PILLAGER -- For 17 years, Ann Hutchison has worked hard to make sure all students achieve their greatest potential to become successful in Pillager.
This year, Hutchison was honored for her work by being named the 2005 Pillager High School Teacher of the Year. Hutchison is the business education teacher for grades seven through 12.
Debra Griffin, Pillager High School learning disabilities teacher, was one of four people who nominated Hutchison. Griffin wrote in her recommendation letter that Hutchison is willing to tackle any challenge and does so with enthusiasm. She wrote that her organizational skills and ability to plan ahead keep staff abreast of upcoming events.
Pillager teacher Ann Hutchison teaches business education.
Principal Scott Doss said, "Ann is the consummate professional in all aspects of education. She is an excellent classroom teacher who works exceptionally hard at all times to ensure student success. Given the opportunity to open a school of my own, Ann would be the first person I would try to hire, regardless of teaching field. ..."
Hutchison wrote in her philosophy of teaching that all learners deserve the same opportunities, and teachers must ensure student success. She wrote that every individual who walks through her classroom door should progress to the best of his or her ability throughout the course. She seeks to find potential in each student and shows them what their strong point is so they can succeed in at least one area.
Hutchison, a lifelong Brainerd resident, earned an associate of art degree with high honors from Brainerd Community College in 1985. She graduated magna cum laude from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor of science degree in business education in 1987. She has earned graduate credits from Winona State University, Bemidji State University, Hamline University and St. Cloud State University. She earned a K-6 endorsement in 2003 from Winona State University.
Hutchison is a member of Education Minnesota; National Education Association, where she has been secretary for four years; and Minnesota Business Educators Central Division, where she has served as president, treasurer and the convention secretary.
In Pillager, she is the gradebook trainer and inservice presenter for staff and curriculum development, as well as Web Page and Bridges trainer for Pillager staff. She was on the Minnesota Academic Standards-Business Education Committee and is on the School to Work Committee.
She works with the Tech Prep Articulation Agreements with Central Lakes College, helped author the Minnesota Business Educator's Internet guide and supplement, and worked on the Vocational Curriculum Measures for the then Children, Family and Learning state department and was on the District Staff Development Committee.
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