Kudos to our new Everyday Heroes; be sure to send in the name of your own hero!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday 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
Katie Anderson, Mary Gibbons and Tiki Prohim, OSD Business Office

Wanted to say a huge thank-you to Mary Gibbons, Katie Anderson and Tiki Prohim in the Business Office for answering my multitude of questions last year. Being in my first year at Communications was definitely a major download of info, and I really appreciated all of the help as I navigated the business side of my department. You guys are great! I think everyday heroes are those who do the small things (as well as the bigger stuff) day-in and day-out that make some of the biggest differences. So, thank you all!
Submitted by Arielle Allard, Communications Assistant, Communications and Community Relations Department

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 EmployeesEveryday 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
Austen Anderson, Kindergarten Teacher, Hansen Elementary School

We would like to recognize Kindergarten Teacher, Austen Anderson, at Hansen Elementary as an Everyday Hero!  Austen is an amazing teacher who achieves amazing results in his classroom no matter the challenge he is faced with. Austen has repeatedly volunteered to take on some of the greatest challenges that have come through our doors.

From the first month of school we are consistently amazed to see his entire class (of kindergartners) walk silently thru the halls. He is loved by his students and their parents, as well as our staff.  His reputation rightly is one of excellence!

Thank you, Austen, for your continued effort to make Hansen a place where students can learn to Be Safe,  Be Kind, and Be Free to Learn.
Submitted by Barbara Parker and Leilani Stewart, Administrative Assistants, Hansen 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.

 

A special shout-out to our two newest Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday 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
Kim Swanson, Counselor and School Psychologist, McLane Elementary School

McLane’s Everyday Hero is Kim Swanson. McLane had a child who recently suffered the sudden loss of a parent. Kim dealt with the family and child in a kind, compassionate, and thoughtful manner. She has worked with the family on grief counseling by finding services within the community. She immediately communicated necessary information with staff. She continues to meet with the student daily to see how she is coping. Thank you, Kim Swanson, for all you do!
Submitted by Monica West, Principal, McLane Elementary School and Renee James-Burney, Administrative Intern

Everyday Hero
Alicia Snyder, Administrative Assistant, Child Nutrition Services

It is not an exaggeration when I say that Alicia Snyder is always positive, encouraging, and thoughtful. Her professionalism is unwavering and inspirational.

Alicia, you are an excellent role model for what outstanding customer service should look like and I am proud to work with you. Thank you!
Submitted by Tricia Nicholas, Capital Projects Finance Coordinator/Facility Use Supervision, Capital Planning and Construction

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 are our two newest Everyday Heroes?

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday 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
Doug Bogden, Helpdesk Technician, Technology Department

A shout out to Doug who replaced my hard drive, organized my folders, added my printers and made my computer run a lot faster. It makes my job so much easier!
Submitted by Pam Tebeau, Transition Program Coordinator, Student Support

Everyday Hero
Darlene Fuller, Executive Assistant, Elementary Education

Recently I was reminded of what an extraordinary asset, and person, that Darlene (Dar) Fuller is to the Olympia School District family. The event that brought this to mind was the District’s annual ‘Countdown to Kindergarten’ event, in which Dar is deeply involved. She is the first person setting up and the last person out of the building, all the while answering questions to new families and pointing folks in the right direction. Dar does this with a smile, and her unmistakable laugh, that just can’t help but put a smile on your face.

This is who Dar is…someone who cares deeply for our students and our families and always has their best interest in mind. Taking care of kids will always be the priority for Dar, and that’s as it should be. For as long as I’ve worked here I have always known that if something ever came up that I didn’t have an answer for, I could always go to Dar. Usually, she knows the answer off the top of her head because of her depth of institutional knowledge. If not, then she knows who to contact so you get your answer.

I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate Dar and the work that she does every day. We are a better district because of her. Thank you for all you do Dar!
Submitted by Conor Schober, Community Relations Coordinator, Communications and Community Relations

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
Stacy Sharp, ASB Secretary, Capital High School

During a dance competition last month at Capital High School, a gentleman who accompanied the mother of one of the dancers from a school in King County collapsed due to a major medical emergency. As medics treated the individual, ASB Secretary Stacy Sharp comforted the dancer’s mother. Stacy drove the woman to the hospital behind the ambulance, stayed with her for hours until her family arrived, and has since kept in touch with the family. Stacy went above and beyond in providing assistance and compassion to this family. Thank you, Stacy!
Submitted by Curtis Cleveringa, Principal, 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.

Congratulations to our latest Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday 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
Jenifer Baker, Administrative Specialist, Support Services Center

During the recent snow event, SSC’s Jenifer Baker was the center of coordination of crews and equipment to clear the snow. It was very much like watching the conductor of an orchestra directing with their baton (although she had a two-way radio in one hand and a phone in the other). It was her first “all hands on deck” event with this department, and she handled it like a pro. On behalf of the SSC staff (and the entire district), THANK YOU Jenifer!!
Submitted by Joanne Friddle, Assistant, Capital Planning and Construction

Everyday Hero
Bryan Carter, Bus Driver, Transportation Department
(Two Submissions)

Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 were the days of the WIAA Boys State swimming meet. The OHS boys took 18 (swimmers) each day. On Feb. 15 we rode up to Federal Way on a Durham bus and back on an OLY bus. On the return trip on the OLY bus one of the swimmers lost his wallet and a message from his family asked if we could find it. By the time I received the message it was late and the driver would have already left the bus garage area, so I told the parent we would notify the bus garage “next week.” On Saturday the 16th we had a different driver/bus, but he took us both ways. I mentioned the missing wallet to the driver and inquired where the wallet search should go next. I told him I would call Monday the 18th, forgetting about the holiday. The team exited the bus and proceeded to a restaurant for a post-meet dinner. About 45 minutes later who should appear but our driver with lost wallet in hand. He had returned to the bus garage, cleaned and serviced his bus, found the bus from the day before and found the missing wallet. He could have stopped there and placed the wallet in the bus garage lost and found. But having heard us say where the team was headed to eat, he did a personal delivery to the swimmer.
Submitted by Mel Smith, Coordinator/President, Olympia Education Association Activities and Athletics Association and boys and girls swim coach, Olympia High School

With a recent spike in school bus stop paddle violations by vehicles around the city, Bryan (Carter) has recently spearheaded efforts to bring attention to student safety. He has collected vital data and partnered with law enforcement & Seattle news media to shine a light on this critical issue of child safety. He is leading an initiative to raise awareness with state legislators in hopes of bringing more severe penalties to those that threaten the safety of our children. As a regular route & field trip driver, Bryan has a strong passion for his daily duties, and is constantly looking for innovative ways to enhance the safety & security of our most precious resource: the students and children of the Olympia School District. Bryan is a shining example of the meticulous care our district drivers show for the lives of our students every day.
Submitted by Dean Hoopes, Bus Driver

 

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; thanks for what you do!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday 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
Patty Upton, Math Specialist, Madison ES

Patty, I want to thank you for all of your tireless dedication to our staff and students. You never hesitate to lend a helping hand or an ear to listen. I cannot thank you enough for everything you do. Your leadership, collaboration and positively are infectious. I hope you know how valuable to are to each of our lives and the community at Madison!
Submitted by Jessica Martin (Duncan), 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.