Meet Our Newest Leaders, Part 7 Of 8

Cheryl Janssen is the new assistant principal at Kennedy Elementary. She’s been with the Fargo Public Schools since 1995. Meet her in this latest feature on people new to leadership roles in the District this year.

Why did you initially want to get into the field of education?
I initially was drawn to the education field while I was still in high school.  I was involved with teaching younger students through our community art program as well as working with all ages of kids in our county 4-H program.  These experiences sparked my focus on ‘making a positive difference’ through the field of education.

What did you do before accepting your most current position?
Before accepting the assistant principal position at Kennedy, I was honored to have the position of ‘Teacher Specialist on Administrative Assignment’ at Centennial Elementary.

Tell us about your family.
I have been married to my husband Troy for 18 years and we have 3 boys, Josh, Isaac, and Matthew.

What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work I enjoy attending activities that my boys are involved in, playing cards and board games with my family, flower gardening and reading. 

What about FPS makes you most proud?
Professional development, continual learning, reflecting, and mentoring are just a few of the areas that make me proud to be a part of FPS. I am also proud of the dedication and flexibility that our Kennedy staff has shown, and I am very fortunate to be a part of it.