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2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year shares her views on life skills needed for children

April 10, 2013

Janese and Jim Siedschlag pose for a photo with Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Katy Smith. 
 MURRAY COUNTY NEWS PHOTO
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Janese and Jim Siedschlag pose for a photo with Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Katy Smith.
“Building a snow fort or using grass clippings to build a house are outside adventures long forgotten,” continued Smith. “Without even knowing it the use of the imagination is going out the door.” - Katy Smith 2011 Minnesota ‘Teacher of the Year’
By: Kristel Nelson Murray County News Staffwriter

Katy Smith, a licensed Parent Educator from Winona and the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, spoke in Slayton on April 4th addressing daycare providers, parents, and teachers.

Smith’s undergraduate degrees include social work and parent education which she obtained from Winona State University. She attained a master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and is currently pursuing a master's degree in early childhood public policy and advocacy from Walden University. Katy was named the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, the first early childhood educator and parent educator to be honored with this award!

She has been engaging communities in conversations for more than twenty-five years and is passionate about creating champions for childhood in adults who care about kids. To her, important life skills are wired in the first years of life and today's culture of childhood has taken a sharp turn from teaching kids these life skills. Smith is a community educator who inspires all child caregivers to reclaim these life skills on behalf of our children.

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