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Julie Eiler poses with family and colleagues
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Julie Eiler: 2025 ESP of the Year finalist

Eiler is the lead paraprofessional at Fargo North High School.
Published: March 8, 2024

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On February 16, Fargo North faculty gathered for a surprise celebration of one of their own.

“I had no idea, I went to my colleagues, ‘Hey, there’s a guy taking pictures. What’s that about for our meeting?’” said Julie Eiler, the lead paraeducator at FNH, who is nominated for North Dakota United’s 2025 ESP of the Year.

Her colleagues were effusive in their praise for her.

“I think so much about education at any level is about connections and relationships with people. And specifically with students who Julie is working with, many times they may have not had a ton of positive relationships in a school setting or had much sometimes educational success. And to have an individual like Julie, who was able to truly connect with those individuals and then also be able to help them along with their teachers, help those students get a little academic traction, that impact is huge,” said Travis Christensen, principal of FNH.

Another anonymously said the following:

“Connecting with her students is Julie’s greatest strength. She believes that all students can succeed and shows them that through her sunny disposition and encouraging words.”

It’s because of people like Julie that North Dakota has some of the strongest public schools in the nation.

“It’s no wonder that we have the best public schools in the country because we have the best people staffing our schools and we have the best education support professionals as well,” said Nick Archuleta, president of North Dakota United.

Congratulations and thank you, Julie, for your continued dedication to our profession.


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