Awards and Accolades – A Time to Celebrate

At surprise presentations made during the month of April at school assemblies, three Fargo Public Schools (FPS) staff members were honored for their outstanding performance and service—but there are so many more FPS staff members who deserve recognition.

 

At surprise presentations made during the month of April at school assemblies, three Fargo Public Schools (FPS) staff members were honored for their outstanding performance and service this school year to the students, families and schools of the Fargo Public School District.

photo portrait of Wendy O'MearaWendy O’Meara, fourth grade teacher at Horace Mann-Roosevelt Elementary School, received the Teacher of the Year award due to her passion and dedication to her profession, creating a caring classroom culture and her belief that all students have the capacity to learn.

 

 

photo portrit of Mr. Dana CarlsonDana Carlson, principal of Washington Elementary School, was awarded the Administrator of the Year award based on his positive attitude, strong leadership skills, and advocacy for education.

 

 

 

photo portrait of Robert WilsonRob Wilson, proctor at Fargo South High School, was named to the Support Staff of the Year award based on his caring, compassionate, and positive actions and his services as a role model and mentor.

 

 

 

The District was overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of nominations submitted by community members for consideration for these three awards. Colleagues, students, and parents submitted narratives that told of nominees’ amazing levels of dedication, positive attitudes, abounding creativity, and sincere commitment to students and education, along with heart-warming examples of student and staff success stories due to a nominee’s influence.

The FPS Staff Recognition Program is more than public recognition of a few people each year—it is truly about the amazing qualities and commitment to students and learning that the entire staff of teachers, administrators, and support staff members exhibits and shares with the community every day.

The Fargo Public School District wishes to congratulate and thank each and every 2014 Staff Recognition Program nominee and award winner for their dedication to their students, their school, and the District. Together, we are building a culture of excellence!

crowd of elementary students clapping and cheering

Here are the listings of all the 2014 Staff Recognition Program Nominees:

SUPPORT STAFF OF THE YEAR
2014 is the first time this award has been presented within the District. There were 21 nominees for the Fargo Public School District Support Staff of the Year Award.

Name School Position
Anderson, Donna Lincoln Administrative Assistant
Brustad, Cheryl Lewis & Clark Paraprofessional
Danuser, Jon Jefferson Paraprofessional
Folden, Anita Washington Administrative Assistant
Gust, Sue Davies Proctor
Hilzendager, Sue District Office Administrative Assistant
Johnson, Peggy Carl Ben Eielson Administrative Assistant
Mattson, Amber Agassiz Paraprofessional
McMonagle, Chantia  Davies Paraprofessional
Nelson, James Washington Building Engineer
Olson, Lisa Discovery Administrative Assistant
Palm, Ann District Office Training Support Specialist
Prestegaard, Rebecca Davies Paraprofessional
Qualey, Lesley District Office Administrative Assistant
Reisenauer, Wanda Horace Mann Paraprofessional
Ritchie, Irene North Paraprofessional
Scheel Snider, Christina  North Paraprofessional
Schulz, Dina  Clara Barton Paraprofessional
Tronnes, Jan South NS Manager – Secretary
Wilson, Robert South Proctor
Ystebo, Rita Ben Franklin Paraprofessional

 

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
2014 is the first time this award has been presented within the District. There were six nominees for the Fargo Public School District Administrator of the Year Award.

Name School Position
Carlson, Dana Washington Principal
Dahlen, Andrew  North Principal
Davis, Linda Discovery Principal
Gapp, Jackie District   Office Director   – Accounting
Teiken, Jodell District Office Director – Instructional Resources
Wrigley-Lingle, Tanya Clara   Barton-Hawthorne Principal

TEACHER OF THE YEAR
The FPS Teacher of the Year recipient is forwarded to the North Dakota Department of Instruction as a candidate for the North Dakota Teacher of the Year, awarded in the fall. There were 37 nominees for the 2014 Fargo Public School District Teacher of the Year Award.

Name School Position
Balluff, Amy Bennett Counselor
Benson, Cindy South ELL –   Language Arts
Bergren, Jill Davies World Language – French
Bertsch, Michelle Davies Math
Burggraf, Charlene Washington Grade 5
Cochran, Joni Washington Grade 2
Conant, James Jefferson Grade 3
Dondoneau, Jon South Special   Ed – SLD
Fasteen, Angela Ben Franklin Science – Grade 6
Gilbertson, Alyssa Jefferson Grade 1
Hewitt, Erica Bennett Kindergarten
Holland, Jason Davies CTE – Marketing
Hundley, Terry Discovery Special Ed – ED
Jaroszewski, Meg Centennial Kindergarten
Johanson, John Davies Social Studies
Kennedy, Steve Davies Science
Krecji, Julie Kennedy Counselor
Kujanson, Jennifer Lincoln Grade 2
Lien, Kristi Kennedy Title – Reading
Lucht, Jonathan Discovery Music –   Band
O’Meara, Wendy Horace Mann-Roosevelt Grade 4
Powers, Laura Lewis   & Clark Kindergarten
Raaen, John “Jack” Carl Ben Eielson Social Studies – Grade 7
Schiotz, Kirstin Washington Grade 2
Schneider, Emily North Language Arts
Schultz, David Davies Science
Stargardt, Terry Discovery Physical Education
Steier, Lucas Centennial Grade 5
Timm, Kelly Lewis & Clark Grade 2
Vannote, Guy Madison Grade 5
Volk, David North World Language – Latin
Volk, Sarah North Math
Volrath, Karla Washington Grade 1
Wald, Deb Davies Music –   Vocal
Walters, Rebecca Agassiz Special Ed – SLP
Wiisanen, Vicki Longfellow Kindergarten
Williams, Vincent North Social Studies

 

For additional information on the annual FPS Staff Recognition Program, including nomination criteria and a listing of past award winners, visit www.fargo.k12.nd.us/staffrecognitionprogram.

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