As the school year concludes, Linda Hoekman is announcing her 2023 candidacy for the Anoka-Hennepin School Board in District 1. Hoekman is known as an advocate for parent’s rights in the documentary “Whose Children are They.” She is running for the position currently held by Erin Heers-McCardle.
An experienced educator, Hoekman observed “Students do best when parents and teachers work together. Positive connections between home and school will improve children’s academic achievement and development of lifelong skills. It’s important to have clear communications. Keeping parents regularly informed of policies, curriculum, and classroom activities ensures they can help to make the best decisions for their child’s education and wellbeing.” Hoekman has over 25 years of experience as a high school physics and chemistry teacher, the majority of which she has previously worked in Anoka-Hennepin (AH) schools. She has been connected to the AH district reaching back to her own years as a student; Hoekman graduated from Blaine High School. She earned her teaching degree from the College of St. Benedict. Upon graduation, Hoekman was hired at Champlin Park High School, and later earned a Master’s of Education from the College of St. Scholastica. A lifelong Anoka County resident, Hoekman and her husband of 25 years, Charley, have lived in Ramsey for 19 years. Two of their children are Anoka High School graduates and their third child graduated from PACT Charter School in Ramsey.
According to Hoekman, she has been active in the community in capacities that align with her mission of educating and encouraging youth competitors. She has coached swimming and softball, and advised robotics and Korean Dance Club. In the community, she has also been a scout leader and supported youth faith initiatives. She instructed religious education and confirmation at Epiphany Catholic Church in Coon Rapids, where she has been a parishioner most of her life. In her spare time she enjoys fishing and playing games with her family. Hoekman said, “Education is the key to success for each individual, but also the foundation of a successful community. Anoka has a long tradition of excellence, it is time to restore excellence as our goal. I believe our schools must focus on educational basics and providing a safe environment so every student can reach their full potential. An environment free of violence is the first step. A safe classroom where teachers are given respect as they provide direct instruction and clear expectations are shown to improve student outcomes.” The AH election will be held on Tuesday November 7, 2023. Early voting begins September 22. The District 1 voting area covers all of Anoka, most of Ramsey and portions of Andover and Coon Rapids. Voting locations may be different than during a presidential election year. Information is available at www.MnVotes.org.