September 2023 Award of Excellence Winner

Norfolk Public Schools is pleased to announce that Mandi Dahlkoetter, 1st Grade Teacher, Woodland Park Elementary School, is the winner of the NPS Award for Excellence for September 2023.

Thank you, Mandi Dahlkoetter, for your dedication, hard work, and service to our students, staff, and the NPS community!

Listed below are excerpts from some of the submitted narratives of Mrs. Dahlkoetter's nomination:

  • Mandi is an exceptional first grade teacher, amazing coworker, and an integral part of the Woodland Park Elementary community. Mandi not only strives to push her students academically and finds ways to support learning throughout the day, but she makes learning fun. She knows that her first graders are not just students; they are kids.

  • Mrs. Dahlkoetter took it upon herself to help improve our climate and culture. She has organized our monthly Sunshine Club, our After Hours Events, and our Birthday Buddies. She has come into school each summer and oftentimes over breaks to decorate our lounge with fun themes and positive climate strategies. She also helped organize a committee of teachers to work with the PTO and completely remodel our school library, designing it into a fun, welcoming environment for students.

  • My daughter was the student who struggled with testing, especially reading. Mrs. Dahlkoetter knew she was a better reader than the test showed & gave me ways to work with her to improve her reading. The next year my daughter's reading level had increased significantly & when Mrs. Dahlkoetter found out she was so excited for her because she knew her potential all along.

  • Mrs. Dahlkoetter is loved by her students, respected, and appreciated by parents, and she plays a valuable role as a teacher liaison on our PTO. She has volunteered to participate regularly in our monthly PTO meetings, bridge communication between the PTO and teachers, and help with various PTO events.

Mandi officially received her award at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 11.  Please congratulate Mandi on this well-deserved award!