Meet this week’s three new Everyday Heroes — all making a difference!

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
Jennalynn Burke, Speech Language Pathologist, Capital High School, Thurgood Marshall Middle School, Knox Administrative Building

Jennalynn Burke, our new SLP who replaced the wonderful Paige Law, has stepped in to cover a giant caseload. She immediately made herself known to parents and students alike with phone calls after hours and in collaboration with teachers. In fact, I just got off the phone with her as she was hours out of contract and concerned about a certain kiddo and parent. She wants to find not only a way to influence students and families but a better way. She is very much a like a point guard, seeking angles, passing when communication is confirmed and shooting when it’s open.

She does this while working at multiple schools with a disparate population. The paperwork and logistical headache don’t register. She does what needs to be done and more. We are fortunate to have her on our team.
Submitted by Michael Kelly, teacher, Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Everyday Hero
Karla Harbin, Paraeducator, Olympia High School

Thank you, Karla, for providing so much support for the CTE teachers at OHS! Your flexibility, adaptability, and optimism are so greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking on so many different tasks everywhere from robotics to pottery to foods — there is nothing you can’t do! Your optimism and willingness to learn new things is inspiring and such a blessing to so many teachers and students. We are so lucky to be on your team at OHS. Thank you!
Submitted by: Katie Jahner, Josh Everson, Andrew Woodbridge and the rest of the CTE crew at Olympia High School

Everyday Hero
Audree Blodgett, school psychologist, Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Ms. Blodgett has never denied my call and I call off hours every week. She was the first person to show me the ropes, answer the difficult questions, and disagree with my approach. Her willingness to support, correct with kindness, and always show up to the table are remarkable. She keeps a cool head when my heart runs off, bringing me back to realistic options that make a real difference. She accepts differences among teammates and adjusts accordingly for the sake of the whole team, and, most importantly, the students. Thanks for keeping me in focus.
Submitted by Michael Kelly, teacher, Thurgood Marshall Middle School

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.