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WDC celebrates 'Paraprofessional Recognition Week' Jan. 16-20

During the week of Jan. 16 to 20, Wadena-Deer Creek Schools will recognize the contributions of their paraprofessionals throughout the school district. Paraprofessionals work with students on a daily basis, and make a difference in their lives.

Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed the week of Jan. 16 to 20 as "Paraprofessional Recognition Week." Oftentimes referred to as education assistants, paraprofessionals are an integral part of Wadena-Deer Creek's school system, said Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom.

"They are important to the vitality of our schools," Dahlstrom said. "The strong connections our paraprofessionals make with our students support their academic and social growth."

Paraprofessionals are individuals who work in a variety of positions throughout WDC's preschool, elementary, high school and Kid's Club. They include student-support paraprofessionals, Title 1 paraprofessionals, special-education paraprofessionals, lunch room and playground assistants, hall monitors, media-center assistants, nursing and more.

Wadena-Deer Creek School District paraprofessionals include:

Daneen Aldrich, Jackie Becker, Melissa Becker, Jeanette Bernu, Connie Brownie, Bobbie Bullard, Ellen Carlstrom, Nathan Carlstrom, Sara Carpenter, Kathy Davis, Bev Finnegan, Deb Folkestad, Randi Gjerstad, Joan Greenwaldt, Ginny Haman, Roxanne Havnes, Diane Hannuksela, Kristi Ice, Holly Johnson, Sherri Kaufman, Joanne Kern, Connie Klebs, Avy Kurzenberger, Mickey Lawson, Heather Lopez, Viyan Maii, Mary Jane Malone, Sharol Mason, Ashley Mumm, Christi Nelson, Linda Paulson, Wendy Porter, Sue Scheiding, Lora Schmitz, Carolyn Skillings, Paula Scott, Sarah Smith, Erica Snyder, Kim Stafki, Deb Wright and Laura Zeise.