Adult learning coordinator honored

Whether one’s interests lie in Italian cooking, photography, exercise, computers, iPads, gardening or fishing, Mischelle Squire has probably found a class that would appeal to you.

Mischelle Squire
Mischelle Squire

Squire, Anoka-Hennepin’s adult learning coordinator, has scouted out and organized 657 classes for more than 10,500 adult learners in just the past school year.

It’s also why Squire was named one of the Anoka-Hennepin School District’s 2012-2013 Above & Beyond Award winners.

She is one of 10 recipients of the annual award that recognizes teachers, administrative assistants, cooks, custodians and other employees who work extra hard to make sure students are successful.

“I believe that it is simply not enough to just show up, you have to go the extra mile,” Squire said.

Community Education Programmer Erin Becker said of Squire, “Whether it is securing an interpreter for a fitness class or getting a wheelchair for a class demonstration, she is always providing the resources to make sure that participants’ needs are met.”

Squire has a strong belief that businesses enhance the adult learning experience and enable the program to provide classes that would not otherwise be available to members of the community.

“(Squire) holds relationships with local business partners, instructors and students with the utmost regard,” Squire’s supervisor, Pat Adams, said.

“Her extra efforts to foster collaboration have allowed the Anoka-Hennepin adult learning program to be one of the most innovative in the state.”

Many of these partnerships provide adult learners with opportunities that they need to enhance their lives. A class could be an escape from a stress-filled workday, a resource that provides a parent with the skills they need to support a child or specialized training to find a new job.

“Oftentimes the adult learning community education program is the only part of the school district that participants see,” Squire said.

“As the program coordinator, I have the chance to provide a broad range of learning opportunities. We never know how a simple class will impact someone.”