Read about our 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
Chris Johnston, Security Guard, Capital High School

Chris Johnston does security at Capital High School. I like the way he treats all the kids with dignity, respect and good humor. He seems to have a nice relationship with these kids even when he has to stop by their classroom and inform them they’ll have to spend lunch in suspension. The way we treat the kids often models to them the way they are expected to treat others throughout their lives. They seem to know he is concerned and always looking out for their best interests. Way to go Chris!
Submitted by Mike Pelly, Capital HS Paraeducator

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Justin Lanting, Business Manager, and Tricia Kelley, Accounting Supervisor, Business Office

I would like to thank them for ALL of their prompt responses, accurate communications and quality training. The breadth of their knowledge is truly impressive. They have helped me with everything from account code correction to Skyward reports, and the list really does go on. They are helpful, professional, timely and genuinely want all departments to succeed. They share their knowledge and have outstanding follow up.
Submitted by Christa Hilinski, Executive Assistant, K-12 Teaching and Learning

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 more Everyday Heroes recognized by colleagues

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
Jennifer Huff, Sixth-Grade Math Teacher, Marshall MS

Thank you for being such an amazing and supportive neighbor-across-the-hall, math teacher, mentor and inspiration to both students and staff. In addition to the high-level, rigorous, and generally demanding math instruction you bring to 6th graders, I appreciate how you teach the whole child. With your help, they not only leave with math skills, students walk away prepared for life with a toolbox of strategies and a general awareness of the world around them. I love how you help them see the big picture and how the day-to-day fits into that. Students know how math relates to the rest of their day in school and beyond. Furthermore, you bolster student confidence in what they CAN do, building resilience and grit from their struggles. Thank you for helping our 6th graders become responsible contributors to Marshall and the larger community. It is a privilege to work with you.
Submitted by Eric Durbin, Teacher, Special Education, Marshall MS

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Tim Ketter, Custodian, Marshall MS

Tim, I want you to know how much the entire Marshall staff appreciates you! Not only do you keep the school clean, but you are incredibly responsive every time you are asked to do anything. Last week when I asked if a work order had been placed to fix the rattling light fixture in C Wing, you not only checked to see if a work order was in, but you also climbed into the attic to see if you could fix it. While up there, you checked other rattles as well. When I asked for your help putting clothing racks together for our coat giveaway, you took the initiative to put two more together to display our Lost and Found. In addition, you went above and beyond helping us prepare for our first wrestling match at Marshall. Not only did you make sure we had all the equipment we needed but you also stayed throughout the entire event doing the scorekeeping. And, this was after a full day of work!  These small examples are just several of hundreds of ways that you go “above and beyond” in your job every day. Not only that, but you do it all with a smile on your face! Students and staff alike appreciate all that you do, and we cannot thank you enough.
Submitted by Condee Wood, Principal, Marshall MS

Tim Ketter, Custodian, Marshall MS

Tim takes such great care of us.  He is always wearing a smile and often doesn’t even wait for us to ask — he anticipates our needs.  Tim is great with our students, and is always willing to go above and beyond to do whatever needs to be done to ensure the kids have what they need. There’s no request that ever phases him. We never know what time of day we will see him — either his regular afternoon shift, or filling in on days. We do know that when we see him, it’s going to be a great day. Thank you, Tim, for working so hard!
Submitted by Mimi Peradotto, Office Manager, Marshall MS

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 is our newest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Matt Graffagnino, substitute custodian, Support Service Center

Dear Matt,

I just wanted you to know how much we really appreciate having you at our school. Your presence is always so positive; you always put our students and faculty first and not to mention your work spaces always look amazing!

However, this afternoon we saw a different side of you — the softer side of Matt G! A student got injured walking to school and you found him outside a building, laying on the ground and trying not to cry. You were able to assess the student’s needs, get help for him, find him a safe and dry place to be and then you stayed with him, comforting him when he was visibly upset.

It is this thoughtfulness and student first care that makes you stand out. We will all be so happy to have you back full time at OHS and part of our FamOly, and I just thought everyone else should know how great he is!

Submitted by Matt Grant, Olympia HS Principal

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 new 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
Sue Shivnen, Helpdesk Technician, Technology

Sue, I want to thank you so much for all that you do, by working on the Helpdesk. It makes it so much easier to do my job assisting teachers and students in the schools I work in. You are always eager and happy to help staff either on the phone or in person.

Submitted by Monique Farland, IT Field Technician, Technology 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.

We can’t wait to hear about all of our Everyday Heroes, because we know that every day our teachers, bus drivers, child nutrition staff, custodial employees, paraeducators, school and district office staff, and others are doing amazing work on behalf of students.

Read about 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
Matthew Murdock, Electrician, Support Service Center

A few weeks ago, a few first- and second-grade teachers had their students ceramic Halloween pumpkins explode in our school kiln. I mean, every one of them blew up! So, the children made more pumpkins and this time put a hole in them to let the gasses escape. Talk about perseverance!

Unfortunately, after the catastrophe, the kiln wouldn’t work right. It wouldn’t keep its temperature and would shut off early. So, I asked Brendon (Chertok) to put in a work order and within two days, electrician Matthew Murdock contacted me.

Not only did he tear apart the kiln electrical box and explain the components to me, he researched our particular kiln and found some answers since the electrical components were in working order and not the cause of the problem. He even came back to the school and took some pictures and sent them to me of how to set the kiln and how not to set the kiln. I love visuals!

Besides being a very nice man, he went far and above what he had to do to help our children produce ceramic Thanksgiving pumpkins…just in time for Thanksgiving!

It just goes to show that every single employee in our district touches children’s lives in some way.

Matthew, in my book, is amazing!

Submitted by Jason Finney, Teacher, Garfield 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.

We can’t wait to hear about all of our Everyday Heroes, because we know that every day our teachers, bus drivers, child nutrition staff, custodial employees, paraeducators, school and district office staff, and others are doing amazing work on behalf of students.

Kudos 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
Camille Nunez, Behavior Technician, Boston Harbor ES

We are so fortunate to have Camille Nunez as our Behavior Tech at Boston Harbor Elementary School. She is the perfect mix of calm, care and clear expectations we want for all children, and she is so funny. Ms. C, as she is lovingly referred to around here, finds the fun and good in everything. She’s flexible, adaptable, kind and has a keen awareness of others and their needs. There have been many times when Ms. C has saved my day, or taught me something new by her example. She adeptly runs reading and intervention groups, manages a lunchroom packed with kids, supports preschool children in their classroom, keeps kids safe and happy at recess, and works on individual and specific behavior goals. Camille is a creative educator, and a really important part of our staff at BHES.  Thank you, Camille, for all you do for our kids and for being a wonderful colleague.
Submitted by Beth Wilson, Teacher, Boston Harbor ES

Everyday Hero
Breanne Keys, Restorative Center Specialist, Olympia HS

Breanne Keys is the Restorative Center (RC) Specialist at Olympia High School.  In merely eight months since her arrival at OHS last year second semester, she has developed a responsive system for students experiencing all levels of behavior concerns.  She proactively works with all stakeholders and continues to develop services in the RC based on feedback, evidence based practice, and outcomes. She monitors discipline data to sharpen our schoolwide systems of support, as well as, identify areas needing more prevention or re-teaching of behavior expectations. Her passion for Restorative Practice is off the charts! She extends her reach to staff by Focus group facilitation, trainings at staff meetings, facilitation of classroom circles, and restorative meetings between staff and students. She continually impresses me with her constant reflection to improve services to students and professional practice. Her development of the RC and ability to connect with staff and students has decreased the number of students serving their suspensions at home. She is a change agent for improved culture and climate at OHS!
Submitted by the Olympia HS Administrative Team

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.

We can’t wait to hear about all of our Everyday Heroes, because we know that every day our teachers, bus drivers, child nutrition staff, custodial employees, paraeducators, school and district office staff, and others are doing amazing work on behalf of students.

Kudos to this week’s 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
Bridget Culley, Career Center Secretary, Capital High School

2018 OSD College & Career Fair: Bridget went above and beyond in the planning and coordination of this year’s Career & College Fair. She has always gone out of her way to get the job done and present our district in a professional and coordinated manner. She took the time to find requested vendors that students sought out, and procured an amazing turnout of vendors, schools, career opportunities and post-high school pathways. She is indispensable and resourceful, and supportive of student goals and plans for post-high school planning. I admire her ability to maintain the volume of student requests and seems to plan a major district event without even breaking a sweat. She is awesome, and I appreciate her so much!
Submitted by Jen Boelts, Olympia HS Career Center Counselor

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.

We can’t wait to hear about all of our Everyday Heroes, because we know that every day our teachers, bus drivers, child nutrition staff, custodial employees, paraeducators, school and district office staff, and others are doing amazing work on behalf of students.