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ERHS' Sonja Weiler MnACTE Teacher of the Year

Press Release: 

Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education 






November, 2020 --From Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education (MnACTE)

The Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education (MnACTE) is pleased to announce that Mrs. Sonja Weiler, Marketing Education Instructor and Elk River High School, Elk River, Minnesota, was named MnACTE Teacher of the Year.    

Nominated by the Marketing Education Educators and the overall state CTE organization, MnACTE, Sonja was selected above other candidates to represent Minnesota. This award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the middle/secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities. 

The award was presented to Sonja at the MnACTE Virtual Awards Recognition Program on November 2nd in conjunction with the State CTE Works Conference Help November 3rd-4th.

Sonja Weiler is currently in her 21st year of teaching Marketing Education and advising the DECA organization at Elk River High School. Continuing her tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship, Sonja’s current project in the works is the creation of the “Swagon.” The  Swagon will be a mobile store pulled by a vehicle to football games and community events, allowing the DECA Depot to reach more customers. Sonja is an innovator, motivator and advocate for CTE. She is constantly advocating for her students, her program and CTE in her school, district, and community.

It is no accident that Sonja has been repeatedly called upon to lead at the building, district, state, and national level,” said Patricia Sanford, CTE Curriculum Specialist for ISD #728.  “Ms Weiler embodies the essential characteristics of a leader: integrity, accountability, empathy, humility, resilience, vision, influence, and positivity. Her personal motto, found on the signature line of her emails, summarizes her leadership style perfectly, ‘Be a go-giver, not just a go-getter.’”

We applaud Sonja’s accomplishments and wish her the best in the 2020-2021 School year!  

MnACTE is the state professional association for the field of career and technical education and an affiliate of ACTE, the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepare youth and adults for careers.  ACTE currently has a membership of more than 25,000 teachers, counselors, and administrators.  For further information, please contact Jessica Daberkow, MnACTE Awards Chair or