Leah Schultz, an elementary art teacher at Twin Lakes in Elk River, has been named the Art Educators of Minnesota Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020.
Schultz, who has been with the district since the early 2000s and joined the Twin Lakes staff when the school opened in 2007, was nominated by 2017-2018 recipient Nicole Hahn, who teaches at Hassan Elementary in Rogers.
Schultz is a staff and parent favorite, to go along with being beloved by her students. Her colorful classroom features arts from all sorts of media, and her works – as well as student/parent works created in classes under her guidance – can be seen around Twin Lakes Elementary.
“I kind of always knew [I’d be a teacher],” Schultz said. “I’d come home from third or fourth grade and play art teacher in my room. So my mom wasn’t surprised at all when that’s the path I took.”
Schultz will receive her award in a special ceremony at Minnesota State University-Mankato early next month. She’ll represent elementary teachers from Minnesota at the National Art Educators Conference in Minneapolis in early 2020.