Becky Bicknese is the new community education coordinator at Kingsland. She had her first day on the job Nov. 5.
Becky Bicknese is the new community education coordinator at Kingsland. She had her first day on the job Nov. 5.
Becky Bicknese of Spring Valley is excited to be beginning her duties as the new community education coordinator at Kingsland.

Her first day was Nov. 5 and she is busy learning the ins and outs of the position. Before coming to Kingsland, Bicknese was the office manager at Dodge Center Chiropractic and had a two-hour commute every day. She said she is enjoying working in the town where she lives and not having to drive that far.

The Wykoff native, whose maiden name is Kreidermacher, is enthusiastic about embarking on her new duties. "I like the teaching aspects of the position. I like being a part of an educational environment," she said. "I am very excited to be here."

Another perk to her new position, besides the shorter commute, is that she is closer to her children during the day. Becky is married to Zach, and the couple's daughters attend elementary school at Kingsland with Stephanie in sixth grade and Sasha in first grade. Their son, Timmy, who is 4, is set to begin preschool soon, too. All of the children are in SACC (School Age Child Care).

"I am loving the fact that my kids are right here. I really like that," she added.

Bicknese is also active in the Spring Valley community with Girl Scouts and the Spring Valley Ambulance Service. For six years she has led two Girl Scouts troops; her daughters are Girl Scouts. She is also currently taking EMT classes to become a member of the Spring Valley Ambulance Service. She has an associate's degree in medical assisting from Minnesota School of Business.

Bicknese is also a coaching assistant with the Just for Kix program in Spring Valley. Her daughters are program participants.

Her duties as community education coordinator entail overseeing the financial aspect of the SACC and preschool programs. She is also in charge of finding ideas and instructors for the community ed classes, lining up a place and time to hold the classes and making sure they are up and running.

Bicknese is interested in bringing new ideas to the class schedule. "I want to do classes that we haven't done before."

She is currently gathering input for class offerings and is looking at ideas from programs run in the Twin Cities and Austin.

What she is most looking forward to working on in her new position is the "growth of the department," which means expanding on new class ideas and making the community more aware of what the program has to offer.

"I want to be out in the community and have people come up to me and share their ideas (for class offerings). I am open to any and every idea," Bicknese said.

She thinks her biggest challenge as community education coordinator will be "getting the information out to the community" and her reaching out and brining in residents to attend classes. Bicknese wants to really utilize the program's website and make sure that it is updated regularly to get information out to the public.

One of her personal goals as coordinator is for her to participate in the classes offered too. This way she gets to know the structure of the classes, the attendees and can gather ideas from the attendees on how to improve the program.

Bicknese concluded, "I want to help better the community and bring new life to the program."

For more information about the community education program or questions for the coordinator, contact Bicknese at (507) 346-2776 ext. 4100 or email bicknese.becky@kingsland.k12.mn.us.