Certified and Classified Employees of the Quarter Program

  • The purpose of the Certified and Classified Employees of the Quarter Program is to recognize excellence as accomplished by certified and classified employees of Grand Forks Public Schools. To be considered for the award, the employee must be a valuable asset to the Grand Forks Public Schools community through their job duties, leadership in their school/department/program, membership in a professional organization, etc. Additionally, the employee must be involved in the community in which they live, through volunteer work, civic responsibilities, etc.

    The Certified and Classified Employees of the Quarter Program applies to all full- and part-time employees who have worked in the Grand Forks Public Schools system for at least one calendar year. The Certified and Classified Employees of the Quarter Program is reviewed periodically and subject to change without notice. 

    • Examples of certified employees include teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, and school psychologists.
    • Examples of classified employees include custodians, nurses, paraprofessionals, receptionists, secretaries/assistants, in addition to building and ground employees (carpenter, maintenance, electrician, HVAC mechanic, etc.), child nutrition (cooks, cook managers, drivers, etc.), and district personnel (accounting, secretaries/assistants, payroll, etc.).
    • Note: administrators (including principals and associate principals) are not eligible for this program.

    Nominations are open to the entire community. A 6-person district committee will use a scoring rubric (1-4) to evaluate each applicant on the criteria listed below. Committee members will first individually score the applications, and will then discuss their scoring in order to reach consensus on a Certified and Classified employee of each quarter. The award recipients will receive a plaque and be recognized at a Grand Forks School Board meeting. Please click here to view the rubric the nominations will be scored on.

    Nominations for the Employees of the 4th Quarter closed on May 5th.

2020-2021 Employee of the Quarter Recipients

  • 3rd Quarter

    • Certified: Jeff Compton, network services coordinator
    • Classified: Taunya Schleicher, grant writer

    2nd Quarter

    • Certified: Lori Eken, 6th grade teacher, Elroy Schroeder Middle School
    • Classified: Pamela Soderberg, interventions para-educator at Grand Forks Central High School

    1st Quarter

    • Certified: Jennifer Modeen, social worker and homeless liaison, Winship Elementary School
    • Classified: Sherri Motherwell, school nurse, Phoenix Elementary School/South Middle School

2019-2020 Recipients

  • 2nd Quarter

    • Certified: Kristy Hanson, education coordinator, Head Start
    • Classified: Ione Seidlinger, EL paraeducator, Red River High School

    3rd Quarter

    • Certified: Trevor Lennon, business education teacher, Grand Forks Central High School
    • Classified: Ken Carlson, print shop supervisor, Mark Sanford Education Center

    4th Quarter

    • Certified: Emily Parrill, foreign language teacher, Red River High School
    • Classified: Milly Lafferty, custodian, Elroy Schroeder Middle School