Kudos to our three newest Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Everyday 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
OSD Maintenance Department

I would like to nominate the Maintenance Department for going above and beyond to help me in my role for student safety. They never hesitate to answer my questions, fill ALL my requests for items that need fixed or searched for or for even those that I didn’t know I needed but are very much needed. And the heat is a bonus in the health room!! They are always willing to help me out! They are just amazing and no amount of Safeway donuts will ever thank them enough!!
Submitted by Phyllis Price, LPN, Garfield Elementary School

Everyday Hero
Frank Wilson, Executive Director of Operations, and Wendy Couture, Custodial and Safety Supervisor, Operations

I would like to nominate our wonderful Frank Wilson and Wendy Couture for going out of their way every time I am in need of PPE, questions answered to safety issues, and just questions in general. They always answer my phone calls and emails promptly and with such professionalism. While I think they might get tired of hearing from me they never seem to show it! Thank you for that! And thank you for being there when we need you!
Submitted by Phyllis Price, LPN, Garfield Elementary School

Everyday Hero
Kathleen Swanstrom, Paraeducator, Pioneer Elementary

Kathy Swanstrom is truly an everyday hero at Pioneer Elementary! For the last 6 months she has helped to make our packet pick up go smoothly every other week for 20 classroom teachers and over 380 students. Kathy orchestrates all of the materials to the pick-up area and when the pick-up times are over, she lets us all know who still needs to pick up their things. You can also see her standing out in the cold, wind, rain and sometimes sun at every packet pickup time. Thank you, Kathy for helping our school, you truly are an everyday hero!
Submitted by Suzette O’Donnell, Third Grade Teacher, Pioneer Elementary School

How to nominate an Everyday Hero

  • Email the Communications and Community Relations Department (communications@osd.wednet.edu) 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.