Nominate an Everyday Hero

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 Heroes; let us know who we should feature next!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesNow more than ever, let’s hear about all of our Everyday Heroes around the district. 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
OSD Teachers, Principals and Child Nutrition Services Employees

I’d like to nominate ALL our OSD teachers, principals and Child Nutrition Services for Everyday HERO! These past few months have been a whirlwind of learning how to teach our students online. I want to say you have all done amazing. I am proud of all the hard work and dedication you have all put in to support our students. I’m shouting whoop whoop to you all!
Submitted by Amy Long, Paraducator, McLane 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.

Who is this week’s Everyday Hero?

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesNow more than ever, let’s hear about all of our Everyday Heroes around the district. 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
Julie Gibbs, Kindergarten Teacher, Madison Elementary School

I would like to nominate Julie Gibbs as an everyday hero. Julie is like the HEART of Madison. She helps bring the staff together. She celebrates our successes and consoles those who are having a hard time. She reaches out to staff members with compassion. If you notice something sweet and anonymous has happened at Madison, you will often find Julie secretly working in the background. Julie’s kindness and generosity make Madison a better place.
Submitted by Lisa Estcourt, Reading Intervention Teacher, Madison 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 Everyday Hero; tell us who we should feature next!

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
Britney Martin, Administrative Professional, McKenny Elementary School

I would like to nominate Britney Martin, an administrative professional at McKenny Elementary as an Everyday Hero! As a new itinerant staff member, no one made me feel more welcome to their building than Britney! She had keys ready to go on the first day and a welcome card in my box, and even now, when I come to her with a question, no matter how insightful or silly, she will always take a moment to help me, from emailing technology or looking up a roster, to helping me with mundane tasks that I should know the answer to but don’t yet. I never feel silly for asking, and I always feel like I am an important staff member and welcome at McKenny. She’s also taught me just how much a building’s culture starts with the first smile you see — and it’s great to get a happy hello first thing in the morning!
Submitted by Stacey Burns, Music Teacher, McKenny, McLane and Pioneer 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.

Two more amazing staff recognized as 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 the 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
Amanda Beers, College & Career Counselor/Yearbook Advisor, and Elianne Fisher, American Sign Language Teacher, Capital HS

I was absolutely delighted to learn Amanda Beers and Elianne Fisher have been working with their students to create daily news videos for Capital High School that include accurate closed captions. By captioning their video content, they are ensuring everyone in their community can enjoy the content. Beyond that, by instructing students on the process of creating accurate closed captioning they are setting them up for success in creating professional media content. Awesome work team! What a great example you are setting for your students and the district as a whole. We are proud of you, Go Cougs!
Submitted by Robert Hardy, Website Accessibility Specialist

Everyday Hero
Mike Schwegler, Carpenter, Support Service Center

We would like to nominate OSD’s Carpenter, Mike Schwegler, for this week’s Everyday Hero. Mike continues to impress us with the work orders he has completed for our school. He is talented, friendly, prompt and gets the job done. Recently, we requested some work to be done in our tiny health room. Since space was such an issue, he built drawers underneath our health room beds to store shoes, blankets and other supplies. He also helped us problem solve and installed a hanging rack for coats.

Space was also an issue in our staff room. Hand-built bench seating with storage space underneath. Problem solved!He can fix anything, and there are times, with the kitchen, that he has had to get very creative! He cares about his job, and his customer service is by far some of the best we have encountered. He is simply amazing!
Submitted by: Cindi Walker, School Nurse, Misty Wilen, Temporary Kitchen Manager, and Roxanne Schwegler, Administrative Assistant

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.

Announcing two new Everyday Heroes: Who are they?

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
Chelsea Peterson, ELL Teacher, Olympia HS

Chelsea transitioned from teaching English to managing the ELL program (at OHS). She rapidly made a number of positive changes, especially in terms of communication. She put on a staff development to give us tools in the classroom that we could use to facilitate the learning of ELL students (and everyone else!). I have recommended students to her that I suspected were struggling due to language issues, but Chelsea did not just test them, she worked with them after school! I admire and appreciate the substantial work she has put into the ELL program to transform it into something that meaningfully supports the ELL student.
Submitted by Sarah Violette, English Teacher, Olympia HS

Everyday Hero
Jessica Wyman, Behavior Technician, LP Brown ES

Jessica is always going above and beyond. She is in constant movement throughout the school. I swear she’s never still. Whether it has to do with her job or not, she is always helping out fellow staff if someone needs something. When it comes to her job, despite often dealing with kids who are not making the best choices, she is always upbeat. She treats the kids with respect, but also has high expectations. It’s great watching and listening to her work with kids and helping them to solve the problem at hand. It’s been fun working with her for the second year in a row. I love her!
Submitted by Megan Green, Attendance Secretary, LP Brown 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.

Meet 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
Mark Hoy, Bus Driver, Transportation

Mark, I want to publicly recognize and thank you for the amazing job you do every day driving one of our DLC buses! If an adult isn’t at your bus to bring in your student, you walk him into the cafeteria to ensure he gets his breakfast and knows where he is going. When you do, you always greet everyone with a huge smile and a cheery “Good Morning!” — brightening everyone’s day who has the chance to see you. You are also so kind and caring with your student, and it is clear you love what you do. Thank you so much, and keep up the great work!
Submitted by Condee Wood, Principal, 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.

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
Monique Farland, Field Technician, Technology

I want to nominate Monique Farland for Everyday Heroes. She has spent hours working in my classroom to help me with a major software issue this week. She has been communicative, professional and gone over and above my expectations. Thank you Monique!
Submitted by Mark Zarate, Teacher, Olympia 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.

Hats off to our newest Everyday Hero; let us know who we should feature next!

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
Karen Pena, Head Custodian at Lincoln Options

As a staff, we at Lincoln Options nominate Karen Pena for the Everyday Hero Award. Karen consistently goes above and beyond her duties as a custodian. She not only keeps Lincoln clean, safe and beautiful, but she decorates the cafeteria making it welcoming to students, staff and families. Additionally, Karen actively participates is school festival and events, developing strong connections with both the adult and student community at Lincoln. Karen manages “surplus” in a very proactive way, moving unneeded furniture quickly out of the building and making special effort to search for the furniture that is needed. She helps everywhere and everyone with a warm smile and big heart! Karen is friendly and willing to take on any task. We are grateful to have her at Lincoln.
Submitted by Lincoln Options 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.

Congratulations to two new 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
Vlatko Zlatanov, Head Custodian, Madison ES/Avanti HS

As a staff, we at Madison would like to nominate Vlatko Zlatanov. Vlatko consistently goes above and beyond to help keep Madison clean, safe and looking spectacular. He never hesitates to help in any way he can. Vlatko greets every person with a smile and a warm hello each and every day. He is an incredibly rare gem and we are so grateful to have him at Madison!
Submitted by Madison Elementary School staff

Everyday Hero
Amy McGuire, Payroll and Benefits Specialist, Payroll Department

Amy McGuire in the Payroll office certainly is deserving of the Everyday Hero Award for having to help all of us figure out how to understand our new benefits system. She always has a positive outlook, keeps a smile on her face and is answering the same question 2,000 times a day. While she has little control over the outside situation, she’s been successful at helping all of us navigate this mess. Thank you, Amy, for your continuous support!
Submitted by Michelle Anderson, Assistant Principal/Construction Manager, 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.