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In 2016, West Fargo Public Schools opened the nomination process to the entire community, allowing parents, students, alumni, or any stakeholder to nominate an employee for a Staff of the Year Award. A new award was also created, the Classified Staff of the Year Award, to recognize district custodians, bus drivers, administrative assistants, technology support staff, paraprofessionals, and cooks. The new Classified Staff of the Year Award joined the Professional/Licensed Staff of the Year Award to annually recognize two of West Fargo Public School’s best staff members. Teachers, counselors, psychologists, and speech pathologists are eligible to be nominated for the Professional/Licensed Staff of the Year Award.

Each year, one nominee from each category will be selected as the winner based on written support by the nominator, the staff member’s supervisor, and when necessary, the nominee. Winners are then announced in March.

To be considered for this award, an individual must be a valuable asset to the West Fargo Public Schools community, but also to the West Fargo community as a whole. We ask that those who are nominated have the drive to continue growing in their professional life and be engaged in the broader community of West Fargo through volunteer work, civic responsibilities, or other leadership opportunities. All nominees must be employed with the district for a minimum of 2 ½ years at the time of nomination. Previous West Fargo Public Staff of the Year recipients include:

Professional/Licensed
2016-17 Nanci Dauwen Math at Sheyenne High School
Classified
2016-17 Frances Lindseth Special Education Paraprofessional at Sheyenne High School

Until the 2016-17 award, the program was previously referred to as the West Fargo Public Schools Teacher of the Year. The program recognized teachers for their exceptional work and dedication to the district. The inaugural year for West Fargo Public Schools Teacher of the Year was 1979-80. No recipients were selected for 1984-86; but since 1986-87, one teacher has been selected every year for the award after being nominated by a district colleague. Previous West Fargo Public Schools Teacher of the Year recipients include:

 

2015-16 Heath Rydell Physical Education at South Elementary
2014-15 Randy Holzkamm Math at West Fargo High School
2013-14 Aaron Knodel Language Arts at West Fargo High School
2012-13 Andrea Noonan Language Arts at Cheney Middle School
2011-12 Sue Jordahl Music at Sheyenne 9th Grade Center
2010-11 Jean Melicher First Grade at Harwood Elementary School
2009-10 Judith Riley ELL at South Elementary
2008-09 Drue Haarsager Social Studies at Cheney Middle School
2007-08 Susan Morken Music at Cheney Middle School
2006-07 Karen Paulson First Grade at Westside Elementary School
2005-06 Jolene Beckman-Sternhagen REACH
2004-05 Deborah Tietz Language Arts at West Fargo Middle School
2003-04 Joan Baltezore Science at West Fargo High School
2002-03 Sheila Broton Speech-Language Pathologist at Eastwood Elementary School
2001-02 Leighan Aker-Monson Special Education at Westside Elementary School
2000-01 Betty Hanson District Title I Reading and ELL Coordinator
1999-00 Janice Leidal Kindergarten at Lodoen Kindergarten Center
1998-99 Kathy Scott Spanish at West Fargo High School
1997-98 Vickie Boutiette District Reading
1996-97 Jack Boe Science at West Fargo Middle School
1995-96 Marcia Kenyon First Grade at Eastwood Elementary School
1994-95 James Bjorkland Counselor at West Fargo Middle School
1993-94 Peggy Spitzer Science at West Fargo High School
1992-93 Virjean Cramer Fourth Grade at Eastwood Elementary School
1991-92 Bob Hannigan West Fargo Middle School
1990-91 Ron Dahley Special Education at West Fargo High School
1989-90 Diane Gooch First Grade at Westside Elementary School
1988-89 Jeff Thompson Physical Education at Eastwood Elementary School
1987-88 Barb Howard Counselor at West Fargo Middle School
1986-87 Ron Boehm Art at L.E. Berger Middle School
1985-86 No Recipient ---
1984-85 No Recipient ---
1983-84 Janice Leidal Kindergarten at L.E. Berger Elementary School
1982-83 Margaret Woodward Librarian at South Elementary School
1981-82 Rueben Mutzenberger Math at West Fargo High School
1980-81 Peggy Meyer Science at West Fargo High School
1979-80 Cal Mithun Social Studies at West Fargo High School

 

There have also been West Fargo Public School Teachers who have won the North Dakota State Teacher of the Year Award. Those district recipients include:

 

1996 Marcia Kenyon First Grade at Eastwood Elementary School
1998 Vickie Boutiette District Reading
2008 Verna Rasmussen First Grade at Westside Elementary School
2013 Andrea Noonan Language Arts at Cheney Middle School
2014 Aaron Knodel Language Arts at West Fargo High School
2017 Nanci Dauwen Math at Sheyenne High School