Meet our new OSD Everyday Hero

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesThank you to all who continue to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Remember to 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 latest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Todd Thornton, Custodian, Roosevelt Elementary
“Todd, you are a rock star custodian! You keep our building clean, neat, and in excellent repair. Every day you come to work with a positive attitude. Whenever we need something, our requests are met with a smile and a timely response. While you already have more than enough work to do, you frequently go above and beyond your expected duties, often anticipating our needs and taking care of things before we even ask! You look out for everyone in the building, including students and staff. Our building has never looked so good, and the credit for that goes to you and your custodial staff. Thank you for working so hard for our school and doing such a great job. You are an important part of what makes Roosevelt such a great place to be.”
Submitted by Jean Schuna

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.

Congratulations to this week’s Everyday Hero … tell us about your hero today!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesThank you to all who continue to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Remember to 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 latest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Michelle Maurer, paraeducator, Garfield Elementary
“​Our heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated Paraeducator Michelle Maurer at Garfield Elementary — a constant on our Kindergarten Team for over 17 years. Michelle daily teaches the High level Small Group Reading students (achieving First-Grade level reading by May). She also supervises playground and lunch duties and works on Intervention.  Michelle provides structure, stability and high expectations for our students. Her smile and compassion brighten our days!”
Submitted by Tara Otonicar-Mock

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.

Who is our newest Everyday Hero?

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Thank you to all who continue to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Remember to 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 latest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Kristin Pence, paraeducator, ORLA
“Kristin Pence (ORLA), Performing Arts Initiative (PAI) finance and transportation manager: Has helped put over 10,000 students into event seats this year. Goes above and beyond as she navigates a very complex system. Always focused on the needs of students. Efficient and effective to the max. And about to become an OSD classroom teacher!​”
Submitted by Bob Hodges

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.

Read about our latest Everyday Hero and recognize one of your colleagues

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Look around you. Everyday Heroes are working in our schools daily. They are food service workers, bus drivers, teachers, office staff, maintenance workers, custodial staff and more. Remember to give a shout out to one of your colleagues for a job well done at your school or support building and watch for it to appear in an upcoming Everyday Heroes blog post.

Here is this week’s honoree:

Everyday Hero
Kristin Costello, Leadership and English Teacher, Olympia High School
“I’ve had the unique opportunity and pleasure to team teach Leadership with Kristin this school year. I say team teach, but really it is more me standing back in awe watching Kristin inspire our OHS leadership kids. She is involved in almost every aspect of our student life here and she takes great pride in her work. Our school thrives because Kristin makes things happen around here. I’m very happy to call her my colleague and friend. Thank you Kristin for being such a force for a positive and fun culture here at Olympia High School.”
Submitted by Mark Zarate

It only takes minutes 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.

What are you waiting for? Send some praise about a colleague today to appear in a future Here’s the Scoop employee blog.

Who is our newest Everyday Hero?

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Thank you to all who continue to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Remember to 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 latest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Jennifer Grones, Teacher, Special Education, Lincoln Elementary School
“Every day, Jenny has the brightest and warmest smile for students, colleagues, and families.  She is creative and kind in her work with students; pulling from years of experience to serve children and families in the best possible way. Not only is Jenny a powerful educator and advocate for students and families, but she is also a resource, a confidant, and a mentor to countless staff in our building. She is a special education teacher, who works incredibly hard to make sure the services provided to children are tailored to their social, emotional, academic, and physical needs. She is always willing to support any situation involving a child, and prior to this year, was the assigned substitute for our principal. I highly recommend Jennifer Grones as an Everyday ‘Shero’ (female for hero).  She helps to make this a place where children and families are truly celebrated and advocated for.”
Submitted by Danielle Hull

How to nominate an Everyday Hero

The process is simple:

  • 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 and archived each week.

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

Who are this week’s Everyday Heroes? Drum roll please…

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Thank you to all who continue to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Remember to 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 the latest honorees:

Everyday Hero 
Jackie Maycumber, Paraeducator at Madison Elementary School
“Thanks to Jackie Maycumber, a paraeducator at Madison Elementary. Jackie is always willing to pitch in and help with whatever needs doing. Whether it is supervising students at recess, teaching struggling readers, or greeting parents after school, Jackie is willing to help with a smile. And most importantly, Jackie is kind. If a staff member has a rough day, Jackie will notice and listen and share some encouragement. Thank you, Jackie, for all that you do to make Madison a great place to be.”
Submitted by: Lisa Estcourt

Everyday Hero
Todd Fulton, Counselor at Marshall Middle School
Thank you, Todd Fulton, for all you do to support ALL of our students. You have such a genuine connection with our students and you are the front line for so many of the challenges they face in and out of school. It is a pleasure working with you every single day, and I appreciate and envy your dedication, humility, and sense of humor.”
Submitted by: Eric Durbin

How to nominate an Everyday Hero

The process is simple:

  • 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 and archived each week.

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

Read about the latest OSD Everyday Hero and nominate one of your own!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesWe invite all employees districtwide to let us know about a colleague in any school or department who has done something deserving of encouragement and praise.

Here is the latest honoree!

Everyday Hero 
Theresa Jones, Support Service Center Groundskeeper
“Thank you Theresa Jones for the awesome job you have done on sprucing up our grounds here at Transportation.  Your hard work has shown amazing results, and we “Thank You” for that.”
Submitted by: OSD Transportation Staff

Nominate an Everyday Hero

The process is simple:

  • 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 and archived each week.

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