District 911 welcomes two new members to its leadership team

District 911 Schools

Guest Commentary

Superintendent Dr. Ray Queener says the Cambridge-Isanti School District is looking forward to advancing educational opportunities. It welcomes support for district initiatives to the advantage of all students and the community that supports District 911 Schools.

Dr. Ray Queener
Dr. Ray Queener

“I have had the great opportunity to identify the many strengths of our organization and areas that would benefit from additional support. Our new hires expand the capacity for our district to equip our students for learning and personal success in our schools and beyond,” Queener said.

Brenda Albrecht, Mounds View, was selected to serve as the district’s Director of Administrative Services and Human Resources. Albrecht joins District 911 from Princeton Public Schools where she has served as the Director of Human Resources for nearly four years. Albrecht has experienced much success in human resources with educational organizations since 2008.

Prior to her tenure with Princeton, Albrecht worked as a Benefits Analyst for Minneapolis Public Schools and a Human Resources Recruitment Specialist with Northeast Metro Intermediate District 916. Albrecht has a Bachelor’s of Arts in business management and a minor in human resource management from Bethel University. She is pursuing her master’s in human resources with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

“Brenda brings a unique perspective to our district in addition to wonderful leadership qualities and I greatly anticipate her being a valuable asset to our organization as we continue to plan for the strategic use of district resources,” Queener said.

Shawna Carpentier, Cambridge, was chosen to serve as the district’s Communications Coordinator. Carpentier is an alumni of Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools and has most recently worked as a Community Education Coordinator and a part-time Communications Coordinator for District 911.

“The district is fortunate to have Shawna expand her communications role. She has a great vision for engaging our community in our schools and working with the district to facilitate our goals to offer our students a unified community of support,” Queener said.

Carpentier has an expansive background working in communications that spans over five years as a reporter for the likes of the Associated Press, Minnesota Christian Examiner, and Isanti County News.

She also brings to the district experience in public relations and marketing from freelance consulting opportunities and in tenures with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Sports Information Office at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has her Bachelor’s of Arts in journalism and a minor in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She is advancing her education as she pursues her master’s in communication arts from Bethel University.

Albrecht and Carpentier will begin their respective roles with District 911 in July.