• A message from the director

    Al Ickler has accepted the position as Director of Community Education. Ickler most recently served as the Executive Director of Community Education at Robbinsdale Area Schools and brings over 24 years of community education management experience to Anoka-Hennepin Schools. Previously, he held positions as Manager of Community Education for Minneapolis Public Schools, Executive Director of the Central Neighborhood Improvement Association and a Financial Analyst for Target Corporation. Ickler's first day at Anoka-Hennepin Schools was Feb. 8, 2016.

    To our community and our participants:

    I have had the opportunity to serve lifelong learners through community education programs in several Twin Cities metro area school districts for over 24 years, and now I am excited to join the team in Anoka-Hennepin Schools.

    I first worked with Anoka-Hennepin Community Education staff nearly 20 years ago, when seven metro area school districts worked together to develop tools to more effectively evaluate the quality of programs. The work we completed then earned a statewide project award and still impacts our work today – bringing high-quality educational opportunities to our community. Our collaborative work continued over the years and I have worked with A-H staff to advocate for our learners and programs at the legislature, and to establish and share best practices in our programs to benefit early learners, school-age youth and adults across the state of Minnesota.

    It is clear that as community educators, we all have something in common: Working to serve our learners, and to help build stronger communities through the programs we deliver, and the relationships that are built. I look forward to working with this team to support the educational needs of our participants, and to continue to offer this community new, innovative opportunities through our programs, activities and classes.

    Thank you for your continued support of community education. I hope to meet and see you in our classes.

    Al Ickler

    Anoka-Hennepin Community Education