Loppet Foundation

Lucy Laney Teacher Receives Award, Brings Outdoor Adventure School to Wirth Park

This article was posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016


The Loppet Foundation would like to congratulate Scott Teigland for receiving the 2016 Minneapolis Educator Leadership Award (MELA). Scott is a 3rd grade instructor at Lucy Craft Laney Elementary in North Minneapolis and has been instrumental in implementing the Loppet Foundation’s Minne-Loppet program at the school for the last three years.

This award was created to recognize Title I Minneapolis Public School District teachers and others working regularly with students in a school for their leadership outside their classroom or defined job duties. Scott was nominated and was selected by a committee of teachers, administrators, and support staff actively working in the Minneapolis public school district. As part of the award process, Scott completed a proposal for a grant to improve his school. Scott’s grant application was for new programming — “Outdoor Adventure School at Theodore Wirth Park.”

Working directly with the Loppet Foundation, Scott will bring his classroom of 3rd grade students to Theodore Wirth Park four times next school year. These day-long sessions will be geared towards outdoor activity, exploring and learning. The students will bus from Lucy Laney and participate in activities led by Lucy Laney and Loppet Foundation staff members: mountain biking, orienteering, rollerskiing, canoeing and hiking. The objective of this program is threefold:

  1. Use the natural environment as a classroom to learn, explore and be active
  2. Provide whole-group and small-group activities that build community, confidence, and communication between the students and teachers
  3. Make learning fun, especially when it’s in your own backyard!

As Scott explained in his grant proposal, “Experiential learning in the outdoors is not something that kids do on their own anymore. There is no better way to learn about the ecology of your home than simply going out to experience it, but this is becoming rare.” We are excited to partner with Scott and his classroom next year!

This past winter, we worked with Scott on a new model for the 10-week Minne-Loppet program, Instead of being based in physical education, the program was run out of his classroom. The unique structure of Lucy Craft Laney’s school day lent itself well to this adaptation, providing 75 minutes for longer ski lessons and time with coaches and mentors.

About Mr. Teigland: Mr. Teigland earned his elementary education bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He lives just 10 minutes from school with his wife and three kids. He enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, camping, and softball.

View the other 2016 award recipients online.