Dr. Denise Jonas

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Dr. Denise Jonas

Denise Jonas is the Director for Career and Technical Education for the Cass County Career and Technical Education Virtual Center serving Central Cass, Fargo, Northern Cass, and West Fargo Public Schools. Denise values career education! She believes career education is critical to build and retain our future workforces as it engages students through real-world lens, providing career awareness, exploration, and preparation. Her mantra is, "The Right Student, in the Right Pathway, for the Right Reasons." Denise strives to work with schools, teachers, businesses, colleges, and community organizations so all students can cultivate their talents. Denise has worked in banking and government, and in education as a middle school, high school, and post-secondary IT teacher, support technician, assistant principal, principal, and CTE director. She holds bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Business Education, a Masters in Career & Technical Education (CTE), and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

 Ryan Pierce

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Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce is the curriculum facilitator for the Cass County Career and Technical Education Center. Instruction and support of career and technical education has been his career focus since his start in education. As a life-long learner, he has received a BS in Industrial Technology and MEd in Instructional Design Technology from the University of North Dakota and his MEd in Educational Leadership from NDSU. Since 2001, Ryan has worked for Fargo Public Schools as a Vocational/Technical and Engineering instructor teaching construction, graphics, and engineering courses. He has also served as the curriculum facilitator for CTE since 2014 working with all CTE curricular areas on developing standards based curriculum and non-traditional/distance learning opportunities for students. Aside from education, Ryan has been involved in the construction, transportation and agriculture industries owning businesses in these areas over the last 20 years. Ryan’s goal is to create opportunity in all CTE areas for all students.

 Tracey Faltersack

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Tracey Faltersack

Tracey has been working for the West Fargo school district since January 2016. She is the administrative assistant for Dr. Denise Jonas, CTE Director for West Fargo Public Schools and the Cass County Career and Technical Education Center. Tracey holds a bachelor degree in Business Management from Rasmussen College.

 Idette Graham

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Idette Graham

Idette Graham has worked for the Fargo Public School District since August 2008.  Prior to that she worked for the Grand Forks School system for eight years.  Currently she is the secretary of Teaching and Learning for the Fargo Public Schools.  In this position, she is the administrative assistant for Dr. Denise Jonas, CTE Director for Fargo Public Schools and Jodell Teiken, Director of Standards Based Education for Fargo Public Schools.  Idette holds a Bachelor Degree in Business from North Dakota State University.