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Osseo Area Schools celebrates Administrative Professionals Day

Osseo Area Schools celebrates Administrative Professionals Day

Osseo Area Schools celebrates Administrative Professionals Day, which takes place April 24 this year. This job supports the important, behind-the-scenes work of running a school, program or the district office, while at the same time acting in a very public-facing role to help ensure all constituents are served in a professional and caring manner. 

Here are just a few of the district’s many hardworking administrative professionals that the district seeks to thank and celebrate this week: 

Fatima Alnizami and Sherri Lincoln - Executive specialist, superintendent’s office

two women standing in front of the superintendent's office, smiling


If you ever need to visit the district’s office of the superintendent, rest assured that you will be greeted by the two friendly faces of Fatima Alnizami and Sherri Lincoln. 

Alnizami has been part of the superintendent’s office team for nearly a year and has been in the administrative professional field for nine years, while Lincoln spent much of her career in human resources before moving to the district over 13 years ago. 

Alnizami and Lincoln are the first points of contact for any constituent looking to speak to district leadership, and they provide a welcoming presence to ensure people can feel heard and understood when they seek to connect with questions or to share information. 

“In this office we are the ambassadors for the district,” Lincoln said. “We want to make sure that people are welcome and that they get the help they need.”

Other responsibilities include managing the superintendent’s calendar, coordinating and organizing district-level meetings and managing anything that relates to the district’s school board. They often work in the background to support a variety of people, including both district employees and families. 

"Sherri and Fatima are indispensable assets to this office and to the district," said Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel. "I cannot say enough good things about their work ethic and dedication to their roles. And, not to mention, they are a whole lot of fun to be around!"

Alnizami and Lincoln said they have a big variety in their days, making it feel like there’s no “standard” workday. Also, the pair say they genuinely enjoy each other’s company and work well together as a team. 

While their roles as administrative professionals keep them hopping from task to task, they say it’s the people and relationships that bring the biggest rewards. 

“We have a really great boss, plain and simple,” the pair said of Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel. “We can laugh, we can cry, and we get the job done. We’re in it together for sure.”

Jesse Toren, AESP Community Education Adult and Youth Enrichment programs

Jesse Toren smiles in her office


If you visit or call the Community Education office at the Education Service Center (ESC) and have questions about Adult or Youth Enrichment classes, want to become an enrichment instructor or need help with registering for an enrichment class, chances are on any given day, you’ll be greeted with a warm, friendly smile from Jesse Toren and receive unparalleled customer service. 

This August, Jesse will celebrate her second year as the Community Education Adult and Youth Enrichment Administrative Educational Support Professional (AESP). Before coming to Osseo Area Schools she worked in the medical field and the court system. 

During a typical work day, Jesse helps community members register for classes, communicates with instructors about their upcoming class schedule, answers the phone, sets up courses in Eleyo for registration, proofs the newest catalog before it goes to print, manages class rosters, travels to school sites to support the check-in process for after-school classes, summer camps and so much more. 

“I’m detail-oriented. I like to anticipate the needs of co-workers, students or community members and make them feel comfortable and valued,” Jesse shared.

Jesse’s passion for helping others shines each day through her work and interactions with others. She really enjoys interacting with parents and students in our schools across the district and out in the community. As a parent, she also understands the importance of developing meaningful relationships, trust and creating positive experiences. “It brings me joy to know that I can help answer questions, provide resources and be of support,” she shared. 

“Jesse is positive, compassionate, resourceful, ambitious, organized and always willing to support others,” said Melissa Henderson, her supervisor. 

A highlight for Jesse has been working during the Youth Enrichment Summer Mini Camps by supporting students, parents and families at the school sites. 

“You get to know the children and their parents and watch them grow from participating in the program and the hands-on learning activities in just a few weeks' time,” she said. “It’s empowering to have the opportunity to be a part of it.”