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Blake Receives District's Professional Licensed Staff of the Year Award

West Fargo, ND – (May 1st, 2024) – Surrounded by colleagues, friends, and family at a surprise ceremony this morning, a West Fargo Public Schools’ teacher was honored with the district’s prestigious staff award. Mendi Blake, a teacher at West Fargo High School, was awarded the 2024 – 2025 Professional/Licensed Staff of the Year Award.

Ms. Blake began with WFPS in 2009 as a substitute teacher and quickly moved to a full-time teaching role at West Fargo High School, where she has taught for the past 15 years. Blake holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in mass communication from North Dakota State University and a master’s degree in special education from Minnesota State University Moorhead. As this year’s award winner, in her nomination it was said that “Mendi Blake is the definition of dedication to education. She believes deeply that all students are capable and, with the right supports, are able to be successful contributing citizens. Mendi shows compassion to her students and their families every single moment of her day, knowing that for her students to learn, their basic needs have to be met first."

As the Professional/Licensed Staff of the Year honoree, Ms. Blake receives a crystal apple, flowers, a gift from the district and the School Board, and a $500 check from the West Fargo Area Education Foundation.

Every year, West Fargo Public Schools recognizes three district employees with a Staff of the Year Award. Nominees for the award are nominated by colleagues, students, parents, and/or community members through a letter of support highlighting the nominee’s commitment to education, professional development, and dedication to the West Fargo community. Each nominee’s supervisor is then asked to provide a letter indicating their support, and wishes, for the nominee to be selected as the award’s recipient. The program’s selection committee, comprised of community leaders, School Board members, past award recipients, retired and current administrators, selects one nominee to receive the Professional/Licensed Staff of the Year Award, one nominee to receive the Classified Staff of the Year Award, and one nominee to receive the Administrative Staff of the Year Award. Award winners are announced each spring at a surprise announcement ceremony.

Travis Gavin