Brenneman Named Fargo Public Schools District 2019 Support Staff of the Year

Early Childhood Special Education Paraprofessional Sue Brenneman 

Fargo Public Schools Early Childhood Special Education Paraprofessional Sue Brenneman has been named the Fargo Public School District 2019 Support Staff of the Year.  Superintendent Rupak Gandhi made the surprise announcement and award presentation during a staff meeting on Wednesday, April 3 to assembled staff, invited guests, and family members.

A graduate of Fargo North High School, and a North Dakota State University and Moorhead Technical College alum, Brenneman began her employment with the Fargo Public School District in 1998.  As a paraprofessional in the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program, she assists the District’s youngest learners in their educational growth, all of whom have special needs.  Brenneman truly enjoys working with children, understands how they learn, and is dedicated to creating a nurturing learning atmosphere for every student. She works alongside ECSE teachers and therapists in providing individualized instruction, small group activities, and student support in the classroom.  Prior to working for the Fargo School District, Brenneman worked for MeritCare Health Systems and Northwestern Mutual Life.

Sue Brenneman, Fargo Public School District’s 2019 Support Staff of the Year Award recipient, is an asset to the Fargo Public Schools.  Brenneman’s selection was based on recommendations that highlight Brenneman’s compassionate attitude, dedication, patience, dependability, and leadership.  Brenneman is described as a hard-working, helpful and flexible employee who is always willing to go the extra mile to see students succeed.  A co-worker shared, “She is involved as an integral part of the classroom team in helping the preschoolers improve in their communication skills and physical development (gross and fine motor), adaptive skills (toileting, dressing, eating), cognitive and pre-academic skills and, at the forefront of all, their social & emotional skill development.”  Brenneman has a true gift with being able to guide a child’s behavior in positive ways that support their total growth and development while promoting their self-esteem.  She is known for building relationships of trust with students to ensure they reach their developmental goals.       

This is the sixth time the annual “Support Staff of the Year” award has been given.  The honor is an award bestowed as part of the District’s annual Staff Recognition Program.  The District also annually recognizes an “Administrator of the Year” and a “Teacher of the Year” as part of this program.  Fargo Public Schools Operations & Maintenance Delivery Driver Brian Sokolofsky received the 2018 Support Staff of the Year Award.

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