Braddock Receives District's Professional/Licensed Staff of the Year Award
West Fargo, ND – (March 23, 2022) – Surrounded by colleagues, friends, and family at a surprise ceremony this morning, a West Fargo Public Schools’ special education teacher was honored with the district’s prestigious staff award. Amy Braddock, a special education teacher at Harwood Elementary School, was awarded the 2022 – 2023 Professional/Licensed Staff of the Year Award.
In her 13 years with West Fargo Public Schools, Braddock has served as an assistive technology specialist, high school comprehensive student support program teacher, and most recently as an elementary special education teacher. She serves as the past-president of the North Dakota Council for Exceptional Children unit and serves on the association’s leadership development committee.
Braddock holds a master’s degree in special education from the University of North Dakota and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
As this year’s award winner, Mrs. Braddock was described in her nomination as an “exceptional educator that has shown her passion, dedication, and commitment to making a difference in the lives of the students she teaches. She is an example of a true professional in every sense of the word.”
As the Professional/Licensed Staff of the Year honoree, Mrs. Braddock receives a crystal apple, flowers, a gift from the district and the School Board, and a $500 check from the West Fargo Educational Foundation. Additionally, she will be an honoree at the district’s recognition party on Monday, May 23 at Heritage Middle School and will be considered on behalf of West Fargo Public Schools for the 2023 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Award.
ABOUT STAFF OF THE YEAR AWARDS
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 and are recognized at the district’s annual recognition party.