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Northfield Promise Welcomes New Staff!

September 29, 2015

Northfield Promise is excited to welcome two new additions to the team – Margaret Huber and Zaret Calderon. These part-time positions are made possible through funding from the State of Minnesota.

Margaret will serve as the Northfield Promise Coordinator. Prior to her arrival at Northfield Promise, she has worked as a classroom and academic support teacher. Throughout the years, Margaret has been able to combine her interest in education along with the need of mentoring youth. She managed Girls on the Run in Northfield for 5 years. The program served girls in grades 3-5 at each of the Northfield elementary school sites. She also introduced and set up implementation of the Minnesota Alliance with Youth Promise Fellow program in a neighboring rural school district to address the concerns of middle school students.

Upon her graduation from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Margaret worked at Opportunity Partners for 5 years before taking time off to be home with her children: Derek, Schuyler, Kelsey and Abby. She returned to school at St Catherine’s University in 2008 for an additional degree in elementary education.

Margaret and her husband Kris have been residents of Northfield since 1993.

Margaret can be reached at margaret@northfieldhci.org.

Zaret is the new Northfield Promise Outreach Specialist. She will play a leadership role in Northfield Promise outreach to and engagement of the Northfield Latino community. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Zaret has lived in Northfield most of her life. Zaret noted she received great support and assistance from teachers and the Northfield TORCH program. As a young adult, she knew she wanted to someday do the same for others and be a positive role model. During her high school years, Zaret joined leadership groups including the Northfield Diversity Club, LINK, and the Minnesota Youth Advisory Council. Following graduation from Northfield High School, she continued on to earn an associate’s degree from South Central College in Faribault, MN.

Zaret has done volunteer work with Summer PLUS, Christmas Sharing, Project Backpack, and Thursday’s Table. She is now currently working at the Northfield Retirement Center as a CNA assisting residents who have dementia. In her free time, she likes to go on nature walks, spend time with friends and family, and go to Zumba at the YMCA.

Zaret can be reached at zaret@northfieldhci.org.

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