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Learning something new is one thing. But being able to apply that knowledge is quite another.

That’s the “ed moment” for Lisa McQuerter, an Education Support Professional (ESP) with a passion to better herself and her students.

“Everything I learn and every training that I take, I’m able to pass onto the kids,” she says.

“Those strategies, those best ways to do things, those programs — like Read Naturally which is for kids who are struggling in reading – they’ve all helped me do my job better.

“And helped my students be better learners.”

Lisa works with special education students at Woodland Elementary School.

She has received professional development funding through Education Minnesota’s Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The foundation supports innovation in the classroom by providing grants to members like Lisa.

“I absolutely love my job,” Lisa says. “It comes with challenges, especially in special education. But the rewards are so much greater.

“When a special education student succeeds, it’s bigger. They feel important – and so do I.”