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Five Lakes Elementary School
St. Paul Lutheran School
Fairmont Area Schools
"It's wonderful that people from so many nations can come together in one place and learn about each other's countries," said Rochelle Franzen, a fifth-grade teacher at Five Lakes Elementary School.
Franzen's class had half-hour visits from two students from China and one student from Nigeria. "My students are very excited about the visits and they ask lots of questions to our guests," Franzen said. "When the world can come to your school in one day, it's exciting. Our students learn about other nations' languages, beliefs, clothing and food. "These visits let our students know that the world is a small place, especially when we share smiles and good will with them," Franzen said.
Cindy Huset, Doris Mancell and Dr. Rochelle Franzen were honored Tuesday at the annual Teacher Recognition Banquet, sponsored by Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce.
BIDDING?FAREWELL - From left, Cindy Huset, Dr. Rochelle Franzen and Doris Mancell were recognized Tuesday for 25 years of teaching in the Fairmont elementary schools. Dr. Rochelle Franzen echoed her sentiments. "Above all, love the children," Franzen said. "Learn from your colleagues. Learn from your students." Franzen was on the staff for three years at St. Paul Lutheran School in Fairmont before joining the public school instructors in 1988. She taught third, fourth and sixth grades initially, but has been a fifth-grade teacher for the past 22 years. In 1999, she earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Dakota, thinking she might want to teach at the college level, but the potential of younger students keeps her here. "I love the sparks that come at the elementary level, just digging into the kids' potential," Franzen said.
TEACHING HONOR - Recognized by her colleagues as the Fairmont Area Schools "Teacher of the Year," Rochelle Franzen, left, stands with students Paige Cowing and Morgan Sandersfeld at the Pioneer Museum.FAIRMONT - Rochelle Franzen is known for her enthusiastic teaching style, good rapport with children and interest in education research.Franzen's commitment to students and her work with her peers have impressed her colleagues.Members of the teachers' association - Education Minnesota-Fairmont - recently voted her as "Fairmont Teacher of the Year."Association members chose from a few teachers who were nominated by colleagues.Franzen is a fifth-grade teacher at Five Lakes Elementary School.Her teaching specialties are in language arts and social studies.She has taught at Fairmont Area Schools for 19 years and was a teacher the three previous years at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Fairmont."I have always enjoyed teaching children at this age level," Franzen said.Franzen said she is humbled by the award and credits her colleagues for part of her success."This award belongs to all of us at Five Lakes Elementary School," she said."It is an award for all the people I work with, because it is a team effort.Every person I teach with has been a wonderful teammate.The joy of working together is exciting."Besides her classroom teaching, Franzen has served on many school and teacher committees.She has several college degrees, including a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with emphasis on multiple intelligences and brain-based learning from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.Research for her dissertation involved blending the understanding of how cognition is connected to emotion.Franzen earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and she also received a specialist degree there in educational leadership.Her bachelor's degree in elementary education was earned at Concordia College in St. Paul.She is a Fairmont High School graduate.