Staff Recognition Program

  • Fargo Public Schools deeply values its nearly 2,000 staff members. Each person is an integral member of our large team that ensures each student receives a high-quality education in a safe learning environment. To honor our employees, the District annually awards the following:

    • Teacher of the Year Award − awarded to a certified staff member
    • Administrator of the Year Award − awarded to a principal, assistant principal, director or coordinator 
    • Support Staff of the Year Award − awarded to an educational support staff member, custodial/maintenance department staff member, or nutrition services staff member

    Each award is given in the spring of the year. The Teacher of the Year honoree is then forwarded to the North Dakota Department of Instruction as a candidate for the North Dakota Teacher of the Year. For a listing of past recipients, click here.

    Nominations will be accepted open January 17 – 28, 2022.

    Online nomination forms are now open:

    Please note: nomination forms require a minimum word count; if word count is not met, the nomination will be discarded.

    For more information, please contact AnnMarie Campbell at 701-446-1005 or

    See the information below for the 2021 award winners:


  • Jessica Magnuson

    Jessica Magnuson, Carl Ben Eielson Middle School Literacy Partner, received the Teacher of the Year award based on her many achievements and glowing testimonials from adminstrators, colleagues, and friends. She is decsribed as a voracious learner and reflective teacher who not only believes in her students but helps all students believe in themselves. Learn more...


  • Andy Dahlen

    Andy Dahlen, North High School principal, received the Administrator of the Year award based on his leadership abilties with staff and students. He inspires teachers to make a greater difference in their students' lives, instituting a school improvement plan that helps the school make connections with students to help align their futures. Learn more...

Support Staff

  • Brenda Fisher

    Brenda Fisher, District absence manager, was awarded the Support Staff of the Year award based on her organization and skill of managing substiture positions and staffing challenges, stemming from COVID-19, all while keeping a friendly and compassionate voice for all buildings across the District. Fisher handled nearly 9,000 abesences at the hieght of COVID-19 Learn more ...