Jessica Magnuson is Fargo Public Schools Teacher of the Year

(Fargo, ND) -- She's spent her entire career at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, and now she's on top of the district.

Jessica Magnuson has been named the Fargo Public Schools 2021 Teacher of the Year. In attendance of the special mock game show turned honoring ceremony were Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi and Principal Brad Larson.

Magnuson is a South High School graduate and has spent her entire full-time teaching career in the District. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2004 with a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education. Following graduation, she worked as a substitute teacher throughout Fargo Public Schools and West Fargo Public Schools. In 2006, she began her full-time career as a language arts and science teacher at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, where she is still teaching today. 

"I was just thinking I have to get the phrase right for the game show, since I'm the literacy leader", said Magnuson, who was truly suprised by the honor. "The staff here and the administration here are such a great team focused on the students. Students here are great, staff here are like a family and I'm just blessed to be a part of it." 

Magnuson follows former Eagles Elementary School student performance strategist and current Eagles Elementary School Dean of Students Kimmy Milligan as the District’s recipient of the Teacher of the Year honor. Her name will now be considered for the Cass County Teacher of the Year award. The Cass County Teacher of the Year is then forwarded to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction as a candidate for the North Dakota Teacher of the Year award.