January 2023 Employees of the Month

January 2023 Employees of the Month

The Monroe School District Employee Honor Roll recognition program is aimed at recognizing employees for exemplifying Monroe School District's commitment & shared values through their service to our students, staff, families, and/or community.

Supervisors, fellow employees, parents, and community members submitted 25 nominations in the month of January!

All January nominees are recognized HERE, but only one in each employee category (classified, certificated, administrator) are selected each month as the MSD Honor Roll Employee of the Month. Monthly award recipients are selected by the Superintendent's Executive Cabinet.

Please join us in congratulating our January Honor Roll Employees of the Month!


Ken Steenis 
Student Support Advocate at Hidden River Middle School and Maltby Elementary

Ken Steenis with Dr. Marci Larsen

Nomination #1: The professional background Ken has brought with him to this role was really helpful for the month of December when Hidden River needed his expertise, patience and strength.  Not only was he available to help with students but also was backing staff up.  He also supports the Behavioral Health Team by checking in on co-workers and always bringing his cheerful nature but also understanding some of the intensities of the job.

Nomination #2: Our student support advocates are priceless but the way Mr. Ken develops relationships and works with teams to ensure the students feel cared for is so important. He's even making sure to build relationships with younger students so they know him before they come to middle school!


Brad Beyer 
Teacher at Monroe High School

Dr. Marci Larsen with Brad Beyer

Nomination #1: Brad is a passionate teacher who has invested so much into our Robotics and Engineering programs. He values each and every student and ensures they have everything they need to be successful in his classes. He has also rebooted our Robotics Club. They had an amazing first season together last year and are gearing up for this year. Brad is also forming vital relationships with community members to create strong ties with our CTE program. MSD is lucky to have him on our team. 

Nomination #2: Mr. Beyer is the Monroe High School Robotics, Aerospace Manufacturing and AP Computer Science teacher. He is extremely dedicated to the students and the programs he teaches and has created a very welcoming and positive environment and program for all students. He gives so much of his time outside of class for Robotics club and contributes to the positive and welcoming culture for all at MHS. He works intentionally to provide strong and relevant program content and activities and connects students to long term career opportunities. Mr. Beyer is simply a joy to be around and truly loves working with our students. We are so grateful to have him at MHS! 

Nomination #3: Brad selflessly gives countless hours of time and energy to lead the high school robotics teams.  He stays after school for hours every week and often on weekends to work with his team to get them ready for competition.  Last year, he volunteered his time for this work as a new teacher to MSD.  He has written and received 3 grants to help fund this team.  In addition to all the work he has done, he also pours his entire heart into the students as both an advisor and as a CTE teacher.  He truly believes in all students and seeks ways to help them access learning at high levels.  He creatively engages students in learning and allows them to have choice on how they demonstrate their learning in the classroom.  Brad is also always willing to go the extra mile for other staff members and support students outside of his program.  He is a go to person when anyone needs help. Brad is truly an asset to our district and to MHS. 


Melanie Gray
Principal at Salem Woods Elementary

Dr. Marci Larsen pictured with Melanie Gray

Melanie truly cares for every child and staff member at Salem Woods Elementary! She demonstrates that daily in a variety of areas. When it snowed, she was found outside before the sun appeared, shoveling the sidewalks. What an amazing way to demonstrate what she says about caring about all our safety! 

See the entire list of staff members who were nominated for the MSD Employee Honor Roll in January HERE

Learn more about the Employee Recognition Program or nominate any MSD employee HERE