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.

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.