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WDC honors staff for years of service

Wadena-Deer Creek School District recently recognized 21 of its staff for reaching their years of service milestones.

Framed certificates were presented by Louis Rutten, elementary principal, and Tyler Church, middle/high school principal, during the school’s first day of a three-day staff workshop on Aug. 25 in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium.  

Their combined experience is a total of 365 years! WDC thanks these individuals for their wonderful service and dedication.

10 years of service: front, from left, Toni Kraska, high school counselor; Alicia Johnson, preschool teacher; Kathy Thoreson, first-grade teacher; and Holly Becker, math teacher; back, from left: Dirk Schulz, physical education teacher; Scott Rude, bus driver; Laura Kiser, social worker; and Beth Hawkins, English teacher. Not pictured: Lisa Ashbaugh, food services.

10 years of service: front, from left, Toni Kraska, high school counselor; Alicia Johnson, preschool teacher; Kathy Thoreson, first-grade teacher; and Holly Becker, math teacher; back, from left: Dirk Schulz, physical education teacher; Scott Rude, bus driver; Laura Kiser, social worker; and Beth Hawkins, English teacher. Not pictured: Lisa Ashbaugh, food services.

15 years of service: from left, Laura Zeise, preschool paraprofessional; Lisa Jepson, math teacher; and Marsha Horan, bus driver. Not pictured: Ellen Carlstrom, elementary paraprofessional; and Mike Brunsberg, English teacher.

15 years of service: from left, Laura Zeise, preschool paraprofessional; Lisa Jepson, math teacher; and Marsha Horan, bus driver. Not pictured: Ellen Carlstrom, elementary paraprofessional; and Mike Brunsberg, English teacher.

20 and 25 years of service: from left: Robby Grendahl, social studies teacher, 20 years; and Deb Wright, high school paraprofessional; Jackie Becker, middle/high school administrative assistant/school store coordinator; and Mike Ortmann, music teacher; all 25 years.

20 and 25 years of service: from left: Robby Grendahl, social studies teacher, 20 years; and Deb Wright, high school paraprofessional; Jackie Becker, middle/high school administrative assistant/school store coordinator; and Mike Ortmann, music teacher; all 25 years.

35 years of service: Sandie Rentz, food services/community education director; and Jay Patterson, English teacher. Not pictured: Tony Uselman, bus driver. (Photos by Dana Pavek, WDC Schools)

35 years of service: Sandie Rentz, food services/community education director; and Jay Patterson, English teacher. Not pictured: Tony Uselman, bus driver. (Photos by Dana Pavek, WDC Schools)