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Staff of the Month: June 2024

May 31, 2024

Lakeville Area Schools is excited to have a monthly staff recognition program that highlights staff nominated by other employees! The superintendent meets each staff to present them with a recognition award and a gift card donated by the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce and Visit Lakeville.

June's Staff of the Month are:

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Kathy Erickson, paraprofessional, Cherry View Elementary

Nominated by Cole Simon and Brenda McLean, paraprofessionals at Cherry View Elementary.

“Kathy is a dedicated paraprofessional, one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She’s flexible, passionate, hard-working, diligent, etc. The list could go on and on. She puts a smile on everyone’s face and when the going gets tough, she’s the first one there to offer a helping hand. Kathy has put her time into her position and continues to do her best each and every day. I am honored to call her my colleague.” - Simon

“Kathy can always be counted on.  She is positive, dependable and flexible with her schedule.  She is well-loved and appreciated by staff and students.  The A+ program at CVE would not be the same without her!” - McLean

Nikola Nikolov, custodial night lead, Century Middle School

Nominated by Jeff Broman, building chief at Century Middle School.

“Nick has been working as the Night Custodial Lead at Century Middle School this year. Nick came on board at the end of last summer in the middle of an entire staff rollover. He faced the challenge of working at a new school, in a new position, with all new custodians.  We have a diverse staff who have come together under Nick and shown incredible teamwork and resilience with intermittent staff shortages and working around the many events at the school, providing a safe and clean work environment for all CMS staff and visitors. Nick is very engaged with staff and visitors, and seeks to make Century a first class facility that provides a good experience for everyone.

In addition to the school building, Nick has also taken ownership of the Blanchard Aquatic Center, and has done an outstanding job keeping this facility clean and operating, sometimes 7 days a week. Century Middle School is lucky to have Nick, and his entire night crew.”

See our previous Staff of the Month at

Thank you to the following local businesses for their contributions to the recognition awards staff receive: Lakeville Chamber of CommerceVisit LakevilleB52 Burgers + Brew, and The Better Half.