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.

Congrats to our newest 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
Audrey Perry, Science Teacher, Washington MS and Kaitlin Bishopp, Counselor, Reeves MS

Secondary Summer School was more important than ever this year. Because of COVID, we had an unusual number of secondary students who needed a little help completing their required credits.  

Audrey Perry was selected as the Secondary Summer School Coordinator and Kaitlin Bishopp stepped in as the Registrar. Neither Audrey nor Kaitlin had experience with summer school. However, I would never have guessed that based on the quality of work they produced. Both of them were incredibly organized and thorough which made it very easy for us to support them. All told, they helped 379 students expand their learning (more than the past two years combined)!  

Additionally, both Audrey and Kaitlin are kind and considerate individuals who were a pleasure to work with all summer.  

Great job and thank you, Audrey and Kaitlin!
Submitted by Carrie Blackwell, Student Information System Supervisor

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 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
Cody Malone, Substitute Bus Driver, Transportation

On June 8, 2021, a substitute bus driver was on his way to Centennial Elementary when the school bus was involved in an accident with a vehicle. The substitute driver, Cody Malone, just began his employment with Olympia School District and finished driver training only recently. His professional action and primary concern for the students on his bus are why I am nominating him for this week’s Everyday Heroes.  Cody’s calm reaction and attention to detail kept the situation from being any worse. Thankfully no one was injured on the bus.
Submitted by Robert Aaron, Bus Driver, Olympia School District Transportation Dept. 

Everyday Hero
Katie Anderson, Accounts Payable, Business Office

I would like to recognize Katie Anderson in the Business Office. I had a project put on me at the end of the day Friday. I called Katie in a panic, and she calmly helped me through it. It was about 4:08 p.m. by the time we were done. I heard somebody say it’s 4 Katie and she said, I know…….. I will be done in a minute. Thank you Katie. 1 for your knowledge to help me, and 2 for the calm you brought to my storm.
Submitted by Stacy Sharp, School Fiscal Officer, 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.

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 Heroes
Maggie Dunlap, Paraeducator, Capital High School and Min Hwa Arnold, Paraeducator, Olympia High School

I want to nominate 2 amazing staff persons for their constant support of students using assistive technology this school year. They have dedicated extra time to learn about technology as it relates to their student’s learning needs, finding ways to navigate around and through obstacles to combine classwork and skills building in thoughtful, meaningful ways within their sessions.

It has been a pleasure to work with Maggie Dunlap (Capital High School) and Min Hwa Arnold (Olympia High School) these past months.

Thank you, Maggie and Min Hwa, for doing what you do so well.
Submitted by Suzanne Anthony, Assistive Technology Program Specialist, OSD

Everyday Hero
Carolyn Miles, Substitute Teacher, OSD

I would like to nominate Teacher Sub, Carolyn Miles, for being so flexible and filling in the last minute, with a smile and great attitude as well. Carolyn was scheduled at Hansen but they were sweet enough to send her to us two days in a row for a last-minute absence.  Thank you so much.
Submitted by Jodi Cox, Lead Secretary, Madison Elementary School

Everyday Hero
Chelsey Scheidemann, Math Teacher, Washington Middle School

Chelsey’s dedication to creating a generation of math people who love math has absolutely created a young mathematician in my home. I’d like to share a story about my daughter’s “Aha moment” as a result of Chelsey’s teaching. The other day, my 11 year old excitedly taught us all about solving for anonymous numbers. She enthusiastically explained that she used to think algebra was hard and now she thinks it is FUN! And this was because of her cool math teacher. Thank you, Chelsey. You helped my child discover how amazing math is. Chelsey’s success is built on a strong scaffolding of quality math instruction by McKenny Elementary teachers Teresa Bond and Dorothy Espedal-Johnson.
Submitted by Jane Partridge, Preschool Teacher, McKenny 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

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
Cara Barkis, Paraeducator, Capital HS

On Friday, May 21, as I was leaving the Capital High School parking lot, I observed Cara Barkis walking around the parked cars and the grass picking up trash. I rolled down my window and jokingly asked her if she was in trouble. Her comment back to me was “No….. I’m just tired of seeing all the trash around here.” What the world needs right now is more people like Cara. Thanks, Cara, for helping make Capital look better.
Submitted by Stacy Sharp, Fiscal Officer, 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.

Congrats to our newest 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
Reeves Middle School Principal Aaron Davis, Assistant Principal Karen Zarate and Administrative Professional Brandi Sorem

We would like to nominate our Reeves Middle School Administrators, Aaron Davis and Karen Zarate, and their assistant, Brandi Sorem, as Everyday Heroes for their exceptional leadership and unwavering support of ALL staff during the last 12 months of COVID unknowns. During this time we are fortunate to have this team on our side. 

Our Reeves administration has really centered the conversation around the whole person’s needs — for staff, students, and families. This includes bringing members of our Reeves community supplies, food vouchers, scheduling individual family check-ins with advisory groups multiple times this year, and allowing staff adequate accommodations to meet their own personal and family needs for safety during this time. All of this while juggling schedule changes, parent emails and phone conversations, staff questions, and their own home lives. 

At Reeves, it is said, “If better is possible, good is not enough.” Our administrators don’t just speak the words, they act on them.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you and are so incredibly fortunate to be working with everyday heroes like you. 
Submitted by Stefanie Ramsay-Werts, Reeves Middle School Arts and ELA Teacher, on behalf of the Reeves Middle School staff

Everyday Hero
Phyllis Price, Nurse, Garfield Elementary School

Phyllis has worked super hard the last year and stayed in person pretty much the whole year. She filled in at Hansen and helped organize over there when they had kids start to return before Garfield did. Phyllis, like many other district nurses have volunteered for the vaccine clinics and also the clinics that are not through the district. She has been approached and contacted by many of the staff and even other staff members not even at Garfield to help them with getting vaccinated even on the weekends. 

At Garfield, Phyllis is here working extremely hard to keep the students and staff safe. She is always thinking about what works best and what needs to be improved. I know I can speak for most of the staff here, that we are so very thankful for her here. 
Submitted by Tiffany Kulseth, Health Room Assistant, Garfield Elementary

Everyday Heroes
OSD Communications and Communications Department

Our Communications team deserves special recognition for the work they do each and every day, mostly at the eleventh hour, to provide updated accessible documentation and videos to our staff and community. It seems just as we are finalizing information around our response to the pandemic the information changes. We are always met with a “how can I help?” attitude and a true customer service approach to our needs. The Comm team helps us craft or record the message and ensure we make it accessible to those who need those supports. They do this work quickly, expertly and without expectation of acknowledgement. We feel very fortunate to have them in our corner.
Submitted by Executive Director of Operations Frank Wilson

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.

High fives 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
Jen Baker, Administrative Assistant, Support Service Center

Jenifer Baker deserves a huge shout out for everything she does for buildings and grounds. She really does do a bit of everything, too. She is always quick to help us with our sometimes silly administrative questions and problems regarding everything from True Time, Skyward, scanning and copying, our procurement and budget, and so much more. It can be hectic around the Support Service Center shop, especially during the last year, and Jen always has a smile and a couple minutes to chat when we come to her for help. The Maintenance and Grounds departments could not operate without Jen, and we are lucky to have her on our team. Thanks, Jen!
Submitted by Ben Swick, Maintenance Technician, Support Service Center

Everyday Heroes
Transition Program Staff and Students

A special shout-out to our fellow students and staff from the Transition Program. As Garfield prepares for our preschool through fifth grade students on site, we have really appreciated the extra support we have received from our older students in the Transition Program and staff members Kathy Lewis, Dena Liden, Reilly Gahm, Erin Papiez, and Janet Forbord; along with teachers Julia Calhoon and Jesse Davis. The team comes to Garfield several times a week and helps sanitize areas inside the school and cleans up around our gardens, playground and field. This extra support has been really important for the safety and overall cleanliness of our school. It is always a positive when our older students are willing and interested in helping our youngers. We are truly grateful for their support.
Submitted by Principal Brendon Chertok and the Garfield Community, 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.

Kudos to our three newest 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
OSD Maintenance Department

I would like to nominate the Maintenance Department for going above and beyond to help me in my role for student safety. They never hesitate to answer my questions, fill ALL my requests for items that need fixed or searched for or for even those that I didn’t know I needed but are very much needed. And the heat is a bonus in the health room!! They are always willing to help me out! They are just amazing and no amount of Safeway donuts will ever thank them enough!!
Submitted by Phyllis Price, LPN, Garfield Elementary School

Everyday Hero
Frank Wilson, Executive Director of Operations, and Wendy Couture, Custodial and Safety Supervisor, Operations

I would like to nominate our wonderful Frank Wilson and Wendy Couture for going out of their way every time I am in need of PPE, questions answered to safety issues, and just questions in general. They always answer my phone calls and emails promptly and with such professionalism. While I think they might get tired of hearing from me they never seem to show it! Thank you for that! And thank you for being there when we need you!
Submitted by Phyllis Price, LPN, Garfield Elementary School

Everyday Hero
Kathleen Swanstrom, Paraeducator, Pioneer Elementary

Kathy Swanstrom is truly an everyday hero at Pioneer Elementary! For the last 6 months she has helped to make our packet pick up go smoothly every other week for 20 classroom teachers and over 380 students. Kathy orchestrates all of the materials to the pick-up area and when the pick-up times are over, she lets us all know who still needs to pick up their things. You can also see her standing out in the cold, wind, rain and sometimes sun at every packet pickup time. Thank you, Kathy for helping our school, you truly are an everyday hero!
Submitted by Suzette O’Donnell, Third Grade Teacher, Pioneer 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.