Who is 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 is our newest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Leslie Gowell, McKinney-Vento Liaison Designee Support Specialist

“Leslie Gowell is OSD’s McKinney-Vento coordinator. She is one of the hardest working people I’ve met. Her focus is getting each homeless child into school. Leslie makes numerous calls a day helping families who are in desperate need. Often these families show up at her door and whether on the phone or in person, Leslie treats each person with dignity and respect. She is a strong advocate in a system that is not easy to navigate. These families’ situations are often heartbreaking, but Leslie doesn’t let that discourage her. We are all truly fortunate to have Leslie.”
Submitted by Danni Connor, teacher in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program

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 bus drivers, child nutrition staff, custodial employees, teachers, paraeducators, school and district office staff, and others are doing amazing work on behalf of students.

Congratulations to this week’s Everyday Hero; send us yours!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

As we start our new year, 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
Denise Morrison, Speech Language Pathologist at LP Brown Elementary
“My hero is Denise Morrison, who works as our building’s SLP here at LP Brown Elementary. Denise goes above and beyond every day to support our students and staff by wearing many different hats, as a stand-in cert for a class without a sub, our OEA building rep, and an amazing speech therapist. She genuinely cares for students and staff members and is highly invested in helping us all to be successful. She takes the time to listen and always know just what to say. Her office is my favorite place to visit in the building, a spot of calm in the storm of the day to day when I am feeling overwhelmed and need to reset. She is always welcoming, even when she is busy. Thank you Denise, for being a supportive colleague I know I can always turn to to help me be my best.”
Submitted by Janelle Holbein, LP Brown Elementary

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 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 is our newest Everyday Hero? Tell us about your hero today!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

As we start our new year, 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
Tricia Kelley, Acccounting Supervisor, Business Office
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tricia since the Fall of 2012 beginning in Teaching & Learning and continues with positions she’s held in the Business Office. Tricia, I admire your dedication to the Olympia School District and its staff. I have witnessed you go above and beyond in each and every position you’ve held just since I became an employee. You have worked at the building level, district level curriculum, district level accounting and training, who can say that!! The knowledge you share with others is invaluable. Your knowledge, support and dedication shine. Each and every staff member requesting help are treated with the upmost respect and professionalism. It’s time that you be honored for all you have given over your 20ish years for Olympia School District. On behalf of myself and Office Professionals across the District, I applaud and thank you!”
Submitted by Marjorie Jenne, 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 bus drivers, child nutrition staff, custodial employees, teachers, paraeducators, school and district office staff, and others are doing amazing work on behalf of students.

Congratulations to our newest Everyday Hero!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

As we start our new year, 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
Doug Bogden, Helpdesk Technician, Technology Department
“We want to recognize the newest member of the OSD Technology Helpdesk Team, Doug Bogden. Although new to this role, Doug has provided us excellent customer service from day one. We appreciate his patience and helpful demeanor each and every time we reach out for assistance. Doug is always pleasant (even if we are frustrated or confused) and helps to find a resolution to our technology-related challenges. When Doug doesn’t have an immediate answer he does some research to find the solution and always follows-up in a timely manner. It is very much appreciated. Thank you Doug!”
Submitted by the Communications and Community Relations Team: Diana Crawford, Kim Doherty, Susan Gifford, Robert Hardy and Conor Schober 

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.