News and Events
Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel welcomed over 400 educators back for the 2019-20 school year at the annual Opening Workshop on August 26, 2019. An energizing and exciting event, Interim Director of Teaching and Learning John Piotraschke hosted a “Minute To Win It” competition between schools. The event also featured Fridley employees who spoke about their inspiration to work in education. The district also recognized the following employees:
2018-19 Teachers of Excellence - MacKenzie Diessner - Fridley ALC/FCC, Mary Quiring - Hayes Elementary, Erik Redepenning - Fridley High School, Debbie Rein - Stevenson Elementary School, Suzanne Schlichte - Fridley Middle School
25 Years of Service Recipients -
Karla Hoeschen - Fridley Public Schools Occupational Therapist
Karla Hoeschen has been an occupational therapist in the Fridley School District for the past 25 years. She has worked in many of the buildings and programs throughout this time. She has a passion for her work and builds strong relationships with the families and students she works with. Karla provides teams with tools and strategies to support the learning of students in classroom environments. Congratulations Karla, and we thank you for your 25 years of service!
Kirk Myhra - Individuals and Societies Teacher at Fridley High School
Kirk Myhra has dedicated 25 years of service to Fridley Public Schools, teaching Individuals and Societies at both Fridley Middle School and Fridley High School. He also serves as the district’s head of the educator union as a strong and passionate advocate for all staff members. Kirk is thoughtful, focused and willing to try new strategies to ensure the best learning environment for all students. Congratulations Kirk, and we thank you for your 25 years of service!
Employee of the Year - Fridley Public Schools Custodial and Grounds Staff
This year, the Employee of the Year is a team of many. The Fridley Public Schools Custodial and Grounds team worked tirelessly throughout the winter, putting in extra time before school, after school and on the weekends. With record breaking amounts of snowfall, dangerous wind-chill and extreme weather, this team worked hard across the schools and buildings in the district moving snow, de-icing, and cleaning. The team consistently puts in time to keep the schools safe for all students and staff. Fridley Public Schools collectively honors the Custodial and Grounds team as the 2018-19 Employee of the Year! We thank you for your incredible amount of dedication and work that you put into our district. Congratulations!