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
Brandy Geyer, Administrative Assistant, Student Support

Brandy is a rock(star) for the Special Ed team. Despite my manic phone calls about phantoms stealing my paperwork, Brandy earnestly searches for — and often finds — solutions. She does this with calmness and without assigning blame or contributing to the errors. I am grateful for her patience with me in my most stressed moments.  

Her organization, preparation, and thorough knowledge save the day over and over. Because she is so on top of it, she is by a wide margin the source at the district I (and other special ed teachers around) turn to the most often for answers regarding policy, changes, and what is going on.  She makes molehills out of mountains.  

Thanks, Brandy!
Submitted by Michael Kelly, Teacher, Thurgood 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.

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 Hero
Bob Kickner, Athletic Director, Olympia High School

We have a large demand for our facilities. Between our own district use and the use of many groups in the community it can be a difficult task to accommodate everyone. Recently we discovered we had a one-week overlap for gym space and were struggling to provide opportunities for gym use to YMCA sports youth volleyball. Bob Kickner, athletic director for Olympia High School, called to see how he could help. Bob worked with our facilities use person, Carmen Panter, as well as the YMCA to provide a solution.  

YMCA kids will practice at Olympia High School during the week and will be tutored by the Olympia High School team. On one of the nights they will be provided passes to watch the OHS team compete. Bob provided a great example of finding a creative way to support both our district needs and the needs of our community partner YMCA where all kids win. Thank you Bob!
Submitted by Frank Wilson, Executive Director of Operations, Support Service Center 

Everyday Heroes
Todd Thornton and Theresa Jones, Groundskeepers, Support Service Center

I wanted to take this opportunity to compliment Todd and Theresa for resolving a work order that has been circulating for a few years. These two were efficient as they cleaned moss from the roof and then cleaned out the gutters around our courtyard. They were sensitive about possibly disrupting classes and communicated with staff about their work plan. Reeves greatly appreciates the hard work displayed by Tod and Theresa as they resolved an issue that has been an eyesore and caused flooding issues in the past. 
Submitted by Aaron Davis, Principal, Reeves 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.

Three cheers for 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
Rebecca Waitt, Custodian, Thurgood Marshall Middle School

I wanted to take this opportunity to compliment your employee, Rebecca Waitt. Every day, Rebecca serves the students and staff of Thurgood Marshall Middle School with her dedication, tireless work ethic, loyalty and pleasant personality.  Her hard work keeps the teachers teaching and the students learning. Rebecca truly is a hero!
Submitted by Marisa Dillard, ELA/CSI, Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Everyday Hero
Steve Taylor, Athletic Director, Capital High School

I want to thank Steve Taylor for helping put together an amazing presentation for a fallen hero in our sports community. Recently, we lost a beloved referee who has served our community for many years. Steve created a small ceremony to honor the service of this referee and present a token of appreciation to his wife and family. His attention to detail and such compassion for the family as well as his colleagues was a thing of beauty. We are so blessed at CHS to have such an amazing person on our staff and in our community. Thank you, Steve Taylor, for all you do as our Athletic Director and thank you so much for putting together such an amazing celebration on Thursday for Mr. Kain. We appreciate you.
Submitted by Ja’Wanne Brown, Assistant Principal, Capital High School

Everyday Hero
Cynthia Riley, Teacher/Special Education, Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Ms. Riley, previously a NBCT in the general arena, made the jump to the IEP department this year. We are thrilled to have her. She is an enthusiastic and sincere advocate for our students, frequently collaborating with other staff throughout the day. This is notable as she is working only part time but puts in hours beyond that of a full-time load. She attends meetings hours away from her contract time, both before and after. She actively seeks out new training to add to her already significant teaching skillset. She takes a humble approach to new things (like the paperwork) despite learning it as quickly as anyone I’ve seen. Her combination of experience, skill, and zeal for serving those most in need brighten our department and strengthen student lives. Her sharp humor and authenticity ensure that we don’t take ourselves too seriously while doing serious work. She is an asset to education.
Submitted by Michael Kelly, Teacher, Thurgood 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.

A new week, and a new 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 Heroes
Transportation Department

I would like to recognize those in Transportation working so hard at getting special education routes set up. From what I experienced, the pickup and drop-off times were communicated to families in record time before the start of this year. One parent I spoke to was pleasantly surprised at being notified in a timely fashion before the start of the year. It’s great to see happy, smiling drivers and monitors too!

As we all know, a well-organized and staffed transportation system is a critical element to smooth school operations, so thank you!
Submitted by Denise Hammer, Social Services Coordinator, Boston Harbor and Madison elementary schools 

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 the 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
Sam Logan, Data Systems Developer, Technology/Knox 111 Administrative Center

I would like to express how thankful I am for Sam Logan in the development team.  He has continually had to listen to me ask for better ways for staff to use the ETRS system.  I am NOT a tech savvy person so explaining what I need or want and trying to interpret my meaning, he has been patient and kind and magically makes it work.  He just improved the allocated hours for staff to now see what is remaining when in ETRS.  This will be SUCH a helpful tool for staff.  Thank you so much for all you do for the district!  It is GREATLY appreciated!
Submitted by Tonya Palmer, Payroll Supervisor, Payroll/Knox 111 Administrative 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.

Congratulations 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 is our newest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Theresa Jones, Grounds Crew, Capital High and Jefferson Middle schools

Theresa Is part of our Grounds staff and has been taking care of the grounds at Capital High School and Jefferson Middle School. Theresa does a stellar job keeping these sites looking beautiful for the staff and students to enjoy! She goes above and beyond tackling things like the famous “blackberry hill” by the baseball fields at Capital High School.

The Support Service Center office recently received a call from a community member who said, “the Capital High School campus has never looked so good.”

As one of our senior Teamster members here at the Olympia School District, she sets a great example for everyone and shows true dedication to our district with her hard work. She does this rain or shine and always with a smile.
Submitted by Paul Sierra, Maintenance and Grounds 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.

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 (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.

Hats off to our newest OSD 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
Jaime Sproul and Marjorie Jenne, Knox 111 Administrative Building

Both of these ladies have been instrumental in helping the Assistive Technology team get trainings up and running and problem-solving any issues that occurred. They have been patient and kind as we navigated this new endeavor as a team. Thank you for all you do ladies!
Submitted by the Assistive Technology Team: Meghan Hanson, Jennalyn Burke and Suzie Anthony, Knox 111 Administrative Building

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 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

Everyday Hero
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

Everyday Hero
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.