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Paraprofessional Recognition Week, Jan. 18-23 at Wadena-Deer Creek public schools

Wadena-Deer Creek High School paraprofessional Mike Holzer (left) gives sophomore Miles Roth advice on this wood-working project in his industrial arts class. Holzer has served as a paraprofessional at WDC for 27 years.

Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools are recognizing their paraprofessionals Jan. 18 to 23, as part of Paraprofessional Recognition Week proclaimed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

"Paraprofessionals are an integral part of our school system," said Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom, Wadena-Deer Creek public schools. "They are important to the vitality of our schools and our communities. Our schools thrive in large part because of the strong connections our school personnel make with our students."

Paraprofessionals are individuals who work in a variety of positions in the WDC School District. Their roles include those who work as instructional assistants, Title 1 paraprofessionals, student-support assistants, special-education paraprofessionals, job coaches, lunch room and playground assistants, hall monitors, media-center assistants and more.

WDC School District's paraprofessionals include: Daneen Aldrich, Jackie Becker, Mavis Becker, Jan Bernu, Connie Blessing, Jill Boline, Bobbie Bullard, Ellen Carlstrom, Kathie Davis, Tracy Dreger, Bev Finnegan, Deb Folkestad, Tracy Grabe, Joan Greenwaldt, Ginny Haman, Diane Hannuksela, Roxy Havnes, Mike Holzer, Kristi Ice, Holly Johnson, Jayne Johnson, Linda Johnson, Sherri Kaufman, Joanne Kern, Connie Klebs, Betsy Larson, Mickey Lawson, Viyan Maii, Jane Malone, Teresa Manselle, Sharol Mason, Christi Nelson, Jan Nelson, Linda Paulson, Wendy Porter, Sue Scheiding, Lora Schmitz, Sarah Smith, Sharon Snyder, Heather Weitemier, Deb Wright and Laura Zeise.