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Sjolin Nelson Receives District's Administrative Staff of the Year Award

West Fargo, ND – (April 30th, 2024) – Surrounded by colleagues, friends, and family at a surprise ceremony this afternoon, a West Fargo Public Schools’ Principal was honored with the district’s prestigious staff award. Jody Sjolin Nelson, a Principal for South Elementary School, was awarded the 2024 – 2025 Administrative Staff of the Year Award.

Ms. Sjolin Nelson has worked for WFPS since 2015. Sjolin Nelson has served in many roles for West Fargo Public Schools and took over as Principal of South Elementary in 2017. Sjolin Nelson holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in elementary education from the University of North Dakota and a master’s degree in educational leadership also from UND. In her nomination it was said that “Jody goes above and beyond to meet the needs of the South Star community. She engages with every learner and takes time to listen to families. She finds creative and unique ways to engage students in their learning and aligns them to our Profile of a Graduate. She takes district initiatives and turns them into real life applications.”

As the Administrative Staff of the Year honoree, Ms. Sjolin Nelson 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