Education Minnesota has named Ingrid Miera, an English language support professional in the Osseo school district, as its Education Support Professional of the Year for 2013.

English language support professionals like Miera teach lessons developed by classroom teachers to small groups of students. Miera, who works at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Brooklyn Park, is known for developing special bonds with her students.

"Ingrid is everything the parent of a young English learner could want," said Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota. "She's attentive to students, inventive in her instruction and enthusiastic about her community."

Miera is active in her community, volunteering for school-sponsored family math, family literacy and multicultural nights. She has also been the chairwoman of the school garage sale, a fundraiser than helps Fair Oaks families find affordable household items and clothing.

Osseo educators have been on quite a roll this year when it comes to picking up statewide awards.

Recently, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators named Kate Maguire of Osseo as its Superintendent of the Year.