Now more than ever, our communities rely on everyday superheroes like educators and public servants.
These individuals work tirelessly (and often thanklessly) to educate our kids, keep them safe, and make our communities run smoothly.
That’s why we’ve decided to raise up a few of our members to say thank you.
Learn more about these everyday superheroes and what they do for their communities below. You can also share a story about your own everyday superhero to show how much you appreciate them!
Jason is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at North Dakota State University and a proud North Dakota United member.
He’s been guiding students through the rigors of learning university level mathematics for the last 14 years.
His superpower is his ability to put himself in the students’ shoes during all parts of the learning process, as well as raising awareness and funds to address food insecurity in our community.
Danni has worked in public health, since 2015 in positions at the NDSU Center for Immunization Research and Education, as well as Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota.
Her current superpower involves fighting a formidable opponent… the villain known as COVID-19. She’s helping save lives everyday as a Vaccine Coordinator for the state of North Dakota.
Sonja is a retired educator and taught for 35 years in the Bismarck Public School System.
She also taught ESL at the Adult Learning Center to help immigrants and refugee adult students with learning English.
Sonja was a was a local BEA president and served as head negotiator for BPS teacher negotiations when she was teaching.
Barb is school bus driver from Kindred, North Dakota. She has been safely delivering kids to and from school since 1996!
“All school bus drivers enjoy a super power that other school
employees cannot claim. We have a child on our bus from the time they start kindergarten until they get a driver’s license. We gain a personal connection with nearly each child.
Every morning as they get on the bus, I give each child a smile and a ‘Good Morning!’. They return my greeting with a grin and a ‘Hi Barb.’ It warms my heart and gives me a reason to get out of bed.”
Kelly has been a teacher for 15 years! She loves that she gets to make a positive impact on our society’s future. Her goal is to help students become independent thinkers who crave challenges and hopes to model for them the importance of seeking opportunities to help others and create a community of caring individuals.
“My super power? The ability to love my students unconditionally and to model patience, positivity, and flexibility in all situations.”
Michelle is a 5th grade teacher at BM Hanson Elementary School in Harvey, ND.
Michelle’s superpower is relationship building with her “forever kids” aka current and former students.