MORRIS, Minn. - The week of January 16 is Paraeducator Recognition Week. The role of a paraeducator, according to the National Resource Center for Paraeducators in Minnesota, is an employee:
1. Whose position is either instructional in nature or who provides other direct or indirect services to students and/or their families.
2. Who works under the supervision of a teacher or another professional staff member who has the ultimate responsibility for the design, implementation, and evaluation of education programs and related services.
The Morris Area School District employs several paraeducators. Each of these caring staff members does a variety of important things to help students. These paraeducators spend their day performing instructional tasks that include anything from helping with math and reading to teaching a student how to perform everyday tasks. While the work they do often goes unnoticed, their contributions are essential to the success of students and the school district.
Morris Area Elementary School paraeducators include Lorena Alexander, Vicky Beyer, Peter Boever, Vicki Cannon, Lisa Dybdal, Sue Erdahl-Nelson, Claire Exner, Lori Fangmeier, Kathy Feuchtenberger, Anne Fridgen, Julie Gnerer, Sue Hill, Nancy Huot, Giny Itzen, Stephanie Kelly, Kristie Kloos, Denise Koebernick, Kristie Krusemark, Nancy Mohrman, Heather Montonye, Catherine Rach, LeeAnn Rostberg and Lori Sperr.
Title I paraeducators include Donna Ascheman, Kelli Hamer, Corey Hemphill-Crowder, Christine Jerke, Corrine Knochenmus, Lisa Lorenz and Jill VanKempen.
Morris Area High School paraeducators include Linda Anderson, Vicky Brandt, Paulette Garoutte, Nancy Grotjohn, Janet Hengemuhle, Karin Johnson, Bree McCannon, Marleen Nelson, Sue Schuster, Tamara Schuster, Lenora Waddell and Paula Zimmerman.
Transportation paraeducators include Diane Aeikens and Sharon VanHorn.
Community Education paraeducators include Karin Anderson, Lorie Hansen, Julie Koehl, Angela Olson, Monserrat Mendez and Naoko Soderberg.
The district is proud of all of our paraeducators and thank them for a job well done during Paraeducator Recognition Week and the rest of the year.