First Negotiations Session


Beginning to go through the contract with the District

Our first session was spent establishing some protocols, and going through the first half of the contract page by page. The purpose of going page by page is to briefly discuss some things that either side may want to address in future sessions. Our next scheduled session is July 25th.

Who is at the table?

At the end of the newsletter you will find bios for each of the team members that represent you, Education Minnesota - OSSEO. Not included below are Kelly Wilson, EM-O President, and Susan Brady, Education Minnesota Field Staff.

Representing ISD 279:

Laurel Anderson - Director, Labor Relations

Judy McDonald - Executive Director, HR

Teresa Lunt - School Board Member

Jacki Girtz - School Board Member

Sara Vernig - Principal, Maple Grove Sr.

Todd Tischer - Principal, Garden City

Janet Thomas-Bouyer - Director, HR

Kim Riesgraf - Asst, Superintendent

Get to Know Your Negotiations Team

Tracy Hahn

School: Park Center Senior High

Present Position: Business, Marketing & Information Technology Teacher

Years in 279: 12+ years

Union Experience:

Building representative (2007 to present)

MRA I-III Training
Lobby Days at the capital

District Experience:
District Business Education TAT – 12 years
District Computer Literacy TAT – 1 year
District Technology Coordination Committee – 5 years
PCSH Conference Committee – 5 years
PCSH Scholarship Committee – 1 year
PCSH Technology Committee – 10 years?
District Business Education Writing Teams

Steve Johnson

School: Osseo Junior High

Present Position: 9th Grade English

Years in 279: 24

Union Experience:

Building Rep

Executive Board (2 ½ terms)


LCAT Training

Negotiations Training

District Experience:

ATTPS Steering Committee

Department Chair

TAT Meetings

Paul Terry

School: Maple Grove Junior High

Present Position: 7-9 Music

Years in 279: 9

Union Experience:

LCAT Training


Member Rights Advocacy Training I, II, III

Negotiations Team

Building Rep

District Experience:

Team Leader

Various District Curriculum Writing Teams

IB Middle Years Programme Training I, II, III

IB MIddle Years Programme Training Areas of Interaction

District Wide Technology Committee

District Music TAT

Marshall Thompson

School: Park Center High School

Present Position: Math

Years in 279: 8

Union Experience:

Negotiations Training at Summer Seminar 2010 LCAT Training

Building Rep

Insurance Advisory Committee

Negotiator 2011-13

District Experience:

IB Middle Years Program Training

Tennis Coach - PCHS

IB Training Standard Level Math

IB Training Higher Level Math

Math Textbook Selection Committee

Grading and Reporting Committee

Various Writing Committees

Annette Walen

Schools: Birch Grove, Willow Lane, Park Brook, Cedar Island

Present Position: Instructional Coach

Years in 279: 27

Union Experience:

Building Rep

ATPPS Steering Committee

Member Rights Advocacy Training I

Summer Seminar Participant

Lobby Days Participant—testified before Minnesota Senate Committee

Education Minnesota Representative Convention Delegate

Part of VIVA Collaborative on Teacher Evaluation, a joint effort of Education Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Education

Northwest Metro Legislative Representatives dinners -- attendee

District Experience:

TAT member: language arts, science, social studies

Team Leader at 3 buildings

Various District Curriculum Writing Teams

Data Teams

Wastebasket Revue