Connie Hayes has 34 years in public education, which have taken her to all four corners of the state. Her experience ranges from school psychology, special education coordination, curriculum, and the superintendency. In 2004 Springsted Incorporated tapped her on the shoulder and asked her to "retire" from her job as superintendent at LaCrescent-Hokah to join their company. She spent two great years at Springsted, determined to prove the skill set she had developed in the public sector would translate to success in the private sector. Ultimately, a game of musical chairs landed Connie back in the saddle at Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District in White Bear Lake in 2006, where she is thoroughly enjoying her unique superintendent job that involves ever-changing multiple partnerships and innovative initiatives. Connie holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and health education, as well as a Master of Arts in school psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She earned a 6th year certificate in educational leadership from Minnesota State University Mankato.
Kristine Carr graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Moorhead State University and worked in private industry for 16 years before joining Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District. Her experience in private industry spanned from working as a support specialist at a computer software company, as an auditor for the Office of the State Auditor and serving over ten years in financial and operational leadership positions in healthcare organizations in western and central Minnesota. In 1999, she graduated with her Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas and moved to the metro area to work as the director of administrative services for Northeast Metro 916.
Jean Jordan has nearly 40 years in education, beginning in her home state of Iowa. Jean started her career in early childhood education and then moved to the role of a middle school art teacher. In 2001, Jean became an elementary principal in Albert Lea, Minnesota and after nine years of leading Lakeview Elementary, she was asked to create a new middle school program for the District. In 2012, she was nominated by her staff for the Southeast Minnesota Principal of the Year award, which she received in 2013. After 17 years of leadership in Albert Lea, Jean found herself looking for a new challenge. In the summer of 2013 Jean accepted the position of director of educational services for Northeast Metro 916. She enjoys the challenge of working with principal/managers from all the programs and guiding the teaching and learning Department. Jean received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, her master’s degree from the University of Iowa and her Doctor of Education from Hamline University. In 2007 she was a Fulbright Recipient traveling to Turku, Finland.
Dan Naidicz has 27 years of experience working in the field of special education, including experience as a school psychologist, special education coordinator and director of special education. Dan worked very closely with Northeast Metro 916 special education programs while working for 20 years in Stillwater Area Public Schools. In 2010, Dan joined Northeast Metro 916 as the director of special education. Dan is a Fulbright Scholar and has provided leadership training to school administrators in Argentina and Brazil. He was appointed to the Board of School Administrators by Governor Mark Dayton, representing directors of special education. Dan has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and recreation therapy and a Master of Education in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. In 2003, Dan obtained his director of special education license from the University of St. Thomas.
Although Elam Noor was born in Hilton, South Africa, he has made the east metro of the Twin Cities his home since 1996. After graduating with degrees in enterprise computer technology and technology operations management at Minnesota State Universities (MnSCU), Elam assumed technology roles at several private sector fields from banking to real estate until he discovered a passion for education technology. He has served as part of technology teams at MnSCU, Stillwater Public Schools and Hill-Murray School. In 2016, Elam joined Northeast Metro 916 as technology director and a member of the leadership team. In addition to his work at the district, Elam is the president of the non-profit NGO Bantfwana Phambili, which provides secondary education and support for under-privileged students in South Africa. A self described geek, Elam enjoys working with his fellow geeks in the technology department, and spreading a passion for improving education with technology districtwide.