School Board

Jerry Frederick


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My name is Jerry Frederick.  I have been a member of the Esko community since 1985.  My wife Julie and I have two sons, Scott, an Esko graduate of 2014, and Kevin, an Esko graduate of 2016.  I've been employed by Minnesota Power since 1984 as an Electronic Technician Senior.  I was first elected to the Esko School Board for one term in 2007, and it's great to be back as a board member and to be able to help the Esko School District to continue to provide an excellent education and opportunities and to help provide what is "best for kids". My family has always been dedicated to giving back to the community in which we live and have been and continue to be involved in many community activities.
I am very grateful for your confidence in re-election and to be able to serve for an additional 4 years.  We are so lucky to be able to call this wonderful community our home.  
Should you have an issue or concern, please feel free to contact me either by email at jfrederick@esko.k12.mn.us or by phone at (218) 879-0169.


Leona Johnson
 
 Leona Johnson

Hi.  My name is Leona Johnson and I am honored to serve as a representative of the community on the Esko School Board.  I am retired, living near grandchildren who attend the Esko Schools, and excited to be involved in helping the school district and community meet their goals of providing outstanding education at an affordable cost.  Having worked in Ellsworth, Wisconsin as a K-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction, an elementary principal, and a high school teacher, I have many years of experience working with students, parents, staff, administrators, community members, and school boards. I have brought in over $4million in federal and state grants to enhance education programs. I also taught Individual and Family Relationships at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and continue to author high school textbooks, including Interpersonal Relationships and Strengthening Family and Self.  
Please contact me if you have questions, thoughts, or unique insights from your perspective that can help the school board make informed, relevant decisions that benefit individuals as well as the group as a whole.  I look forward to hearing from you
.  Feel free to email me:  ljohnson@esko.k12.mn.us



Steve McConnell

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My name is Steve McConnell.  I live in Esko with my wife, Jessica, a registered nurse, and our three children.  When I met my wife, she convinced me that we needed to live in this great community of Esko. We moved here in 2008 after living in Cloquet for a short time.  My wife grew up in Esko and is an Esko alumni.  We have been married for 17 years and have 3 children.  Our oldest, Kaitlyn is an 8th grader, our middle child, Abigail is a 5th grader, and our youngest, Logan is a 4th grader.  I graduated from Wrenshall High School, but while in high school I drove daily between Wrenshall and Esko to take a business class here in the Esko district.  After high school, I attended Lake Superior College where I graduated with a Networking AAS Degree, Micro-Computer Support AAS Degree, Computer Programming, A+ Certification, Cisco Certification, and Cyber Security.

I’m currently employed at Northwoods Credit Union as a Vice President of Technology & Security.  If you know me, I’ve probably coached your child in some sport.  I have volunteered coaching for youth sports such as: baseball, soccer, and basketball.  As a coach, I enjoy watching the kids grow and become better players.  I try to give them the confidence they need while enjoying the sport at the same time.  I have served on the Esko Baseball Board, and past president on the Esko Soccer Board.  I am honored to serve and be the voice for the community, students and faculty to ensure the highest quality of education while making good judgement decisions that benefit all.  I welcome any feedback or comments from the community and can be reached anytime: smcconnell@esko.k12.mn.us / call or text 218.390.6947   Thanks again for your support!



Todd Rengo



My name is Todd Rengo.  My wife Sandy (Olesen) (’87) and I (’88) are both Esko graduates and lifelong Eskomos.  We are the proud parents of 4 children who are also Esko graduates: Matt '14, Olivia '16, Sam '19, and Nate in the class of '22.  
I work for Thrivent Financial as an investment advisor and planner following 23 years at the Verso Paper Mill in Duluth where I was a Safety Advocate.  Sandy and I also own Nordic Connection, a Scandinavian Gift import business. 
We have a great tradition of excellence at Esko, and I am honored to help continue building upon that foundation by serving on the School Board. 
Please contact me anytime with questions, ideas or concerns.  You can reach me at trengo@esko.k12.mn.us  or 218-348-8467.  I look forward to hearing from you.



Jeff Salo



My name is Jeff Salo. My wife Cindy and I are both graduates of Esko High School and have been life long residents of Esko. We have two daughters who are both proud Eskomos.  Danielle graduated in 2011 and Hailey graduated in 2014. I work at Sappi Fine Paper and have been there for over 25 years.
My family has been involved with the Esko School District for over 80 years. My mother is a graduate of Esko, as well as a former employee, and my grandmother was a former teacher here at Esko. I take a lot of pride in that history and am honored to keep that tradition going by serving on the School Board. I can be contacted at salo.jeffrey@yahoo.com or my home phone number is 879-6259. I look forward to serving the Esko School District.


Margaret Sunnarborg



Hello Esko Community.  I am Maggie Sunnarborg and I am currently serving my 3rd term as school board representative.  I really enjoy being a member of the board and working for the students, and staff to maintain an A+ school district.  
I feel we have accomplished so much over the past several years, such as my dream come true, new bus garage and football stadium parking lot.  In spite of Covid, we have continued to maintain our high standards and move forward in a very positive way.
I look forward to working for you and doing the best that I can.
Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.  
You can reach me at msunnarborg@esko.k12.mn.us, anytime.