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.

Who are this week’s Everyday Heroes?

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

We 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 are this week’s honorees!

Everyday Hero Bryan Keister
Algebra and Geometry Teacher, Capital High School
“Thank you, Bryan, for your strident love of mathematics and mathematical rigor. You make a strong team stronger by focusing on the leading edge of possibility and challenge. You are an everyday hero when you ask the world of your students, and then help them deliver through their own strength.”
Submitted by: Louis Avden

Everyday Hero Candi Koch
Behavior Technician, McLane Elementary School
“I am writing about Candi Koch, behavior tech at McLane Elementary. She is amazing! Candi goes above and beyond what her job duties are. She always has a smile on her face. The students adore her! She really is a hero at McLane!!!”
Submitted by: Amy Long

Nominate a new 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.

Reminder: Send us your Everyday Heroes and read about this week’s honoree

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

We 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 this week’s honoree!

Everyday Hero Rachele Chertok
Preschool Teacher, Hansen Elementary School
“Rachele, thank you for stepping in to help calm a child getting on my school bus who was having a difficult day. The child’s teacher was not present and, although not one of your own students, you did what you could to try and calm the student. I know you had a meeting to attend, but you stayed and assisted.”
Submitted by: Robert Aaron

Nominate a new 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.

A big shout-out to our first three OSD Everyday Heroes!

Everyday Hero red apple outline

Last week we introduced a new “Everyday Heroes’ feature in this weekly staff blog. We invited all employees districtwide to let us know about a colleague in any school or department who has done something deserving of encouragement and praise.

Take a moment and read about the first three employees we are proud to have on the OSD team. Then send us your own quick write-up of how one of your colleagues made a difference in the life of a student, parent, volunteer, fellow staff member, or community member.

Kudos to these Everyday Heroes:

Everyday Hero Roxanne Bogart
Administrative Assistant, Boston Harbor Elementary School
“Roxanne Bogart, Heart of Our School … I hope you know how much everyone at BHES appreciates your ready smile, impressive patience, lightning-quick multi-tasking skills and the way you make each of us — from student to staff member to parent — feel like we belong here.

The other day I watched you wipe down a table in the office for one of our kiddos who needed a rest.  The child has an allergy and when she asked why you were cleaning the table you said, with a smile, that you just wanted to know it was all clean for her because sometimes people eat snacks there.  You are always thinking about everyone’s needs, two steps ahead of everyone else.  You set the tone for a welcoming community and we ALL appreciate your kindness and skills so much.  Thank you, Ms. Bogart!”
Submitted by: Elizabeth Wilson

Everyday Hero Lisa Estcourt
Reading Specialist, Madison Elementary School
“Thank you for pouring love into all you do at Madison. You’ve been the best mentor anyone could ever ask for.”
Submitted by: Rebecca Poppe

Everyday Hero Jill Johnson
ELL Teacher, Capital High School
“Jill, you fill so many roles for our ELL students — teacher, advocate, translator, mentor, role model. They are especially lucky when you go the extra step and recognize that families may not be able to follow through on advice from, say, the school nurse, because of the language barrier and lack of transportation, or maybe from non-traditional work hours. When you went to the store for one of our students last week who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to get the gloves they needed for their cleaning job, it was such a testament to your huge heart. They are so lucky!”
Submitted by: Kelli Samson

Now send us your own 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.

Send us kudos about colleagues in new ‘Everyday Heroes’ feature blog post

Everyday Hero red apple outline

Think about the last time one of your colleagues made a difference in the life of a student, a parent, a volunteer, a fellow staff member, or a community member. This happens every day in our district in every school and in every department/support building.

We want to share your stories among all employees in this staff blog as an ongoing regular blog post to celebrate our OSD Everyday Heroes!

Please take a few moments to give a shout-out to an employee in any school or department who has done something you feel is deserving of encouragement and praise.

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 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.