Shout-out to three new 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
Nick Davis, Field Technician, OSD Technology Office

Nick has made such a positive impact at Boston Harbor since he became our technology field technician. He has helped so much to problem-solve our technology issues and always has some great ideas and solutions to technology issues that have come up. Nick is attentive, friendly, and kind and is always willing to help support staff to make their job easier and always comes to the rescue.

We are very thankful to be able to have his help at our school!
Submitted by Roxanne Schwegler, Office Manager, Boston Harbor Elementary School on behalf of the entire Boston Harbor staff

Everyday Hero
Chris Tauson, School Bus Driver, OSD Transportation Office

I would like to nominate bus driver Chris as an everyday hero. Chris welcomes kids onto the bus every day with a hearty hello and a smile. His attitude makes the transition from school to home one that is warm and welcoming, especially for the youngest students. Thank you, Chris!
Submitted by Katie Jahner, Ceramics and CTE Teacher, Olympia High School

Everyday Hero
Andy Callender, Media Arts teacher, Washington Middle School

Andy Callender had been a sub in our building for some time, and with the recent passing of beloved Media Arts teacher, Marc Coyner, Andy stepped up to fill the void created by that tragedy. I simply cannot imagine having to take over for a larger-than-life figure such as Marc, but Andy has come in bravely, admirably, and to much appreciation by the students he serves and the staff he works with. In the short time that Andy has been with us full time, I have already heard a lot of talk from the students about what a great teacher he is (even in subjects he only subbed for!), and how well he has filled Mr. Coyner’s giant Converse shoes. I regret that the craziness of this year has not afforded me a common moment of spare time to greet him properly, so I write this nomination during a moment of independent work in my classroom. I hope to get a few moments to talk with him very soon, but in the meantime, I wanted him to know that we appreciate him. Thank you, Andy, for being with us!
Submitted by Audrey Perry, 8th Grade Science Teacher, Washington 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.