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2019-20 Above & Beyond Award winners announced

Art work for AB (04/09/2020) Fourteen outstanding district employees have been selected as the Anoka-Hennepin School District’s 2019-20 Above & Beyond Award winners. Check out the virtual announcment.


The winners are:

  • Laura Ahrendt, special education teacher, Anoka High School 
  • Tracy Bengtson, art teacher, Anoka-Hennepin Regional High School
  • Andy Berg, technology facilitator, Anoka Middle School for the Arts
  • Rachel Berndt, special education teacher, Sand Creek Elementary School
  • Blake Bodenburg, business and marketing teacher, Coon Rapids High School 
  • Jim Chamberlain, technology paraeducator, McKinley Elementary School 
  • John Clarkin, special education teacher, River Trail Learning Center
  • Joleen Lundin, fifth grade teacher, Madison Elementary School
  • Cathy Landis, first grade teacher, Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Kate Mabel, first grade teacher, Monroe Elementary School - Mathematics, Science and Children's Engineering 
  • Emily Niemi, English teacher, Anoka Middle School for the Arts
  • Sabrina Olson, band teacher, Anoka Middle School for the Arts
  • Pat Sorteberg, child nutrition site supervisor, Anoka Middle School for the Arts
  • Lauren Williams, second grade teacher, Hamilton Elementary School


Award winners will be celebrated in a little different fashion this year. A new podcast, Above & Beyond Awards, will showcase each winner. Hosted by Superintendent David Law, the show will dive deeper into who each of these winners are - their work and pastimes. All episodes will be shared in district communications.


The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) and the Anoka-Hennepin School District sponsor the Above & Beyond Awards program jointly. Its mission is to recognize outstanding employees for innovation, creativity, caring and commitment. Award recipients were nominated by parents, students and colleagues and were selected by a panel of community representatives, principals and staff.