Quyana to Ann Curry at Alaska State School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Ann has worked tirelessly over the past two years to bring best practices of Deaf Education to Alaska State School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has faced many challenges to bring Alaska up to par with the best practice standards seen overwhelmingly throughout the lower 48 states. The changes she has and continues to implement make the face of our school and the legacies to be made by our student populations.

- Ann Beal, community member and AKSD/ASD employee

Quyana to Katherine Jones at Applications Support and Training Analyst Information Technology

Katherine is an amazingly positive, kind and helpful colleague who goes out of her way to solve problems and train. Her extensive knowledge of ASD business practices and programs has made her an invaluable asset. I appreciate her ability to always make the person to whom she is speaking feel they are the most important person in the District.

- Sylvia Biondich, peer

Quyana to Office Staff at Willow Crest Elementary

I'm very grateful to have my kids go to a school with such great people in the front office.

- Stacie Khan, parent

Quyana to Kristina Peterson at Willow Crest

Mrs. Peterson is the very best Principal I have ever seen.  She was super willing to help my daughter get through a rough day.  I will be very sad to leave this school once my kids move on to Junior High.  Can we take her with us? 


Please take note and follow her example, she is the best. 

- Stacie Khan , Parent

Quyana to Sven Gustafson at Romig Middle School

Many thanks to an amazing principal who does so much. If you ask him a question, you get an immediate answer. If you ask for assistance, you get immediate assistance. All with great kindness and a smile. And, its all about the kids - he makes school fun but important for them.  We are so lucky to have Mr. G as our principal! Thank you Mr. G!

- Anonymous, parent

Quyana to Annamarie Swigart at Community Services

Quyana to Annamarie Swigart for always being willing to work with Professional Learning to ensure critical trainings have room reservations and the equipment needed to conduct the trainings. We couldn't do it without you. Your flexibility and your smile are greatly appreciated. Thank you!

- Belinda Sessions, Professional Learning specialist

Quyana to Miranda McCourt at Northwood ABC Elementary

Mrs. McCourt is one of the best advocates in Anchorage for children in the special education program. She never hesitates to remind parents of the voice they have in their child's education, and is truly vested in each student as an individual. My family will forever be grateful for her!

- Breanna Cooper, parent

Quyana to Tirzah Fullmer at Chugiak High School

Quyana to Ms. Tirzah Fullmer, my son's counselor, for being so wonderful to both of us. My son really likes Ms. Fullmer and he is glad she is his counselor. I appreciate how she treats my son and provides great advice to him, and I appreciate how kind and responsive she is to me. I consider counselors to be a critical part of a student's education since they are involved in advising students with their schedules, as well as helping those who want to go to college map out a plan for achieving that goal. Consequently, I'm really grateful my son's high school curriculum and future college aspirations are in good hands. We are both really glad Ms. Fullmer is my son's counselor until he graduates; we appreciate her time and help very much, so a huge Quyana to her from a grateful student and parent.

- Barbara Green, parent

Quyana to Cyndi Addington and Officer Mark Wells at Dimond High School

Quyana to Officer Cyndi Addington and Officer Mark Wells, School Resource Officers at Dimond High School. Their work was outstanding in finding and arresting the thieves who stole money and items out of my car while it was parked in the staff parking lot. Officer Addington went above and and beyond as a resource in the processing of my police report, following up on leads as well as being supportive. So far two women are being held in jail for using my credit card. I am very grateful to them and to the School Resource Officer Program. Thank you!

- Pamela Lloyd, staff member

Quyana to Sven Gustafson and Anaely Hernandez-Leon at Romig Middle School

Thank you and muchos gracias to Principal Gustafson and Sra. Hernandez-Leon for creating an incredible, experience-of-a-lifetime trip to Puerto Rico for 7th and 8th grade Spanish Immersion students. Your hard work, dedication, patience and love for the kids is very much appreciated!

- Anonymous, parent

Quyana to Ernesto Ting at Publication Services

Ernie Ting has always done an excellent job when completing and delivering large print requests. Just recently he went above and beyond by delivering on a very large print request in a very short timeline. Even with a printer malfunction happening on the day we sent him the document, he was still able to get everything printed, counted, and bundled by school in record time. The entire Assessments team appreciates your help in supporting schools with the information they need in a timely matter! Thank you!

- Cassie Jeremias, Exec Secretary at ASD Ed Center

Quyana to Mariah Campbell at Fairview Elementary

Ms. Mariah does so much for families and has personally helped me get my kids to school by helping me find an affordable mechanic to help repair my only vehicle. She offers a peaceful space for parents and students. Thank you!

- Fairview parent, parent

Quyana to Terry Schnese and Rolly Prince at Maintenance

Thank for the outstanding customer service! This was a team effort by two people. I appreciate the prompt service on a service ticket, preemptively addressing the situation before it got any worse. Your attention to detail and willingness with a smile made my day. 

- Anita Powell, CRS, Communications

Quyana to Rachel Roux, Joseph Kach, Janis Reynolds at Kincaid Elementary

This amazing team of 6th grade educators go above and beyond to make sure their students are prepared academically, socially, and emotionally for middle school. Thanks to their genuine love of teaching, enthusiasm for community, and willingness to adventure outside the classroom, my daughter is having one of her best school years yet. Your energy, dedication, and teamwork towards all you do is exceptional! 

- Kendra Besh and Keith Halsey, parents

Quyana to Chris Nesbitt, Jenny McAvoy-Anteau, Jennifer Stansel at Wendler Middle School

Quyana to Chris Nesbitt from I.T., Jenny McAvoy-Anteau, and Jennifer Stansel for working together to provide a universal support at Wendler Middle School in the area of written expression. Their work together to remove barriers by providing tools to support learning is Wendler-full (wonderful).

- Lance Smith, Assistive Technology

Quyana to ASD Snow Removal Team at Operations/Maintenance

I just want to recognize the consistently phenomenal job that the ASD snow removal team has been doing this winter. They do a great job of making a quick sweep through very soon after a snow fall and then, within a day or two, come back through to more thoroughly clear the snow-- even some sidewalks! Thank you to the crew who does this so reliably! We in the schools are grateful for your support!

- Timothy Andrew, principal

Quyana to Wendy Pryor at Education Center

Wendy goes above and beyond to keep the Ed Center clean. She always amazes us with the attention to detail. Thank you Wendy!

- BVI Department, peer

Quyana to Megan Webb at Wendler Middle School

I am very grateful to Miss Megan Webb for the opportunities she provide for student with special needs to experience inclusivity at Wendler.  I was amazed on how she has led her students to dance and interact with students with special needs.  The student made sure that throughout the activity, no one was left behind and all took turns to engage and simply enjoy the company of their peers.  I have heard that this is a weekly opportunity and that students learn a valuable life lesson of acceptance, diversity and accommodation in their lives.  A Heartfelt Thanks to you Miss Webb and the students!!!

- Maria Del Rosario, parent

Quyana to Renee Frost at Alpenglow Elementary

Renee is a huge supporter of our school library. She has donated several books to our collection and always encourages her kindergarteners to check out books. Her students have a love of reading and books due to her encouragement. She is also a supportive staff member who checks on her colleagues and offers her support when needed. She is a huge help and deserves a thank you.

- Lisa Bunag, peer

Quyana to Pam Butcher & KCC Publications Team at Communications

Grateful for Pam and the rest of the KCC Publications team. They have supported implementation of events at both my schools by making posters for use during trainings and events such as the "The Great Kindness Challenge." They made it possible for me to spend more time with students.

- Angie Jensen, elementary school counselor

Quyana to Kathy Tatakis at Central Middle School of Science

Kathy is very much an advocate for the students at her school. I had the pleasure of working with her for the last two years and have seen her help many of her students. Central Middle Science is lucky to have such a dedicated staff member.

- Julia Streit, peer

Quyana to Ernesto Ting at Publication Services

Ernie is always to quick to help out with everything we need. He notices details that we miss and responds promptly. It is a pleasure working with him.

- Susan Kucera, coworker

Quyana to Raynae Hipsak at Rabbit Creek Elementary

It's been my great fortune to work with Mrs. Raynae Hipsak for the last seven years in various capacities at Rabbit Creek Elementary. Our school is not only blessed to have Mrs. Hipsak as a 6th grade teacher, we're especially fortunate to have her function as our Technology coordinator. Mrs. Hipsak works tirelessly to maintain our permanent and mobile labs along with our whiteboard systems. Her "out of the box" thinking has solved numerous tech problems as we've worked through a recent retrofit and migration to new, streamline Dell projector systems. Raynae listens to our concerns and finds the time in her busy day to tend to our technology matters. She's established highly productive relationships with I.T. personnel, and is capable, efficient, articulate and effective when troubleshooting matters of concern with them on our staffs' behalf. Raynae works hard and is a forward thinker, always advocating for advancements in our building's technology that will allow our students and staff to be more successful in whatever their academic and/or professional objectives. We are lucky to have Mrs. Hipsak as a member of the Rabbit Creek Staff. Thanks for all you do, Raynae

- Jackie Hoover, teacher



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