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Congratulations to Our Denali Award Winners!
Two employees and one team of colleagues are recipients of the Denali Award, a biannual recognition program that honors employees who have shown outstanding achievement, service, and dedication in ensuring every student has the opportunity to achieve his or her potential. The Denali Award is the highest level award offered by the District. Congratulations to the spring 2018 winners!
- Suzy Spackman - Chugiak Elementary School
- Roger Baker - Goldenview Middle School
- Clark Safety & Security Team - Jarod Gortner, Byron Lewis, and Harvey Watson
ASD applauds these employees, and all nominees, for their amazing service to our students and this community.
About Suzy Spackman
About Roger Baker
He builds relationships with all members of the school's learning community and has an affinity for making connections with some of the most challenging students. His calm and thoughtful manner is an asset whether he's assisting students, teachers, or parents. Of particular note was the praise he received for his ability and willingness to develop a good rapport with special education students. He is often sought out to help with students who are experiencing behavioral or emotional challenges during the school day.
Baker also led the way in improving the safety and efficiency of the school's parking lot and drop off/pick up areas which experiences very high usage and had been the source of many complaints. After researching best practices on traffic flow, signage, marking, and lighting he implemented changes that have been very well received by everyone who comes to the school.
Whether he's out in the parking lot directing traffic, assisting a student with a locker, or finding equitable solutions to disciplinary problems, Baker's collaborative approach, according to his principal, has "immensely contributed to the quality of our school experience for students, staff, and parents."