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Positioning Community Education for the future

(8/31/22) Two members of the Community Education leadership team took on new roles beginning in August. Michelle Trelstad was named the Executive Director of Community Education and Government Relations, replacing Al Ickler who retired in late July. Her role will include a seat on the school district cabinet.

Michelle Trelstad“I am looking forward to ensuring Community Education’s connection to K-12 by serving at the cabinet level,” said Trelstad. “I will also be coordinating the legislative work of the district—which is very exciting.”

Tracy Knighton, Manager of Early Learning Programs, moved into Trelstad’s former position of Community Education director.

“I’m thrilled to be taking on a new role within our department and I’m eager to broaden my focus to support learners of all ages,” said Knighton.

Tracy KnightonYou might say these women were born to lead together — born on the same exact day that is. Both Trelstad and Knighton share a birthday in early March. The similarities continue as both are long-time residents of the school district and each of them raised two sons who graduated from Anoka-Hennepin schools.

Trelstad and Knighton will lead guided by Community Education’s mission: Dedication to lifelong learning, involving people and enriching communities. Guiding principles for Community Education include serving all, especially those who most need the programs; listening and responding to voices and needs of the community; delivering high-quality, evidence-based programs; partnering with others to enhance and expand programs; and being innovative.