LeaAnne Bot a ‘Master Advisor’

LeaAnne Bot has attended the National FCCLA convention for several years as an advisor and always admired the recipients of a Master Advisor Award. Now she is one of the recipients. “I was always in awe of these women receiving this national award,” said Bot.

“So I am really honored to be one of them now.” Bot found out about her award on the school’s Facebook site.

“They sent a letter to the school and to me and they must have read it before I did,” she laughed.

“I actually thought it was a state award at first. When I found out it was a national award, I thought it was pretty cool. I was honored.” Four other Minnesota FCCLA advisors also received the Master Advisor Award.

Bot has taught Family and Consumer Sciences (previously referred to as Home Economics) at Minneota for 18 years.

She taught for two years in North Dakota before that. She became the Minneota FCCLA (Family and Community Career Leaders of America) advisor 10 years ago and has helped put Minneota on the map in terms of success in the program.

Minneota girls perennially qualify for nationals and achieve gold and silver medals for their various outstanding projects.

“I love watching these girls come up with various ideas and then just letting their minds take off,” said Bot.

“And then they come up with these fantastic projects. That’s one of the things I love most about my job.”

This year, seven of the Minneota FCCLA participants that Bot advises qualified for the FCCLA National Convention June 29 - July 2 in Atlanta, GA after receiving first or second place in the state competition recently in Bloomington.

Of the 19 Minneota girls participating in the state convention, 16 received gold medals and the other three were awarded silver medals. Nationwide, there are over 6,300 chapter advisors.

This year, during the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, approximately 115 chapter advisors will receive their award at a special recognition session on July 1.

LeaAnne Bot

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