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.

A new Everyday Hero! Drum roll please…

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
Amy Long, Paraeducator, McLane Elementary School

We at McLane are so extremely lucky to have Amy Long on our staff. She began her journey here as a parent, a PTSO member and a huge contributor of all things creative. Over the years she has made many posters, decorations, communication boards and, most recently, a large tree in our main hall to collect “Owl Feathers” (our schoolwide reinforcer of PBIS) for an all school reward. Her talents are amazing, her dedication to the students and staff is immeasurable, and her energy that radiates all around the school is incredible.

Thank you, Amy, for all you do and for being awesome!  I appreciate you!
Submitted by Candi Koch, Behavior Technician, 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.

Kudos to our new Everyday Heroes; be sure to send in the name of your own 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 are our newest honorees:

Everyday Heroes
Katie Anderson, Mary Gibbons and Tiki Prohim, OSD Business Office

Wanted to say a huge thank-you to Mary Gibbons, Katie Anderson and Tiki Prohim in the Business Office for answering my multitude of questions last year. Being in my first year at Communications was definitely a major download of info, and I really appreciated all of the help as I navigated the business side of my department. You guys are great! I think everyday heroes are those who do the small things (as well as the bigger stuff) day-in and day-out that make some of the biggest differences. So, thank you all!
Submitted by Arielle Allard, Communications Assistant, Communications and Community Relations 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.