Teachers & Staff

The 2017 recipients of the
Peter Hess Memorial Teacher Recognition Award

photo courtesy Thoele Photography



photo courtesy Thoele Photography

Mary Anderson

My name is Mary Anderson, and I am beginning my 30th year of teaching. I am a graduate of Lincoln High School and Northland Community College.  I graduated from Moorhead State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education – EMH.  I later completed my licensure in the areas of Specific Learning Disabilities and Physical and Other Health Impairments through Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota.

My husband, Kyle, and I have two daughters.  Our oldest daughter, Kyja, currently lives in Monticello, MN and Hannah, lives in Fargo, ND.  Both of our daughters went through the TRF school system and graduated from Lincoln High School. We enjoy spending our free time getting together with family and spending time at the lake.

I began my teaching career in special education in Goodridge, MN, where I taught for 13 years. I worked with students in grades K-12, and found that I really enjoyed working with students at the middle school level. This led me to my current position at Franklin Middle School where I work primarily with students in seventh grade. Being a special education teacher has been very rewarding, and I’ve had the opportunity to work so many great students and parents over the years. I am fortunate to work with such a dedicated staff at FMS and in our school district. I’ve learned so much from my colleagues and for that I’m thankful.

Being a recipient of the Peter Hess Memorial Teacher Recognition Award is such an honor, and I’m so thankful to have been nominated and presented with this award.  Thank you to the Hess family and the TRF Education Foundation.  



























Nicole Wienen

My name is Nicole Wienen. I’m beginning my 12th year in the TRF school district as the District school nurse.  I graduated from Cloquet High school and then from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth with a BA in Nursing.   I worked in the Cloquet Nursing home while I was going to college. After moving to Thief River Falls, I worked for a year at Valley Home and then 8 years in the mental health inpatient unit at the hospital before starting in the TRF school district. 

I’ve been married to my husband Mike for 20 years.  We have 3 children – Breanna (16), Cody (14), and Braylee (10).  They keep us very busy with their various sports and activities.  We also enjoy cheering on and supporting Prowler activities and spending time with our friends and family when we can. 

Being a school nurse has given me a lot of opportunities to get to know many students and families in our community.   I get to work with so many different kids ages 3 – 18!!  I love the variety of working with kids in the preschool, elementary, middle, high school, and the ALC.

I am very honored to win the Peter Hess Memorial award.  I want to sincerely thank the Peter Hess family and the Thief River Falls Education Foundation.  I’m honored to be able to work with such great professionals in the Thief River Falls school district and to continue to learn and grow daily along with the students.  




























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