The City PTA has honored three educators for their service to the Fargo Public Schools.
Washington Elementary Principal Dana Carlson was named Outstanding Administrator of the Year. He was cited as a master at encouraging positive school culture and relationships with students. Dana goes into every classroom to teach the Washington school’s beliefs of caring hearts, sharing hands, talking and listening with respect, responsibility for learning, cooperation, and doing “what is right.” He has always been a visible figure in hallways and the lunchroom, and he leads the Wellness walking student groups before school. Dana holds Parent Focus meetings before PTA meetings to communicate on important topics with parents. He attends and participates in all PTA events, such as conga line leader at dances, setting up movie screens, and serving food at the school carnival.
Kennedy Elementary 2nd grade teacher Colleen Kaeding was named Outstanding Educator of the Year. She was cited for her approach to treating students with respect, and the fact that families have specifically requested to have their children in her class. Colleen’s presence in her students’ lives stretches beyond the classroom – she is known for watching her students in their summer baseball games and is aware of all their extra-curricular activities. Colleen volunteers for PTA events, and has promised to come back and help next year during her first year of retirement.
North High Library Paraprofessional Vicki Hartland was named Friend of Education. She was cited for her uncanny ability to build relationships, for her awareness of other’s needs, and for making the school’s library a popular destination.