Sunday, July 12, 2020

BP grad named Educator of the Year

This might sound confusing. It can be interpreted two ways.

Blooming Prairie High School graduate of 1981, Kim Hanson, recently received a state Educator of the Year award.

Blooming Prairie High School graduate of 1981, Kim Hansen, recently received a state Educator of the Year award.

Note the spellings of Hanson/Hansen. Her maiden name was Hanson. Her married name now is Hansen.

She is the daughter of Barbara Molland of Blooming Prairie.

Hansen, a resident of Pemberton, teaches accounting at Riverland Community College, which has campuses in Austin, Albert Lea and Owatonna. She has taught 31 1/2 years at Riverland.

MinnState (previously known as MnSCU), the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, on Wednesday, April 17 at the Doubletree BY Hilton Hotel in St. Paul presented a program entitled, "Celebrating excellence 2019."

Educators and support personnel were recognized for their excellence in education.

The MinnState Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence are system-level honors given out each year. The Awards for Excellence are broken down into two categories:

            • Professional Excellence in Service Award (for non-faculty positions such as in financial aid, counseling, etc.)

            • Awards for Excellence in Teaching- This category is further broken down into two sub-categories:

                        a. Outstanding Educator – this honor is earned at local colleges and universities, and is the first step to be considered for the state-level honor of. . .

                        b. Educator of the Year – of all of the Outstanding Educators who were chosen by their local colleges, six are chosen at the state level for this honor. Hansen was first an Outstanding Educator at Riverland Community College, and then she became one of the six Educators of the Year across the state.

What does earning this recognition mean to Hansen?

She responded to this question:

• It means that the State of Minnesota values and recognizes great education. We are lucky to live in a state that makes education for its citizens a high priority.

• It provides validation that I have been doing something right all of these years. It also indicates that I have kept up with the ever-changing needs of students as technology has changed the format of education and access to it. It reminds me that continual improvement has been a key factor.


• It confirms that I have chosen a profession which I am passionate about. I feel very lucky to have the unique opportunity and responsibility to make a difference in the lives of many.

• It means that my teachers instilled a love of learning in me. I am forever grateful to the wonderful educators who I had at BPHS who inspired me then and now, as I can still hear many of their words.

In an awards booklet provided for the celebration of education excellence, it states that Hansen uses "a knowing why and asking why" approach with her students in accounting.

Hansen said she is honored by the award and feels fortunate to teach at Riverland Community College.

Her comments concluded with these words: "It is indeed a privilege to be part of an educational system, which improves the lives of individuals, families and communities."

Hansen is licensed as a certified public accountant and as a chartered global management accountant. She holds a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

While at BPHS, she was a cheerleader for football, basketball and wrestling. "I loved high school," she says with appreciation.

Hansen will return to BPHS on May 9 to teach a BestPrep class on "Tax Matters." Her presentation is on financial literacy and money management skills.

On their farm located 20 miles southeast of Mankato, Hansen and her husband Ron train horses in timed events and dogs in agility. The Hansens have five Quarter horses and three dogs, two border collies and a golden retriever.

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