School Board

Jerry Frederick


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 [email protected] 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:  [email protected]

Steve McConnell


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: [email protected] / 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 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 [email protected]  or 218-348-8467.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson

My name is Rob Johnson.  I've lived in Esko since 1991 and attended our school district from kindergarten through 12th grade.  My wife Amanda and I have been busy raising our three young kids and are so excited to have our kids be a part of such a high-achieving school district. 
After graduation from EHS, I attended the College of St. Scholastica where I completed my BS in biochemistry.  Following my undergrad, I moved on to the University of Minnesota, graduating with my PharmD.  I have been working at Essentia Heath Moose Lake Hospital as an inpatient and chemotherapy/infusion center pharmacy manager since 2018.  
I am honored to be elected by the community onto the Esko school board and look forward to the next 4 years and beyond.  We have a great tradition of excellence within our district and I plan to help continue this for our current and future students.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at 218-393-1960, or by email at [email protected].  I look forward to working with the community!

Margaret Sunnarborg

Hello Esko Community.  I am Maggie Sunnarborg and I am currently serving my 4th term as school board representative.  I really enjoy being a member of the board and working for the students, staff , and community 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.  I'm excited as we work to fulfill our ten-year plan, and all of the projects it entails.
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 by email at [email protected], anytime.