Otto, Porter named CLC outstanding educators

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Central Lakes College
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Central Lakes College instructors Dave Otto and Kate Porter were named 2019-20 CLC Board of Trustees Outstanding Educators.

Otto is a welding instructor and adviser to the welding club. Porter teaches English and advises the Phi Theta Kappa Club on campus.


“Kate and Dave bring passion and innovation to their classrooms,” CLC President Hara Charlier said in a news release. “They are constantly looking for new ways to make content real and touch the lives of our students. In this way, they embody our strategic direction to ‘inspire learning.’ Kate and Dave sincerely care about our students and our communities. We are privileged with such outstanding educators at Central Lakes College.”



Otto said: “I try to learn about each one of my students and support them in achieving their goals. It’s my goal to guide each of my students through their time here at CLC and help them be successful.”

Porter added: “I work really hard to make my course content relevant and applicable to students regardless of their program or path. Teaching has actually transformed my life and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. It is an honor to be nominated and I am truly grateful.”

Otto and Porter will represent CLC at the board of trustees award ceremony in St. Paul later this spring and will be under consideration for selection as Minnesota State Board of Trustee Educator of the Year.

Previous CLC educators to receive this honor include Darci Goeden, Betsy Picciano, Adam Marcotte, Kari Frisch and last year’s winner Tanya Hoting-Mrazek.

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