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Recipients of 2023-24 Above & Beyond Awards announced

logo with text 2023-24 recipients (03/04/2024) Fifteen outstanding district employees have been selected to receive the Anoka-Hennepin School District’s 2023-24 Above & Beyond Award. 

The recipients are:

  • Marta Biegler, Jackson Middle School, special education teacher (DCD and PI) and case manager.
  • Melyssa Carlson, Educational Service Center, technology, technology facilitator.
  • Cory Davis, Champlin Park High School, physical education teacher and coach.
  • Lori De Jong, Lincoln Elementary, school office supervisor.
  • Amanda Eilertson, Champlin Park High School, academic intervention teacher.
  • Sheila Joslin, Oxbow Creek Elementary, school office supervisor.
  • Mindy Meyers, Waapishki Kiisis Ikwe, Educational Service Center, American Indian Education Program Coordinator.
  • Bich Lieu Nguyen, Educational Service Center, technology, instructional technology facilitator.
  • Corinna Nunnery, Oxbow Creek Elementary, Adventures Plus, site coordinator.
  • Ray Richardson, Educational Service Center, buildings and grounds, maintenance manager.
  • Denise Schnabel, Evergreen Park Elementary, principal.
  • Hannah Schrempp, Oak View Middle School, secondary reading teacher.
  • Julia Stock, Brookside Elementary, teacher, grade 2.
  • Penny Walsh, Riverview Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), parent and family educator.
  • Coral-Lyn Wyman, Champlin Park High School, assistant principal.

The 2024 Above & Beyond Awards ceremony to honor these 15 exceptional employees will take place Wednesday, April 3 at the Educational Service Center (ESC).

The Above & Beyond Awards involve students, staff, parents and community members in recognizing and rewarding Anoka-Hennepin employees who consistently go that extra mile so students can be successful. Over 150 staff members were nominated for the 2024 awards, the 27th year of a recognition program in the school district’s history.

The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) and Anoka-Hennepin Schools 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, staff and principals.

Award criteria considered included going the extra mile or exceeding expectations in job duties; making an extra effort to support students’ learning and well-being; developing positive relationships with students, families, and/or community; demonstrating exceptional care and concern for students; developing new ideas to enhance learning, solve problems and/or meet district needs; bringing together ideas and/or resources and/or people to overcome difficulties or challenges; inspiring others to do and be their best; collaborating with outside resources; and working effectively with people of different races, religions, values, attitudes, experiences and customs.

In the coming weeks, watch for articles highlighting each of the award recipients and the opportunity to view photos and video from the upcoming award ceremony.