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When Lauren Williams learned of an opening at Hamilton Elementary School in Coon Rapids she went for it with passion and it has turned out to be a perfect match. Her energy for her students shows and meaningful connections are part of daily int
Pat Sorteberg sees her cafeteria at Anoka Middle School for the Arts - Washington Campus as one big restaurant. Learn how she instils a customer service approach that “caters to the customer without giving the business away” in this podcast epi
She serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association and plays in a local orchestra but Sabrina Olson knows the importance of connecting with her students is the foundation of her success. Her invitation of a “guest
Emily Niemi encourages her students at Anoka Middle School for the Arts to get involved in clubs and activities as a way to build skills needed for success in life. Learn how one the clubs she advises helped homeless youth in a big way in this
A career change from a communications/public relations role for Kate Mabel has benefitted first grade students at Monroe Elementary School - Mathematics, Science and Children’s Engineering. Learn how Mabel meets students where they are at, inco
Students at Eisenhower Elementary School learn how getting in the “green zone” helps them and their classmates do better in school. First grade teacher Cathy Landis focuses on each student, helping them establish a strong foundation in literacy
It is no secret that Joleen Lundin, fifth grade teacher at Madison Elementary School, is very well liked. Lundin shares just about everything with her students, so much so, that they feel strongly connected to her. Learn all sorts of other ways
“Preparing students for life” is the mission of the Anoka-Hennepin School District and a driving force in the work done by John Clarkin with his students at River Trail Learning Center at L.O. Jacob. Clarkin organizes and involves his students
Jim Chamberlain joined the staff at McKinley Elementary School and immediately found a way to make his mark. His knowledge of the school community is strong - his own children attend the school - and he uses that advantage to create meaningful
Coon Rapids High School has become a powerhouse DECA program in the state, developing leadership and capacity for business careers for students. As DECA advisor, Blake Bodenberg has provided the guidance and direction and let his students shine
As a special education teacher, Rachel Berndt’s position requires her to focus not only on learning, but welfare and safety matters. Learn more about what drive’s Berndt’s passion for special education as well as how she strives to make all sor
As a technology facilitator, Andy Berg supports the work of Anoka Middle School for the Arts staff - helping them to best utilize technology tools to teach and support its students. Get to know Berg and how his life experiences have led him on
Art teacher Tracy Bengtson has found a home at Anoka-Hennepin Regional High School. Learn how her high-energy classroom and enthusiastic support of her students is building new skill and confidence in this podcast episode. Bengtson explains how
Laura Ahrendt is an action-oriented “doer” who is making a difference for her students. A special education teacher at Anoka High School, Ahrendt works to build strong connections with her students, and their families. She works as part of a te
Success in our schools and for our students is a direct result of the energy and commitment of Anoka-Hennepin’s dedicated employees. Each year, the district coordinates recognition for those who exceed expectations through the Above and Beyond
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