Congratulations to our 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 Heroes
Cory Greene, Jeff Smith, Terry Holland, Darin Pfaff, Tim Ketter, Devin Guy, Todd Thornton, Luis Zapien, OSD Support Services

OSD Support Services saves the day again!

On Thursday, October 28, Washington Middle School had a large tree crash to the ground, blocking our entrance, thirty minutes before our students were released. The response from our Support Services department was amazing. After a panicked call to Frank Wilson, the following SS crew were on-site with chainsaws in hand: Cory Greene, Jeff Smith, Terry Holland, Darin Pfaff, Tim Ketter, Devin Guy, Todd Thornton, Luis Zapien. They were able to completely clear the area in time for our buses and parents to pick up students. They all truly saved the day!
Submitted by Paul Anders, Principal, Washington Middle School

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Barbara Parker, Office Administrator, Hansen Elementary

Thank you, Barbara, for making new staff feel welcome at Hansen! As a new OSD employee I have lots of questions and Barbara always supports me with grace and patience. Barbara taught me how to navigate Skyward, order supplies and find my way around the school. In addition to being a rockstar at her job, Barbara has been a supportive and kind colleague throughout the challenges of this year; from new students to buses to supplies to connecting me with other staff… I know I can always count on her to steer me in the right direction.

Thank you.
Submitted by Hattie Osborne, teacher, Hansen Elementary

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.

Not one, but two new Everyday Heroes this week!

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 Heroes
Mimi Peradotto, Office Manager, Thurgood Marshall Middle School and Christina Costelo, Attendance Secretary and Registrar, Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Mimi, our school stalwart, continues to keep the machine humming in the face of increasing work demand.  Her organization, directness, and kindness have saved the day more times than we can count school days.

Christina has stepped into a new role with demands outpacing the position and admirably.  She is new to our school.  Staff shortages…. no problem.  Late busses… no problem. Frustrated staff, parents, students… no problem. She is always welcoming, doing more than her duty (e.g. rides to employees with transportation difficulties 30 minutes each direction!), and a reason to visit the office.
Submitted by Michael Kelly, Teacher, Thurgood Marshall Middle School

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Nicole Sande, Counselor, Capital High School

As a parent and employee at CHS, I very much appreciate Nicole Sande, a CHS counselor, for spearheading and managing a donated “fancy clothes” closet right before the homecoming dance. This offering for students who may have barriers in accessing formal wear aligns with district goals to foster compassion, check bias, support social-emotional health and provide connection. This closet is a huge contribution by organizing something that collaborates with community members, invites kids in and sets an example for them to be kind, inclusive and recycle! ❤
Submitted by Connie Phegley, Paraeducator, Capital High 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.

Who is this week’s Everyday Hero?

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 is our newest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Chelsea Richardson, School Counselor, Centennial Elementary

To our wonderful school counselor at Centennial Elementary, Chelsea Richardson, I really appreciate how you have supported the DLC program and are making meaningful connections with all the students. Your “open door policy” means the world to me and it’s heartwarming to see your genuine desire to be a safe ally for big feelings!
Submitted by Andrea Cunning, 2-5 DLC Teacher, Centennial Elementary

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.

Nominate an Everyday Hero who is making a difference!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Everyday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. We encourage staff 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.

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.

Congratulations to our newest Everyday Hero

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
Mathew Murdock, Electrician, Support Service Center

I would like to nominate Matthew Murdock, electrician for Support Service Center Maintenance. As an electrician, he will take the time to teach me of any electrical needs my building has that I, as a head custodian, can deal with.
Submitted by Timothy Nelson Jr., Head Custodian, Roosevelt 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.

Kudos to this week’s Everyday Hero

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
Miguel Hernandez, Custodian, Capital High School

I would like to nominate Miguel Hernandez of the Capital High School custodial department. As the head custodian, I can tell you that I would not have survived this summer, if it wasn’t for the relentless work ethic of Miguel. He kept things moving forward with a ferocious tenacity that is rarely seen. 

His ability to scope out what needs to be done, without being told, is downright magical. We are honored to have him to keep things moving forward.
Submitted by Mark Carras, Head Custodian, Capital High 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.

New Everyday Heroes: Congratulations!

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 Heroes
Matthew Murdock, Electrician, Paul Sierra, HVAC Technician, and Derek Kramer, HVAC Technician, Support Service Center

Garfield would like to recognize Matthew Murdock, Paul Sierra and Derek Kramer from the Electrical/HVAC OSD Team. They promptly came to fix our Reader Board problem and discovered other issues in our building that needed to be fixed.  Thank you for taking such good care of our school!!
Submitted by Brendon Chertok, Principal, and Michell Orwig, Office Manager, Garfield 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.

Congrats to our 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 Heroes
Audrey Perry, Science Teacher, Washington MS and Kaitlin Bishopp, Counselor, Reeves MS

Secondary Summer School was more important than ever this year. Because of COVID, we had an unusual number of secondary students who needed a little help completing their required credits.  

Audrey Perry was selected as the Secondary Summer School Coordinator and Kaitlin Bishopp stepped in as the Registrar. Neither Audrey nor Kaitlin had experience with summer school. However, I would never have guessed that based on the quality of work they produced. Both of them were incredibly organized and thorough which made it very easy for us to support them. All told, they helped 379 students expand their learning (more than the past two years combined)!  

Additionally, both Audrey and Kaitlin are kind and considerate individuals who were a pleasure to work with all summer.  

Great job and thank you, Audrey and Kaitlin!
Submitted by Carrie Blackwell, Student Information System Supervisor

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.

Meet this week’s 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
Cody Malone, Substitute Bus Driver, Transportation

On June 8, 2021, a substitute bus driver was on his way to Centennial Elementary when the school bus was involved in an accident with a vehicle. The substitute driver, Cody Malone, just began his employment with Olympia School District and finished driver training only recently. His professional action and primary concern for the students on his bus are why I am nominating him for this week’s Everyday Heroes.  Cody’s calm reaction and attention to detail kept the situation from being any worse. Thankfully no one was injured on the bus.
Submitted by Robert Aaron, Bus Driver, Olympia School District Transportation Dept. 

Everyday Hero
Katie Anderson, Accounts Payable, Business Office

I would like to recognize Katie Anderson in the Business Office. I had a project put on me at the end of the day Friday. I called Katie in a panic, and she calmly helped me through it. It was about 4:08 p.m. by the time we were done. I heard somebody say it’s 4 Katie and she said, I know…….. I will be done in a minute. Thank you Katie. 1 for your knowledge to help me, and 2 for the calm you brought to my storm.
Submitted by Stacy Sharp, School Fiscal Officer, Capital High 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.

Kudos to this week’s 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 Heroes
Maggie Dunlap, Paraeducator, Capital High School and Min Hwa Arnold, Paraeducator, Olympia High School

I want to nominate 2 amazing staff persons for their constant support of students using assistive technology this school year. They have dedicated extra time to learn about technology as it relates to their student’s learning needs, finding ways to navigate around and through obstacles to combine classwork and skills building in thoughtful, meaningful ways within their sessions.

It has been a pleasure to work with Maggie Dunlap (Capital High School) and Min Hwa Arnold (Olympia High School) these past months.

Thank you, Maggie and Min Hwa, for doing what you do so well.
Submitted by Suzanne Anthony, Assistive Technology Program Specialist, OSD

Everyday Hero
Carolyn Miles, Substitute Teacher, OSD

I would like to nominate Teacher Sub, Carolyn Miles, for being so flexible and filling in the last minute, with a smile and great attitude as well. Carolyn was scheduled at Hansen but they were sweet enough to send her to us two days in a row for a last-minute absence.  Thank you so much.
Submitted by Jodi Cox, Lead Secretary, Madison Elementary School

Everyday Hero
Chelsey Scheidemann, Math Teacher, Washington Middle School

Chelsey’s dedication to creating a generation of math people who love math has absolutely created a young mathematician in my home. I’d like to share a story about my daughter’s “Aha moment” as a result of Chelsey’s teaching. The other day, my 11 year old excitedly taught us all about solving for anonymous numbers. She enthusiastically explained that she used to think algebra was hard and now she thinks it is FUN! And this was because of her cool math teacher. Thank you, Chelsey. You helped my child discover how amazing math is. Chelsey’s success is built on a strong scaffolding of quality math instruction by McKenny Elementary teachers Teresa Bond and Dorothy Espedal-Johnson.
Submitted by Jane Partridge, Preschool Teacher, McKenny 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.