TCU hires Community Ed director

The Tri-City United School Board welcomed aboard a new staff member on Monday, July 8, during the regular meeting. New Community Ed Director Kari Gorr started her position in the district on Monday, July 1, replacing Nathan Warden who oversaw the community education programs for both TCU and Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools.

Gorr brings a wealth of experience to TCU. She worked at Minneapolis  Community Ed. for two years managing Minneapolis Kids, a school aged program serving 20 elementary schools and over 2,000 children. She also worked for Northfield Community Services for eight years as the Ventures coordinator, serving three elementary schools and a licensed childcare center.

Gorr said she was interested in the TCU position for three specific reasons: the variety of program areas; CE is an integral part of the school district; and it is located in an area with a strong sense of community.

“The community is very active and involved and demonstrates a passion for life-long learning,” she stated.

Growing up in Faribault, Gorr said the TCU community feels familiar and she can relate to it well. She now lives in Dundas with her husband Jason and their children Cameron, 14, Nick, 10, and Brody, 8.

As for the direction of TCU Community Ed, Gorr is looking to strike the right balance of programming between the three cities. 

“I look forward to working with the Le Center, Lonsdale and Montgomery communities to offer programs and experiences that appeal to all ages and interests,” she said. Gorr added that she certainly sees potential and opportunities ahead for TCU Community Ed.