WCA Teacher and Para of the Year

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WCA Honors Colleagues at Education Banquet

The WCA staff, administration, and school board along with several retirees of WCA schools gathered for the WCA Education Banquet to recognize excellence in education.  A catered meal was provided thanks to a Value of Belonging Grant sponsored by Education Minnesota.  All WCAers were given the opportunity to nominate their colleagues for the WCA Teacher of the Year and WCA Support Staff of the Year.  The staff selection committee is made up of the recipients of the award from the past three years.

The staff selection committee chose Joan Johnson as the WCA Support Staff of the Year from a field which included Marissa Sinnemoen, Roxie Chandler, Jami Sutton, Ali Weigand, Lisa Hanson, Sarah Apland, Aleaiah Garza, Ann Spindler, Michelle Toso, Nicole Amundson, and Michele Frykman. 

Joan, a paraprofessional at WCA Secondary School, was honored for the huge impact she has on the students that she works with.  She has been dedicated to this school for many years.  Joan always does what is asked of her with a smile on her face!  She is a team player.

John Zdrazil, veteran middle school and high school English teacher in Barrett, was chosen as WCA Teacher of the Year.  Other teachers honored with nominations include;  Chelle Dewey, Maggie Dahl, Melissa Anderson, Rich Duncan, Teri Christenson, Mary Hokanson, Julie Schultz, Shelby Arroyo, Haley Grosz, and Brenda Andreasen.

Mr. Zdrazil deserves this recognition for his many years of service and dedication to the school.  He is an asset to the school because of all the things he does to help promote school atmosphere among the student body and staff.  He is a huge part of the sunshine committee, always thinking of different ways to honor staff members in times of need.  He organizes celebrations for new comers or retirees or teachers that just move on to different positions.  John is extremely thoughtful and caring and his enthusiasm for learning is contagious.  The students and staff at WCASS know they can count on Mr. Zdrazil to make each day a day they are glad they are at school. 

Congratulations to Ms. Johnson, Mr. Zdrazil, and all those nominated.  Mr. Zdrazil’s nomination will be forwarded for enrollment in the 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

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