Special education para named state Education Support Professional of the Year

/ 17 November 2014 / Shawna
Kieren Steinhoff, Education Minnesota News Release, November 17, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 17, 2014 – Education Minnesota will celebrate American Education Week by honoring Cindy Brose, an educator in Brooklyn Park, as the 2014 Education Minnesota Education Support Professional of the Year.

Brose (pronounced BRO-zee) is a paraprofessional who works in the district’s program for students with special needs, ages 18 to 21, at Edgewood Education Center in Brooklyn Park. She has worked with special education students for 21 years in various capacities.

“I have always liked new challenges,” Brose said. “That’s who I am. I grew up with a strong work ethic. If there is a need, I will be raising my hand.”

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht will congratulate Brose and present her with a $1,000 honorarium and an iPad at her school Wednesday morning. Wednesday is the day in American Education Week set aside for recognizing the work of education support professionals nationwide.

“The optimism and empathy Cindy shows to her students and her colleagues after more than 20 years in education is an inspiration to us all,” Specht said. “She’s both a remarkable individual and an example of how important education support professionals are for preparing every student for a successful life.”


School visit details:

What: Education Minnesota President Denise Specht honors 2014 ESP of the Year Cindy Brose

When: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Where: Edgewood Education Center, 6601 Xylon Ave. N., Brooklyn Park.

How: Media members can gather in the school office before walking to Brose’s classroom.

The Education Support Professional of the Year award is selected by a five-member committee of three leaders of Education Minnesota, the winner in the previous year and a representative of an external organization, which was United Educators Credit Union this year. Brose is the fifth winner of the award.