2023 Essence Award Winners

Back in 2009, ISD 110 started recognizing outstanding employees through the Essence Awards as a way to recognize the dedicated and skilled teachers and staff who are passionate about educating kids and helping them grow socially and emotionally.  The Essence Awards were also created to celebrate those employees behind the scenes – people who may not otherwise receive much public recognition. These are the employees who work day after day to continue building the vibrant learning community we have here at Waconia Public Schools.

These individuals were recognized at the All-Staff Welcome Back Program on Thursday, Aug. 24 as the 2023 Essence Award recipients:

Brenda Buesgens | Administrative Assistant | Community Education
Michelle Langer | Educational Support Professional | Bayview Elementary School 
Jenny Steinhagen | Educational Support Professional | Laketown Elementary School
Sara Wolter | Educational Support Professional | Southview Elementary School
Carol Miller | Educational Support Professional | Waconia Middle School
Jamie Mackenthun | Educational Support Professional | Waconia High School

Congratulations to all of this year's recipients!