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Railer Recognition Nominees

 

The following USD 373 employees were nominated in July, August & September 2017 for going above and beyond, making the school a better place, and/or doing something extra special for students!

Recognize a deserving USD 373 co-worker using the Railer Recognition Nomination Form.

Name of Employee Recognized Building/Dept What the nominator said about this person:



Brenda Thompson ETC You played hosts for Gary Denny and others visiting our community for ICS training during a very busy time for your department. You were a wonderful host and it was noticed by Gary. Thank you for all that you do to represent the district with such a positive spirit!
Denise Church ETC You played hosts for Gary Denny and others visiting our community for ICS training during a very busy time for your department. You were a wonderful host and it was noticed by Gary. Thank you for all that you do to represent the district with such a positive spirit!
Jen Smith Santa Fe 5/6 Center Over the summer, Jen and Jana went over and above for our Santa Fe family. From redesigning the lounge to make it a welcoming space for all to creating individual name boards the atmosphere of is one of excitement! Thank you for all the time and effort you have done to make Santa Fe the place to be! We are loving the positive message of togetherness!
Jana Bohling Santa Fe 5/6 Center Over the summer, Jen and Jana went over and above for our Santa Fe family. From redesigning the lounge to make it a welcoming space for all to creating individual name boards the atmosphere of is one of excitement! Thank you for all the time and effort you have done to make Santa Fe the place to be! We are loving the positive message of togetherness!
Matt Nicholson & Sergio Lizcano Newton High School Matt and Sergio are doing an amazing job of taking care of our grounds! The grounds are always mowed and trimmed, the plants are thriving, and the walkways are neat, clean, and free of trash. They demonstrate RAILER PRIDE in their great care of our facility. Thank you Matt & Sergio!
Shannon Kirtley South Breeze Shannon has been a wonderful team leader for the 4th grade teachers this summer. She has two new staff members this year that she has spent hours of time with already. They are all well informed and are working well together. I really appreciate the way she has made these teachers feel welcome and supported.
Melissa Carlson Santa Fe 5/6 Center Melissa continually looks for new and exciting ways to impact student learning. When she attends a conference, it is a guarantee the information will not stop there. She shares what she learns through emails, personal conversations, or at staff meetings. She offers to show teachers how to use specific tools to enhance learning as well as help them set it up for their students to use. Melissa genuinely cares about positively impacting student and adult learning.
Ashley Nottingham Santa Fe 5/6 Center Ashley has gone above and beyond to help her new team teacher, who also happens to be a first year teacher, navigate the beginning of a school year. During the busy days leading up to the first day of school, she gave up time in her own classroom as well as took on many additional tasks to lighten the load for her team teacher. She spent many late nights in her classroom to be sure the "team" was ready to go when their students marched into their classrooms that first day. Job well done, Ashley.
Megan Nagel Santa Fe 5/6 Center Megan has gone above and beyond getting the STEAM lab ready for teachers and students at Santa Fe. Her willingness to spend hours preparing a place where teachers can bring students to create and design shows her dedication to pushing the limits with student learning. Her dedication to making "USD 373 the place to be" for students and educators is tireless.
Beth Koehn Santa Fe 5/6 Center Beth has spent many hours helping get our STEAM lab up and running for teachers and students. Her energy and enthusiasm for preparing a place for our students to create and problem solve is contagious. Thank you, Beth, for your hard work and dedication!
Rita Miller Northridge Rita showed up in my classroom today at just the perfect moment. She was able to provide handwriting assistance to a student who needed one on one attention. I really appreciate that Rita came to my room to see what she could do to help. What an amazing gift to our class. Thanks Rita!!!
Sara Kopper Santa Fe 5/6 Center With Sara being a new hire this year, it would be expected she might need some adjustment time. She has hit the ground running and has positively impacted students from day one. Sara is such a wonderful addition to USD 373. We are fortunate to have her.
Robin Montano Newton High School  Robin works tirelessly as a journalism adviser, soccer coach, Do Crew sponsor, etc. Despite all of the demands on her time, she always strives for excellence and puts in the time necessary to achieve her goals and provide important opportunities for our students. She sets the standard for Railer Pride, and we are lucky to have her working with our students.
Cassie Balzer Chisholm Middle School Cassie works very hard to make her classroom an open and inviting environment for all students. She creates an awesome learning place for all students.
Cassie Balzer Chisholm Middle School Cassie consistently focuses on positivity, encouragement, and solutions with both our staff and our students. She sends thank you notes and notes of encouragement. Her words and wisdom focus on finding ways to improve and to help. One day before school even started, she noticed I was frustrated by something (I don't even remember what). She wrote a quick post-it note to me "Don't let your expectations steal your joy." With those words, she re-directed me to a joyful attitude. I don't remember what frustrated me; I remember how she made me feel. I've kept that note. I re-read it often. It renews that feeling. Cassie demonstrates that attitude and helpfulness every day this year. She makes our school a better place.
Monty Graber Chisholm Middle School Every year Monty rises to the occasion of helping our students get their laptops, review AUP expectations, and solve tech problems. He helps students set-up Schoology and other accounts. He has to sacrifice class time to accomplish this and does it with grace and efficiency. His efforts help not only our kids, but help all the teachers on our team. His willingness to take on this task every year is truly appreciated.
Corina Enns Chisholm Middle School Corina has established a leadership class during our PRIDE time and is sponsoring our student organization. Her efforts are having an immediate impact on our school, our students, and our staff. School spirit is more evident than it has ever been. Under her guidance, our students have sponsored a Penny Drive for Hurricane Harvey victims, developed a website for student activities, and made weekly signs to promote student activities. These positive activities are giving our students the opportunity to lead, to serve, and to develop a true sense of Pride! Corina's vision and efforts are rapidly making a difference.
Jana Morrison ETC Yesterday I used the print shop for the first time. I was completely unorganized, didn't have what I needed, and extremely late to request a project (I needed it later today). On top of that, I arrived 15 min before the Print shop closed with a young child who hasn't adjusted to not having a nap (you can imagine how that went). Jana was extremely kind, accommodating, efficient, and walked me through getting my project completed. I feel like she bent over backwards to help me out, and she went above and beyond any expectation I may of had. I'm going to guess she would say "I was just doing my job", but at a time when our workloads are overly busy, her efforts shouldn't go unnoticed. Thank you Jana!
Melinda Rangel Newton High School Melinda puts a tremendous amount of time and effort into working with teachers as they write professional development plans, enter information in McRel and work through the evaluation process. We are lucky to have her as a part of our administrative team.
Keri Unruh Newton High School Keri is always looking for new strategies and materials to use in her classroom. She is willing to take risks and try new things. Her students benefit from her hard work, as do her colleagues, with whom she is always willing to share information and collaborate.
Ian Duong Cooper Early Childhood Center Lan stepped in to take over a class when I had to leave unexpectedly. She is always willing to help out.
Joana Campos Cooper Early Childhood Center Joana stepped in to take over a class I had to leave unexpectedly. She is full of compassion and a helpful heart.