Dianne Mathews - Chair

Ms. Dianne Mathews

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Ms. Dianne Mathews

Dianne Mathews was appointed to the Board of Education in the spring of 2014 to fill a vacated position.  She was elected to the Board in the fall of 2014.  She is an Engineer for the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and has been with the entity since 2008.  She is currently serving as the Board Chair, a position to which she was elected in January of 2017.

Dianne's primary reason for running for the board was a strong desire to serve the community and take part in the direction of the schools and facilities.  She sites "serving on the Project Oversight Committee for the newly opened high school and remodeled elementary school and ensuring that the communities tax dollars are serving our students," as the part of her work on the Board that she enjoys most.  Communication with, and involvement of the entire community continues to fuel her work, and she cites the need for a comprehensive strategic plan as opportunities for continued growth.

Committee Assignments:

Community Education Advisory

Facilities

MSHSL Disciplinary Hearings

Parent Teacher Organization

Learning Center Project Oversite

Karly Madill - Clerk/Treasurer

Ms. Karly Madill

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Ms. Karly Madill

Karly Madill was elected to the board by special election Nov 2015 and then again in the General Election in November of 2016.  She currently serves on the Board's Executive Council as the Clerk/Treasurer.

Karly works as a Healthcare Operations Administrator by providing support within Regional Wisconsin and Minnesota's primary care clinics for Essentia Health.  Ms. Madill states, "Education is incredibly important to me, and growing up in Superior I was blessed with supportive teachers who helped guide me in many ways.  I know firsthand the positive, life changing impact schools can make on children and young people.   I felt a calling to give back to both the educational system and to the Hermantown community."  She has found that the board functions as a great team.  The school board members are all highly engaged, thoughtful, kind, passionate and truly have a desire to help our community schools be a great place for all students.  She appreciates the perspectives each school board member brings, and is thankful for the ongoing learnings from each of them.   With that said, she also recognizes growth opportunties.

"The opportunities I see for our District include: advancing and infusing the use of technology into our classrooms, partnering with educational leaders to offer more STEM experiences to elementary and middle school learners, increase engagement with teachers and board members to learn more about their vision and what we can do to help make it happen, increase communication among school and community members to build more learning opportunities for students that prepare them for life after high school, develop fiscally responsible and sustainable strategies to support our new buildings for years to come."

 

Committee Assignments:

Community Education Advisory

Minnesota State High School League Hearings and Disciplinary Recommendations

Parent Teacher Organization

Learning Center Project Oversite

Aaron Salmela - Director

Mr. Aaron Salmela

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Mr. Aaron Salmela

Aaron was elected to his first term in 2012 and again in 2016.  Aaron was born and raised in Hermantown and attended the Hermantown Schools graduating in 1990.  After high school he attended UMD for both his undergraduate and Masters of Education.  Currently he teaches middle school science for Duluth Public Schools and also serves as their Science Curriculum Specialist.

He is excited by the communities support of the new buildings in Hermantown and the many opportunities they will provide our students for years to come. Aaron is honored to represent and the community and to be able to work with such a dedicated staff and faculty. He is excited to help shape Hermantown Schools and looks forward to creating an education system that prepares students for college or a career. He feels that the Hermantown programs PK-12 are top notch and Hermantown students are exceptionally prepared for college after high school.  He looks forward to expanding opportunities for students who want to move along a pathway toward career in the vocational trades.

Committee Assignments:

Arena Board

Extra Curricular Liaison

Staff Development, Curriculum, Technology Integration

Naming of Facilities or Educational Spaces

Multi-activity Facility Oversite

 

Jonathan Thornton - Director

Mr. Jonathan Thornton

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Mr. Jonathan Thornton

Jonathan Thornton was elected to the board in November of 2016 and began serving in January of 2017.  He is a realtor in the area who felt the need to work on behalf of the students in the District by running for a seat on the board.  Jonathan said, "I recognize that we are a very fortunate community with a talented staff and many new, wonderful spaces.  I would like to see our facilities being utilized by a wider cross section of the community."  

Committee Assignments:

Essentia Health Regional Wellness Center

Extra Curricular Liaison

Hermantown Legacy Fund

Naming of Facilities or Educational Spaces

 

Timothy Peterson - Director

Mr. Timothy Peterson - Director

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Mr. Timothy Peterson - Director

Tim and his wife Sandi have lived in Hermantown for 28 years and are lifelong residents of St. Louis County.  Janna, Ross and Marcie, their children, graduated from Hermantown and two of their grandchildren will soon be attending Hermantown schools.  He was elected to the Board in November, 2018.

He recently retired from ALLETE, Inc.  (Minnesota Power) as their Senior Manager, Corporate Development, working with the company to diversify their business through acquisitions of other energy related companies. Prior to ALLETE, he was a Director, Consulting Services for RSM, Inc., a national CPA and Consulting Firm. Tim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), both from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  Tim has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for UMD and Bemidji State University teaching courses in finance, information technology and business administration.

He is very pleased to be a new member of a School Board committed to continuing the excellence in education his children experienced at Hermantown. He hopes his background in finance and strategic planning will lend value to the Board in navigating some of the crucial issues the district currently faces as they strive towards providing exceptional educational opportunities for our students and community.

Committee Assignments

Arena Board

Staff Development; Curriculum; Technology Integration

Multi-activity Facility

 

 

Mr. Gary Kneisl

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Mr. Gary Kneisl

Gary grew up in south central MN and attended high school at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. In high school he played football, baseball, wrestled, and was a member of the track team. He was also involved in the agricultural and industrial tech clubs. He attended one year of college at Ridgewater College where he wrestled and was named an Academic All American. Following that experience, he moved to Duluth and attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he achieved a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. Gary worked in sales for a few years and then took a job in corrections. That gave him an interest in being a police officer and was hired by the Superior Police Department. Mr. Kneisl worked there for a little over 3 years and was then hired by the Hermantown Police Department in October of 2017.
 
Gary Kneisl has lived in or around Hermantown since 2008 and is married to wife, Holly.  The Kneisls have 3 children, all of whom are enrolled in Hermantown schools. 
 
"I love this community and want to do whatever I can to continue its tradition of quality living. I look forward to serving on the school board to ensure each child of the community gets the best, quality education they can." 
 

Committee Assignments

Parks and Recreation

Facilities

Multi-activity Facility