WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University senior education student Kiya Virgin of Rochester, Minn., was selected to receive the Hooper Award, sponsored by the Minnesota ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). This award, which honors an exceptional student in the field of education, is given to only one teaching candidate from all participating teacher preparation programs in Minnesota each year.

This award is inspired by and named for Stan Hooper, a powerful force in Minnesota education for more than 30 years. His rich background includes experience as a teacher, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent, and at the college level as a supervisor of student teachers.

Virgin was recognized for her scholarship, leadership, integrity, and enthusiasm for teaching and learning. As a Hooper Award winner, she will also receive a one-year membership in Minnesota ASCD.

Photo caption: Hooper Award winner Kiya Virgin is pictured with her nominators Melissa Luedtke, Scott Sorvaag, and Karen Sorvaag of the Saint Mary’s University Education Department.

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