergarten teacher Molly Grell a gift bag. Photo by Laurie Solle

2013 Cambridge Ambassador Elizabeth Poppen hands new Isanti Primary School kindergarten teacher Molly Grell a gift bag. Photo by Laurie Solle

Queener spoke on the evolving role of teachers to foster an appreciation for life-long learning. He also read the biographies of the new teachers in the district so the community can get to know who will be teaching students when the 2013-2014 school year begins Sept. 3.

Anoka Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus President Kent Hanson delivered a message of making the community all it can be.

Hanson said the local college is a “gem to be developed,” and encouraged paving a pathway for success by focusing on students and community that lends to accountability for education taking care of itself.

The program also featured the awarding of the 2013 Vocational Service Leadership Award, which is presented to an individual for “modeling exemplary vocational leadership consistent with the Rotary’s four-way test of truth, fair, goodwill and beneficial to all concerned.”

The award was presented to Community Education Director Dave Maurer, who was recognized for his philanthropy and promotion of goodwill within the community.

“The best part of my job is I get to be a part of a team that makes a difference,” Maurer said.

Community Education Director Dave Maurer (left) is presented with the 2013 Vocational Service Award from Rotary Club President Charles Rick.

Community Education Director Dave Maurer (left) is presented with the 2013 Vocational Service Award from Rotary Club President Charles Rick. Photo by Shawna Carpentier

Maurer, who is in his 13th year with the district, credited his success to his team. He has served as a volunteer coach, a board member of the Swim Booster Club and with several other activities and events.

Several local businesses also provided gift bags to new teachers that were presented by the 2013 Cambridge and Isanti ambassadors as the program closed.

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