LYNN MIELKE distinguished educator Award

Lynn Mielke was a speech clinician and Special Education Coordinator in the White Bear Lake Area School District.

Lynn's compassion and love for children was at the forefront of all she did. She was known as a warm and loving person who worked to create a positive environment for everyone around her.

This award was established to recognize an individual who has exemplified Lynn’s dedication and care for the students and staff in our district.

Educators are nominated by the colleagues, supervisors, students, parents or community members. Each year many wonderful, deserving people are nominated for the Lynn Mielke Award. 

The deadline for 2019 nominations is now closed.


Cary Krusemark, Barb LeClaire, Katie Sorenson, Tom Mielke, Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak

Cary Krusemark, Barb LeClaire, Katie Sorenson, Tom Mielke, Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak

The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation presented its 2019 Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator Award on April 23 to Katie Sorenson, Special Education paraprofessional at Lakeaires Elementary School.

Sorenson was nominated by School Psychologist Heather Musich, Administrative Assistant Michon Sommers, and Teachers Laura Bege, Karen Broza and Jennifer Elias. As stated in the nomination letters, “No matter how significant a child’s unique needs, Katie builds a strong relationship with that child, which is based on trust and unconditional acceptance. She always puts others first. You will not find a more dedicated, compassionate or kind person. It is an absolute dream having her in my room everyday!”


Tom Mielke, Jennifer Funk, Barb LeClaire

Tom Mielke, Jennifer Funk, Barb LeClaire

The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation presented its 2018 Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator Award on April 24 to Jennifer Funk, Chemical Health Specialist for the WBLAS Secondary Schools.

Funk was nominated by Brian Merhar, School Counselor at South Campus. As stated in the nomination letter, “I have seen first-hand the impact that Jennifer has made on students as they celebrate one day, one month, or even a year or more of sobriety. She is there every step of the way as students pursue a better life for themselves. Countless students say she is the most important adult in their lives as they battle addictions.”