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Northfield School Board hosts a reception honoring Chris Richardson, MN Superintendent of the Year

Supt of the Year invitation IMG_20120224_062300 IMG_20120224_062327
The Northfield School Board held a reception at the Northfield Golf Club last night honoring Chris Richardson for his MASA award as Minnesota’s 2012 Superintendent of the Year. See the Oct. 31, 2011 press release on the Northfield School District’s site for details on the honor.

High School teacher Kevin Dahle was the Master of Ceremonies and spiced things up throughout with his comedian routine, eg, "I’d like to thank the decorations committee for the wonderful country club theme" and "When the reception is over, please follow last in-first out protocol for your departure" and "The cake is sponsored by the MN legislature but you can only eat 60% of it now with the rest available…"  Clever guy, that Kevin.  Even Dave Neuger got into it: "Chris is a wonderful person, hard working, extremely talented, respected by… um… ah…. let’s see… help me out here, Chris, I’m having trouble reading your handwriting."  None of those are exact quotes but close enough.

Unfortunately, I only had my crappy smartphone camera to use for photos and as you’ll see, it doesn’t do well indoors.

School Board Chair Ellen Iverson; teacher Kevin Dahle Master of Ceremonies, comedian, teacher Kevin Dahle IMG_20120223_183456 School Board Vice Chair Kari Nelson

Dave Neuger Matt Hillman, District Director of HR and Technology Jessie Montano, Deputy Commissioner, MN Dept of Education Paul Erickson, President of ATS&R (award sponsor); Chris Richardson, Gary Amoroso, Executive Director, MASAPaul Erickson, President of ATS&R (award sponsor); Chris Richardson, Gary Amoroso, Executive Director, MASA Chris Richardson, Minnesota’s 2012 Superintendent of the Year IMG_20120223_192025

Hey kids, you too can be a video blogger like Charlie Kyte

Jen Winterfeldt, Youth Development Coordinator for Northfield Public Schools Community Services, invited me to speak about my career to a group of Northfield Middle School students yesterday,  part of an after-school program she runs at the Northfield Middle School Youth Center. Ruben Alvarez, ELL (English Language Learner) teacher, hosted me in his classroom, equipped with an interactive whiteboard which I got to use for the first time.

Griff Wigley at Northfield Middle School Griff Wigley at Northfield Middle School Charlie Kyte 'At the Capitol' video
As I was getting ready to speak, I got a tweet from Charlie Kyte, Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) and former Northfield superintendent, alerting his Twitter followers to a new blog post, "At the Capitol" w/Charlie: Budget standoff looming, that includes a video of him speaking to the camera in front of the official portrait of former MN Governor Jesse Ventura. 

I was going to play the video on my smartphone for the students (center photo) but I decided that their interest in the budget battle was likely to be marginal.