Quyana to Denise Carpentier and Mt. Illiamna Staff at Mt. Illiamna

I am so grateful to all of the work that the staff at Mt. Illiamna has done for my son. They have shown love and dedication to the students and families that they work with. The recent graduation for the students at this school was just one example of this, as each student was recognized for their strengths. Our community is fortunate to have such a compassionate group of people in our school district. 

- Elizabeth Barnes, Parent


Quyana to Alice Metz at Tudor Elementary, Indian Education

Thank you Mrs. Metz for your support of all the students in my classroom and for your efforts to personally assist the Alaska Native students beyond our scheduled time together.  You have an amazing way of communicating with parents and students and your gentle kind ways are reflected in the relationships you created with the students, their parents and colleagues.  I value your expertise and your cultural perspective. Quyana! Thank you Mrs. Metz for your support of all the students in my classroom and for your efforts to personally assist the Alaska Native students beyond our scheduled time together.  You have an amazing way of communicating with parents and students and your gentle kind ways are reflected in the relationships you created with the students, their parents and colleagues.  I value your expertise and your cultural perspective. Quyana! 

- Lisa Johnson, Peer


Quyana to Hasaan Herrington and the IT helpdesk at Information Technology

Hasaan, the IT deparment, and IT helpdesk have been amazing.  They have been so responsive this year.  IT has been more efficient than ever.  Huffman will be under construction again this summer and Hasaan and the IT department have been incredibly supportive.  Thank you! 

- Chris Opitz, Principal at Huffman Elementary


Quyana to Staci Seagle at Northern Lights ABC School

I have seen Staci care for and help hurt and sick children in our school;  she is very competent and has a caring heart.  Thank you Staci.

- Andi Kelly , Peer and parent


Quyana to Michel Woods at Abbott Loop Elementary

By the end of this school year, I'd have completed 16 years with ASD. In all these years, I've not met or experienced a peer who understands as much as Woods does that it takes a village to make things happen. Mr. Woods organizes and executes plans that motivate and lift students' and teachers' spirits. He is a positive indivdual who uplifts both students and staff's moral and spirits naturally and positively. I'm thankful and grateful to be a part of the Abbott Loop community.

- Hamimah Bjorkman, Peer


Quyana to Debbie Clayton at Abbott Loop Elementary

D. Clayton is motivated, positive, and a go-getter. Because of Clayton's contribution in services in community events, Abbott Loop's  students, parents, and staff are bonding as a community. Clayton organized Health Fair, co-ordinated field trip involving 3 other classes, and put together retirement event for a colleague. Clayton's positive attitude and demeanor makes Abbott Loop a positive environment to work in, and most importantly, parents feel welcome at Abbott Loop.

- Hamimah Bjorkman, peer


Quyana to Kaitlynn Lenoir at Homestead

I would like to acknowledge your wonderful contributions, hard work, devotion to students in the Student Leadership Council! You have done amazing things in our building this year with 4-6th grade students.  You have spearheaded the idea of CHARACTER in thes students this year and want you to know you are our hero.  You have exceeded the expectation of a teacher.  Many thanks!

- Barb Boyer, TA at Homestead


Quyana to Sandy Traini at Special Education,Ptarmigan Elmentary

Sandy Traini has been a wonderful colleague and supportive to my students.  She is kind, professionals, and puts kids first.  It has been a pleasure to work with her.

- Bethany Dunlap, Peer


Quyana to Mindy Galyon at ASD Audiology

We are so thankful for people in our community like Mindy Galyon, ASD Audiologist, who went above and beyond to get a hearing aid turned into our school reunited with the adult owner. Thanks to Mindy one of our students had a well supported adjustment to hearing aids.  She was also instrumental in increasing understanding and awareness of hearing concerns with our students. 

- Julie L Becker, School Nurse


Quyana to Christian Caldarera at Dimond High School

Mr. Caldarera is outstanding in providing support to his students and parents. No matter what, he always comes to a resolution in a kind, caring, professional and safe way, for everyone. Thank you, Mr. C, for taking time to care for the students who admire you so much. 

- The Graves Family - Gina Graves, Student and parents


Quyana to Meghan McManamin, Sophie Linneman-Bethke, Emyrose Delmendo, Jeri Ann Tomter at ASD Ed Center

! These amazing members of the ASD team made my military leave and my return from leave as easy as possible. Everything they did was prompt and professional. We are in great hands with this team. Thank you. 

- Mike Risinger, Teacher


Quyana to Todd Sullivan at Special Education Technology

Todd Sullivan has always been professional, helpful, considerate and personable when helping our department with our many computer problems. His positive attitude and eagerness to help is always appreciated and accompanied with a smile. Oh and did we mention that he's the Best I.T. guy EVER!

- The Special Education Records Ladies, peers


Quyana to Melissa Timberlake at Eagle Academy Charter School

Mrs. Timberlake is amazing. Her patience, kindness and gentleness are way beyond what I can even describe but if you have spent even a short time in her classroom you totally know what I'm talking about. I want to thank her for doing such an amazing job with this group of kids this year and teaching and guiding them through some great projects that James is still talking about at home. She has been a wonderful and positive influence for him, thank you, thank you, thank you!

- Barb Krafft, parent


Quyana to West High Counselors at West High at West High Counselors

Thank you to the West High Counselors for two recent events. First, many thanks for bringing Willie Hensley to our school. I am so happy when Alaska Native culture is brought to our kids in a meaningful way. Mr. Hensley is a wonderful role model for all of our students. Thank you for making that happen and I urge to you to bring more Alaska Native culture/history into our school. Second, many thanks for the Planned Parenthood workshop regarding "how to talk with your teen about sex." It was a wonderful presentation, it gave me lots of good ideas and I am more relaxed about approaching this subject because of it. So, many thanks for making a difference! And have a great summer!

- Robin Wittrock, parent


Quyana to Mrs. Oliver at Willow Crest Elementary

I had to take some time to realize exactly why I appreciate Mrs. Oliver so much. I thought of all the benefits my son received while being her student. He's learned, matured, and developed a lot. But really that's what all teachers do.

 

What makes Mrs. Oliver different is that she is also kind and understanding. My son can be, and has been, difficult. I've had a good share of intolerant teachers who were quick to give up. I never felt unwelcome in Mrs. Oliver's classroom. I wish all people would be like her because she's awesome.

- Stacie Khan, parent


Quyana to Melissa Parker at Dimond High School

As busy as her office is, she is always pleasant and professional.

- G Nishimoto, parent


Quyana to Mr. Meinen, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Jones and Ms. Palmer at Romig Middle School

Thank you for being incredible coaches for Romig and taking time out of your day to help us improve as athletes and as teammates. Your support is much appreciated. Thank You!

- A grateful student, student


Quyana to Annie Donaldson, Paula Bryner and Megan Humphrey at Assistive Technology

I wish to send the warmest of Quyanas to the Assistive Technology Department especially to Annie Donaldson, Paula Bryner, and Megan Humphrey. They are an amazing group of professionals that are extremely knowledgeable. Their support and equipment has really made a difference in my students' education. They are a vital part of our school district and their work is incredibly valuable! 

- Melissa Chisham, Special Education teacher


Quyana to Regina Pierce at West Anchorage High School

In her first year as a School Nurse at West Anchorage HS, Nurse Regina Pierce responded to a medical emergency in her building. Nurse Regina Pierce provided CPR and used the school's AED to save the life of the BPO. Thus the invaluable service our ASD nurses provide to students and staff! I am proud to be Ms. Pierce's peer and mentor.

- Panna Jarussi, RNC, NBCSN LNC, peer mentor


Quyana to Nurse Panna at Service High School

Nurse Panna is an outstanding advocate for the students that she serves at Service High School. Thank you Panna for caring for all of my children during the last eight years that my children attended Service High. You are very much appreciated!

- Wendy Zorea, parent


Quyana to Danielle Dalton at Service High School

Danielle Dalton has been a wonderful support for my child as he completed his senior year at Service High. During his last semester she encouraged him and guided him to prepare for college. She gave of her time to proctor tests for courses he took online. Ms. Dalton is kind and understanding. She takes the time to listen to students and encourages them to do what it takes to reach their goals in life. 

- Wendy Zorea, parent


Quyana to Amy Wolfe at Susitna Elementary

I love calling Susitna at this time of year as I try to unravel information about incoming students because Amy is always happy, pleasant and eager to answer my questions. I appreciate her ability to stay calm, cool and collected when we are on the phone and she has small students asking her seemingly random questions. Amy is a great ambassador for Susitna.

- Sylvia Biondich, peer


Quyana to Colin Hawkins at Inlet View Elementary

Every year during our PTA-sponsored bookfair, Colin arrives at Inlet View Elementary early Saturday morning, loads all of our xylophones and a LOT of other musical instruments into his van, and takes them to Barnes & Noble Bookstore. He often volunteers at one of the tables, and at 4:00 helps load everything back into his van, takes everything back to the school and helps put it all back into the music room. He volunteers to run the popcorn machine at our movie nights, and cleans the sticky gym floor when it's over. Thank you, Colin. Your willingness to volunteer your personal time and energy at Inlet View so our students can enjoy extracurricular events is very much appreciated!

- Kathy Mobley , music teacher


Quyana to Staff at IT department

I would like to say a huge "thank you" to all of the people in the technology department. Whenever I have to call to ask a question about a problem I am having with my technology, they are always very polite, patient and helpful. I am continually impressed by how quickly the technician can solve my problem. Thank you very much for all you do!

- Cynthia Walsh, teacher


Quyana to Tonya Quiett at Romig Middle School

Tonya is an amazing resource for her fellow middle school registrars. She is a great problem solver and has an infectious laugh that makes problems or difficulties melt away. I am fortunate to have Tonya as a resource and colleague.

- Sylvia Biondich, peer


Quyana to Lisa Johnson at Tudor Elementary

Mrs. Johnson and I met last summer at a conference. We realized we both were 5th grade teachers and decided to link our classrooms. Wow! My 5th graders have learned so much history through this project. Mrs. Johnson sent all kinds of books, Alaskan magazines, Iditarod materials, and so many other things too numerous to mention. It was so neat to run our Iditarod simulation then follow the actual race and watch Mitch Seavy win! My students now want to go to Alaska. Now, Alaska is more to them than just a state name. Through letters and skyping, our students met face to face and had so many questions answered. Because her students wrote in cursive, it caused my students to try harder and improve in their writing both cursive and sentence structure in general. I'm so glad we entered into this venture together. My students will always remember it. You have a master teacher in Mrs. Johnson. Your school district is very fortunate to have a teacher who is willing to incorporate core content into a big project like ours. It took a lot a time and effort. Thank you, Mrs Johnson!

- Heather Brumley, pen pal teacher from Kentucky


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


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