District 196 Youth Enrichment is a fee-supported program that offers affordable classes throughout the year based on student interests. The goal of Youth Enrichment is to provide opportunities for youth to pursue their interests, expand their abilities and improve their social skills in an informal, fun and safe environment. Classes are offered for youth ages 2-18 on evenings, weekends and during the day throughout the summer. From babysitter’s training, to martial arts, dance, arts and crafts, languages, gymnastics and sports. Youth Enrichment has something for everyone! For more information, email a Community Education Registrar or call 651-423-7920.
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Instructor of the Quarter
Patty Mraz has been employed by Independent School District 196 since 1999, and has directed the District 196 Community Education tennis leagues, lesson programs, and tournaments for 11 years. Patty has been a certified tennis teaching professional since 1980 and was recently honored by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) for over 30 years of dedicated service. She also serves the district as a substitute classroom teacher.
Patty received the 2002 Eve Kraft National Community Service Award from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and was also selected as a recipient of the All-American tennis professional award from the same organization that year. In 2007, Patty's Community Education National Junior Tennis League was honored as the best in the country by the USTA.
Patty competed in several varsity sports while attending Burnsville High School, and was recognized as the 1976 Athena Award recipient for athletic and academic excellence. In 1980, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of St. Benedict, where she competed in intercollegiate tennis and basketball. She earned a Masters in Teaching degree and a Middle School Science endorsement from the College of St. Catherine.
Patty resides in Apple Valley with her husband, Mark, and their pets. Their three children, Betsy, Katie and Matt, are graduates of Eastview High School. When she's not on the tennis court, Patty loves running, biking, and snowshoeing. She is an avid reader and is one of the original members of the Cedar Isle Book Club. Her other hobbies include collecting postcards, watching birds, and studying all aspects of America's Civil War.
Marisa Schroht, Youth Services Coordinator