Kudos to two 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
Barbara Gendron, Office Manager, Roosevelt Elementary School

Barb Gendron, Roosevelt Elementary’s Office Manager, is our Everyday Hero. Barb, I know you hesitate to be recognized for all that you do, but you do so much for so many!

It is clear how much you love being here and being a part of the Roosevelt community. You show this in so many ways. For starters, your positive attitude is simply contagious! You start our days with such a positive tone. On a more practical note, when you reorganized our staff workroom you made it so much easier to find what we need and work efficiently. You have made our staff lunchroom a pleasing place to be, and celebrating staff members’ birthdays has enhanced our building morale. Checking in with us when we are absent, and offering to help in any way that we need makes us feel cared for.  From running copies to laminating things, you support the kids by supporting the staff who work with them. 

When kids are in the office after school waiting for a late pickup, you make sure they have something fun to do and reassure the kids that find it worrisome. They feel cared for too. 

You clearly are a person that thrives on helping others. We feel loved by you, and we love you in return.
Submitted by Jean Schuna, Teacher-Librarian, Roosevelt Elementary School

Everyday Hero
Wyatt Gaer, Paraeducator, Library Assistant, Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Wyatt makes a constant effort to engage students and make them feel special. Her calming presence is infectious and positively impacts those around her, including superiors and those who are older. An easy compliment is that Wyatt makes our entire school look beautiful with her incredible art lining the hallways and teachers’ classrooms. Thurgood Marshall is lucky to have Wyatt.  She is wise beyond her years and a role model to our entire staff. Go Wyatt!!!
Submitted by Emmett Kelley, Paraeducator and Student Teacher, Thurgood Marshall Middle School Staff

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.