District 11 names Above and Beyond award winners

Ten of Anoka-Hennepin School District 11’s outstanding employees were recognized at the annual Above and Beyond Awards program last week.

Anoka-Hennepin’s 2012-2013 Above and Beyond Award winners, from left: Juanita Mercedes Martinez Pabon, Mischelle Squire, Muggy Pierfelice, John Lero, Nicole Hedlund, Karrie Schaaf, Pam Baker, Kelly Weeks, John Horton and Nicki Magaard.

Anoka-Hennepin’s 2012-2013 Above and Beyond Award winners, from left: Juanita Mercedes Martinez Pabon, Mischelle Squire, Muggy Pierfelice, John Lero, Nicole Hedlund, Karrie Schaaf, Pam Baker, Kelly Weeks, John Horton and Nicki Magaard.

The winners were:

• Pam Baker, college and career specialist at Champlin Park High School.

• Nicole Hedlund, second-grade teacher at Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy.

• John Horton, third-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School.

• John Lero, building supervisor at Madison Elementary School.

• Nicki Magaard, counselor at Roosevelt Middle School.

• Juanita Mercedes Martinez Pabon, elementary paraeducator at Wilson Elementary School.

• Muggy Pierfelice, second-grade teacher at Oxbow Creek Elementary School.

• Karrie Schaaf, homeless youth liaison at the Family Welcome Center.

• Mischelle Squire, adult learning coordinator with Community Education.

• Kelly Weeks, elementary paraeducator at Andover Elementary School.

“We celebrate the unique aspects of each person’s extraordinarily successful work and we celebrate the shining commonalities between them,” said Superintendent Dennis Carlson.

“It’s an honor to share the work of education with these Above and Beyond winners.”

The audience heard each winner’s story.

The presenters shared quotes from parents, students and colleagues that nominated them as well as words the winners used to describe themselves.

“If we can do something small that brings our students some sense of stability, it is my hope that they are better able to focus on their learning,” said Schaaf in her application.

The Above and Beyond Awards program is sponsored jointly by the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) and the Anoka-Hennepin School District to recognize outstanding employees for innovation, creativity, caring and commitment.

Award recipients were selected by a panel of community representatives and principals.

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