Meet Clara Barton-Hawthorne Administrative Intern Aaron Kliniske, one of the leaders who have recently joined or changed positions with Fargo Public School District #1.
Aaron Kliniske has been named the Administrative Intern at Clara Barton Hawthorne Elementary School. Kliniske assumed his new position on July 1, and replaced Administrative Intern Rebecca Folden, who has accepted the previously announced position of Principal at Clara Barton Hawthorne.
Kliniske is an alumnus of Mayville State University and a North Dakota native. He has been serving as the lead teacher and a fifth grade instructor at Longfellow Elementary since 2010 and was the head softball coach at North High School through the 2014 season. He was the coordinator and supervisor of Longfellow’s after school sports, served on the school’s Math and Writing task forces, was the co-chair of their school improvement team, and was also a new teacher mentor. Kliniske has also taught grade four at Lewis & Clark Elementary and Kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary. In 2012 he was designated the Eastern Dakota Conference and North Dakota Class A Coach of the Year. Kliniske began his teaching career in 2003.
Kliniske holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Mayville State University, with a Minor in Coaching and Minor Equivalence in Physical Education. He will shortly complete his Education Leadership degree with North Dakota State University.
Employee Since: 2006
Why did you initially want to get into the field of education?
I love being part of a family, and there is a very large family to work with as an educator. I love to watch the successes unfold and the smiles that show as a result from those successes.
What did you do before accepting your most current position?
I was a fifth grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary and head varsity softball coach at North High.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to do just about anything outdoors with my family—whether it is fishing, going to baseball games, or just sitting around. I find home projects to tackle quite often. I do like to sneak away for a round of golf now and then.
Tell us about your family.
I married Sabrina in October of 2006. We have two very energetic boys: Calan is five years old and Cohen is two and a half years old.
What about FPS makes you most proud?
I love that there is always someone there to help with any situation on any given day. There is a sense of family from all stakeholders, which makes it very easy to come to work. Recently, I have found that there are welcoming individuals all over our District, and transitioning to new roles has been made much easier.