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Staff honored at 2016 spring banquet

Staff gathered April 27 to celebrate the careers of six school district staff members planning to retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year and to recognize other staff members for their years of service.

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Lee Amborn

Lee returned to his hometown to teach here for 14 years following his “retirement” after 27 years in the military. He has earned degrees from UW-La Crosse, the University of Arkansas and Naval War College. Lee is a member of Wisconsin Art Education Association and the middle school art club.

Robert Brown

Bob attended both Cashton and Sparta schools. He has been employed as a custodian since April 2008. From 1969 to 2006, he worked at Burnstad’s; for 30 of those years he was a meat cutter. He also worked at Elco Janitorial Services from 2006 to 2007 where he continued to do floor care at Burnstads. He has lived in BRF for approximately 46 years.

Tom Epps

All of Tom’s 32 years of teaching have been in Black River Falls. He arrived from Rio, Wisconsin, after earning a degree from Oshkosh. Later he earned a master’s degree from La Crosse. Tom has coached every year. Past sports include basketball, cross country, and football. “I have had the pleasure of coaching with very dedicated coaches. They are genuinely concerned about doing what is right for the student athletes.” He also umpired softball.

Joy Hoffmann

Joy has taught 18 years in the Black River Falls School District—27 total. She graduated from Owen-Withee High School and currently lives near Strum. She has earned a BA in English and history from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and completed her EBD certification from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Sarah Strandberg Staff

For 15 years Sarah has been teaching in our district (31 in all). Alma Center was home from 1970-77, but she has lived in many places Sarah earned degrees from UWEC and Viterbo. At Blair-Taylor she was a drama adviser, basketball coach and PTO officer. She has been part of the BLAST program, the District Leadership Team, and an Educator Effectiveness Coach in Black River Falls.

Kris Wrobel

Kris graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (his hometown) before coming to Black River Falls. He has been here 27 years and earned a master’s degree from UWEC. He is most proud of advising the Tiger Investment Club, which has provided more than $50,000 to students over the years.