English Language Learner (ELL) social worker Tamara Hofmann has been named the Fargo Public School District 2015 Support Staff of the Year. Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Schatz made the surprise announcement and award presentation during a District professional development meeting late in the afternoon on April 14.
An alumna of Minnesota State University Moorhead, Hofmann began her employment with the Fargo Public School District in 2009, as a paraprofessional. She was hired as a licensed social worker for the District in 2010. Prior to working for the District, Hofmann was an independent court appointed visitor, and has been employed by Lutheran Social Services, Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, NDSU Parents As Teachers Program, and the Arc of Cass County. She is trained in Nurtured Heart, Love & Logic, and Crisis Intervention. Hofmann received the Professional of the Year Award from the Arc of Cass County.
Tamara Hofmann’s selection for Support Staff of the Year was based on recommendations that highlight Hofmann’s generous heart and exemplary service to ELL students and their families within the District.
Hofmann is described as a communicator, an advocate, respectful, affirming, empathetic, and a cultural educator. She is praised for her clarity of purpose, inner strength, and her ability to quickly build rapport and develop and maintain strong relationships amongst many groups of individuals – students, families, co-workers, and community service providers.
Staff members tell how Hofmann is an advocate and friend to many, and she serves as a bridge between school and home for her ELL students. Because of Hofmann’s efforts of support and understanding, teachers and other support staff are able to more effectively serve the needs of the ELL population. She works to alleviate barriers to students’ success in school. One of her co-workers shared,
“This woman does it all! She is the cultural broker her students and their families need in a new community.”
Tamara Hofmann, Fargo Public School District’s 2015 Support Staff of the Year Award recipient, makes a real and positive difference in the lives of the students, families, and staff within the Fargo Public School District.
This is the second time the “Support Staff of the Year” award has been given. The honor is an award bestowed as part of the District’s annual Staff Recognition Program. The District also annually recognizes an “Administrator of the Year” and a “Teacher of the Year” as part of this program. South High School Proctor Robert Wilson received the 2014 Support Staff of the Year Award.