287’s Sue Stradtmann Named Statewide Finalist for Education Support Professional of the Year

Sue Stradtmann is one of five finalists for Education Minnesota’s 2020 Education Support Professional of the Year. Stradtmann supports students at Intermediate District 287, a west metro-area school district that serves some of Minnesota’s most challenged students. For the past five years, Stradtmann has supported students in the ATTAIN (Assistive Technology and Information Network) program, which teaches students hard and soft skills such as problem-solving, customer service, and materials production that they can apply in their adult lives.

“Sue is an educator who takes tremendous pride in her students as they learn new life skills that set them up to thrive in their adult lives,” said Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski. “Sue is known to advocate boldly for her students and stay true to her beliefs and convictions. We’re incredibly proud of Sue’s accomplishments!”

She was nominated by Cindy Brose, an education assistant at Ann Bremer Education Center in Brooklyn Park. Brose explained, “She is a fierce advocate for the students she works with and is always looking out for what is best for them. She is a leader, an advocate, an involved community member, and a great example of what an extraordinary Educational Assistant is. I am excited she was chosen as an Education Minnesota finalist.”

Stradtmann has worked for District 287 since 2011. She is part of the Education Minnesota Local 2209 leadership team, is the chief negotiator for Local 2209, and served on the District Service Center racial equity team.

Education Minnesota will announce the winner on November 19. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the statewide teachers’ union will hold a virtual celebration.