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
Reeves Middle School Principal Aaron Davis, Assistant Principal Karen Zarate and Administrative Professional Brandi Sorem

We would like to nominate our Reeves Middle School Administrators, Aaron Davis and Karen Zarate, and their assistant, Brandi Sorem, as Everyday Heroes for their exceptional leadership and unwavering support of ALL staff during the last 12 months of COVID unknowns. During this time we are fortunate to have this team on our side. 

Our Reeves administration has really centered the conversation around the whole person’s needs — for staff, students, and families. This includes bringing members of our Reeves community supplies, food vouchers, scheduling individual family check-ins with advisory groups multiple times this year, and allowing staff adequate accommodations to meet their own personal and family needs for safety during this time. All of this while juggling schedule changes, parent emails and phone conversations, staff questions, and their own home lives. 

At Reeves, it is said, “If better is possible, good is not enough.” Our administrators don’t just speak the words, they act on them.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you and are so incredibly fortunate to be working with everyday heroes like you. 
Submitted by Stefanie Ramsay-Werts, Reeves Middle School Arts and ELA Teacher, on behalf of the Reeves Middle School staff

Everyday Hero
Phyllis Price, Nurse, Garfield Elementary School

Phyllis has worked super hard the last year and stayed in person pretty much the whole year. She filled in at Hansen and helped organize over there when they had kids start to return before Garfield did. Phyllis, like many other district nurses have volunteered for the vaccine clinics and also the clinics that are not through the district. She has been approached and contacted by many of the staff and even other staff members not even at Garfield to help them with getting vaccinated even on the weekends. 

At Garfield, Phyllis is here working extremely hard to keep the students and staff safe. She is always thinking about what works best and what needs to be improved. I know I can speak for most of the staff here, that we are so very thankful for her here. 
Submitted by Tiffany Kulseth, Health Room Assistant, Garfield Elementary

Everyday Heroes
OSD Communications and Communications Department

Our Communications team deserves special recognition for the work they do each and every day, mostly at the eleventh hour, to provide updated accessible documentation and videos to our staff and community. It seems just as we are finalizing information around our response to the pandemic the information changes. We are always met with a “how can I help?” attitude and a true customer service approach to our needs. The Comm team helps us craft or record the message and ensure we make it accessible to those who need those supports. They do this work quickly, expertly and without expectation of acknowledgement. We feel very fortunate to have them in our corner.
Submitted by Executive Director of Operations Frank Wilson

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.

High fives 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 Hero
Jen Baker, Administrative Assistant, Support Service Center

Jenifer Baker deserves a huge shout out for everything she does for buildings and grounds. She really does do a bit of everything, too. She is always quick to help us with our sometimes silly administrative questions and problems regarding everything from True Time, Skyward, scanning and copying, our procurement and budget, and so much more. It can be hectic around the Support Service Center shop, especially during the last year, and Jen always has a smile and a couple minutes to chat when we come to her for help. The Maintenance and Grounds departments could not operate without Jen, and we are lucky to have her on our team. Thanks, Jen!
Submitted by Ben Swick, Maintenance Technician, Support Service Center

Everyday Heroes
Transition Program Staff and Students

A special shout-out to our fellow students and staff from the Transition Program. As Garfield prepares for our preschool through fifth grade students on site, we have really appreciated the extra support we have received from our older students in the Transition Program and staff members Kathy Lewis, Dena Liden, Reilly Gahm, Erin Papiez, and Janet Forbord; along with teachers Julia Calhoon and Jesse Davis. The team comes to Garfield several times a week and helps sanitize areas inside the school and cleans up around our gardens, playground and field. This extra support has been really important for the safety and overall cleanliness of our school. It is always a positive when our older students are willing and interested in helping our youngers. We are truly grateful for their support.
Submitted by Principal Brendon Chertok and the Garfield Community, 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.

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.

Congratulations to our newest OSD 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
Melissa Wood, ELL Teacher, Marshall, Reeves, Washington and Jefferson middle school
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Melissa Wood:

  • Supports teachers (in multiple schools) with communication days or weeks ahead of time for individual kids. This is a lot of work!
  • Supports kiddos with communication via Zoom, phone calls, and most of all prep, prep, prep. Students know what’s up, what’s coming, and know that other teachers know.  
  • Supports kiddos with advanced communication regarding IEPs, even case managers before they get to it! 
  • What you see is what you get. Ms. Wood is calm and collected and kind and comforting because she is calm and collected and kind and comforting. Her presence creates a safe space for collaboration with professionals and for learning with kiddos. What a gift.
  • She is as humble as they come. No horns to toot and no judgments provided. She is a person who makes the world a better place to work within and is a pleasure to work with. 
  • She makes a difference.
    Submitted by Michael Kelly, Teacher, Marshall Middle 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 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
Jamie Sproul, Technology TOSA, Technology Department

I believe that Jamie Sproul is an Everyday Hero because she has helped me so many times this year with technology questions and problems. She responds quickly and has walked me through each technology problem I have asked for help with. My questions seem to have a common theme — the interface of my document camera with my computer, compounded with Zoom and Screencastify! Jamie has shown me how to do what I want to do, and has taught me with step-by-step instructions. There have been days when everything seems to crash at once and Jamie has responded quickly and got me up and running in time for my next class! Jamie handles my requests with grace and a smile on her face. She ensures that I feel comfortable with whatever problem we’ve been working on before she finishes. At times there have been challenges we couldn’t figure out in the moment, and Jamie researches an answer and gets back to me the same day.  Jamie, you have a great “Customer Service” attitude and have given me confidence with the many new technology issues I have had this year. Thank You!
Submitted by Carol McKay, Teacher, 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 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
Callie Jones, Special Education Resource Room Teacher, and Behavior Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), Roosevelt Elementary School

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate and admire the support you lend to the Roosevelt community. You are a ROCK STAR! This year, during a pandemic, you have led the family support team in our building with grace and compassion. From visiting families at their houses to ensure that they had what they needed for learning, to organizing the materials team to distribute supplies at the school, you have never wavered in your commitment to the families in our community. This year, when our school desperately needed a special education teacher, you took that role on as well. The work you are doing with the students in our resource room is transforming the way that students are able to perform in the classroom. You are a close listener, a quick learner, and hard worker whose attention to detail ensures the job gets done correctly the first time.

Callie, we are so lucky to have you working in our school community. Thank you for always being there for our students and families.  
Submitted by Sean Shaughnessy, Principal, Roosevelt ES

Everyday Hero
Carrie Blackwell, Supervisor, Student Information Systems

Carrie is the new Student Information Supervisor. In the 2020 school year, she was responsible for the Skyward COVID grading, new attendance taking and getting all students and families connected to Family Access. It was a very busy year! Then came the 2021 school year; online enrollment, wellness screenings for staff and students, new grading setups… the list can really go on, because everything with Skyward has changed!

Carrie is a go-getter and has brought to the District her smile, her knowledge, compassion and non-stop dedication to keeping our students, staff and families connected.

We are so lucky to have her with us.
Submitted by Donna Lamont, Data Management Analyst, SIS

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.

Two thumbs up for two new Everyday Heroes this week

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Recognition of outstanding OSD colleagues continues with two new Everyday Heroes this week. 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
Kristi Bonds, Teacher Librarian, and Jody Chipman, Administrative Assistant, Capital High School

Kristi Bonds and Jody Chipman, our Teacher Librarian and Administrative Assistant, are the best at supporting our students and staff each day with a warm smile and welcoming attitude when providing them with books and even supplies. Since September, Kristi and Jody have been extremely helpful at setting up book checkouts for students. Kristi has even set up her chair and book cart outside on Wednesdays so families can drive by and pick up a bag full of books so carefully packaged just like a Christmas present!

Kristi has also had students do book reviews and posts them online for students to encourage them to want to check out more books. Additionally, Kristi and her OHS colleague, Stacy Udo have created some great schoolwide lessons to help educate youth on the many facets of how the media influences us in the world today!

I can’t thank you, Kristi and Jody enough for being here every single day for students to get what they need with a warm and welcoming attitude. 
Submitted by Michelle Anderson, Assistant Principal/Construction Manager, Capital HS

Everyday Heroes
OSD Custodial Staff

I want to thank you for all of the hard work you have been doing since the beginning of the pandemic. This has been an unusual and stressful time for many. Your solid commitment to your schools, students and staff have helped to create a safer and less stressful environment at the schools

I appreciate that you are willing to learn so much in such a short time with new disinfecting procedures/equipment. You put yourself out there on the front lines to clean and prepare the schools so that others doing critical work (like nurses, police and teachers) can continue to do so.

Thank you!
Submitted by Wendy Couture, Custodial and Safety Supervisor, Support Service Center

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 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 is our newest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Mimi Arnett, English Language Teacher, Garfield Elementary School

I would like to nominate Mimi Arnett, Garfield’s fabulous ELL teacher for an everyday hero.  Besides being in constant contact with our ELL students on a daily basis to see what they need, fill any gaps and assist in testing; her quick resolve saved our portable from a fire.  Thankfully, the damage was minimal and isolated to the ramp walkway. Thank you Mimi for saving our Art Portable!!
Submitted by Office Manager Michell Orwig and Garfield ES 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.

Meet 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 is our newest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Joan Moore, Teacher-Librarian, McLane Elementary School

Here at McLane, I would like to nominate JOAN MOORE, our school librarian. She has worked hard to connect with students. She has a Zoom book club, which is really cool. Students are checking out books via our webpage. She sits by the front door of the school at certain times so families can pick up books. When books are returned she has a process for them to be in quarantine. AND last week was MAP testing, oh ya she did it! She organized, solved tech issues, popped in and out of each classroom Zoom session, and supported teachers the whole week. Thank you Joan for what you do for the students and staff. Your hard work is noticed and appreciated! You rock!
Submitted by Amy Long, Paraeducator, McLane ES

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 newest Everyday Hero; send us yours!

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
Heather Muske, Teacher, Special Education, Madison Elementary School

Heather, I want to thank you for being an outstanding addition to Madison Elementary. Being new, and during this crazy time, you have been the support we have all needed. You spend countless hours loving our students, making plan after plan, supporting teachers and being truly dedicated to serving the community. I just want you to know how amazing I think you are and how much I really do appreciate all of your hard work!
Submitted by Jessica Martin, Teacher, Madison ES

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.