New teachers welcomed during annual luncheon

New teachers and administrators were recognized from the Art and Science Academy, Anoka Ramsey Community College, Cambridge-Isanti Schools, Cambridge Christian School and St. Scholastica HSC Academy during the 19th annual new teacher luncheon held Aug. 25 at Spirit River Community Center in Isanti.

Dr. Ray Magnuson (right) accepts this year’s Vocational Service Award presented by Greg Carlson of the Rotary Club of Cambridge and Isanti.Photos by Noelle Olson Greg Carlson (left) displays the Vocational Service Award  given to Dr. Ray Magnuson, standing next to his wife. Isanti Ambassadors Kaitlyn Scholla, Chanel Cuneo and Olivia Knowlton handed out bags to the new teachers. Cambridge Ambassadors Keely Wicklund and Kate Goodmanson welcome the new teachers during the luncheon. Photo by Laurie Solle Cambridge Ambassador Rylie Weeks shakes hands with the new teachers. Pictured with her are the Isanti Ambassadors. Photo by Laurie Solle
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Dr. Ray Magnuson (right) accepts this year’s Vocational Service Award presented by Greg Carlson of the Rotary Club of Cambridge and Isanti.Photos by Noelle Olson

“As you are about to begin your career with this particular school district, I know that you will be well supported and that the community will stand behind you,” said Roger Anderson, who served as master of ceremonies for the luncheon.

There are 37 new teachers starting in Cambridge-Isanti Schools, 12 new teachers and administrators at the Art and Science Academy, and four at Anoka Ramsey Community College.

This year’s Vocational Service Award was presented to Dr. Ray Magnuson by Rotary Club of Cambridge & Isanti member Greg Carlson.

“This award is given annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of Rotary which is service above self,” Carlson said. “Contribution of your time, talent, and resources has led to a better quality of life for all of our citizens.”

Dr. Magnuson was a physician and he and his partners established the Cambridge Clinic in 1950. He was on the Cambridge City Council from 1997-2001, and served 21 years on the Cambridge-Isanti School Board.

“The past nine years he has served on the Cambridge Campus of Anoka Ramsey Community College fund board with a focus on raising money for student scholarships,” Carlson said.

After receiving his award, Dr. Magnuson thanked his wife for all of her support.

The luncheon was hosted by the Rotary Club of Cambridge & Isanti and the North 65 Chamber of Commerce.
Anderson ended the lunch with a message to the new teachers with a quote from Cambridge-Isanti Superintendent Dr. Raymond Queener.

“Teaching is not easy, it’s not for everyone. It’s not a job, it’s a calling. Our children need you to be your very best every day. As a community we want to simply say thank you for saying yes to the opportunities to serve the students in our community. Teaching is a very noble profession, and we are so glad you said yes and that you are ready for this opportunity. Have a great school year.”