TOP TEACHER: Laurel Madden, 1st grade teacher at St. Peter's Catholic School

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Mrs. Laurel Madden, a first grade teacher at St. Peter’s Catholic School in Forest Lake, Minn. is one of Fox 9’s Top Teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Madden was nominated by numerous people. They say she has the gift to engage students in learning while providing them with a safe environment. 

In Mrs. Madden’s classroom, school isn’t only about learning ABC’s and 123’s, but also about learning how to treat others with respect and fairness. 

Her nominators said Madden is the foundation of the school because of the grade she teaches, her attitude and the love she portrays. 

As Fox 9’s Top Teacher, Madden’s school received $900 from Royal Credit Union for classroom supplies. Madden will also receive a Subway sandwich party for 50 friends and a crystal apple award to place on her desk.