Congratulations to our latest Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Give a shout out to one of your colleagues at your school or support building and watch for it to appear in an upcoming Everyday Heroes blog post.

Here are our newest honorees:

Everyday Hero
Jenifer Baker, Administrative Specialist, Support Services Center

During the recent snow event, SSC’s Jenifer Baker was the center of coordination of crews and equipment to clear the snow. It was very much like watching the conductor of an orchestra directing with their baton (although she had a two-way radio in one hand and a phone in the other). It was her first “all hands on deck” event with this department, and she handled it like a pro. On behalf of the SSC staff (and the entire district), THANK YOU Jenifer!!
Submitted by Joanne Friddle, Assistant, Capital Planning and Construction

Everyday Hero
Bryan Carter, Bus Driver, Transportation Department
(Two Submissions)

Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 were the days of the WIAA Boys State swimming meet. The OHS boys took 18 (swimmers) each day. On Feb. 15 we rode up to Federal Way on a Durham bus and back on an OLY bus. On the return trip on the OLY bus one of the swimmers lost his wallet and a message from his family asked if we could find it. By the time I received the message it was late and the driver would have already left the bus garage area, so I told the parent we would notify the bus garage “next week.” On Saturday the 16th we had a different driver/bus, but he took us both ways. I mentioned the missing wallet to the driver and inquired where the wallet search should go next. I told him I would call Monday the 18th, forgetting about the holiday. The team exited the bus and proceeded to a restaurant for a post-meet dinner. About 45 minutes later who should appear but our driver with lost wallet in hand. He had returned to the bus garage, cleaned and serviced his bus, found the bus from the day before and found the missing wallet. He could have stopped there and placed the wallet in the bus garage lost and found. But having heard us say where the team was headed to eat, he did a personal delivery to the swimmer.
Submitted by Mel Smith, Coordinator/President, Olympia Education Association Activities and Athletics Association and boys and girls swim coach, Olympia High School

With a recent spike in school bus stop paddle violations by vehicles around the city, Bryan (Carter) has recently spearheaded efforts to bring attention to student safety. He has collected vital data and partnered with law enforcement & Seattle news media to shine a light on this critical issue of child safety. He is leading an initiative to raise awareness with state legislators in hopes of bringing more severe penalties to those that threaten the safety of our children. As a regular route & field trip driver, Bryan has a strong passion for his daily duties, and is constantly looking for innovative ways to enhance the safety & security of our most precious resource: the students and children of the Olympia School District. Bryan is a shining example of the meticulous care our district drivers show for the lives of our students every day.
Submitted by Dean Hoopes, Bus Driver


How to nominate an Everyday Hero

  • Email the Communications and Community Relations Department ( a few sentences, and no more than 200 words, about why the person deserves recognition. It’s easiest to write as if speaking directly to the colleague, such as “Thank you for helping with…” or “I really appreciated when you…”
  • Write “Everyday Heroes” in the subject heading of the email.
  • Include your first and last name as the person submitting the comments.
  • Include the first and last name of the OSD employee you are recognizing.
  • Include the job title and work location (school or department) of the person you are recognizing.

All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.