Josh answered the phone when I called for help. He was very courteous and efficient. He asked just a few questions and proceded to fix my trouble, without delay, from his location. I appreciate his quick response and helpful attitude! This is a very busy time for everyone and I am sure that is not an easy job but Josh made it seem easy.
- Vikki Starr, Dispatch
Thanks to Patty for helping coordinate my son's locker clean out when he broke his arm during finals week. She is always a warm and caring voice on the other end of the phone when a child is sick or injured, and it is much appreciated!
- Katie Espe, parent
A big Thank you to the best Lunch Ladies in the entire school district. We appreciate all you do to make sure every student ( and teacher who want lunch) has breakfast and lunch. Have a awesome summer.
- Mattie Alexander, Cindy Edwards, Jenny Zetinoo, parent, co-worker, teacher
This October, my husband and I found ourselves taking in two very unexpected foster children who went to the same school that our other children did. Our family grew overnight from three children to five. Mrs. Gamble was the teacher of one of our biological children and also the teacher of one of our new foster daughters. She and her husband went above and beyond to help us! She treated both of our children with love and respect and helped our foster daughter make educational progress that one would have to see to believe. Although Mr. and Mrs. Gamble helped us out in material ways several times, their real contribution has been encouragement and friendship. Taking in the girls has changed our lives for the better and I could not have done it without the support of Mrs. Gamble. We love you, Beth!
- Jacqueline Shepherd, parent
I am the parent of a child who is somewhat different by societal standards. Mrs. Pfeifer accepted my child immediately without batting an eye. Throughout the course of the year, much of the anxiety that my child has about school disappeared and I watched as he opened up and became so much more comfortable with himself and others. Mrs. Pfeifer has a school reputation for being tough and somewhat distant, but I found her to be strict in all the right ways and encouraging and rewarding to the kids at exactly the right times. She is a pro and I really appreciate everything about her. Thank you, Anne!
- Jacqueline Shepherd, parent
This October, my husband and I found ourselves with two completely unexpected foster children, taking our family from 3 kids, to 5 kids. Ms. Moran was the teacher of the older of the two girls we took in and she provided so much support and help, I couldn't have done it without her. As the year progressed, I was able to see that she found subtle ways of making our girl feel loved and special, knowing that she had come from a difficult situation. Ms. Moran has such a kind heart and cares so deeply about all of her students; a nicer woman couldn't be found. I know that our daughter will carry the self-esteem boosts she received from Ms. Moran for the rest of her life. Thank you, Ms. Moran!
- Jacqueline Shepherd, parent
Quyana to Mr. LaRue for going above and beyond in the classroom. HIs ability to create strong academic foundations and even stronger study skills are commendable. YOU are appreciated.
- Mitch and Vara Jones, parents
I have known Ms. Leslie Roussan for a whole school year. She is my daughter's Kindergarten teacher. From the very first evaluation she gave my daughter I knew that she would be a great teacher to transition Rosemarie from Head Start pre-school to the mainstream education system. Ms. Roussan did not disappoint. She gave her the confidence and encouragement to do well in the new school environment. She taught Rosemarie valuable lessons about the real world; the challenges and responsibilities that it presents. Although Head Start gave my daughter the basic knowledge to succeed in school, it was Ms. Roussan who cemented the thirst for knowledge and to learn the ways of the world. She gave me daily updates in on how the was performing so we could jointly correct it if needed or give praises when deserved. Ms. Roussan is the quintessential teacher who has the qualities that children will always remember. I know I will. She is tough in that she teaches responsibility for actions while giving the love that they need. She helps them to understand concepts and problem solutions verses pure memorization.
- George Hernandez, parent, community member, policy council chairman, CINHS
We have the best Teacher Assistants in the world at Whaley School! I have strong classroom support staff during all three Life Skills classes, which is especially helpful since I do not have a classroom TA. They are such a strong help with the kids' work during one morning class. The 6th period TAs are also awesome! They not only help individual students work through assignments, but at the end of class Miss Lillian, Miss Valarie, and Mrs. M. help me get all supplies put away and the chairs and stools all stacked in the corner. The work Miss Charlene has done with one student all semester has been especially successful. Thank you, Whaley TAs, for all you do!
- Bev Kirk, teacher
Mrs. Lucht has been a monumental part of both our boys lives for the past 3 years. She has encouraged them to enjoy and love music. She has taught them to be more active in the music community. Her enthusiasm toward music has helped them to want to continue band throughout high school. Thank you, Mrs.Lucht, for all you do for kidst!
- Debbie and Ray Clayton, parents
I am so thankful for the awesome night crew we have a Abbott Loop. As a teacher who has end of the day pull outs there have been several instances where my second grade classroom is a mess at the end of the day, and our team always cheerfully gets things back in order. I try to get my students to pick up at the end of the day, but when they are in art, health or some other pull out until 3:15 p.m. sometimes that does not happen. My appreciation and thanks goes out to them for all they do for our school every single day.
- Connie Jones, teacher
Thanks to Mr. Forbes for his caring heart and willingness to give! One of our 1st grade student's boarded his bus with a large amount of coins in a bag. Mr. Forbes asked the student about all the coins he was carrying and the student responded that our school was holding a coin drive for The American Cancer Society. Mr. Forbes responded by pulling out his wallet and handing the student a $50 bill to add to his class collection. Mr. Forbes' act of kindness has been shared with many in our community and we are are still in awe of his willingness to donate to our cause in such a manner. It was a wonderful example for our staff, students, and families. Kudos, Mr. Forbes for your generosity and in providing hope to those affected by cancer.
- Wendy A. Williams, school nurse
Cheers to the kindergarten teaching team at Tudor! Our daughter is so fortunate to have you both. Thank you for supporting, caring, and valuing each of your students - they recognize and cherish it. Thank you for creating a welcoming classroom, instilling a fierce love of learning, maintaining high expectations, and helping each student reach their maximum potential. We really appreciate you both!
- James and Christine Dennis, parents
Kristie is an asset to Bayshore for her extra efforts to meet the needs of all students. Kristie always has a smile on her face and will take the extra steps to help any student or adult without missing a beat.
- Lisa Hanson, co-worker
Terrill has many roles at Bayshore and takes on all the responsibilities with ease and efficiency. She does everything with a smile and never stops until everything is finished. She is a role model for all staff members at our school. Thanks Terrill!
- Lisa Hanson, peer
Quyana to Mr. Travis Harrington for being such a phenomenal band teacher! Mr. Harrington is a gifted and talented teacher; I'm absolutely astounded and amazed at what he has accomplished with a huge group of 6th graders this past year. Mr. Harrington masterfully mentored over 120 students in Beginning Band and led them to play so beautifully at the Spring Concert. It is not easy to mentor and lead that many students, yet Mr. Harrington did so flawlessly. My son absolutely loves band and he looks forward very much to taking band again next year. Mr. Harrington is not only an exceptional teacher; he has a gift for interacting incredibly well with his students. It is readily apparent to me at the concerts, his students greatly love and respect him. Thank you, Mr. Harrington, for everything you do to make band such an outstanding class. As my son and his peers would say, "You rock!"
- Barbara Ringland, parent
Molly is an amazing teacher. She handles every situation that arises in her classroom (as well as other classrooms) with professionalism and grace. We are blessed to have her here in our school. Even if she is not selected, I wanted everyone to know what a great teacher we have! Thanks for all you do Molly!
- Jennifer Henry, administrative assistant
I would like to thank Ann for helping organize a library for the second year in a row. At each of the last two schools I have worked at, Ann worked patiently with the staff to purchase new books and materials through library grant funding. Ann really knows her stuff, and nothing is too silly or complicated to ask her. Thank you, Ann!
- Diane Hoffbauer, principal
Last summer Carlina Carr supervised an EF Tour trip to Europe, where she was, frankly, pleasant by nature. She worked hard to make the trip fun, and worked hard to have fun with the rest of us. But while in Madrid, what I learned in her Spanish class made it so I could listen to and contribute to lengthy conversations in fluent Spanish. I even applied one of the units I learned from her class to order a really tricked out ice-cream cone. Apart from saving me from getting kidnapped in Munich, she was very relaxed. I wholly commend her. Carolina Carr had a profound impact on me as a person, having made me a better Spanish speaker, a better worker, and a better world citizen. Quyana Carolina Carr.
- Timothy Tyree, student
Most students don't like Sra. Carr while they take her class because her class is just plain difficult, but after taking her class, and realizing the life skill she has given them, most students retrospectively consider Señora their amongst favorite teachers. I know I do. When I entered her class for the first time my junior year. I could barely speak a word of Spanish. She asked us what we did over the summer and the class took turns answering the question in eloquent and verbose Spanish diction, and when it fell to my turn, I sat dumbly. How embarrassed I was! I didn't even understand the question! But over the past two short years, Señora taught me to speak Spanish to great extent. Because of her, I achieved the Premio de Bronce (76th percentile) last year and the Premio de Plata (94th percentile) this year in the National Spanish Exam, a standardized Spanish achievement test. Quyana Señora.
- Timothy Tyree, student
I want to thank you, Laura Storrs, for all you do,for kids through our excellent choir teaching. My son, Philip was in your choir when you came to Mirror Lake 6 years ago. You really turned him on to choir - both the singing and the group comradery, and you made him proud to sing bass. He stayed in choir through high school, singing in Ron Lange's swing choir. Philip has really connected to a group thorough choir and it has been a formative part of his school "career." I count you as a major contributor to those wonderful experiences. Philip graduates this year and he he will take with him self confidence, many good memories, and a well-rounded outlook on life. Thank you for being part of building who he is today.
- Sandra Lambert, parent