On May 17th the Board of Directors recognized three classified employees and eight teachers on their retirement from the Stanwood-Camano School District. (Pictured from left: Eloise Zelk, Vicki Rensink, Jon Evavold, Jackie Ford, Penny Buse, Kim Hayes, Joanne Stone, and Gale Forrest. Unable to attend was Jacque Burkhalter, Margaret Hoiby and Bert Carlson.)
Dr. Linda Littlefield, Executive Director of Human Resources, honored the retirees with heartfelt tributes recognizing their combined total of 289 years of service. Please read further for the condensed version of Dr. Littlefield’s tributes.
Stanwood Elementary's office staff, Ruth Turner and Annie Houk, received the Classified Employee of the Month award for April 2010. These two exceptional ladies have worked for the Stanwood-Camano School District for 45 years total. Ruth has twenty-five years of service and Annie has twenty years. The Board of Directors celebrated their award at the April 20th board meeting.
DeAnn Larson, Elger Bay Elementary reading specialist, was surprised when her name was announced to receive the Teacher of the Month award for April 2010. The Board of Directors recognized her at the April 20th board meeting. She was nominated by a student and staff members and was selected by a committee of community members and one school district employee. DeAnn has worked for the Stanwood-Camano School District for the past 12 years.
Tessa Karlberg received the Teacher of the Month Award for February at the Board of Directors' meeting March 16, 2010. Tessa is a 2nd grade teacher at Stanwood Elementary and was nominated by four of her former students, Savannah, Cristina, Brooke, and Justice, and selected by committee. In their nomination they said, "Mrs. Karlberg always made learning so much fun. She would always help and encourage us. Mrs. Karlberg was one of our favorite teachers. She never picked favorites and she always told us when we did a good job. Mrs Karlberg made us feel so welcome we never hesitated to ask for help."
Diana Mailloux, Utsalady Elementary 4th grade teacher, received the Teacher of the Month Award for March. She was nominated by Julie Knight, Utsalady Elementary reading/math support teacher, and selected by a committee of community members and one school district employee. Diana's nomination described her as a quiet hero. Mrs. Knight said, "When Diana speaks, she poses thought provoking questions and a point of view that helps the rest of us see another side to an issue. She is an advocate for all students, wanting only the best practices in all subjects to be employed."
The Teacher of the Month recognition award is given monthly throughout the school year. The award recipients are selected from nominations from parents, staff, students, and community members, and are reviewed by a committee of community members and one school district employee. The awards are sponsored by Sterling Savings Bank and Lenz Enterprises, in partnership with Dos Reales and Stanwood Cinemas.
The Board of Directors recognized the Classified Employee of the Month for February and March at the March 16th board meeting. The Classified Employee of the Month Award for February
was given to Kelly and Mary Nicholas, Cedarhome Elementary custodial
team. The Cedarhome Elementary staff nominated Kelly and Mary and in their nomination said, "These two people daily give 110% of an efort to keep our school in tip-top shape, and are always, always ready and willing to lend a hand with special tasks, even if it means going above and beyond their normal duties!"
The Utsalady Elementary Learning Assistance Program (LAP) Para Educators, Heidi Harter, Dianne Rice, Ann Peterson, and Sonia Kline, received the Classified Employee of the Month Award for March, nominated by Julie Knight, UES reading/math support teacher. She recognized them for going even more above and beyond the call of work to keep the LAP program running as smoothly as can be to benefit the students and staff of Utsalady, in her recent absence. Mrs. Knight said, that Sonia, Heidi, Ann, and Dianne get right to the heart of what a student needs to learn, and they know how to get the students to practice a skill in a way that is enjoyable and the students are able to remember.
The Classified Employee of the Month recognition award is given monthly throughout the school year. The awards are sponsored by Sterling Savings Bank (Stanwood branch) and Lenz Enterprises, in partnership with Dos Reales and Stanwood Cinemas.
The Board of Directors recognized the Teacher and Classified Employees of the Month at the January 19th board meeting. Cheryl Anderton (pictured at left) was selected as the Teacher of the Month. She is the teacher for the District's Highly Capable Program, grades 3-6, located at Twin City Elementary. Janet Peterson and Lesley Whaley (pictured at right) were selected as Classified Employees of the Month. Janet is the office manager at Elger Bay Elementary and Leslie is the office secretary.
Employees of the Stanwood-Camano School District transportation department collected food and cash for the local food bank on Saturday, December 5th. Debbie Saylor, bus driver(pictured in Santa hat), was instrumental in organizing the “Fill the School Bus” food drive event for those in need in our community this holiday and winter season. As a result employees donated their time and efforts to collect 4,720 pounds of food and $1,742.50 in cash donations.
Director Darlene Hartley was honored at the Seattle Pacific University Alumni Awards Luncheon January 28th with the Medallion Award. The Medallion Award is to honor someone who has given outstanding service to Seattle Pacific University (SPU), their community, and chosen profession.
Peggy Davidsmeyer, Lincoln Hill High School English Teacher, was humbled to learn she was selected as the November Teacher of the Month. She was surrounded by her peers when Superintendent Shumate, Lloy Schaaf-Assistant Superintendent, Mike Gibson-Sterling Savings Bank manager, and Dan Johnston-principal, surprised her with the award. Ms. Davidsmeyer has been employed by the Stanwood-Camano School District since 2003. She will be recognized at the Board of Directors meeting November 17, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Administration and Resource Center boardroom. The public is invited to the meeting to help celebrate her award.
Michelle Freedman gives a puzzled look at the camera as she was surprised and honored at an impromptu staff meeting at Stanwood Elementary for being selected as the Teacher of the Month for December. Ms. Freedman is a first grade teacher at Stanwood Elementary and has been with the Stanwood-Camano School District since 2002. The Board of Directors will recognize Michelle for her award at the board meeting January 5th and the public is invited to attend.
Kevin Cruse, maintenance employee for the Stanwood-Camano School District, was selected as the November Classified Employee of the Month. Superintendent Shumate, Lloy Schaaf-Assistant Superintendent, Mike Gibson-Sterling Savings Bank manager award sponsor, Tom Webb-maintenance manager, and fellow maintenance and ground crews helped to congratulate Kevin on his recognition.
The Board of Directors will recognized Mr. Cruse at the regular board meeting November 17, 2009, at 7:00 PM at the Administration and Resource Center boardroom. The public is invited to the meeting to celebrate his award.
Susan Fortner, Port Susan Middle School Para Educator, received the first Classified Employee of the Month award. The superintendent, award sponsor, the principal, and two teachers made a surprise announcement during a brief intermission of her assignment. The Board of Directors will recognize Mrs. Fortner at the regular board meeting October 20, 2009, at 7:00 PM at the Administration and Resource Center. The public is invited to the meeting to help celebrate this recognition.
Mrs. Fortner has been a para educator in the Stanwood-Camano School District for 12 years. She was nominated by three teachers, Sheri Schroeder, Jana Swenson, and Mark Carlson and was then selected, by committee, to receive the award. Mrs. Fortner heard the words that were written about her from the teachers and Mr. Olson, principal, who filled in for Mrs. Schroeder, who was unable to attend the event. Mrs. Schroeder listed characteristics of consistency, caring, professionalism and dedication, “always willing to go the extra mile to support student learning.”
Gail Merrick was selected as the recipient of the Washington ART Education Association 2009 Secondary Art Educator of the Year!
This annual award recognizes outstanding
professionalism, service, promotion and support of the visual arts by
individual art educators in Washington state. Mrs. Merrick teaches graphic arts and advanced placement studio/graphic arts II for Stanwood High School Career and Technical Education department. This award is WAEA's highest honor. Gail is also eligible for future nominations for regional and national recognition.
Mrs. Merrick was nominated by several of her peers for the WAEA 2009 Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award. A reception was held during the annual convention on Friday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. at UW-Tacoma Campus, Auditorium.
Stanwood High School (SHS) teacher and Washington Technology Student Association’s (TSA) State Advisor, Ross Short, was honored as the State Advisor of the Year at the national TSA conference. This award is presented each year to one State Advisor in the country for their work in promoting TSA and coordinating the State Association’s activities throughout the year. Click here to learn more about the SHS TSA conference results.
For six years, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Jensen has been bringing the community, schools, and law enforcement together. As the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Stanwood High School (SHS) Deputy Jensen’s work is focused on law enforcement, preventing criminal activity through education, and providing counseling services within the school. His hard work and dedication recently earned him then SRO of the Year award from the Washington School Safety Organization.
Julie Knight always wanted to work in schools. “From the moment that I learned there was a place called school, I have wanted to be a part of that environment,” said the Utsalady Elementary School teacher.
Knight has been a part of Stanwood-Camano schools for 25-years and touched the lives of countless students, colleagues, and parents. She finds a way to individualize learning for students by relating it to topics they are interested in.
This spring while meeting with a student, Knight discovered the boy’s love of reptiles. So she purchased some books about reptiles, bought him a composition book and some pens and pencils then placed them all in a container that is meant to be a home for a lizard if the boy wanted to eventually get one.
Stanwood High School sports medicine teacher Matt Brennan was recently recognized by the Stanwood Camano Fire Department for his quick thinking and lifesaving actions on September 12, 2008 while tending to a Stanwood High School football player.
Stanwood Camano Deputy Fire Chief Darin Reid presented Mr. Brennan with a plaque at the May 19, 2009 Stanwood-Camano School District school board meeting. During the presentation, Mr. Reid told Mr. Brennan, "your actions were instrumental in preventing long term disabilities, and possibly death, for a young student that can now live a long, normal and healthy life." He continued, "Superintendent Shumate is indeed fortunate to have staff members such as yourself who can maintain such a calm, collected, professional attitude as you did; especially in a situation to which you are not accustomed to on a regular basis."
Mr. Reid also presented an award to Dr. Lassinger, who is on site at all SHS football games and came to the aid of the Stanwood High School football player on September 12, 2008.
The Stanwood-Camano School District's community-wide newsletter, Community Schools, has received the Washington School Public Relations Association's Award of Excellence in recognition of exceptional performance in promoting education.
Julie Knight, Utsalady Elementary teacher, is the 2008-09 Stanwood-Camano Teacher of the Year! The staff at Utsalady helped the recognition committee members to surprise Julie with the award announcement on Friday, May 1 by cooking a delicious breakfast and gathering to show their support for her! Congratulations Julie!
Utsalady Elementary Special Education teacher Deborah Simoneschi is the April Teacher of the Month! Deborah was nominated by one of her students.
In the nomination, the student describes the extra encouragement and love of learning that Mrs. Simoneschi shares with her students. “Mrs. Simoneschi is a wonderful teacher. She never looses patience with us, she always tells us how smart we are and how we can do anything if we put our mind to it.”
“Mrs. Simoneschi goes out of her way to make me and ALL of her students feel extremely special and I want her to feel as special as she makes me feel, even if it is just for one day.” The nomination continues, “I know that whatever I say it will never be enough to show how much I care for Mrs. Simoneschi and I hope that one day I can help people in the same way she has helped me.”