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2023-24 Above & Beyond Award recipient: Melyssa Carlson

Melyssa Carlson(03/22/24) “Melyssa has demonstrated initiative, creativity and the ability to think strategically under pressure. Her exceptional capacity to develop trusting relationships among colleagues, staff, students and community members speaks to her passion, kindness and interpersonal skills.” - Anne Norsted, Anoka-Hennepin Elementary Teaching and Learning Specialist.

This past year, Melyssa Carlson, district technology facilitator, collaborated with her team and took on the role of creating and facilitating the Flex Professional Development website for elementary staff to have an organized, user-friendly, systemized approach for requests, registrations and accountability. Additionally, Carlson has created a new probationary teacher website and has helped support the implementation of twigScience. 

“I am genuinely passionate about my role, finding fulfillment each day in knowing that my work positively influences students, teachers and staff members alike,” Carlson said. “I’m continuously learning and developing strategies to enhance experiences for our staff. It is both rewarding and exhilarating,” 

Carlson works hard to provide new, innovative ideas and techniques to make it easier for staff and students to achieve goals in the classroom. “Melyssa cares about the experience of the learners in Anoka-Hennepin,” Norsted said. “She is deeply committed to ongoing growth and preparedness of our learners.” 

Carlson has worked for the Anoka-Hennepin school district for 26 years with previous positions at Roosevelt Middle School, Riverview Elementary, Rum River Elementary and as an integration technology teacher at a variety of schools within the district. 

“During my 26 years in the district, I have had the privilege of teaching students from kindergarten to fifth grade as a classroom and integration technology teacher, sharing my love of learning new things,” Carlson said. 

The 2024 Above & Beyond Awards ceremony to honor Carlson and 14 other exceptional employees will take place April 3 at the Educational Service Center (ESC).