Brad McLean, Shasta
Comments from parents, George and Angi Gilchrist:
“Mr. Mclean goes out of his way to learn how to support each student. He is very understanding, kind, and flexible. He is one of a kind, Please do not ever let him leave Shasta! He is a huge asset!”

Brady Cottle, Shasta
Comments from parents, George and Angi Gilchrist:
“Mr. Cottle works with the students and staff in a way that makes people feel like they matter. He actually shows up for meetings with parents, and instead of being punitive about any wrongdoings he is understanding and works to help students. He also has a good sense of humor. He should win a huge award for the way he runs SMS! He deserves a lot of recognition! He is doing it right!”

Linda Honn, Irving
Comments from co-worker, Jamie McIntosh:
“Linda Honn is a hard working speech and language teacher who has taught students in my classroom, successfully, for many years. Her dedication to detail and consistent, positive intervention has literally changed the lives of many students down through the years! I have seen students become more confident, as well as better communicators as they progressed with their speech and language instruction. Students usually want to go to Speech which has helped them make remarkable improvements. Such motivation is teacher inspired. I have always been amazed at how well Mrs. Honn has located issues quickly, and worked diligently to help students make significant progress. I nominate her for this award for her professionalism as well as kind inspiration toward bettering the lives of her students. Thank you, Mrs. Honn!”

Evan Rindy, Shasta
Comments from parents, George and Angi Gilchrist:
“Mr. Rindy is so much more than an assistant principal. We have seen him be a shoulder to cry on and be more like a counselor to many students. He is really thoughtful about his work and is an asset to Shasta.”

Bridget Munson, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Joy Hatch:
“Bridget worked for hours helping our department find the Spanish children’s books we wanted. We had received a Bethel Education Foundation grant and Bridget put incredible effort into stretching our funds, and making sure we were able to get as many resources as possible for our students. Thanks for your help, Bridget!”

Deanna Stone, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Logan Grasseth:
“Deanna Stone is an amazing Educational Assistant who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Her ability to work with and empower students with a range of academic and behavior needs is unmatched. She is able to adapt and scaffold the general education curriculum in a way that allows students to access a curriculum that they otherwise would not be successful with. However, even more impressive is her ability to simultaneously teach math instruction and assist a student with social studies, all with a smile on her face. I am truly honored to have Deanna working in my classroom and want to thank her for all of the hard work that she does. She is truthfully a superhero educator.”

Chase Clark, Fairfield
Comments from parent, Jennifer Hendrix:
“Mr. Clark had some mighty big shoes to fill when he took over the music teacher position this year, and my daughters and I feel that he is doing an excellent job. He is excited about music and that excitement is passed down to the children. I love picking the kids up and having them sing the new songs they’ve learned on the way home. (Nothing beats an eight year old asking if I’ve ever heard of Credence Clearwater Revival.)  His mix of children’s songs and popular music is exciting for us parents. I’m excited for the spring concert and look forward to more music engagement with my kids. Thank you Mr. Clark!”

Robyn Thompson, Willamette
Comments from student, Jacob Dowell:
“Ms. Thompson always has a smile on her face and always happy. She is nice, respectful and kind. There are so much nice things that I can say about her, it is so awesome. Every time someone is having a bad day and she gets told about it she is always there to comfort that person and make them feel better and have a better day.”

Lacey Meusec, Willamette
Comments from students Selena Leaton and Shelby Jepson:
“She is so nice and generous. She always makes sure her students are being focused, mature, and are learning. She is very pretty and sweet, and she wants the best for her students. She is extremely kind, too. When that one situation occurred at Creswell High School a month and a half ago, she got out sticky notes and stuff, and encouraged us to do some good and write some encouraging and or personal letters to those girls who were getting cyberbullied. One of them even came to our school to thank everyone. Mrs. Muesec is an awesome teacher.”
“She’s a great teacher and pushes every student to do there best in any obstacle in there way.”

Teri Vreim, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Angela Huffstickler:
“Teri goes above and beyond to help all students. She has volunteered her time to help at recess and to get kids breakfast in the morning. She is clear about her needs for students in her room and even comes to meetings with her own notes and copies for the team. She is willing to try whatever is suggested and does so with fidelity.”

Erin Freeman, Willamette
Comments from student, Jacob Dowell:
“Ms. Freeman is nice kind and generous and honest. Every time someone is having a bad day she is there to turn the frown upside down to a happy face. She loves helping us students.”

Karen Wiant, Willamette
Comments from the Meng family:
“Karen Wiant, School To Work Coordinator, College & Career Center, Willamette High School has helped all of our kids become aware and apply successfully for several scholarships as well as Financial Aid (FAFSA). Moreover she has continued to be a resource for help in following up with the disposition of the scholarships. Her willingness to go above and beyond while being unfailingly kind and considerate is worthy of special recognition. We know there are countless families and students who feel the same. Her enthusiasm for helping students is evident in everything she does. She is a great asset to Willamette High School and Bethel School District.”

Krista Larson, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Susan Garrigues:
“I would like to nominate Krista Larson for a Spirit Award. Krista is our “go to” person for anything we need to have done, questions answered, support, or just don’t know who to ask. She is an amazing person and does so much above and beyond her assigned duties. During the months of December and January, Krista spent more time updating our time cards than any person should have to spend. Every day there was a snow day, she would update, print out, send out e-mails, and track down people to sign their new timecard. She always did this and everything she does with a smile on her face, a pleasant attitude, and a huge amount of patience. Prairie Mountain is very blessed to have this amazing person on our staff.”

Barb Roberts, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Thomas DeVicq:
“If you’ve ever walked by the counseling office at WHS at the beginning of the school year or semester, you understand why Barbara deserves recognition. Beyond her service to Willamette students, families and counseling staff, Barbara reaches out to her colleagues with a kind heart and thoughtfulness. Thank you for showing these ethics to me and those you interact with on a daily basis.”

Patti Marshall, Bethel Transportation
Comments from Edane Chism, BCTN:
“Patti Marshall in the Special Needs Transportation Department deserves this recognition because she goes above and beyond to schedule transportation for the students at BTCN. She adjusts to changes in schedules at the last minute, and pays close attention to the students and their individual needs. Patti is always gracious and kind. She is always attentive and willing to do whatever it takes to get our students to where they need to go. Patti is an excellent communicator and returns phone calls and emails promptly. We are all incredibly thankful. From Everyone at BCTN.”

Bethel Maintenance Crew
Comments from parent, Amanda Shrum:
“Thank you so much for the tireless efforts of the Bethel Maintenance crew! No doubt they have worked long hours through the busy holiday season to keep each school safe during the ice and snow storms! You are all amazing!”

Laurie Van Ordstrand, Fairfield
Comments from co-worker, Gina Clark:
“Ms. Van O is a positive and uplifting person to have in our building. She has a warm smile, a hug, or a high five for every adult and student she encounters. She is a trusted advisor, amazing teacher, and positive force in our building. We appreciate the energy and team spirit that she brings to our Fairfield Family!”

Kent Glazier, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Debi Bostwick:
“Kent is an amazing EA. He works with students in the mornings supervising soccer and, throughout the day, he provides academic support to our Resource students. The students love him, and he always has a positive, encouraging approach with everyone. Thanks for your dedication to our students!”

Erin Brown, Willamette
Comments from student, Jacob Dowell:
“Mrs. Freeman is nice, kind, generous and honest. Every time someone is having a bad day, she is there to turn the frown upside down to a happy face. She loves helping us students.”

Joy Hatch, Willamette
Comments from student, Andrea Miranda-Gonzalez:
“Ms. Hatch is an inspiring, loving teacher who is very passionate about her job and makes me feel welcome when I come to class. She always has a smile on her face and thinks about others more than herself.”

Matt Symonds, Willamette
Comments from student, Jacob Dowell:
“Mrs. Symonds is so nice and he helps out when you need the help. He is always there to help anyone when someone is in need. He is such an awesome teacher.”

Ginny Ward, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Debi Bostwick:
“Ginny is an amazing EA, but she is so much more than that! She is an instructional leader who relishes teaching and working with students. She also willingly lends a helping hand to anyone in need – students, other EAs, teachers, staff, and parents alike. Our students love and respect her, and so many students “owe” their success in school to Mrs. Ward. Thanks for your dedication to our students!”

Amy Thornburg, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Debi Bostwick:
“Amy has been a wonderful advocate for our 8th graders. She provides support to them in their mainstream Language Arts and Social Studies classes, and our 8th graders are successful largely due to Amy’s efforts. Thanks for your dedication to our students!”

Sheri Coddington, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Debi Bostwick:
“Sheri is a tireless advocate for our 8th graders. She provides support to them in their mainstream Language Arts and Social Studies classes, and our students are successful largely due to Sheri’s efforts. Thanks for your dedication to our students!”

Elizabeth Johnson, Irving
Comments from co-worker, Elizabeth Radke:
“”Ms. E.J.”, as this amazing counselor is known at Irving, so deserves the Bethel Spirit Award. Although Elizabeth is a part-time counselor, she works far and above her hours to provide great support to students and staff at Irving. She has a wonderful rapport with the kids. Her humor and dedication to recognizing staff with our weekly shout-outs keeps our spirits high. Thanks Elizabeth for your hard work on behalf of our Irving community. We love you!”

Jeff Brown, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Tami Jernberg:
“As long as I have been a Bethel employee I have witnessed Jeff helping and doing for others. Jeff has gone above and beyond for both our students and staff, we want you to know how much we appreciate you and we enjoy your smile every day.”

Ken Walker, Shasta
Comments from co-worker, Helen Cannon:
“I am a new teacher this year and Ken has gone out of his way to help me with the curriculum, to share assessments and preparation work, and to generally make sure I was informed. I would not be keeping my head above the water without him! He is also a stupendous teacher, and is going above and beyond after school to help with activities for the kids.”

Angela Huffstickler, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Diana Santamaria:
“Angela is one of the hardest working people I know! I have learned a lot from her,like how to multi task, how to work with some kiddos that might not follow the regular plan and help them Be successful, and how to be assertive without hurting others feelings. She is kind and flexible too. She is a treasure to work with!”

Rick On, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Mike Hodgert:
“Rick is constantly going out of his way to help out in the CTE classes. In my metals program he comes in early and stays late to make sure that everything is ready for students as well as to help me maintain my machines and equipment. He is great and working with and helping students during class so that the paid teachers have time to work individually with students in need.”

Shinta Mohamad, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Mike Hodgert:
“Shinta is a very hard working, happy and helpful member of the Bethel family. She handles the difficult task of the WHS bookkeeper with what appears to be calm and always has a big smile on her face. She is very efficient, is always on top of things, and is willing to put out extra effort to help out others to make sure that everything runs as smooth and easy for us as is possible.”

Gaby Calkins, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Kelly Prentice:
“Science is not necessarily every student’s favorite subject, however I am always hearing chatter in the hall from our students saying, “I can’t wait for Science Class” and, “Science is my favorite class.” Why? Ms. Calkins makes it fun. She tells nerdy science jokes, dances, and sings. She listens to the students and engages them to think. I am even excited when I get to listen to one of her classes. She works incredibly hard and puts in long hours. She stays up at night and thinks of new ways to teach. She also teaches engineering and the kids always ask how they can get into her class.”

Jesus Gutierrez Rulef, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Mike Hodgert:
“Jesus is the hardest working custodian I have seen in my 33 years at Willamette. He takes care of the CTE labs as well as the gyms and he mops at least 1/2 of each of them every night as well as all of the classrooms. He also often helps the other custodians complete their runs after he is finished with his.”

Sue Thompson, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Karen Delgado-Nunez:
“Sue goes above and beyond her jobs duties. She puts others needs before herself. She is always willing to take on additional responsibilities and volunteers her time. She deserves this award for she is the Spirit of Cascade.”

Tonya McPherson, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Karen Delgado-Nunez:
“Tonya is an employee that does beyond the call of duty for Cascade from organizing the Spirit of Giving store to putting positive notes on staff members’ doors to brighten their day. She is a pleasure to work with and a great role model for other employees to follow. She is more than deserving of this award for she is a giver not a taker.”

Jennifer Reiss, Rod Gingery, Reanda Ferry, Anne Oxenford, Lez Wobbe, Lori Kelley, Tami Wold, Vivian Ewing, Deanna Jacobson and Rachel Garven, Clear Lake
Comments from co-worker, Leslie Brown:
“When my father became ill and was hospitalized I ended up missing three days of work to be with him. It happened to be during the day my book fair was due to arrive and be set up. It had to be all ready to go Monday morning so to ease my stress several of the staff members here at Clear Lake pulled together for a few hours after school and set it all up for me, every little bit! They did such a thorough and beautiful job. It’s no little task as every inch of my library transforms into the fair. It meant so much to me that I didn’t have to break away from my father when he needed me and that we had so many supportive friends looking after us!”

Sue Thompson, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Tonya McPherson:
“Sue is such an important person in our school. If it wasn’t for her, our Spirit of Giving store and so many other fundraisers would not be! If it wasn’t for her caring, generosity and time, I don’t know how we would have pulled off our Giving Store! Thank you, again!”

Mandy Redmond, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Melissa Erp:
“Mandy has continuously offered her prep time and support for an ongoing single classroom kindergarten STEM project. She has assisted in teaching a kindergarten lesson about white light during a unit on the color spectrum, and continuously offers professional support to anyone who asks. She is an asset in every way. She has raised funds to keep our school garden flourishing for the next 3-5 years and has collaborated with local businesses and organizations to help support STEM projects in the school. She is enthusiastic, positive and passionate. Truly a wonderful person and teacher.”

Bethel Health Center
Comments from Judy Tacchini, Cascade:
“The Bethel Health Center is extraordinary! I had an urgent issue come up the week before winter break and they were able to secure me an appointment and follow up medical testing. They had a very short window to work with and they absolutely got the job done! I have never received medical care anywhere in the Eugene area that was as thorough as this in such a short amount of time. Nurse Practitioner Angela Bradley is phenomenal and does a great job of listening, and more than that, she really hears her patients. She doesn’t make the patient feel rushed, but shows that she wants to honor the patient’s time. Beyond all of that, she was able to respectfully and kindly reassure any, and all, patient concerns with a calm, understanding presence. I am thoroughly impressed with Angela Bradley and her team. The work they do for, and with, our community is invaluable.”

Carol Baker, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Wendy Dudelheim:
“Carol Baker “nurtures” all her children that circle around her; not only from her direct classroom, but the entire school community. Carol, has an internal knack in speaking to each child with complete focus and has the ability to sort out the day to day questions and answers children present her. Carol, is a gem!”

Kevin Peck, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Wendy Dudelheim:
“Mr. Peck is dedicated in understanding the resources and capabilities of his students. He is genuine and a real core teacher of the heart! Mr. Peck surely needs to be recognized!”

Christian Robertson, Malabon Volunteer
Comments from Tressie Crane:
“It started at the beginning of the school year. Christian would come help the new Kinders with their breakfast trays. She would help them to get their napkin and milk and help keep them going in the right direction. She has continued coming in every morning and help the students at breakfast. Students will come in with their backpacks and/or other items in their hands. Christian will help them put items in their backpacks or put their backpacks on. She tells them good morning or listens to them share from the night before. I have worked in the kitchen 20 years and no one has ever taken the time to help these little guys with their breakfast as she does. She cares for kids at Malabon.”

Carey Killen and Jill RW, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Lorena Needham:
“I want to thank Mrs. Killen and Mrs. R-W for giving me the opportunity to show my skills at Prairie Mountain. They welcomed me into a long term sub position and treated me with such kindness and definitely equal to staff. I hope to one day become a permanent part of the Eagle Family! Thank you so much, Mrs. Killen and Mrs. R-W, I appreciate you and your trust in my abilities.”

Lenore Davis-Woods, Mike Lees, Casey Crane, Mandy Redmond, Peggy Doty, Kelly L. and Krista Larson
Comments from co-worker, Lorena Needham:
“As a long term sub, coming in to teach four completely different classes to 7th and 8th graders, I was beyond grateful for the help of my “7 Saviors”. While the entire staff welcomed me with opened arms and was there to offer any assistance I needed, these 7 went above and beyond the call of duty to help me help our students. As I get ready to say goodbye and pass the baton to Amy Thornburg, I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for helping me learn the Prairie Mountain way so quickly. Thank you each for helping me. Your efforts did not go unnoticed. I really appreciate you and will definitely miss my PM colleagues.”

Debbie Jaros, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Angie Johnson:
“Debbie is someone who gives 110% in everything she does and we are incredibly lucky to have her on our team! She is indispensable in so many ways. Debbie is not only a terrific custodian – she really is a caretaker for everyone in the building as well. She works incredibly hard to make sure that not only the building is well-maintained, but that everyone in it is taken care of too. She offers a helping hand to staff, families, and students, going above and beyond every day. She is tireless in her efforts to make Danebo a safe, fun, and inviting school for our students, staff, and families. Thank you, Debbie, for putting your heart and soul into your work and your commitment to making Danebo a wonderful place to work and learn!”

Tyler Bryan, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Denise Silfee:
“Mr. Bryan is a veritable beam of light shining over the hallways and in his classroom at Cascade Middle School. No matter how he feels that day or no matter what is going on in his life, he doggedly gives students 150% every single day. His ever-present smile, positive attitude and compassionate spirit show each student that he cares about them individually. When students walk into his classroom or past him in the hallway you can literally see their faces brighten. Mr. Bryan works hard to be the teacher that he believes every student deserves, and I consider myself lucky to work down the hall from him.”

Ramona O’Kin, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Natalie Oliver:
“Ramona continues to put students and staff at the top of her priority list as our media coordinator. She is thoughtful and flexible, organized and accurate. Students know they can turn to Mrs. O’Kin in a time of need, and that is simply irreplaceable. I so appreciate having her in our midst.”

Briana Young, Irving
Comments from co-worker, Madeline Wenberg:
“Briana is my amazing first grade teaching partner. She goes above and beyond every day for her students. She arrives at school in the morning when most of us are just eating breakfast. She comes in every weekend and works from home at night. She does in order to provide her students and student families with the most success. Whether she is making holiday party crafts on weekends or creating extra work on week nights to challenge her students, she truly puts her job first. Without her organization and dedication our first grade team would not function as well as it does now!”

Bob Mullins, Prairie Mountain Volunteer
Comments from teachers, Robin Hanson, McKenzie Bryant, and Meryni Hall:
“Thank you Bob for helping 78 first grade students make their annual handprint calendar. And we all know that 78 is the number just before 80 kazillion. You not only helped all first graders make their calendar but you also helped kids with make-up pages when they were absent. Three classrooms, 78 kids, several quarts of paint and an explosion of glitter later the calendars are done and they look wonderful. Thank you so much for taking this project on and in spite of the chaos making it fun for kids. Enjoy your well-deserved Winter Break! Mckenzie, Meryni and Robin”

James Broyhill and Sheila Otto, Willamette
Comments from an anonymous co-wor“Sheila Otto and James Broyhill have taken on the roles as Co-Chair department heads and by golly, they are doing a great job. The meetings are well organized, planned appropriately and when they are asked to help or work through something, they do it promptly with determination. I have never seen a co-department head do a better job. Thank you for your service, vitality, and organization skills!”

Jen Ewing, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Jim Henningsgaard:
“One of 3 Educational Assistants in the Danebo ERR, Jen helped run the classroom while I was away on family medical leave for most of November. All of us, including students, fellow staff & guest teachers appreciate her great initiative in helping keep things running smoothly. Thank you Mrs. Ewing, it’s my honor to work with you.”

Kerstin Turner, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Jim Henningsgaard:
“One of 3 Educational Assistants in the Danebo ERR, Kerstin helped run the classroom while I was away on family medical leave for most of November. All of us, including students, fellow staff & guest teachers appreciate her great initiative in helping keep things running smoothly. Thank you Mrs. Turner, it’s my honor to work with you.”

Michelle Gottfried, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Jim Henningsgaard:
“One of 3 Educational Assistants in the Danebo ERR, Michelle helped run the classroom while I was away on family medical leave for most of November. All of us, including students, fellow staff & guest teachers appreciate her great initiative in helping keep things running smoothly. Thank you Mrs. G, it’s my honor to work with you.”

Mary Cary, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Jim Henningsgaard:
“While I was away on family medical leave for most of November, Mrs. Cary, Speech/Language Pathologist at Danebo, facilitated several I.E.P. meetings for me in my absence. What an incredible task for another to undertake, & what an amazing job she did for me & the parents involved. Thanks, Mary.”

Robyn Thompson, Willamette
Comments from student, Jacob Dowell:
“Mrs Thompson deserves this Spirit Award because she is really nice and respectful. She always has a smile on her face and is ready to work every day.”

Alison Dodd, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Kate Waldahl:
“I nominate Alison Dodd because she was the one who changed my life for the better. She challenged me to always be my best and to never give up. If something bad that has happen in her life she would never let it get to her as a teacher. She has inspired me to become a teacher myself. She’s shown me that even when life gets tough, you have to keep on trying even if it’s little. The tiny things that she does for her students and for the school itself makes a difference. She impacts the teachers and the students very greatly. Whenever I had a problem going on with my friends or with school, she was the one that I would go too. Not because I didn’t trust any of my other teachers, but she always seem to care about her students more than others. She would always make sure that her students understood the assignment, so then they always knew how to do it. Once every other week or so she would bring a corny joke to class and tell it to us. It made me laugh every time. There wasn’t a day that passed by when she didn’t put a smile on my face. Whenever I would walk down the halls she would always have a big smile on her face and say Good Morning to every student that she knew. That one smile made me smile and I was already in a better mood. It’s a once in a lifetime to meet a teacher who can make you actually be excited to come to class and that was her class for me. She tries to make her lessons for the day entertaining for the students, so then they don’t get bored and not pay attention. She makes me do my hardest in class and after class if I didn’t then I wouldn’t be who I am today. She does her best every day. I like to say she brings her A-game every day. That’s why she deserves this award; not because what she does for me, but for what she does for all her students and for the staff that she works with.”

Matt Symonds, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, John Kreider:
“Matt Symonds has maintained an incredibly positive, proactive approach to his responsibilities as a teacher this year. Despite having five preps, he is taking time to observe other teachers, work on a cross-curricular CTE pilot, and re-create the school newspaper. He deserves recognition and applause.”

Kim Saisslin, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Shawna Cardwell:
“Kim is such an amazing teacher with one of the best hearts of anyone I know. My 2 girls were lucky enough to have her as a teacher and they both grew both socially and academically under her incredible teaching. I am now lucky enough to work at the same school as her and love having her as a co-worker. When I see her with her students it makes my heart happy, she truly is AMAZING!!!”

Joe Mancuso, Willamette
Comments from student, Jacob Dowell:
“Joe has been a really nice guy. He has always been nice to the students. Anytime someone has a bad day he is there to encourage them that everything will be okay. He always has a smile on his face.”

Ginger Rominger, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Bonnie Hutchings:
“Ginger does an amazing job with the students in our classroom and makes them feel welcome on a daily basis. She puts in extra time to make sure the classroom is caught up for the next day. She helps me throughout the day to stay positive and on track with all of her epiphanies. I am so fortunate to work with her.”

Misty Griesi, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, John Kreider:
“Misty has been an invaluable asset for our 11th grade English team. She has offered several significant pieces of curriculum, made packets and copies, provided meaningful insights, and kept our curriculum map up-to-speed. Altogether, she is just awesome.”

Brady Cottle, Shasta
Comments from co-worker, Alice Waske:
“For his constant support in our Life Skills classroom. I truly do appreciate all you do. Thank you so very much for also being so supportive of me.”

Miranda Page, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, John Kreider:
“Miranda is a fierce warrior in the battle to elevate the educational quality of our English department. With fervor and avidity, she perpetually drives toward a level of efficacy many of us struggle to even understand. Put simply, she is an educational powerhouse.”

Paul Stieber, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, John Kreider:
“In our English department, Paul Stieber is an institution. Students refer to him with a sort of quiet awe. He has a delightful way with language, and he is a pleasure to interact with. If I were a student here, I would want to be in his class.”

Kim Naylor, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, John Kreider:
“Kim Naylor is a dynamo. I can always count on her thoughtful responses. She works incredibly hard and manages her responsibilities with astounding grace. I am thankful to work with her.”

Molly Schulze, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, John Kreider:
“Molly Schulze is an incredibly thoughtful, diligent teacher. She takes care and teaches well. She is always pleasant to interact with, and I’m thankful she teaches at Willamette.”

Linda Northrup, Business Dept.
Comments from Jennie Kolpak, Nutrition Services:
“Recently Linda went above and beyond for our department. Linda intuitively identified an area where help was needed and assumed this role voluntarily. Linda was a pleasure to work with and had a great attitude. We loved seeing her smiling face in our office taking care of our many complex invoices. Thanks so much Linda for giving us the extra help we needed!”

Brad McLean, Shasta
Comments from parents, Angi and George Gilchrist:
“Mr. Mclean has been so kind and helpful to our daughter. He is patient and kind and has made her feel very welcome at Shasta. He is excellent at communication and keeps in touch often. He offered to stay after school and give one on one instruction to our child, and it helped her so much. He seems like he really cares a lot about the children he teaches. He is very flexible and works with us to figure out positive solutions. He is one of a kind! We feel very fortunate!”

Amber Plaunty, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Bonnie Hutchings:
“Amber has been such a big part of our ERR team. She is flexible with her schedule, prints out social stories if needed, will take a student and try to calm them down and sits in on some of our meetings to get to know the kids. I am very thankful to have her at Meadow View.”

Nathan Voelsch, Business Department
Comments from Tiffanie Baker, Bethel Health Center:
“I want to nominate Nathan for all the time he spent helping me understand my benefits and monthly cost and really breaking it down for me in a way I could understand. I like to view myself as someone who does their due diligence and research before making a decision. However this was not the case whatsoever when I picked my health plan benefits this year. I got my OEBB packet early but was waiting for my rate sheet to select a plan. The email with my rate sheet is still MIA I’m sure somewhere in the abyss of my Outlook. But unlike my usual self I picked a plan at the last minute at random not knowing the monthly cost. This is where I got into trouble and Nathan came to my aid! So I emailed Nathan asking for the rate sheet. Probably something I should’ve done prior to picking a plan, you think? He got it back to me in a matter of moments. After realizing that I made the astronomical mistake of picking the most expensive and least cost effective choice possible, I then proceeded to email Nathan with repeat questions that I’m sure any parent can relate to an overly curious 5 year old. (I imagined him at his desk sighing with every new email I sent). Seriously, I felt so bad for him.
But being the amazing rock star he is, he answered every email graciously and repeatedly until he was able to communicate exactly what I needed in a way that I understood fully. He then also offered to change my plan for the following month. I felt so ecstatic for all his help. Nathan is a perfect example of why our district is so amazing!”

Carla Tysor, Transportation
Comments from co-worker, Vickie Lowery:
“Carla is Head of our Special Needs Transportation Department for Bethel School District. She does an awesome job with the parents and us drivers to assure the children and the schools, teachers and staff we will do our best to get everyone to school on time and safely. She puts up with all types of complaints from other drivers on the roads who dislike having to stop and wait for our signs or any other annoyance, and never has she been rude loud or pointing fingers at any one of us or belittled us. She always has our backs to the best of her and the District’s ability. We would like the whole district to know how lucky we are to have her in charge and how appreciated she is by all. Thank you, Carla!”

Glenda Zimmer, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Sue White:
“Glenda provides incredible care for each student in her classroom. She is warm, kind, nurturing, and a wonderful listener who holds students to high standards, both academically and behaviorally, and then provides exemplary instruction and support in order to ensure that those standards are met. I can’t say enough about her skill as an educator – she is a wonderful example of the both the science and the art of teaching. Her care and expertise extend to staff and parents as well; I am honored and proud to be her colleague.”

Lisa Bateman, Special Services
Comments from Sue White, Willamette:
“Lisa provides incredible support for Bethel staff, Bethel students, and Bethel families. Her door is always open; she always makes time for folks seeking her expertise; she is an incredibly empathetic listener whose kindness, humor, and skill as an educator and an administrator are unmatched. I am proud to know her and to work with her.”

Denise Masterson, Prairie Mountain Volunteer
Comments from Jenifer Gerlach, Prairie Mountain:
“Denise is the most reliable and available parent volunteer I’ve ever seen. She willing works in any task given and selflessly makes herself available for any need. She stuffs Tuesday folders, checks in homework, assists on any field trip, files books in the library, makes popcorn every other week for the PTO fundraiser, and is also a PTO board member. Denise has an amazing can-do attitude and has made many of our jobs easier this year, especially in PM’s 4th grade Room 16! I appreciate her!”

Dan Hedberg, Willamette
Comments from Guardian, Patti Marshall
“I am submitting this award as a Guardian of a high school student. Dan Hedberg is an amazing mentor to our students. He really is a caring individual and has made a major impact on our student as well as many other students I am sure. He is very deserving of this award.”

Curtis Mitchell, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Jenni Corona:
“Curtis is one of the hardest working employees at Willamette. He monitors the halls with diligence and shows compassion for all of the students. He has such a calm demeanor and never complains about anything that is asked of him. Many of the students call him “Papa Bear” which is exactly what he is – gentle yet firm at the same time. Thank you Curtis for always being upbeat and positive and sharing that attitude with everyone here.”

Robin Muller, Willamette Nutrition Services
Comments from co-worker, Rachel van Deinse:
“Robin is a temporary hire in this year. She has been wonderful to work with. She fits right in with our kitchen crew and was a strong part of our team this year. I wish I could keep her here with us. Thank you for everything this school year!”

Diana Mendenhall, Willamette Nutrition Services
Comments from co-worker, Rachel van Deinse:
“Diana is who creates our beautiful salad bars every day. She takes her time to make sure they not only look delicious but are also nutritious. She also serves the main entree every day to all the students. She is a big part of keeping the kitchen clean & sanitized. Thank you for all you do every day!”

Ellen Sisneroz, Willamette Nutrition Services
Comments from co-worker, Rachel van Deinse:
“Ellen is a great asset to our team. Comes in early & stays late when needed. Always very flexible with her job duties & can pick up on any aspect of prepping, serving & cleaning. She always has a smile on her face & is a wonderful person to work with. Thank you for all you do along with all the EXTRA you do!”

Melissa Boydston, Willamette Nutrition Services
Comments from co-worker, Rachel van Deinse:
“This year our main baker had to take time off with a leave of absence. Melissa stepped into this position seamlessly. She took over baking breads, cinnamon rolls, and also kept up with regular job of baking the breakfast bread, cookies, making ranch dressing and the cream cheese. She is a dedicated employee and a very strong part of our team. Thank you for everything this year!”

Tory Wyant, Willamette Nutrition Services
Comments from co-worker, Rachel van Deinse:
“Tory is a strong part of the WHS kitchen. She is our lunch aid that takes care of the student accounts. She also prepares and cooks the main entree served daily. The kids love her and she has a great relationship with students & staff her. Thank you for all you do every day!”

Matt Stiffler, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Kevin Loss:
“Mr. Stiffler is cherished by staff and students alike. He consistently works hard to ensure the needs of our building’s most vulnerable children are met.
Staff find him to be a wealth of knowledge regarding policies and pedagogical strategies. Our school would be lacking an important asset without Mr. Stiffler’s continued participation in the nurturing of our country’s future.”

Teresa Cunningham, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Shanna Prior:
“This is my first year with Bethel and this lady has made me feel so welcomed and loved here. She is a great mentor, leader, friend and a rock star musician! She is our lead secretary here at Danebo and I think the school would fall apart without her. She has such compassion and a heart for all the students, our school and staff.”

Daynette Goggin, Irving Volunteer
Comments from co-worker, Madeline Wenberg:
“Daynette Goggin goes above and beyond what a volunteer should do. She has two children and still finds the time to run and lead the Irving Arts Attack Program and popcorn days. When she is not coordinating these activities she is running errands for my first grade classroom and always picking up the last minute supplies we need. If there is an event happening at Irving she is there to support our school anyway she can with the most positive attitude. On top of volunteering she recently became an EA for Irving. We are lucky to have such a wonderful parent as part of our school!”

Bob Mullins, Prairie Mountain Volunteer
Comments from teachers McKenzie Bryant, Meryni Hall and Robin Hanson:
“Bob comes to first grade every day ready to listen to kids read, take care of homework folders, correct fact sheets, and give spelling make-up tests for all three first grade classrooms. He not only helps with the first grade students but also works with all three first grade teachers. Through it all he maintains his sense of humor while encouraging kids, ready to listen and be a steady rock in the midst of all the hustle and bustle that is first grade. We appreciate all that you do Bob for first grade!”

Mike Sousa, Shasta
Comments from co-worker, Marty Greydanus:
“Mike is a champion for students and staff. We love him! He writes 100’s of positive referrals. He has an incredible heart. He goes above and beyond in all school things. Thank you Mike, you are one of a kind.”

Brittany Dorris, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Lori Vinti:
“Brittany has made my son’s 5th grade year a tremendous success! She finds the strengths in every student and makes them soar; she recognizes a student’s weakness and builds their confidence to help them succeed. She makes all subjects interesting, creates hands-on learning opportunities, and requires students to work to the best of their abilities. She creates lasting memories, and experiences that all students will remember! Thank you Brittany for ending my son’s elementary school experience on the highest note possible.”

Ian Maurer, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Eric Wright:
“Mr. Maurer has been an integral part of our school and middle school team. He has impacted so many students in his two years as a 7th/8th grade teacher. Bethel School District will miss him as he starts a new chapter of his life in Portland. Thanks Mr. Maurer for caring so much for your students.”

Print Shop Staff
Comments from Crystal Strege, Danebo:
“Charlotte and the entire Print Shop staff are a vital component to our district, but recently they went above and beyond! Every year, I make an End of the Year Photo Album. The staff is so swift in making it and they even take the time to ensure it’s quality. Once, Charlotte emailed me to ask for a replacement picture because a photo was a little blurry. Thank you for helping us preserve our memories and for everything else that you do!”

Print Shop Staff
Comments from Mary O’Brien-Cary, Danebo:
“The Print Shop is a hard-working, infinitely flexible, often faceless, but incredibly valuable member of our district! I am moved to nominate them for a Spirit Award today after receiving yet another last-minute request beautifully printed and delivered. Each and every one of you deserve a standing ovation from the entire Bethel staff! All of you are greatly appreciated!”

Eileen Jamieson, Fairfield
Comments from co-worker, Elizabeth Schunk:
“Eileen has tirelessly advocated for our students, has presided over hundreds of TAT meetings, and has brightened our school with her sense of humor and smile. We have been lucky to have Eileen on our team!”

Brad McLean, Shasta
Comments from co-worker, Holly Hernandez:
“Brad is a great co-teacher. He not only was an outstanding resource for the push-in model, but also stepped in to take over the class and projects when I had to be away from class. I enjoy working with him and appreciate him.”

Kristy McElravy, Shasta
Comments from co-worker, Holly Hernandez:
“Kristy takes on the dubious tasks of looking at and configuring student schedule, alternate solutions to keeping students engaged, and is a great teammate. I enjoy her upbeat attitude and gentle manner.”

Catelin Thompson, Shasta
Comments from co-worker, Holly Hernandez:
“Catelin is a wealth of information, helps me to keep in-the-loop, and is a terrific teammate. She is able to look at issues and concerns from different angles to offer solutions that may not have been considered. Her sense of humor keeps tougher issues light and manageable.”

Melissa Abney, Shasta
Comments from co-worker, Holly Hernandez:
“Melissa stepped in when a teacher went on paternity leave, creating a consistency for students. She was seeking information every day about moving students forward in Language Arts, Math and the other core subjects. She is a team player and is greatly appreciated.”

Angie Johnson, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Sima Baldwin:
“From the moment I met my grade level partner, Angie, she has been there to help, care, share, laugh, and cry with me. This was my first year in Bethel, and as a district teacher, and it sure was nice having Angie by my side to help me. She was always there to give advice, lend materials, listen to a kid story, and offer valuable pieces of information. She helped me from the beginning of the school year to the end, including but not limited to, grading, parent conferences, discipline, curriculum, and much more. Angie is an amazing teacher and teaching partner!”

Robyn Thompson, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Nan Peterson:
Robyn Thompson. She is my never-failing, worker-bee EA for a low science class. Additionally, she is always encouraging kids to come after school where she works so hard to help them. She is hard to keep pace with in the halls because she always is in a hurry to get someplace and work. At the moment I am looking out my window into the courtyard and I see Robyn stooping over to get a handful of weeds! She probably had five minutes to spare on her way from one kid/teacher to another and couldn’t resist the impulse to leave it better! Robyn has no quit in her and every time I see her she is working to make Wil-Hi a better place.”

Kelly Weinhold, Fairfield
Comments from co-worker, Gina Clark:
“Kelly Weinhold has been an amazing team player in our new school this year. With so many changes, and so many students to care for, Kelly has really stepped up to the plate! It is not unusual to see her supporting students in classrooms all over the school, helping in the office, or giving students positive individual attention to start their day off right! We are so thankful to have Kelly as part of our Fairfield Family!”

Adriana Alvarez, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Francisco Rangel:
“Ms. Adriana deserves to be recognized because she is a nice teacher and she likes to help little kids with their homework. She helps me by giving many opportunities to be a good kid.”

Anna Elias, Irving
Comments from co-worker, Christy Perrigo:
“Anna joined Irving this year as the extended resource room teacher. It has been a challenging year for Anna, but she always has a positive attitude and is a wonderful advocate for the students in her care. Anna is a passionate teacher and a great addition to the Irving family! We absolutely love and adore her!”

Liz Johnson, Irving
Comments from co-worker, Christy Perrigo:
“Liz does an incredible job here at Irving! She works so hard to make a .5 Title position stretch and serve as many students as she possibly can. Liz is dedicated to the students, families and staff here at Irving and it shows in the amazing work she does every day! I hope Liz knows that it doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated!”

Jenni Muzzana, Fairfield
Comments from co-worker, Sherry Martinell:
“Jenni Muzzana is one of many educational pillars at Fairfield Elementary, supporting students on their educational journey towards their future. Jenni has high expectations, patience, empathy and a sense of humor that warms the room with giggles on those tough days of learning. I salute you and as an educator, I am honored to share the responsibility.”

MaryAnne Gates, Clear Lake
Comments from co-worker, Jennifer Reiss:
“This year, MaryAnne has stepped up to help when her coworkers have needed to be gone for extended periods. In addition to the many duties MaryAnne already performs for the district in her capacity as a speech-language pathologist and autism consultant, she took on these added challenges with patience and grace. Every day, I feel truly blessed to work with such a talented and compassionate person.”

Kay Mindoro, Clear Lake
Comments from co-worker, Tyla LaGoy:
“Kay goes the extra mile for the Title team here at Clear Lake. She has recently made master lists for our new materials and has really made organization not only possible, but easily accessible, for all the educators who work in this room. I am so thankful for her!”

Mandy Redmond, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Alison Dodd:
“Mandy Redmond inspires me to be a better teacher everyday with her enthusiasm, drive, and love of teaching. Her positive energy is palpable and radiates through her lessons. She recently put together a science project “gallery walk” that featured research projects based on her students’ interests. Mandy also has transformed the Prairie Mountain courtyard by planting a school garden with her Farm Science class. I’m so impressed with her willingness to jump into this massive project during her first year of teaching. All of her colleagues benefit from her passion and hard work!”

Sue White, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Grace L’Orange:
“Sue is such a wealth of knowledge and wisdom regarding the tricky situations for which I’ve needed consultation and guidance (and sometimes even a shoulder to cry on). Even though she is extremely busy, she takes the time out of her day to really listen and problem-solve which overall leads to positive results for both staff and students. Thank you for everything!”

Ashley Scott, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Grace L’Orange:
“Ashley shows a work ethic and dedication to her job that is truly impressive and second to none. As busy as she can be with evaluations, she takes the time to advocate for students, consult with staff, and work effectively with administration to ensure the best outcomes for students. Her organizational skills and time management are extraordinary! I am fortunate to work in a team with such a colleague.”

Danea deGlee, District Psychologist
Comments from Grace L’Orange, Willamette
“Danea is a one-in-a-million school psychologist and Bethel is very lucky to have her! The warmth and caring demeanor she radiates when working with staff, students, and families facilitates so many positive outcomes for students and many staff sing her praises. As busy as she is with evaluations, Danea continues to show a positivity and calmness that is contagious to others and it is an honor to be able to work with her.”

Helena Somnitz, Prairie Mountain
Comments from Grace L’Orange, Willamette:
“Helena has been an incredible asset to Prairie Mountain through her work with the special education population and her work with K-5 data teams. As a result of her leadership, students have made significant growth in academics and behavior allowing them to be supported in their home classrooms as much as possible. She demonstrates an amazing amount of structure and routine in her classroom, but is incredibly flexible when plans or student needs change and is great at helping problem-solve. It’s truly a pleasure to work with her.”

Malabon PBIS Team
Comments from community member, Mick Drath:
“Walked into my house to find Malabon staff working on PBIS plans for at-risk youth in your district. Did I mention it is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18th, start of Spring Break? Kudos to Maureen Spence and her staff for keeping her staff focused on what is important, the children’s’ well-being!!”

Tara Freel, Prairie Mountain
Comments from volunteer, Kathryn Rich:
“I want to acknowledge EA Title Instructor Tara Freel who works with and supports our Kindergarten and first grade students. She instills confidence and enthusiasm on a daily basis and honors each child’s effort to become a successful reader. Her excitement is contagious as she helps her student’s elevate their self-expectations. Tara respects individual learning styles, and meets children where they are. There are many “aha!!” moments as Tara interacts with her students; she shares the” gift “of reading with a true commitment!”

Jim Watterman, Volunteer
Comments from Free Farmers Market volunteer, Chris Ferguson:
“Dependable, hard-working and willing to take charge when needed. Jim has made my job sooooo much easier, and when I can’t be there I know things will run smoothly.”

Scott Cowan, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Estefania Castillo Facundo:
“Mr. Scott deserves to be recognized because he helps students out a lot. He helps out in a kind way. Mr. Scott is pretty funny and he sometimes takes over as the teacher when he or she is not here yet. Mr. Scott helps my class out and in my opinion he is the best helper in the world! 🙂 He also helps out in the computer lab in the morning before school, so I guess he is kind to everyone. He knows that everyone makes mistakes and he helps them out by figuring out what their mistakes are and correct them. Mr. Scott can be stern sometimes, but mostly he pretty much nice. He also helps me alot because I usually have trouble on stuff such as what if you are done with something on the Chromebook or you are done with pages 1- some number in our module. Mr.Scott should be recognized because he is helpful a lot and he should be one of the superstar teachers or whatever the super teachers are called. He also gives us some great advice on the Chromebook such as you can use 2 fingers to scan down.”

Karen Tramel, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Axel Padilla Martinez:
“You help me on my homework, math book, reading, and the packet. I think you are the best teacher I now. I wish you were my classroom teacher. If I ever moved away I would always remember you.”

Karen Tramel, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Ethyn Zander Taylor:
“Mrs. Tramel reads to us at snack time and helps us with math, then she watches little kids at recess. She always encourages me to do things I can’t do yet, and it kills me but I end up doing it. She is a really good reader.”

Carey Killen, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Francisco Rangel:
“Carey Killen deserves to be recognized because she works really hard for us and she does lots of kinds of work for us. Also, she helps people at being respectful by talking to us about it. She’s nice because she likes to help people care for others when they’re sad and hurt. She likes when people care for each other.”

Karen Tramel, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Carter Beckett:
“Ms. Tramel deserves a Spirit Award because she is a great teacher. She is a great teacher because she helps the class with math, she reads to us, she passes out snacks, and she makes me laugh. These are all reasons that Ms. Tramel is an awesome teacher.”

Rhonda Myers, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Monica:
“I just wanted to say that I appreciate everything that you do for us in ELD. You are so kind even when you get frustrated at someone. And you are always so kind to me even when I fool around sometimes. Every time I needed help you will always help me when Mrs. Beth was busy helping someone else, you will always come to me and help me Even when I didn’t get it, you will work with me until I got it. The second reason I appreciate you is because you will always have something fun for us to do in class even when we disobeyed you the day before we still do something fun. You were always the nicest teacher to me ever since the beginning of E.L.D.”

Jill RW, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Joshua Vasquez Garcia:
“Thank you for being the nicest vice principal. One reason I am giving you a Spirit Award is because you are an awesome guest teacher. When you were in here with us when Mrs. Zacharek was somewhere you made everything really fun. You also told us one of your stories when you bought a house from Carter’s Grandpa and next time you come in our classroom you said you were going to tell us a story about how you grew up by squirrels. Another reason why you deserve a Spirit Award is when we have trouble with something you tell us some examples how to solve the math problem, or you give us examples in how to solve a problem with someone. I also think you deserve this award is because you do Prize Princess. When something awesome is happening you always pull out three or four names to pick a little prize! You need that awesome award because when the main principal is hurt or absent you do all her work for her so she doesn’t have to worry about all that work. And that is why you deserve the Spirit Award.”

Jill RW, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Makena Prince:
“You are the best vice principal in the bethel district. And thank you for telling us that story about your dog jumping over your fence. You are one of my favorite staff teachers in the school. You are also one of the funnest staff teacher I know. I love it when you walk in and give a prizes. THANKS FOR BEING THE VICE PRINCIPAL!”

Adrianna Alvarez, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Omar Vasquez Hernandez:
“She all waes in cerig me to do my stuff when i need help.She helps me correct my spelling word.She is a very nice to me and to Everybody else.She even gives us prisarts when we do good.”

Makenzie Jensen, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Abby Beeman:
“Miss Jensen deserves a spirit award because she is a nice teacher. I think that because when I needed help and when I don’t understand she helped me understand. I also thinks she deserves an award because she does not give up when a kid needs help and the kid still doesn’t understand. Miss Jensen also should earn a award because she is never mean to her students. I think she should also because she planned fun things for us. Miss Jensen deserves to be recognized because she would give a reward to the kids who are being good and the ones that are not being good they would miss some recess.”

Rachel Gillis, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Brayden Hosek:
“Mrs. Gillis deserves a Spirit Award because she is one of my favorite teachers. She was my 2nd grade teacher at Prairie Mountain. She helped me with my reading. When I first started I was at a kindergarten level. She helped me get to a 4th grade level at the end of that year. She also helped me with math, and also writing. Now whenever I talk about Mrs. Gillis my dad would talk about how that day and say that I said she was tall and nice.”

Mandy Zacharek, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Adyson Miller:
“I have not been at this school for that long but I still appreciate her for teaching me for the rest of the year and I’ve learned a lot in the past month so I really think that she is important to me. I also think that she is awesome because she is the nicest fourth grade teacher I’ve had because I had 2 other teachers this year and they were not nice at all! They screamed and yelled at us and they did not teach us the way that Mrs. Zacharek does so thank you Mrs. Zacharek!”

Steve Miller, Willamette
Comments from student, Mason Peckels:
“I nominated Mr. Miller because he is an amazing teacher and an even better person. He has never failed to intrigue and inspire me and his other students. During the classes that he has taught me I feel more like an equal than a student, which has benefited my learning and expanded my knowledge exponentially. When in his class it is obvious that he genuinely cares about his students and their lives, which makes for a creative and intelligent learning environment. Steve Miller is a fantastic teacher.”

Erin Brown, Willamette
Comments from student, Ambrosio Lomeli:
“I came to high school thinking that it would be difficult and confusing. People had told me that it is hard and that I would probably not pass a few classes. Mrs. Brown gave me the motivation to try my best in school. When I needed help, she would help me. If I had to come in during lunch to take a test, she would let me take the test in her room. This is why she deserves a Spirit Award. I am just one of many that she has helped. Ask her students if she is a good teacher and the answer will always be “yes.”

Erin Brown, Willamette
Comments from student, Shaylin Musser:
“Ms. Brown is a very fun teacher. I have a lot more fun in her class than any other and that is why she is my favorite teacher. She helps me when I need it, she has a lot of stuff that can help me get my project done, and she loves Harry Potter.”

Ben Wade, Willamette
Comments from student, Ambrosio Lomeli:
“Last year I had a hard time in math and wasn’t very successful. This year, I thought that I would do bad in math again, but that didn’t happen in Mr. Wade’s class. I have learned more from him than I did last year. I have a stronger understanding of math concepts then I have ever had before thanks to Mr. Wade.”

Cody Gulewich, Willamette
Comments from student, Brandon Buchert:
“Mr. Gulewich is a caring and respectful teacher that was willing to help me even when I gave up. He has a way of looking at things that is very interesting and I think he is a great teacher.”

Cody Gulewich, Willamette
Comments from student, Uriah Cheatwood:
“He’s an awesome teacher that makes class fun and he always plays along in my jokes. He teaches us science.”

Matt Symonds, Willamette
Comments from student, Dylan Culver:
“Mr. Symonds is an extremely friendly teacher. During Motion Graphics he explained each lesson in full detail and helped anyone who was having trouble. We also did some fun activities during the class. He always wants every student in his class to pass and get something out of the class when we leave. We always start with a small stretch since using computers for a while can cause sore muscles. I enjoyed Motion Graphics not only because it helped me with my future career, but because our teacher was friendly and helpful.”

Kathleen Petty, Willamette
Comments from student, Jevan Moffit:
“Hallo, Ich bin Volker. Ich liebe es, in die klasse zu sein! You are a great teacher frau, Petty. I enjoy being in your klasse. I also enjoy meeting most of the German Students.”

David Novak, Willamette
Comments from student, Jevan Moffit:
“Hey man, I know that it has been tough recently Jeff and I are always happy to be with you and on your side. You’re a great teacher, don`t ever doubt that! The day I heard you were back I was so excited to get into your class. And when I got home I cried to my parents telling them in tears that, “I’m just happy Novak is back!” Remember that everyone in life makes mistakes. You have great teaching skills and I am happy to call you a great friend throughout the time I’ve known you.”

Jessica Arnold, Willamette
Comments from student, Deseray Brown:
“I just want to say that Ms. Arnold helped me a lot in computer tech. I’m glad I had her as a teacher last semester. Thank you for all the work you’ve done.”

Dan Hedberg, Willamette
Comments from parent, Deb Sumner:
“Dan has guided my girls and helped me, supported us, worked as a team, and been a fantastic male role model. He is sharp, kind and professional.”

Robyn Thompson, Willamette.
Comments from student, Fallon Porter:
“Mrs. Thompson is a kind EA and very helpful. I may have not shown it, but I’m grateful to have had such an awesome teacher like her. Thank you for all the wisdom you shared and setting a great example.”

John Kreider, Willamette
Comments from student, Cassie Cutler:
“I nominated Mr. Kreider for the Bethel Spirit Award for many reasons. I got added into Mr. Kreider’s English class this semester and I have been loving it ever since. He has shown so much love for his students, even when they don’t necessarily deserve it. He is such an understanding teacher, but draws the line when it’s necessary. Mr. Kreider is a teacher that wants to see every single student succeed. As a student, many teachers will pass through our lives without remembrance. Yet, Mr. Kreider will leave a lasting impression on many students as well myself. Thank you for being one of the special educators who will live on forever in the minds and hearts of the students whose lives you have touched. Thank you for all that you do!”

Brenda Jones, Willamette
Comments from student, Shaylin Musser:
“Mrs. Jones helped me to learn how to bake and she helps with my spelling.”

Cody Gulewich, Willamette
Comments from student, Gage Dove:
“I challenge anybody in the whole world to find a better teacher than Mr. Gulewich. He has set a great example for all of us to follow, and inspired us to be better people and to always do our best. Thank you for being such an amazing teacher!”

Bridget Drobak, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Judy Rue-Kethcart:
“Bridget is new to our school this year. All I can say is “WOW”! She has been a fabulous and amazing addition to our staff. She knows kids and how to handle tough situations with ease. She takes counseling to a whole new level. Bridget is always upbeat and willing to step in no matter what the situation is. We appreciate you beyond words!”

Erin Newton, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Karen Vestle:
“I have been so blessed to work in Erin Newton’s class for the past two years. Erin is an amazing role model. She is patient, compassionate, and dedicated to helping her students succeed in and out of the classroom. She shows how a positive attitude can make a difference. As I have worked in her class this year it has been more challenging with handling behaviors. Erin takes it in stride and continuous to encourage and motivate her student with a smile. It is impressive! Meadow View is extremely lucky to have her!”

Laurie Aley, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Georgeann Harty:
“Laurie is a positive and kind teacher. She accepts students where they are and helps them to move to where they can go! She has a positive attitude when asked to help with students and is welcoming and inclusive!”

Selena Frazier, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Judy Rue-Kethcart:
“Selena came to our school partway through the school year and has done a fabulous job of getting the kids on track all while creating a fun learning environment. She is always upbeat, enthusiastic and devoted to our students’ wellbeing. Selena is an awesome PE teacher! We are thrilled that she is part of our team!”

Debby Marks, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Andrew Saputo:
“As a bright star at our school that is coming to a glorifying end, Debby has always shown a love for students and a belief in rigorous teaching practices. Thank you, Debby for your kindness, candor and intellectual prowess.”

Kathleen Best, Clear Lake
Comments from co-worker, Tyla Lagoy:
“Kathleen is such a great addition to the staff at Clear Lake. She works to support students in innovative ways and looks to improve upon the systems in place with the goal of better serving our students. If you see her, she is always with a student or on her way to a student. She is making a difference. So grateful to have her here!”

Debbie Kindt, Fairfield
Comments from co-worker, Rachel Rhoads:
“Debbie is the most amazing, most dedicated, most hard working, most patient, more energetic, most enthusiastic, secretary I have ever worked with. She has gone above and beyond this year helping to open the new school. I am in awe of her each and every morning when I walk in the office. She is always smiling and is always willing to lend a helping hand.”

Gerald McCool, Technology
Comments from Suzanne Robbins, Shasta:
“Gerald McCool did a GREAT job of responding promptly to a Tech. Trouble Ticket and worked with my students and me directly. That was EXACTLY the kind of help that I needed!! He was able to trouble shoot the problems I was having with the iPads and explained the situation simply and clearly to me. Thank you, Gerald, for your GREAT service and help!”

Judy White, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Jim Henningsgaard:
“Mrs. White does a great job providing support to our Extended Resource Room students at the Danebo ERR in her role as a highly qualified Educational Assistant. She also performs cafeteria & recess duties where she builds community by nurturing all Danebo 4th & 5th grade students with her kind support. Thank you, Judy.”

Jen Ewing, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Jim Henningsgaard:
“Mrs. Ewing does a great job providing support to our Extended Resource Room students at the Danebo ERR in her role as a highly qualified Educational Assistant. She also performs bus & recess duties where she builds community by greeting Danebo bus riders each morning & by supporting 4th & 5th graders at recess with compassion. Thank you, Jen.”

Kerstin Turner, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Jim Henningsgaard:
“Mrs. Turner does a great job providing support to our Extended Resource Room students at the Danebo ERR in her role as a highly qualified Educational Assistant. She also performs cafeteria & recess duties where she builds community by nurturing ERR students & Danebo 4th & 5th grade students with her kind support. Thank you, Kerstin.”

Mike Hodgert, Willamette
Comments from parents, Rachel Cudmore and Walt Davis
“Mr. Hodgert has worked daily and stayed late many times working with our student to get things mastered, to catch up, and to succeed. He is always encouraging and spends a lot of time communicating with us parents. He embodies exceptional teaching. Thank you!”

David Novak, Willamette
Comments from parents, Rachel Cudmore and Walt Davis
“Mr. Novak takes the time to figure out students’ learning styles and teaches with encouragement and accountability. He gives grace when he sees “I did my best effort” and works with parents to ensure student success and master. Thank you for all you do, above and beyond!”

Vanessa Dedrick, Willamette
Comments from parents, Rachel Cudmore and Walt Davis
“Ms. Dedrick goes above and beyond to help our student succeed. She spends extra time communicating with us, encouraging hard work and good effort from our student, and finding creative ways to help learning and mastery. Thank you for being an excellent teacher!”

Meegan Cotter, Clear Lake
Comments from co-worker, Tyla LaGoy:
“Meegan steps in whenever she is needed and is a positive presence at Clear Lake. On Thursday she stepped in to help with the sound system when there was a last minute need – she was literally running back and forth to help with the dress rehearsal for a program. She wants to see other teachers and students succeed.”

Cory Fiala, Technology
Comments from Tyla LaGoy, Clear Lake:
“I’m not sure that the technology department gets enough praise for all of their work to support us, so this is a shout out to all of them, but specifically Cory. Cory has been kind and quick when it comes to helping me with my many technology issues lately. Without his help, today would not have been nearly as productive. Thanks Cory!”

Special Needs Transportation
Comments from Erin White, Behavior Specialist:
“Bethel is truly lucky to have such an amazing special needs transportation department. Carla and Patti lead an outstanding team of drivers and aides who ensure student’s get to school safely on a daily basis. Drivers and aides build strong rapport with students and are people our students can count on before and after school. The transportation team problems solves quickly and efficiently to give students the best ride possible. The team is responsive when new requests or changes come their way with little interruption in transportation services. They are always are thinking about the best ways to support our students in the transitions to school.”

Carey Killen, Prairie Mountain
Comments from volunteer, Kathryne Rich:
“I want to acknowledge the gentle presence and “spirit” that Principal Killen shares with our school on a daily basis. Her availability extends to students, parents and Staff even on the busiest days and she welcomes discussion with a sincere effort to resolve with dignity and respect. In addition to the Administrative tasks required to support our school, Mrs. Killen can be found engaging our Kinder classes in a special story time or greeting Middle School students by name as they enter classes for the day. We are grateful for her enthusiasm and active participation throughout. Thank you Mrs. Killen!”

Bonnie Roe, Peggy Remm & Krista Larsen, Prairie Mountain
Comments from volunteer, Kathryne Rich:
“I volunteer in the classroom as a Community member at Prairie Mountain and I truly believe that the “Spirit”, “Pride” and “Personal Best” commitment begins the moment a Student-Parent, Volunteer or Staff member enters the door and are greeted by the amazing front office team! Bonnie, Peggy and Krista facilitate each and every detail in a “day in the life” and on any morning that often includes something as “fixable” as a lost jacket- to the immediate needs and devastation of a Family in crisis. Their compassion and attention defines the urgency as they assist, direct resources and manage the “human” element. They present a secure and well run division of labor as a team. Thank you Bonnie, Peggy and Krista!”

David Bolton, Technology
Comments from Edane Chism, BCTN:
“David Bolton has been the man behind the scenes in making all of the BCTN technological needs happen. He is always quick to respond to a student or staff need for technological services and supports. David also has been a strong advocate for noticing when better technological services may benefit our program, while at the same time making sure it is no extra or minimal cost. Thank you David for assisting with setting up the internet, phones and projector that is allowing students to continue to grow and learn new skills!”

Kate Doyle, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Patrick Sinnott:
“Shout out to Kate Doyle and her advanced graphic design students! With Kate’s guidance and support, her students recently created the awesome and completely professional recycling posters you may have noticed gracing the walls of WHS. Kate also volunteered to write the request for (and receive) a grant for supporting recycling expansion and awareness at Willamette. Thanks, Kate!”

Maureen Spence, Malabon
Comments from parent, Christina Okesson:
“Maureen has been a wonderful principal since our son has been at Malabon. She is responsive and receptive to questions and concerns, and goes over and above expectations. I am very appreciative we have her as principal.”

Bethel Special Needs Transportation
Comments from Erin White:
“Bethel is truly lucky to have such an amazing special needs transportation department. Carla and Patti lead an outstanding team of drivers and aides who ensure student’s get to school safely on a daily basis. Drivers and aides build strong rapport with students and are people our students can count on before and after school. The transportation team problems solves quickly and efficiently to give students the best ride possible. The team is responsive when new requests or changes come their way with little interruption in transportation services. They are always are thinking about the best ways to support our students in the transitions to school.”

Cory Fiala, Technology
Comments from Tyla Lagoy, Cascade:
“I’m not sure that the technology department gets enough praise for all of their work to support us, so this is a shout out to all of them, but specifically Cory. Cory has been kind and quick when it comes to helping me with my many technology issues lately. Without his help, today would not have been nearly as productive. Thanks Cory!”

Meegan Cotter, Clear Lake
Comments from Tyla Lagoy, Cascade:
“Meegan steps in whenever she is needed and is a positive presence at Clear Lake. On Thursday she stepped in to help with the sound system when there was a last minute need – she was literally running back and forth to help with the dress rehearsal for a program. She wants to see other teachers and students succeed.

Michelle Hart, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Bonnie Hutchings:
“Michelle came into an ERR room that has had many changes. She tries daily to get the children and staff on the same page. I enjoy that she writes a letter to the children every morning. I appreciate her enthusiasm and drive to get our classroom on track. Thank you.”

Seth Hutchison, Malabon
Comments from co-worker, Elise Kampfer:
“Our classes absolutely scream with delight (and happy exhaustion) during PE this year. Thank-you “Mr. Hutch” for bringing your exuberance, creativity and know-how to Malabon.”

Kim Breeze Dallwig, Prairie Mountain
Comments from volunteer, Kathryne A Rich:
“May I take this opportunity to nominate Kim Dallwig for a Bethel Spirit Award? I support the Kindergarten program as a parent volunteer and also interface with staff who serve a wide spectrum of responsibilities throughout the day. I want to acknowledge that Kim brings a respectful and kind guidance to each of her students. Whether it is to encourage a child in a fragile moment or to offer constructive help with curriculum, she recognizes that interaction with patience and kindness and often humor! Kim brings a special energy to Prairie Mountain’s wonderful team of teachers. You are appreciated, Kim!”

Caroline Packnett, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Tami Jernberg:
“I first want to acknowledge the invaluable help that Caroline has given to me in the transition of the student records position and the move to the new building. Caroline has gone above and beyond in her duties to help me find my way and to be successful in the records office, I could not have done it without her help. (You see, Caroline is only in the records office a few hours a day, but was always available if I needed her help) Caroline has an amazing giving and positive spirit, she wears many hats, and is always on the move and willing to help in any situation. Caroline will do what she can to make herself available when needed in any of the four areas that she works. We are lucky to have her at Willamette High School and I am lucky to call her my friend. Thank you for all that you do!”

Tory Wyant, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Edane Chism:
“Tory in the WHS cafeteria does a fantastic job at paying attention to every last detail in the sack lunches for the BCTN students! Tory and her staff have been very creative in making sure the students receive a variety of food in their sack lunches. She responds to questions or changes about lunches immediately and always has a bright smile to greet students. Thank you WHS Cafeteria Crew, you are all amazing!”

Grace L’Orange, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Edane Chism:
“Grace has been very supportive of the needs of the BCTN students, staff and teacher. We appreciate how she always makes herself available to attend meetings and finds the answers to the not so typical questions that occur from time to time. It is comforting to know that we have Grace and her wealth of knowledge available to us on a regular basis. Thank you Grace!”

Gayle (Misty) Stephensen, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Edane Chism:
“Misty has been an essential part to the BCTN program this year. With Misty’s vision and creative energy she started a garden at BCTN last school year. This garden has been used this school year as a new job site for BCTN students to practice work skills. It also is used at a therapeutic outlet for the students to unwind while gardening. The students have been able to prepare meals with the vegetables they have grown. Misty pays attention to every last detail in her garden project to ensure student growth and enrichment!”

Amber Plaunty, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Edane Chism:
“Amber goes above and beyond her job description and duties for her speech students! Amber is always creative with her delivery of instruction to students. Amber is very reliable, communicates amazingly, has excellent input at IEP meetings and truly cares about her students. Amber is by far one of the BEST SLP’s that I have ever had the pleasure to work with!”

Steve Miller, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, John Kreider:
“While I was out for shoulder surgery, Steve sat down with my sub to map-out the LPA process. Much of that stuff is hard convey in sub notes, and he really made sure the sub understood the process. In the words of my sub, “he was extremely helpful!” I really feel lucky to have such a kind, thoughtful colleague. He is a real sweetheart.”

Miranda Page, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Miranda Page:
“While I was out for shoulder surgery, Miranda took time from her day -twice- to teach my ninth graders about writer’s workshop. In the words of my sub, “she was extremely helpful!” I’m grateful to have such a caring, wonderful colleague.”

Cary Weeks, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Carey Killen:
“Cary leads our nutrition services at Prairie Mountain. She coordinates planning and preparing hundreds of breakfasts and lunches for our students every day of the week. She greets students with a smile and takes pride in the quality meals our kitchen staff provide students. We are fortunate to have Cary and the whole team!”

Josh Dillow, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Hafeeza McKinnis:
“Josh is an amazing teacher and one of my daughter’s all-time favorites. He is a good listener, caring, has a great perspective on issues, and above all else, a person of integrity. I feel honored to have such an excellent co-worker be a part of the 5th grade team. Thank you Josh for providing such a great role model for both students and staff.”

Melinda Trammell, Jason Simpson, Andrea Woods, Denise Meinardus, Clair Manley, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Hafeeza McKinnis:
“These teachers are members of the 4/5 team at Meadow View. Not only are they committed to their students, but the level of support they bring to our teaching team is amazing. It is a real privilege to be working with such awesome people, and thank you for being there for me.”

Tracy Haggerty, Malabon
Comments from co-worker, Charissa Nelson:
“Tracy has worked at Malabon for many years as a kind and caring EA, helping hundreds of students with their reading skills over the years. Something new at our school this year is Playworks, a positive approach to recess for kids and grownups. As our staff was grappling with how to best teach cheers and reinforce positive playground behavior, Tracy stepped up and has taken us to new heights. Every morning on our announcements, we hear a perky, “Good Morning Malabon! This is Miss Tracy, your recess coach!” She quickly and enthusiastically praises positive behavior and leads us all in fun and silly cheers. All this takes 60 seconds out of our day and sets us up for success throughout our recess times. Thank you Tracy for being a leader and a role model for all of us with your positive attitude!”

Rachel Hsieh, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Brittany Dorris:
“Ms. Hsieh goes above and beyond the call of duty daily – within the classroom, the school, and the district. Within her classroom, Ms. Hsieh is a masterful teacher of all subjects, especially mathematics. Her understanding of the concepts and her ability to facilitate and share that understanding and passion to kids is inspiring. Despite being incredibly proficient in math teaching, she continues to better herself and her practice by attending district and outside of district trainings and workshops in STEM education and Social Justice. She recently drove to Seattle to attend the Northwest Conference on Teaching Social Justice to continue to provide a fully rounded education for her 4th grade world citizens. She is attentive to the cultures of her students and brings in community resources to deepen their connection to Bethel and to their own sense of self. If you look, you’ll see her name on nearly every BLIS class offered, never ceasing to capture every opportunity to provide the best education to her class. As a relatively new Bethel employee, Rachel Hsieh has already immersed herself in numerous district projects, giving back to not only the students but to the fellow educators of the district – joining a Eureka Math Pacing Committee, joining the Bethel Equity Committee, attending and participating in Bethel union activities. Beyond the content, Rachel Hsieh also gives back as a volunteer – sacrificing her time to host a 4th and 5th grade Chess Club after school as well as a spearheading a 4th grade homework club two years in a row. She was the recipient of a Collaboration Grant iPad cart and is dedicated to incorporating technology into her classroom and building responsible digital citizenship for our 21st century kids, putting it to great use and meeting the goals and promises of her grant application and beyond! Rachel does all this and more while also working after school in her family’s restaurant, and participating in before-school swim practices, greeting the day at Echo Hollow pool! Somehow through all this, she even has time to be an incredible friend, socially and emotionally being there for colleagues new and old to the profession – offering a shoulder when times get tough, and incredible words of wisdom. She exemplifies a balance of dedication to her career, dedication to this community, and dedication to the elusive personal/social/work life balance. I am blessed to call her a friend, her students are blessed to call her teacher, and we are blessed to call her a Bethel colleague. This is why I believe Rachel Hsieh deserves a Bethel Spirit Award!”

Amy Tuski, Sharon Harte and John Pinney, Bethel Counselors
Comments from community member, Jamie McIntosh:
“As a retired Bethel school teacher, being asked for behavior advice for elementary age children, I see again, the tremendous impact, positive encouragement and guidance school counselors have made in kids’ lives. We have had excellent support, with outstanding school counselors, throughout my 28 years at Irving. These counselors helped not only student, but staff & parents in how to make positive change with children. Now, I am sending family members to their school counselors for support and guidance knowing that these are the key people to help with behavior issues! I want to thank these 3 excellent counselors who made a definite impact in kids’ lives while I was a teacher at Irving.”

Carol Baker, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Jennifer McSween:
“Mrs. Baker deserves to be recognized for her added value supporting the children of Danebo Elementary. She is so warm and caring and present for all the students of the school. She always has an upbeat ‘hello’ and ‘how are you’ and hug for the students she interacts with. Many students love to say hello to her because they know she is going to stop what she is doing and give them her attention. This amazing lady is the most fun to watch at the end of the day at the buses where she gives so many children such a loving send off. Mrs. Baker shows the same love and support to her coworkers as well.”

Joe Mancuso, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Amber Plaunty:
“After spending time in his Social Skills class, it was apparent that Joe has quickly developed a strong rapport with his students and that he is extremely effective in classroom management. He provides a highly supportive and fun learning environment for students who often have the most difficult time accessing that. Mancuso’s instructions are explicit and consistent, and content activities are relevant and engaging. As a result, the kids demonstrate increased motivation to participate, and respond positively and respectfully to his teaching style. Bethel is lucky to have this new teacher join the SPED team at WHS.”

Glenda Zimmer, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Grace L’Orange:
“Thank you for being so flexible and efficient when it came to getting one of my students enrolled and meeting with the parent to collaborate on his programming. That student is showing the most success they’ve had in years and it’s because of you!”

Lisa Bateman, Special Services
Comments from co-worker, Grace L’Orange:
“Even though she is super busy, she always takes the time out to listen compassionately to concerns or questions that I have and provides support that makes it much easier to do my job effectively. Thank you!”

Matt Symonds, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Kate Doyle:
“Matt Symonds is an awesome teacher, an incredibly supportive coworker and a technology guru. During inservice week, he and his friend volunteered three hours of their time updating system software in my Digital Arts Mac lab. I know I’m not the only lucky beneficiary of Matt’s time and expertise. He has supported the school and district on many levels with his software and hardware knowledge, all while starting up a new MultiMedia program at Willamette. Thanks, Matt, for your kindness and generosity.”

Vickie Cain, Shasta
Comments from parent Misty Montoya:
“Vickie has always been a big influence on my daughters’ education. She keeps them safe from drama and keeps up their reading skills.”

Bethel Maintenance Crew
Comments from Cheryl Janisch, Transportation:
“Thank you Royal and the Paint Crew for doing such a great job. The whole paint week went quickly and was done exceptionally well. What a great morale booster for this location. Thank You.”

Bethel Maintenance Crew
Comments from Cheryl Janisch, Transportation:
“I wanted to thank Corey and the roving tech crew for their Great attitude and calm demeanor, during the e-mail change-over this summer. They remained professional and very personable during what had to be a very stressful time.”

Kate Doyle, Willamette
Comments from WHS Nutrition Services:
“Kate has been amazing to work with! It is obvious she has a passion for what she is teaching and enjoys seeing the students learn and succeed. Nutrition services have been collaborating with her and the advanced design class to develop promotional posters for the cafeteria at WHS for our new fruit cart display. Kate has a spark and energy that makes her delightful to work with and she has been so helpful in keeping this project to moving forward. Her ‘can do’ attitude has been fantastic and we are so excited we had the opportunity to work with her and her students.”

Lisa Bateman, Special Services
Comments from MaryAnne Gates and Jennifer Reiss, Clear Lake:
“We would like to honor Lisa Bateman with a Spirit Award for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Bethel SPED department. Every day, Lisa leaps into action to help students, families and staff. She is consistently calm, kind, knowledgeable and thoughtful as she tackles a variety of situations. Lisa is always available and strives to make whomever she is with feel like they have the tools to succeed.   Though much of her work is behind the scenes, we want her to know how much that work means to us every day.”

Chad Mart, Prairie Mountain
Comments from the Gilchrist Family:
“Mr. Mart is a caring teacher. He has a lot of energy and enthusiasm for teaching, which makes his students enjoy learning. We are happy that our child was in his class this year!”

Danny Climer, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Erik Brudvig:
“Danny has filled some big shoes around the building over the course of the last few weeks. He is detail oriented, friendly, considerate, and thorough. In fact singing all of his praises would make one hoarse. Stalls are clean, floors are shiny, and the building feels great. Danny, and our day-time jack-of-all-trades Gary Dull, make our work easier, and we appreciate Danny (and Gary) immensely.”

Jennifer Haliski, Prairie Mountain
Comments from the Gilchrist Family:
“Ms. Haliski is the best principal we have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. She is very involved, caring, and is interested in the students. She has taken extra time with our student on several occasions, and we appreciate it. We wish her the best on her retirement.”

Estin Warren, Prairie Mountain
Comments from the Gilchrist Family:
“Estin is a rare, one of a kind teacher with more patience than most. He has guided our student for four years and always has been thoughtful, caring, understanding, and kind. He is a huge asset to Bethel.”

Lisa Bateman, Prairie Mountain
Comments from the Gilchrist Family:
“Lisa goes above and beyond for students. She recently went out of her way to work with us and our student, even when it was not in her job description. She has a very caring attitude and is a huge asset to Bethel.”

Tess Munger, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Jim Henningsgaard:
“Tess donated her time, as well as sound & light equipment, to run the Dance Party at our Danebo Celebration, much to the delight of families & staff, who danced the night away to her musical selections & visual displays! Thanks for your Bethel Spirit, Tess! Sincerely, the SPED QUAD Staff.”

Kate Aly, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Bonnie Hutchings:
“Kate spends her day changing hats in order to help everyone. She is always on the move and keeping her thoughts positive. She listens to all ideas and makes all of us feel like part of a team. Keep on marinating problems and keeping thoughts green. Thank you Kate for keeping your spirits up during this tough school year.”

LeeAnn Williamson-Henry, Meadow View
Comments from Carla Drath, Malabon:
“LeeAnn put in many hours to promote and organize a PLC that was directly related to our work as Speech/Language Pathologists. We want to acknowledge all of the hard work she did to organize our materials, set up learning targets, make sure we were completing all required elements, and for facilitating our meetings with efficiency. Our SLP PLC was awesome! And…oh yes, she also provided great snacks and tea!! Thank you LeeAnn! We appreciate you! From, Amber, Mary Anne, Jennifer, Linda, Mary, Anne Marie, and Carla.”

Shawn Lambert, Cascade Volunteer
Comments from Jennifer Smyly, Cascade:
“Shawn volunteers his time, talents, and care for kids at Cascade. Our students have loved the popcorn Thursdays that he coordinates, and there’s so many other ‘behind the scenes’ things he does that contributes to supporting our students and staff. Thank You Shawn!”

Carla Tysor, Transportation
Comments from Erik Brudvig, Cascade:
“Carla has been unbelievably supportive of the students at Cascade. She is flexible and motivated to do all she can to help make our classrooms and programs run smoothly. Carla has an impossible job, trying to coordinate transportation for students all across the district, but works incredibly hard to make it all possible. Carla and her co-workers at transportation make all of this work seem easy. It’s not, and we sure do appreciate Carla and company.   Thanks!”

Zachary Lauritzen, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, John Kreider:
“Zachary is a dynamo of positivity, and the friendliest colleague I’ve ever had. Additionally, he works hard and always manages to do what he says. Generally, he is just a darling.”

Mindy LeRoux, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, John Kreider:
“Mindy has a nice, balanced approach to her role as this school’s principal. She listens to her teachers, considers the big picture, and makes decisions gracefully. She takes time to interact with students and works to advocate for them when necessary. She never seems closed-off to any perspective, and is clearly driven to do her job well.”

Dan Hedberg, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, John Kreider:
“Though Dan Hedberg tries to act tough and sarcastic, his loving, caring nature cannot be veiled. He should be recognized for all the love that is in his heart. He is a sweet man.”

Leslie Brown, Clear Lake
Comments from co-worker, Cindy Strasdas:
“Leslie is an amazing librarian who goes above and beyond her regular duties! I was hired as a facilitating teacher in October so I didn’t have a classroom library. She has willingly pulled books for me on the weekly themes that correlate with the reading lessons. Sometimes if a new book came in that went really well with the theme, she would make a special trip to the classroom to make sure our class had the chance to read that book. She does it all with such enthusiasm, too.”

Dawn Delorefice, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, John Kreider:
“Despite all of her work as an administrator, Dawn is always accessible and supportive. She is wonderful and I love her.”

Kelly Prentice, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Gabriela Calkins:
“I have had the privilege of working closely with Kelly this year. I have come to depend on her in so many ways. She is a true partner in my classroom. She holds our students accountable while still being kind and respectful to them and their circumstances. She always has a smile on her face and the love of our students is easily seen in her interactions with them.”

Crystal Strege, Danebo
Comments from parent, Francisca Rodriguez:
“She helps my son with the special directions and focuses on him when he needs help. All the teachers help my son.”

Nathan Martin, Technology
Comments from Mago Gilson, Danebo:
“Nathan is an amazing person. He comes promptly every time we need help, even though I bet he has a lot of calls asking to help with technology problems. I don’t know how he does it but he shows up quickly when we call him and he arrives with a smile in his face. He is knowledgeable and it is such a delight to see him.”

Valorie Gilkison, Prairie Mountain
Comments from ci-worker, Krista Larson:
“There are no words to express how much I admire Valorie’s work ethic. She runs our health center at Prairie Mountain and it’s one of the busiest rooms in our building. Valorie has as much patience at the end of the day as what she starts with and is dedicated to all of our students as if they were her own. I strive to be like her every day! Thank you Valorie for all you do!”

Amanda Sasaki, Prairie Mountain
Comments from ci-worker, Krista Larson:
“Amanda has really been instrumental in assisting our students in the lab during SBAC testing sessions. She has alleviated a lot pressure by finishing make ups and helping teachers complete testing on time. Thank you Amanda for all your help!”

Sonja Maul, Prairie Mountain
Comments from ci-worker, Krista Larson:
“Our school counselor is simply amazing. She manages to support a K-8 school with the most positive attitude imaginable. A straight shooter at all times, but full of compassion and empathy, Sonja makes herself available to students and staff alike. We could not keep this boat a-float without our amazing Sonja. Thank you for all you do!”

Selena Frazier, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Tonya McPherson:
“Selena does an outstanding job empowering the kids. She has a great personality and is very positive with the students and staff. Her dedication to the track program shows through to the kids and they are excited and ready to participate! I enjoy working with her in class and out on the field!”

Judy Kethcart, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Siana Santamaria:
“Judy has gone beyond her Head Secretary duties and helped me with such a difficult time. Her positive attitude and genuine concern has made Meadow View a great place to work. She also was able to keep administration and other staff updated on important information. People like Judy are a true blessing!”

Erik Brudvig, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Karen Delgado-Nunez:
“Erik is an honest, caring, understanding and given team-player. He puts himself before others and never lets you down. He is always dependable and consciously striving for excellence and success for all our students at Cascade Middle School.”

Bonnie Roe, Peggy Remm, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Krista Larson:
“I work with the two of the most amazing team members on the planet! I depend on both of these amazing women in so many ways. Both are reliable, dependable and focused on the children of our school. They push me to be a better co-worker and team player. With wonderful inner-personal skills, a willingness to go above and beyond for all staff and students they keep a very busy office running. I couldn’t do my job without them and I appreciate them so much!”

Karen Wiant, Willamette
Comments from parent, Valerie Michalenko:
“Mrs. Wiant is a treasure for all parents and students who don’t have a clue how to apply for financial aid and scholarships in the Bethel School District. One phone call or email to her is all it takes to have your questions answered. She even sat beside me in front of a computer while I was in a panic and helped me figure out how to apply for financial aid.   If she doesn’t know the answer she will find it for you!!! If it wasn’t for her my son wouldn’t have been awarded a large scholarship to attend college. Saying thanks just isn’t enough for her wonderful work!”

Dawn Delorefice, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Matt Symonds:
“Dawn went above and beyond her job description supporting the CTE team both here at school and at the conference in Sunriver. We are lucky to have her as our fearless leader.”

Kathleen Petty, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Zachary Lauritzen:
“Frau Petty is a joy to watch in the classroom. She works tirelessly to develop engaging lessons that spur the imagination of students and challenge their linguistic skills. She has more tools in her teaching toolbox than I’ve ever seen! Just today I saw her use eight different engagement strategies!!! Thank you, Frau Petty, you are an asset to our school!”

Erik Brudvig, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Brandelyn Fowkes:
“Erik is one of the most talented special educators with whom I have had the pleasure to work. He is KIDS first, he is patient and creative. The kids in his class love coming to school and are showing growth academically and socially across the board. He is kind and compassionate and always takes time to listen. He is my hero! Thank you for all that you do for kids!”

Holly Hernandez, Shasta
Comments from co-worker, Marty Greydanus:
“Holly is an authentic, perceptive and unstoppable teacher. She is inspiring to us at Shasta and she has proven her team spirit. I’m thankful for her willingness to organize an amazing field trip to OSU for our 8th graders, where they will get a first-hand look at college life and visit the wave center. She always has outstretched arms to students and staff. Glad you are at Shasta.”

Terry Foytek, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Carla Drath:
“Terry is such a dedicated counselor! She serves a large population of students in two schools with diverse needs. In addition to caring about students, Terry puts in countless hours participating in meetings, completing paperwork tasks, or making phone calls to parents. She is often seen in her office way beyond school hours, as well as on the weekends. Terry is a positive person to work with. I appreciate all she does for us at Malabon!”

Dan Hedberg, Willamette
Comments from parent, Deborah Sumner:
“He maintains rapport with students and parents. He keeps the school safe. He has great enthusiasm, is kind, and direct. Our family has the utmost respect for him. He does an excellent job and is a great role model.”

Karen Delgado-Nunez, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Erik Brudvig:
“Karen is a selfless, disciplined worker. She is caring and generous with students, and makes the students she works with better, more well-informed people. She sacrifices her time and energy to make sure students learn in the best environment possible. Karen is wonderful.”

Mindy LeRoux, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Sara Matteri:
“Where to begin on this one! Mindy is by far one of the most inspirational people I have ever worked with. Her inspiration stems from her ability to get things done in a way that is diplomatic and equitable for all. She ALWAYS listens and provides amazing feedback and solutions. She is hands on, proactive and has amazing heart.”

Michelle Rodgers, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Natalie Oliver:
“Michelle goes above and beyond her job description as an EA at Cascade Middle School. She arrives with a smile and seems to have endless excitement to greet the students with at the beginning of the day. It’s impossible to be in a poor mood around Michelle. Everyone should have a “Michelle” in his/her classroom (like I do!). She has really pushed my reflective practice, as she sees what the kids see during instruction, and is a second pair of eyes, a helping hand, and a guiding voice for my instruction. She is extremely valuable to our school, and the community is lucky to have her.”

Audrey Bradshaw, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Amber Jackson:
“Audrey is a huge support to the staff and students of Cascade. She is there for us in ways we would never expect. Her heart, compassion and the way she cares for us all, here at Cascade, will forever positively impact our community.”

Selena Frazier, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Erik Brudvig:
“Selena is a trustworthy, loyal member of the Bethel School District. She is student-centered, nurturing, and influential. Selena brings enthusiasm and passion that inspires children to learn and adults to teach. Selena is fantastic.”

Deanna Stone, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Erik Brudvig:
“Deanna has demonstrated infinite flexibility this year. She has been asked to many things by the district and has responded positively and skillfully. Deanna recently volunteered her own time to help organize things in our classroom because she knows that it will make our students’ experiences better. She is selfless and giving.”

Jess Surles, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Amanda Zacharek:
“Jess has been an amazing addition to the team at Prairie Mountain! Her energy and enthusiasm for teaching students is evident in their increased ability and love of reading. She is very flexible, always adjusting for students’ needs until their schedules in Title are just right. I am so happy to be able to work with her this year!”

Rachel Hsieh, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Amanda Zacharek:
“Rachel brings a great deal of knowledge and enthusiasm to our teaching team and is a wonderful resource for all teachers. She is amazingly patient even in the hardest situations and has developed a sense of respect and community in her classroom. I am so thankful to have her in my grade level team!”

Jenifer Gerlach, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Amanda Zacharek:
“Jenifer is a breath of fresh air and brings an amazing amount of energy to our grade level team. I can always count on her to be smiling, energetic, and positive about the outlook of the day. She brings her experiences and love of education to the classroom where her students respect and adore her. I’m so proud to be a part of her team.”

Heather Vincent, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Jean Kozlowski:
“Heather has done an amazing job since she was hired in late December. She has re-organized the classroom and is making it a cheerful place full of fun and learning. Her positive outlook is contagious, and it’s carrying over to staff, parents, and students.”

Kee Zublin, TOSA
Comments from Dan Hedberg, Willamette:
“Kee is an amazing asset to the Bethel School District. Not only does he take great care of the students at KHS, but he is working tirelessly to provide students across the district with best possible avenue to graduation. He is creative, thoughtful and has an amazingly positive impact on both students and staff. Kee is a pleasure to work with!”

Christie McBride, Shasta
Comments from parent, Donnita Bassinger:
“You have an amazing employee in Christie McBride. I have worked with her for 3 years through Shasta PTO and she is amazing. There is no way we could do the things we do for the school without her help.  Every time there is a need, she steps up and gets things done in a professional and efficient manner. She does countless things for the school and the kids throughout the year, always with a great attitude. We are lucky to have her.”

Tami Jernberg, Willamette
Comments from student, Karen Colmenares:
“Tami helps keep everyone focused and on task. We wouldn’t have been able to get much done without her. She’s a hard worker and a caring person. She makes work fun.”

Sean Kenna, Willamette
Comments from student, Jozie Donaghey:
“He cares about his students. He always stayed after school, during break, and during lunch for however long and would let you come in during his classes to take tests and ask questions. He was always there for you even if it was a different class you needed help with. Whether you need him for the best water in the school, Biology, or a pep talk and a quick hug before your Chem Finals he’s always 100% there for his students and was helpful to me and my family when I struggled in his class. He cares about you and your learning and deeply cares about Biology and those Proteins. He’s always there, and he’s always ready and wanting to assist a student in need of any help or support!”

Tami Jernberg, Willamette
Comments from student, Christina Dukes:
“Tami goes out of her way every day including weekends to help us get all of the Wolverine Pageant stuff done and perfected. She’s the only Bethel staff who has volunteered to help us and the program would literally not happen without her help. Copious amount of hours have been spent of her time on this and all of it is extremely helpful. I can’t see anyone else more deserving for this award.”

Tami Jernberg, Willamette
Comments from student, Viviana Gonzalez:
“She helps us get everything done on time, and she helps us out every time we need it. We wouldn’t be able to get anything done without her!”

Scott Gese, Willamette
Comments from student, Haley Smith:
“The Wolverine Pageant requires a lot of set up for events and then taking it all down afterwards. Scott has helped the pageant set up our fundraising events, and helps clean up, too. We really appreciate all of the help; whether it be a planned event or a last minute set-up. Thank you for all your help and support with the Wolverine Pageant; it means a lot!”

Becky Chunn, District Office
Comments from student, Paige Stimson:
“Becky Chunn takes time out of her day at the district office to come to Willamette once every two weeks to help out with deposits for the Wolverine Pageant. She is fun, kind and very helpful! Our program appreciates everything she does for us.”

Becky McDermott, Print Shop
Comments from student, Jozie Donaghey:|
“Becky from the Print Shop has been very helpful to the Wolverine Pageant in making all of our calendars, monthly calendars, thank you posters, flyers, and pamphlets for our pageant and fundraisers. The Print Shop helps us get our program out in a beautiful way and let the community know when, where, and how they can help us in raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network.”

Scott Gese, Willamette
Comments from student, Rayna Elizabeth Hall:
“Scott has opened up areas for the Wolverine Pageant, cleaned up after us, helped us get tables and chairs, and much more. He is very reliable, and very helpful.”

Vickie Mueller, Willamette
Comments from student, Leslye Virgen:
“She has been really helpful providing things for the Wolverine Pageant. When we needed assistance with tables and set-ups, she was there to help us even if it was last minute. She’s opened places for us that we needed, and we are very thankful for her assistance.”

Scott Gese, Willamette
Comments from student, Grace Perrigo:
“Scott Gese helps out the Wolverine Pageant a lot. He opens up places we need to go, cleans up after us, and is overall very nice. We appreciate his work and support.”

Claire Clarkson, Willamette
Comments from student, Ariah Moore:
“Ms. Clarkson has been a huge help to the Wolverine Program. She has taken time out of her day to make sure we are all on track and focused for pageant night.”

Jill Robinson-Wolgamott, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Alison Dodd:
“I recently had my 8th graders do a writing activity around heroes, which in turn caused me to reflect on heroes in my own life. Jill RW is my hero. She inspires me every day with her passion, dedication, and creativity. Last year was my first year of teaching, and Jill’s support made all the difference. Jill is a phenomenal mentor. She challenged me to push myself in the classroom, while also giving me the support to succeed. Her feedback allowed me to constantly evaluate and improve my own teaching. Her creativity invigorates our entire staff. Jill is also a team player who strives to assist everyone in any way that she can. One of the many reasons I love coming to work every morning is that I know Jill will be there to greet me with a smile on her face. She truly creates an atmosphere of joy, respect, and support. I am so thankful to have Jill as our assistant principal, and I’m grateful to all that she brings to our students, our staff, and our families.”

Ana De la Paz, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Bonnie Roe:
“Thank you, Ana for always helping in the office with translations even when it goes into your lunch time. You are a gem!”

Bob Mullins, Prairie Mountain Volunteer
Comments from Robin Hanson, McKenzie Bryant, Meryni Hall, Prairie Mountain:
“Thank you Bob for helping all of first grade complete the calendars. It was a big, big job and you did it in a short, short time. Thanks for making it fun for all the kids.”

Gina Clark, Fairfield
Comments from Donna Butler, Malabon:
“Gina has been sharing ideas with her fellow 2nd grade teachers. I can’t tell you how much this is appreciated. It saves us the time searching for them on our own. She has been doing this all year long. Thanks Gina!”

Ashley Scott, Angela Huffstickler, Amber Plaunty, Eileen Thomas, Terry Foytek, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, LeeAnn Henry:
“Huzzah to a thoughtful, hard-working, and dedicated team of specialists who are always ready to think creatively and collaboratively in order to provide interventions for students who need extra support. I feel incredibly fortunate to work so closely with a group of educators who are one-hundred percent committed to doing what is best for students and their families.”

Eileen Jamieson, Fairfield
Comments from student, Makaila Church:
“Mrs. Jamieson is very friendly and very nice. She helps me with my /s/ sounds, /z/ sounds, and /r/ sounds. She is a very good teacher who makes learning very important. Thank you, Mrs. Jamieson!”

Dee Faiman, Volunteer/EA Sub
Comments from Amanda McIntosh:
“Dee should be recognized for the amount of energy and love, knowledge and experience she brings. Many children come up to her and hug and thank her. She is a special person who you can’t miss, she shines so bright. She is a true guardian for children of all ages. Dee is someone who deserves to be recognized for her hard work, both as a volunteer and as an Educational Assistant substitute.”

Mindy LeRoux, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Glenda Zimmer:
“Mindy, you have a fantastic way of efficiently getting tasks accomplished, especially when there is a dire need. The students in our department now have computers that are used just about every minute of the school day to give them the support they need to enrich their education. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping to make this happen!”

Georgeann Harty, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Erin White:
“Georgeann Harty is nothing short of amazing. She is one of the most creative and enthusiastic teachers I have ever had the pleasure to work with in school. Georgeann has a ‘can do’ attitude and shows great flexibility in working with kids. She strives hard to help each of her students achieve their academic and social potential. Georgeann comes to school every day with a big smile on her face, and you can tell the positive impact she has on her students. She works hard every day to make sure students are getting what they need. She truly makes a positive impact on each student she teaches.”

Linda Mattfield, Fairfield
Comments from student, Stefani Medsker:
“I want to thank Mrs. Mattfield for getting me a coat so I could stay warm and dry when I help Miss Kate do crosswalk. That was very nice of her to do something that she didn’t have to do but wanted to. She is an awesome teacher! Thank you Mrs. Mattfield!”

Patti Marshall, Transportation
Comments from Edane Chism, Willamette:
“Patti in Special Needs Transportation and her crew have done an exceptional job at organizing and routing our students. Patti has paid special consideration to our student’s needs and beyond! Patti has made it possible for our students to safely and on time make it to and from their job sites in the community. She also has made it possible for students to arrive to Bethel Community Transition Network (BCTN) early in the morning, so they could catch a city bus to LCC classes downtown! Thank you Patti and everyone in transportation for putting students first!”

Andrew Edwards, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Edane Chism:
“Andrew saved our program! During a time when we needed computers, technology and internet connection Andrew made sure our student’s needs were met! Andrew is one of the technology guys in our district, and he is always in high demand. We thank you Andrew for making sure our students had what they needed. You are truly awesome at your job!”

Ashley Hoover, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Edane Chism:
“Ashley an Educational Assistant with the Bethel Community Transition Network (BCTN). Ashley is dedicated to meeting the individual student needs every day. Ashley is very ambitious and creative with her work. Because of Ashley, students have been given various opportunities to be as independent as possible in the community and in the classroom. Please recognize Ashley for all of her hard work. Thank you Ashley!”

Molly Schultze, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, John Kreider:
“Molly Schultze was tremendously helpful when I was out for an appendectomy. The situation arose unexpectedly quick, and I was really stressed-out. That sweet, wonderful woman smoothed out my lessons, made copies, and touched-base with my subs. Basically, she saved the day, day-after-day, for two weeks. If there was a “You’re the best, and I want to give you a hug everyday” award, I would nominate her for that as well.”

Cory Jacobs, Isabel Kelly, Eileen Jamieson, Sarah Garcia, and Sharon Harte, Fairfield
Comments from co-worker, Jenny Sink:
“When a person is deemed a ‘specialist’ they are that and more at Fairfield. This year, we have begun weekly Task Force Team meetings for grade levels which each of these ‘specialists’ attend. I rely on their expertise when supporting classroom teachers as we problem-solve the best interventions for students. This is an incredible team of ‘specialists’ that I am so proud to work with daily. The time they give never goes unnoticed and I hope they realize the difference they make to our very special Fairfield kids and families.”

Cyndi Cutler, Business Services
Comments from co-workers, Robin Fleming & Bridget Wadsworth:
“Bridget Wadsworth and Robin Fleming nominate their co-worker Cyndi Cutler for a Spirit Award. Cyndi continues to work hard in Business Services on payroll, grants, and is currently also assisting Willamette High School with a bookkeeping assignment. She is an invaluable resource to everyone inside and outside of Business Services with her knowledge of accounting. Her cheerful nature throughout the day makes us look forward to her coming to work! Cyndi, you exemplify the Bethel Spirit and we want to recognize all your hard work!”

Jill RW, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker Marty Greydanus, Shasta:
“Jill is dedicated, thoughtful and incredibly enthusiastic. At the start of the year she placed encouraging cards and nifty baskets with useful ‘ teacher stuff’ on my desk and many others. She is purposeful in her guidance with student concerns and energizes all who come in contact with her. I’m honored to call her a friend and colleague.”

Scott Gese, Willamette
Comments from students Michaela Herring and Bailey Thorn:
“Mr. Gese is a phenomenal custodian and always works hard to clean up after us messy kids. Whenever we have a request for tables, chairs, etc.. He gets it for us right on time without hesitation. He always smiles and acknowledges us when we walk by. Mr. Gese has earned this because he is an extremely hard worker who deserves recognition.”

Tana Walker, Willamette
Comments from student Britta Kayte Lindsey:
“She really connects with her students and genuinely cares for all of us. She is really fun and makes sure we all have a great time. She is also a fantastic director and makes sure all of our plays and musicals go smoothly.”

Sean Kenna, Willamette
Comments from students Harrison Parker and Becky Cruz:
“His teaching style can help anyone learn. He makes learning actually interesting and he puts in fun elements that grab your attention. Although his teaching and classes are somewhat challenging, he puts in the effort to help us succeed. His is an amazing teacher who thrives on his students’ learning and participation. He is truly an amazing teacher that deserves to be recognized.”

Adam Walker, Willamette
Comments from student Jasmine Lozano:
“Mr.Walker is passionate about what he teaches. He is one of the most exceptional and brilliant teachers at Willamette High School. Not only is he brilliant but his dedication to his students also make him a great teacher.”

Miranda Page, Willamette
Comments from student Maria Helen Louise Bhan:
“Mrs. Page has stood out from other teachers by finding unique ways to inspire her students to go above and beyond to succeed, not only in her class but in their entire academic career. The skills she teaches us in class not only help us understand literature, they also teach us to observe the meanings of everyday occurrences in life, as well. She truly cares about the well-being of her students and wants each and every one of us to succeed. The discussions held in her class are unlike any other that I’ve ever experienced in an English class, as they are not only relevant to my education and life but also thought provoking. I always look forward to my English class, and I always feel happier afterwards.”

Joy Hatch, Willamette
Comments from student Leslye Virgen:
“Mrs. Hatch is passionate about what she teaches, which makes her an exceptional educator. She presents her students a new perspective on an entirely different culture. I believe that Mrs. Hatch deserves this award because she doesn’t teach the kids for her job, she does it because she cares about them.”

Molly Schulze, Willamette
Comments from students Ashley Serna and Karen Colmenares:
“Ms. Schulze creates a welcoming environment for her students. She always makes sure to check on her students both academically and personally. She makes her students feel safe and makes class fun. Her positive attitude makes learning enjoyable. She’s awesome!”

Joy Hatch, Willamette
Comments from student Grace Cooley:
“Mrs. Hatch needs to be recognized because she puts in the time and effort to make sure all of her students succeed. She always has a great attitude no matter what type of day she is having and she is one of my favorite teachers ever!”

Vanessa Dedrick, Willamette
Comments from student Britta Kayte Lindsey:
“She really cares about her students, and always makes sure she can help us however she can. She is very organized and knows how to connect with her students. She even sings to us, too.”

Devon Vendetti, Willamette
Comments from students Christopher Steiner and Patrick McGarry:
“Mr. Vendetti makes the whole experience of his classes fun. He teaches the subjects very thoroughly while keeping a good sense of humor throughout it all. Mr. Vendetti makes sure all of his students are prepared for whatever is in the future.”

Steven Miller, Willamette
Comments from students Bailey Thorn and Janet Padilla:
“Mr. Miller does an excellent job of making his students feel welcome and that they are heard. He goes out of his way to do extra for his students, making sure they are comprehending the material 100%. Mr. Miller is an excellent teacher.”

David Novak, Willamette
Comments from student Grace Perrigo:
“Mr. Novak deserves a Spirit Award because he works hard and cares about his students. He tries to make Biology as entertaining and fun as possible. He also gives students many opportunities to bring bad grades up and is very helpful. He is also a very happy and supportive person.”

Jade Starr, Willamette
Comments from student Marissa Doetsch:
“Mr. Starr has been one of the most interesting and engaging teachers I’ve had. Every topic he teaches he makes it very interesting, fun, and makes it very easy to learn the new material. He is a very nice and funny guy. He is one of the few teachers who always has a student’s best interest at heart, which he shows in his classes every day.”

Joy Hatch, Willamette
Comments from student Mariah Marelli:|
“This teacher deserves a Spirit Award for her energy and passion for teaching. She motivates her students to do their best and is willing to do anything to help them succeed. Her excitement for the subject makes class much more interesting and increases her students’ willingness to learn and understand the Spanish language.”

Curt Nordling, Willamette
Comments from student Alondra Duran:
“This teacher needs to be recognized because he manages to make Pre-Calculus an interesting and enjoyable subject. Even though it’s all note taking, his humor and energy can’t really make any lecture boring. His enthusiasm to teach others thoroughly is incredible as he dedicates his time to make sure we all understand the subject. I know that if I’m having a bad day, his class will make me feel better because despite the numbers and equations, he always makes lectures enjoyable and engaging.”

Angie Weyand, Willamette
Comments from student Pattrisha Bagley:
“She is an amazing teacher and she always has a happy air around her. She makes learning fun and she cares so much about what she is doing.”

Misty Griesi, Willamette
Comments from students Vanesa Garcia Ordonez and Nicholas Laberee:
“Mrs. Griesi goes out of her way to make sure we understand everything we do in class and makes the classroom an enjoyable and comfortable environment for everyone.”

Thomas DeVicq, Willamette
Comments from students Aisha Ruzicka and Hannah Maul:
“We believe that Mr. DeVicq should be recognized because he is passionate about educating his students about English. He also finds a way to make class fun with his random comments and jokes. There is never a dull moment in his class. We have found English class a lot more enjoyable but still educational because of Mr. DeVicq.”

Joy Hatch, Willamette
Comments from student Rebecca Nohremberg:
“Mrs. Hatch brings a new light in teaching kids Spanish. She makes the class fun and exciting. She is a kind caring person and does everything in her power to make sure you understand what you are doing and that you get a good grade. She is also really good at basketball!”

Kathleen Petty, Willamette
Comments from student Zada Day:
“Frau Petty does her best to teach the language and culture of Germany. Being in charge of the international club, she encourages everyone to get to know people from other countries. You can make a friend from anywhere, right? She tries her best to engage the class and is always full of energy.”

Leonna Klopp, Willamette
Comments from student Kendall Bright:
“Mrs. Klopp is a very helpful and nice teacher. She is always there to help students whenever they need it. All students appreciate the work she puts in to make our school a better place.”

Misty Griesi, Willamette
Comments from former student, Tracie Resulto-Joseph:
“Mrs. Griesi is a motivational teacher. She is more than an English teacher, she has the energy and attitude to make students actually want to graduate.”

Adam Walker, Willamette
Comments from student, David Diaz:
“Mr. Walker is one of the best teachers that has ever taught me. His classes were never boring. When I walked in there I knew I had a good lecture coming to me.”

Grace L’Orange, Willamette
Comments from parent, Chantell Mazoros:
“This Spirit Award goes to Grace L’Orange for help with getting my son through the transition to high school. Thank you.”

Gabe Dickinson, Willamette
Comments from parent, Teresa Clark:
“Gabe is an excellent teacher at Cascade but his efforts for the Marching Band at WHS are beyond comparison. His passion and commitment to the kids and this program not only teacher discipline and hard work, but he lifts them up, encourages them, and makes them realize how much they can give and the importance of teamwork and supporting one another’s efforts. One band, one voice. Above and beyond is an understatement for Gabe’s work.”

Molly Schulze, Willamette
Comments from student, Naiya Bowden:
“She was understanding and had time to listen. She made school easier and was the first teacher I have ever made a connection with and felt like they appreciated me.”

Holly Hernandez, Shasta
Comments from student Ali Kittrell:
“Mrs. Hernandez taught very useful information and made sure that we always learned what we needed to know.”

Molly Schulze, Willamette
Comments from Gabriela Oseguera:
“Ms. Schulze is such a great teacher. She is always there when you need her, even during non-school hours. She will always help you, even if she is busy with other things. She is a great teacher and an amazing person, too.”

Debi Bostwick, Prairie Mountain
Comments from student, Shalin Wierichs:
“Mrs. Bostwick helped me from 5th grade to 8th grade. She took time to show me how to do the things we were learning. She was patient with me when I didn’t understand.”

Sean Kenna, Willamette
Comments from student, Jozie Donaghey:
“Sean is an amazing teacher. He stays after school every day just in case students need help. He stays long hours after school with a room full of wide-eyed students from freshmen in Biology to seniors in Astronomy. He knows what’s best for his students and when they’re ready or when they need to be pushed. He doesn’t let anyone off easy, but he remembers what it’s like to be 15 and will do anything to help his students. He really reaches out and truly cares and makes a difference.”

Brooke Cottle, BEF
Comments from parent, Martha Jenkins:
“Brooke has served as president of the BEF since its first meeting. She has built it into a successful source of funds for teachers and students’ needs not met by the budget. She also co-founded Willamette Pride, which has been instrumental in many positive changes to Willamette’s looks.”

Miranda Page, Willamette
Comments from student, Devon Hardy:
“As a student at Willamette I have met both good and bad teachers; however, Miranda Page has been more than just a teacher. She is a friend and no matter what I need help with she is there. Her dedication to both her job and students can be only explained with one word: impeccable.”

Kyle Ward, Willamette
Comments from student, Tyler Eldridge:
“Mr. Ward is simply a fantastic teacher. Out of all the teachers I’ve ever had, I’ve retained the most knowledge, down to the finest details, from him. Not only is he excellent at what he does, and ensures that students are well-prepared for the proofs or finals, but you can tell quite easily he enjoys it as much as his students. Quality, enjoyment, and care and all factors that I believe form a perfect staff member at Willamette. With Mr. Ward possessing all three, I’m very eager to attend more of his classes in the future.”

Christie McBride, Shasta
Comments from parent, Amanda Hinkle:
“Christie is an amazing person, inside and out. She gives 150% even when she isn’t feeling 100% herself. She is the first person to lend a hand, stay late, volunteer for evening events, and give a smile when one is needed. Shasta is lucky to have Christie McBride.”

John Kreider, Willamette
Comments from parent, Dahrla King:
“My son was having a hard time caring about school and seeing the connection between good grades and a successful future. John spent an hour with my son and me, just talking. He had so many interesting insights and innovative ideas to share. I was very impressed with his wisdom and caring. I feel that he turned a light bulb on in my son’s mind. If only all teachers could be like John Kreider!”

Adam Walker, Willamette
Comments from student, Emily Watson:
“Mr. Walker is always full of jokes, and is an amazing teacher. He is always willing to help me out when I need help. He is just amazing and always knows how to make people laugh.”

Nan Petersen, Willamette
Comments from student, Emily Watson:
“Mrs. Petersen helped me with problems I have with work. She always tells me I’m going to do great and that I work really hard. She deserves this Spirit Award a lot. I really appreciate her help.”

Joy Hatch, Willamette
Comments from student, Garrett Nelson:
“Mrs. Hatch helps students exceed in their school work, provides a safe and fun learning environment, and is genuinely interested in students.”

Andrew Edwards, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Dan Hedberg:
“Andrew has been relentless with his technological support at WHS. He is very knowledgeable and efficient in his work. We are lucky to have Andrew at WHS and appreciate him very much!

Debbie Kindt, Fairfield
Comments from co-worker, Gina Clark:
“Debbie Kindt has been amazing this summer. She has committed and donated so much of her own time to help us get ready for a new school year. In addition to her office duties, she has been working on her days off to ensure teachers have everything they need. She has helped with technology issues, laminating, and the new math materials. It’s not unusual to see Debbie at school on the weekends! Even her daughters Courtney and Tiffany Kindt have volunteered time to help in classrooms and around the school! We appreciate Debbie’s commitment to Fairfield!”

Bart Ellis, Willamette
Comments from Jennifer Hendrix, Maintenance:
“I want to thank Bart for his tireless efforts to improve the safety of the students, staff, and parents at Willamette High School. Because of his persistence, and rallying of parents to bring the issue to attention, we now have a left turn light at the corner of Dove Lane and Echo Hollow Road. Anyone who has tried to make a left turn at this intersection between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm knows how frustrating and dangerous this can be. Thanks again Bart!!!”

Mike Reetz, Shasta
Comments from parent, Holly Anne Johnson:
“Mike Reetz is a rare and exceptional teacher. After Joe Ingram’s departure, I was very skeptical that anyone could come even close. Mr. Reetz didn’t need to – he is an entirely different kind of excellent. He is an excellent teacher, bringing the very best out of each of his students. Students respond to him pushing them to excellence, and they become inspired to play far beyond their years and experience levels. He doesn’t allow politics – he actually leads and teaches them about and how to play music excellently. We are so very fortunate to have found this talented man to teach our students to become true musicians. There is nothing like Mike Reetz and Shasta Bands/Jazz in all of the area.”

Carla Drath, Malabon
Comments from parent, Rebecca Walker:
“I am continually impressed at how Carla Drath is able to gently and creatively encourage my son to perform academically and behaviorally. She regularly checks in with me at school and emails me with any issues or accomplishments my son has at school. I love the communication she fosters with our family. She always helps out at PTO events, too. What a lady! I am happy to nominate her for a moment of recognition.”

Jennifer Hendrix, Maintenance
Comments from the Bethel Business Services:
“Bethel Business Services would like to recognize Jennifer Hendrix with this Spirit Award. Jennifer always has a smile and a warm heart to share. She goes over and beyond the call of duty rain or shine. We were looking for some cabinets in the restroom and she magically appeared with some. We were having trouble setting our thermostats and she came over and set them. When new staff arrived and needed assistance she went out of her way to get what we needed. She always responds quickly and with a positive attitude. We appreciate YOU Jennifer Hendrix, and recognize all your hard work!”

Cindy Ermini, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Mike Hodgert:
“Cindy Ermini is a Media Aide at Willamette. Cindy a great person, always happy and constantly making the rest of the staff and the students’ lives easier and happy. She is always there with a smile and greeting and constantly helping everyone. One example of this is that she realizes how chocolate can improve a person’s mood and attitude. She has a tub of snack size candy (peanut butter cups are in high demand) along with a tub of licorice for any staff member to grab what they want. She spends well over $100 a month on this on her meager salary so that rest of us can be happy. Thank you Cindy for being the person you are and always giving of yourself and caring about others.”

Carlos Sequeira, District Office
Comments from Deb Lange, Prairie Mountain:
“My high school mentor administrator, thank you for taking the time to work with me. I have learned a wealth of information from you. Your energy, love for kids and supportive nature has influenced the work I do. I appreciate your time and support. Bethel is so blessed to have you!”

Deliene Miller, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Mike Hodgert:
“Deliene Miller is an amazing worker! She does 100% of the bookkeeping at Willamette with its nearly 1,600 students. This was a 2½ person job about 15 years ago, then a two person job when she was the assistant. Now Deliene is doing the whole job by herself and still playing piano for the choir each day. Even with the huge loss of hours for this department everything still is done in a timely and efficient manner and is done correctly. I cannot imagine the stress that she is under just from the job let alone angry parents or supplies, who are upset because their student has an unpaid bill or a district check has not been sent yet. Thank you Deliene for all that you do and keeping us all on track.”

Jennifer Haliski, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Deb Lange:
“You are my building administrator as well as my administrative mentor this year. You have always inspired me in and out of the classroom. Your belief in me and your support has been an instrument of change in my life and I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for being there and being such an amazing example of leadership.”

Jenny Sink, Fairfield
Comments from Deb Lange, Prairie Mountain:
“Thank you for being a mentor to me! Your zeal for life inspires me to the utmost. I appreciate each encouraging word and every email or text that reminds me of how great this work is. Thank you for opening your doors and heart to me. What a year!”

Brady Cottle, Prairie Mountain
Comments from Deb Lange, Prairie Mountain:
“I had the opportunity to be vice principal a couple of times this year at Shasta. Each time Brady made me feel welcome, was able to get me up to speed quickly and allowed me to experience the life as an administrator. Brady was a great example, a tremendous help and a very supportive person. Thank you for opening your doors and giving me an opportunity to work with a Shasta Thunderbird!”

Judy Rue-Kethcart, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Amber Plaunty:
“Judy is obviously 100% dedicated to all of Meadow View’s students, families, and staff. She is knowledgeable, kind, cheerful and patient. She handles even the busiest of days with a calmness I envy. She answers requests at the speed of light, and if she doesn’t know how to help (so rare), she suggests someone who can. I am extremely appreciative of Judy’s positive attitude and consistent willingness to assist. Thank you sincerely!”

Jill Busby, District Office
Comments from Cyndi Cutler, Business Office:
“On behalf of Business Services we would like to recognize Jill Busby for a Spirit Award. Jill is a ray of sunshine! She always has a calm demeanor. Jill has a full plate but she always has a smiling face and a lending hand. She is thorough in everything she does and follows it to the end. Her work ethic is impeccable! She is knowledgeable and is a major resource we utilize frequently. Jill is a joy to work with and an asset to the Business Services Department. We appreciate YOU Jill Busby, and recognize all your hard work!”

Ana De La Paz, Prairie Mountain
Comments from Aimee Guerra:
“It is wonderful to see one of Bethel’s very own now an employee of the district! Once IN the ELD program at Fairfield, Ana is now PART of the ELD team at PM. I remember having Ana in a small group at Fairfield, and now to be working with her here at PM is such a privilege! Ana is such as asset to the ELD team. Her love of students and her willingness to assist our Spanish speaking families is evident in all she does. She always has a smile on her face and is always willing to do whatever it takes to make sure students are doing their best and helping our Spanish speaking families in whatever she can. Bringing us wonderful treats on holidays and special occasions, is one example of Ana’s generosity. We are a lucky team!”

Lupita Nunley, Prairie Mountain
Comments from Aimee Guerra:
“Lupita is also part of our amazing ELD team here at Prairie Mountain. Lupita is always happy, smiling and spreading joy wherever she goes! She is always greeting others and asking how they are with genuine concern. Lupita has struggled recently with health issues, and even so is concerned about others. Her love of students and community is evident by her many years of service to the Bethel School District and its ELD programs. Her ESPAÑOL, is such as asset as she so wonderfully assists teachers during conferences, assists our Spanish speaking students and their families. I have enjoyed working with Lupita this year and thank her for all her help and her concern during this very difficult year for me. Thanks Amiga.”

Melissa Kaminski, Prairie Mountain
Comments from Aimee Guerra:
“Melissa joined the ELD team this year and we are really happy she chose to come to PM! Melissa’s smile and enthusiasm are contagious. She is very engaging with the students and she works hard at making sure that they are always doing their personal best. Melissa has been so helpful in picking up with my kinder groups when I could no longer be here to do them. I was so grateful and put at ease knowing that it was her who was taking over for me. Melissa is always willing to help when needed, and it has been such a joy to come to know her and work alongside her. She will be missed as she is leaving in just a few weeks to marry her “Prince Charming” in May, and then leaving to work at a youth camp for her church in Virginia. We will miss you Melissa!!”

Cindy Ermini, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Matt Symonds:
“Cindy has gone out of her way to make sure my space and supplies are ready to go. Her smiling, can-do attitude made my transition to a new job smooth and easy. Thanks Cindy!”

Bridget Munson, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Matt Symonds:
“Bridget has been helping me navigate the waters I have jumped into as a new employee at Willamette High School. With all of the specifics she has helped me figure out, I feel a little less like a deer in the headlights. Thanks Bridget!”

Jeannine McIntyre, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Aimee Guerra:
“Jeannine is the ELD teacher here at PM, but she is much more than that. She is a caring person who is consistently working on improving curriculum and advocating for our students. She always makes sure that our families are involved in all school and district events and is in attendance or is heading up many of them. Jeannine always is working hard making sure that we as a team are informed, and united in doing our best to serve students and family. She is ALWAYS greeting students with a smile and a hug or a handshake, and the students love it! They miss her when she is gone and very happy when she returns. I thank Jeannine for all her hard work for our students and our AMAZING team!! We are very blessed!!”

Anthony LaGoy, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Aimee Guerra:
“Anthony joined the ELD team at Prairie Mountain in January of 2013, and I have to say it has been one of the biggest blessings ever! His enthusiasm, sense of humor and love for the students is inspiring. He is always willing to go the extra mile for students, staff and families. The students all love him, and I have even heard a few excited to be in homework club for the opportunity to work with Mr. Anthony! He is an asset to PM and the ELD team!! I am proud to be on the same team as Anthony. He makes coming to work such an enjoyable experience! Thanks Anthony!!”

Laura Hodges, Pentamation
Comments from co-worker, Aimee Guerra:
“I so much appreciate Laura Hodges. She is an asset to the Bethel School District. She has vast content knowledge and expertise and is always there to answer technology questions kindly and with a smile on her face. Thanks, Laura!”

Ashley Scott, District Psychologist
Comments from co-worker, Erin White:
“Ashley Scott is an amazing addition to the special services team this year. As a new school psychologist, Ashley works with school teams and parents on completing special education evaluations across the district. Ashley establishes good rapport with her building teams and is a great communicator. She is helpful in supporting teams as well as parents through evaluations. In meetings, Ashley explains evaluations efficiently and effectively so that all members are able to understand the results. She is always professional and organized in her presence and in her paperwork. Ashley has really proven to be a competent, proficient and skilled collaborator in the Bethel family.”

Deb Lange, Prairie Mountain
Comments from parent, Rene Maillard:
“You are so thoughtful to your class, you are so kind, you are so considerate, and so fun. Thank you for teaching my daughter so much. You are phenomenal.”

Bonnie Roe, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Deb Lange:
“There are very few people that can do what you do because it is not just the work you complete, but the love you put behind it. You are a support to the teachers, students, families and front office. You are always willing to lend your help even when the load seems heavy. You bring a smile to our faces and I know everything is going to be all right when I see you behind your desk. Thank you for being amazing!”

Peggy Remm, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Deb Lange:
“When the going gets tough, Peggy gets going! You are a work of art. You take on tough task with grace. You have made our front office a welcoming place for all people. Your smile and encouraging words are infectious. Thank you for working so hard, taking on more task to ensure our school operates at its finest.”

Angela Huffstickler, Meadow View
Comments from parent, Alyssa Barrett:
“She is a truly amazing teacher who cares and teaches children about responsibility, being held accountable and making sure that her students also get what they need out of each lesson to move on to the next chapter. Not sure how we would have made it to 7th grade without her. I believe because of her and many other teachers along the way my son has made a great transition into middle school. She is right where she needs to be. My son has been on honor roll all but 1 term of middle school. I still go and talk to her about my son. She is just great!”

Kristen Newell, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Deb Lange:
“You are an instrument of change! Your patience is incredible. Kristen works with our ERR K-1 students and has been amazing for them. I am given the pleasure of having visitors every now and then and to see what she does and how she works with her students inspires me daily. She is the type of teacher that makes you want to be better.”

Thresa Athey, Shasta
Comments from co-worker, Carrie Tilson:
“Thresa, or Momma T as the students so lovingly have named her, goes out of her way to make sure every student who wants a meal at Shasta is fed. One day I was working with a couple of girls during lunch, so by the time we were finished their friends had finished eating. In middle school there is almost nothing cool about eating by yourself, so they chose not to. When she heard that they ended up going to class without having lunch, Thresa called me and asked me to hand-deliver sandwiches to them. The girls were touched that she would go out of her way for them. With the help of her thankless staff, Thresa and crew make lunchtime one of the highlights of the day. Thank you, Thresa and crew.”

Lynda Harris, Cascade Volunteer
Comments from Erik Brudvig, Cascade:
“Where to begin in describing the wonderful Lynda Harris?! I think it makes the most sense to start by explaining my relationship with her. Lynda was an Educational Assistant in my classroom at Churchill High School.  This was my first teaching job, and I would never have made it without Lynda.  Lynda worked in the Life Skills classroom at Churchill for over 20 years, and worked with children with disabilities for over 30.  She had, as you can imagine, a vast wealth of knowledge and experiences to share with me.  She spent her professional career advocating for, helping, and teaching young people with special needs. A sometimes forgotten story of the “Great Recession” is the tale about the economy’s devastating impact on schools across the country.  Our classroom at Churchill bore some of the brunt of that impact.  Faced with the decision of accepting a transfer to another classroom elsewhere in the county, Lynda instead decided to retire.  This was a loss for children. Lynda is a model of health and fitness.  She looks 10 years younger than her actual age (which is 29, by the way :)).She challenges students to be active and engaged, and models this behavior for them. She loves challenges, and likes to stay busy.  It stands to reason that, for Lynda, retirement wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.  She still had more to give. Since our room closed at Churchill, Lynda and I have stayed in close touch.  When she asked if there was a time that would work for some volunteer hours at Cascade, I told her absolutely.  A single chaperoned trip turned into a once-weekly visit, which turned into daily visits.  She is a big part of our room day in and day out. Lynda has refused (many times) to be added to the “sub list” so that she can be compensated for her time.  She does this work because she believes in it.  She is infinitely generous, and funds our weekly “community access” class for students meeting their academic and behavioral goals out of her own pocket. In her years at Churchill Lynda excelled at teaching community safety, trip planning, budgeting, and job skills.  She shares those skills with our students every week in the community on trips all over Eugene.  This is a rare and unique privilege for our young men and women, and one that they deeply appreciate. Lynda Harris is an incredible person.  I model myself to be more like her every day.  I treasure her knowledge, her skills, and her friendship.  She’s simply the best.”

Karissa Stavros, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Deb Lange:
“You do amazing work with kids every day. It is work from the heart! Thank you.”

Estin Warren, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Deb Lange:
“You do amazing things with students. You are flexible, make adjustments at the drop of a dime and your consistent encouragement and support to your students shows in their smiles.”

Sherry Martinell, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Deb Lange:
“Coming into a 4th grade class room mid-stream is difficult for any teacher. I want you to know you are doing a job well done. You are holding kids accountable, engaging them in learning, and working so hard to be ready and prepared every day. Prairie Mountain is so blessed to have you on our team!”

Brenda Kame’euni and Prairie Mountain Title Team
Comments from co-worker, Deb Lange:
“Brenda and the Title team have supported our 4th grade readers this year; and each student has made incredible strides of improvement. The team encourages, builds content knowledge, makes learning fun and creates a positive learning environment. To the best Title staff that does amazing work with kids, thank you!”

Janice Johnson, Clear Lake
Comments from co-worker, Helen Gilbert:
“Mrs. Johnson is an awesome teacher she is amazing at working with the children in her class. She is also wonderful to work with she makes you feel like you are an equal. We will miss her when she retires at the end of this school year.”

Jil Lister, Irving
Comments from Cyndi Cutler, Business Services:
“Thank you Jil for all your hard work!  You submit items on time and completed.  When we ask questions you know right off the top of your head the answer.  We appreciate YOU and recognize all your hard work.  Thank you ~ Business Services.”

Debbie Jaros, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Deanna Lovell:
“Debbie is amazing with the kids at Danebo. She is always willing to help in any area of the school. I can see how dedicated she is to the children, the staff, and all of Danebo, no matter what.”

Debi Bostwick, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Katie Eschrich:
“Debi is such a hard working teacher and puts in so much time and effort to see that all of her students succeed. She always stays up to date on new studies/research and curriculum. She is excellent at balancing and juggling a myriad of responsibilities!”

Lisa Coelho, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Brenda Kame’enui:
“Lisa is a very fine small-group reading instructor at Prairie Mountain, and her struggling kindergarten students make great headway every year.  Lisa is extraordinarily flexible and helpful on any small detail that arises.  She is especially astute at helping EA substitutes work into a productive day with students.”

Deborah Lange, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Terrance Gray:
“Mrs. Lange is one of the most positive, vigorous, engaging 4th grade educators I know. She has taught from Head Start of Lane County to the High School level and is now pursing her Administrative License. Her students to this day will yet come and thank her for being the best teacher they had. Mrs. Lange is a true blessing to the Bethel School District, her family and her friends. A quote from your students: “You are the most Awesomeness Teacher Ever.”

Colleen Snodgrass, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Stella Hubbard Lohonyay:
“Colleen has gone beyond her job description as an Assistant and has helped develop curriculum, and has even stepped up and instructed our students in areas she is familiar with. She is a positive part of our team and is always enthusiastic about what we are doing in class. She brings humor and intelligence to our program, and for that, everyone benefits greatly from her being here. Colleen is so very appreciated!”

Anna Gilder, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Stella Hubbard Lohonyay:
“Anna is a vital part of our team here at Willamette High School. She has a caring and gentle approach with our students and always works hard to do her best. She is a strong advocate for our special needs students and she is greatly appreciated for that.”

Laurel Olivio, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Stella Hubbard Lohonyay:
“Laurel works with students with special needs and supports them when they are enrolled in regular education classes. She is a true professional in her work and is an excellent example of how to integrate special education students into the regular education curriculum. She is an asset to Willamette High School. We are lucky to have her.”

Angela Huffstickler, Meadow View
Comments from parent, Lisa Monroe:
“Mrs. Huffstickler is an amazing teacher. For the first time in my son’s time in school he feels comfortable, respected, and enjoys school. I give all the credit to Angela Huffstickler. Thank you so much.”

Barry Bokn, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Dan Hedberg:
“Barry is an absolute pillar of the Bethel community. He embodies everything our community represents – integrity, loyalty, dedication and excellence! People all over the state recognize Barry as the model of professionalism as an Athletic Director. He has a unique ability to see the best in all students and never gives up on a kid! Barry has earned the admiration of colleagues, community members and students.  Barry is a true Wolverine and is appreciated more than words can describe!”

Jamie Bamford, Fairfield
Comments from co-worker, Alyson Young:
“Jamie is an essential part of our 4/5 writing instruction block.  She does what every teacher loves: she circulates and helps kids who need it without even needing to be asked!  If there are kids who were absent or who need extra support, I can always count on her to sit with them and help keep them on track, and I know she’ll give them just the right amount of support.  Jamie is an extremely competent educational assistant, and her help in my writing class has been a huge part of why Room 18 writers have been so successful this year.  Thank you for all that you do, Jamie!”

Cascade Middle School Staff
Comments from Principal, Dana Miller:
“I recognize that it is unusual to nominate an entire school staff for a Bethel Spirit Award, but I’ve decided that if the Academy can do it for the Oscars, then I should be able to do so, too!  I feel so blessed and proud to work with the greatest “ensemble cast” of educators I have known.  They work tirelessly to support the talents and needs of our remarkable student population.  During the month of February, which is historically a high-stress time of the school year, our staff has provided the compassion, enthusiasm and dedication to help our students celebrate a nearly 50% reduction in office discipline referrals and have distributed more than 150 positive behavior referrals to date this year!  “Happy Kindness Month” everyone!  Last month our students were surveyed and indicated, overwhelmingly, that their CMS staff respects them and are available in times of celebration and in times of need.  Cascade’s is a staff that selflessly strives to overcome the obstacles we all face in schools, and provides a positive learning climate in which achievement gaps narrow and success is the only option.  Thank you ALL for the work you do daily to ensure it is ALWAYS a Great Day to be a Cougar!”

Tonya McPherson, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Sue Thompson:
“Tonya has been such a great asset to Cascade.  Her ability to go with the flow with assignment change has been such a great relief to me.  Tonya’s constant enthusiasm about any project she is helping with amazes me.  She is in charge of P.E. equipment distribution and keeping it all organized. Boy what a huge job.  Thank you Tonya for all you do here.”

Trisha Van Damme, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Sue Thompson:
“It has been such a pleasure to work with Trisha here at Cascade.  With so many changes here in the front office this year we have had to really rely on each other for support.  She has become invaluable to Cascade and me.  I continue to watch and respect her ability to be able to multitask and problem solve on a daily basis”

Susan Garrigues, Prairie Mountain
Comments from Volunteer, Kathryne Rich:
“Susan is the quintessential classroom EA! She offers a calm rhythm and balance to the dynamics of our Kindergarten class.  She wears many other “hats” throughout the school day, and performs each task with enthusiasm and efficiency. I have worked with Susan for two years in my capacity as a volunteer and her constant support and organizational skills are an asset. She mentors with kindness, thank you, Susan!”

Erin Harris, Prairie Mountain
Comments from Volunteer, Kathryne Rich:
“I volunteer in Mrs. Harris’s Kindergarten classroom and want to acknowledge the absolute “joy of learning” that resonates within this stimulating environment! Erin nurtures and supports children and parents on a daily basis.She encourages everyone to do “our personal best”, provides a safe haven to take risks and most of all…she appreciates every child and their unique contributions. You are valued, Mrs. Harris!!”

Kevin Smith, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Mago Gilson:
“I need to recognize Kevin Smith, given the fact that he is just an amazing teacher and a wonderful co-worker. To me he is like my guardian angel at Danebo. I have very challenging times and I run to him asking for help. He is always there to assist me, making me feel that is just fine to ask for help. I really appreciate you Kevin.”

Mago Gilson, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Mary O’Brien-Cary:
“Mago’s ever-present willingness to consult, translate, and collaborate is remarkable, especially when she does so with a smile and kind word.  Thank you, Mago for all you do for students and staff at Danebo!”

Judy Rue Kethcart, Meadow View
Comments from Bethel Business Services:
“Thank you Judy for all your help and hard work!  In the beginning of the school year you really helped us understand some processes of the School Head Secretaries.  Thank you for letting us come to your school and look for alternative financial reports. You always have time for our questions and have a smile on your face!  We appreciate YOU and recognize all your hard work!”

Debbie Jaros, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Bonnie Colton:
“Debbie is such a wonderful person, she is great with the kids, and always has a smile on her face. She is always at work no matter what! Rain, snow or shine! Debbie does whatever it takes to get the job done.”

Dan Myers, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Glenda Zimmer:
“Dan has been persistent and consistent at implementing our decoding and fluency program for our department’s students. Due to his dedication and encouragement a high majority of these students are making gains and working their way back to grade level for reading fluency!”

Tami McGuire, Malabon
Comments from parent, Sara Robinson:
“It’s so nice to have such a friendly person in the office. Tami always greets me with a smile. She makes me feel welcome each and every time I see her (which has been many, many times.) She is also very supportive with concerns.”

Kate Aly, Meadow View
Comments from Behavior Specialist Erin White:
“Kate Aly shows an amazing dedication and passion towards teaching. She works hard day in and day out to support her students academically and behaviorally. Kate uses lots creativity with her students to help them stay engaged in learning. The structures and systems in her classroom make it possible for students to learn with the best of their ability. Thanks to Kate for all her hard work and devotion.”

Special Education Transportation Staff
From Behavior Specialist Erin White:
“Carla Tysor, Patti Marshall and their team of bus drivers and bus aides are nothing short of amazing. Every day they are transporting many Bethel students to various programs all over Lane County. The transportation team works hard to ensure students have a safe ride to and from school. When scheduling new students for transportation, the team quickly and effectively kicks into action in order to meet the needs of the students in Bethel. They have a tough job, but the special education transportation team does a fabulous job making sure students get to where they need to go.”

Robyn Dunkum, Malabon
Comments from parent, Sara Robinson:
“Ms. Dunkum is a wonderful, dedicated teacher. I think she goes above and beyond. I love her personality and teaching style. When I have concerns, Ms. Dunkum is great at communicating in a way that reassures me. She understands and is taking my concerns seriously. She has also called me at home trying to better understand my child’s health needs. She is just great!!”

Kate Doyle, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Kathryn Reuter:
“Kate Doyle is not only a wonderful teacher, but a wonderful colleague. She has reached out to me as a new staff member and helped me with so many things. She has a peaceful spirit that always brightens my day.”

Caleb McKenzie, Malabon
Comments from co-worker, Janice Matti:
“Where to start…Caleb is an amazing teacher! He goes above and beyond at his “job” although I would call it his “gift”. Today is just a small example of what I’m talking about. We had a younger student, not from his grade level, who refused to come in from recess. Our administrator was out of the building in a meeting. When Caleb found out about the student, he came out to recess (this was Caleb’s lunchtime) and spent almost his entire lunch walking and talking to this student. Several of us had already tried without success to get him to go to class. I don’t know what Caleb said that turned him around, but the next thing I know, he’s walking the student back to class. I don’t think Caleb realizes the impact he has on his, as well as other students in the building! He is truly an amazing teacher!”

Nora Dysert, Fairfield
Comments from co-worker, Alyson Young:
“Nora is a knight in shining armor who stands guard over our precious, precious morning prep time.  We are endlessly grateful for the sanctity she provides us every day.  THANK YOU, NORA!”

Tonya McPherson, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Jennifer Smyly:
“Although there were several supporting staff members, Tonya was instrumental this year in organizing Cascade’s annual ‘Spirit of Giving’ event for our students and staff. This effort included countless hours of time outside of her work day including requesting, collecting, and organizing donation items from a variety of community sources, and being the ‘go-to’ point person for all things related to this event.  Our students look forward to this every year in being able to ‘purchase’ gifts for family members with their ‘good behavior’ Cougar Pride Bucks. Another outstanding Spirit of Giving event benefiting our student & staff! Thank you once again!”

Lisa Cunningham, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Amanda Zacharek:
“Lisa made me feel welcome to the team from the minute I met her. She volunteered her time to not only help me set up my room, but also to brainstorm ways to make academics flow better within my classroom. Thank you so much for being a great team member Lisa!”

Holly Hernandez, Shasta
Comments from Tonya McPherson, Cascade:
“Holly has been such and integral part of our Jesse’s Toy Chest Project. If it wasn’t for her love of the Cascade kids and her big generous heart; our holiday would not have been as successful! Thank you Holly for all you and your husband do. I don’t know where I’d be without you!

Sue Thompson, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Tonya McPherson:
“Sue has been instrumental at the “behind the scenes” running of our Spirit of Giving / Jesse’s Toy Chest project. If It wasn’t for her dedication and hard work; the spirit of giving would not have been so successful! Thanks Sue, I don’t know what I’d do without your help!!

Adam Walker, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Dawn Delorefice:
“I am new to the WHS team, and in my short time here I have witnessed Adam’s innate ability as a teacher leader. I am also thoroughly impressed with the rapport and learning taking place his classroom. It is clear the students feel safe and welcome. Thank you for all of your motivation and drive. You are appreciated!”

Miranda Page, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Dawn Delorefice:
“I have been impressed with Miranda’s energy and zest for teaching and continual learning. She is a teacher leader and I am thoroughly impressed with all of the hard work and time she has put in to be a leader in the proficiency learning model at WHS, as well as in the District and the community. Thank you for all of your motivation and drive. You are appreciated!”

Christine Guldager, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Dawn Delorefice:
“Christine’s is truly a teacher leader at Willamette. I am thoroughly impressed with all of the hard work and time she has put in to be a leader in the proficiency learning model at WHS. I also appreciate the organization and positive personality that she consistently brings to her profession. I want to recognize all of the hard work, time, and energy she puts into helping ALL students learn. Thank you for all of your motivation and drive. You are appreciated!”

Paul Steiber, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Mindy LeRoux:
“Paul is a genuinely caring teacher plus much more. He values the education and takes to heart the success of our students. He prioritizes their education to make sure they get the best and exactly what they need. He also participates on school and district teams which adds to his workload, but it also shows that he has an appreciation of the system in which we work. He always provides thoughtful input and perspectives. He is one of those people you work with and realize instantly that he is unique and special…in a good way! Thank you, Paul for all you do for Willamette, Bethel, and mostly for our students.”

Sara Matteri, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Mindy LeRoux:
“Sara is delightful to work with. She cares deeply about our students. Most days she works with students who are experiencing difficult life situations. She listens, she is kind, and she supports our students in a way that helps them grow up into responsible young adults. She does all this while also creating schedules for students, individual check-ins with students, and much, much more! Thank you, Sara for being such a caring, positive team member at Willamette.”

Bridget Munson, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Mindy LeRoux:
“Bridget has been a valuable Bethel employee for several years in a variety of positions. She is always professional, polite, and kind to all staff, students and parents. Others have told me that she is such a great employee, but of course, I already know that! It is a joy to work with Bridget.”

Rachel VanDeinse, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Mindy LeRoux:
“Rachel runs the kitchen at Willamette making enough food to feed several hundred students breakfast and lunch every day. She does it all with a smile. She is happy and cares deeply about our students. She is an inspiration and simply delightful to work with. Thank you, Rachel!”

Glenda Zimmer, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Dan Hedberg:
“Glenda works wonders with the students in her classes. Her genuine care and compassion endears her to her students. Glenda is a star at WHS!”

Robin Patterson, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Dan Hedberg:
“Robin is amazingly caring with each student that she works with. She uses her wit and humor to defuse sensitive situations and creates valuable connections with students. Robin has been an awesome addition back onto the WHS staff!”

Alicia Rodriguez, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Dan Hedberg:
“Alicia is wonderful at her job! She has a talent for effectively communicating with people in a fashion that ensures they feel valued and appreciated. Alicia makes positive relationships throughout our community and her contributions are invaluable.”

Eric Wright, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Jessica Mosier:
“Eric has been incredibly supportive and helpful all year.  He is always there to answer questions that come up and to collaborate with for our math classes.  I really appreciate the energy he puts into his classes and into the school.”

Kristi Oster, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Natalie Oliver:
“Kristi is a champion for our kids at Cascade. She has high expectations for our students both in academics and citizenship. The students benefit from her tireless efforts to help them succeed. From “Friday School” to lending a listening ear, Kristi is a wonderfully dedicated and talented teacher. She is also a joy to work with every day.”

Haley Ellis, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Brenda Kame’enui:
“Prairie Mountain appreciates the youth and flexibility of Haley Ellis, our newest EA in the Title program. Haley’s creativity and interest in learning are among the talents she brings to students.”

David Fitch, Shasta
Comments from parent, Tania Nash:
“He goes above and beyond the call of duty, meeting with a choir before school starts! He enthusiastically leads them through warm-ups and guides them to create an amazing sound so early in the morning! “No Child Left Behind” rings true in his classes. He wants all of his students to look sharp and do their very best. They love him, and I mean they LOVE Mr. Fitch! He has a way of connecting with the kids that makes them WANT to do well and be their best. Who could ask for more SPIRIT than that?”

Jennifer Haliski, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Brenda Kame’enui:
“The details, systems, and programs at a large K-8 school are enough to make your head spin.  Prairie Mountain principal Jennifer Haliski has a knack for executing the many systems with a thoroughness that is staggering.  She manages student needs, teachers and classrooms, and parent desires with aplomb and follow-through.”

Erik Brudvig, Cascade
Comments from co-worker, Sebastian Catlin:
“4 weeks ago I was transferred from Shasta Middle School to work in Erik’s ERR classroom at Cascade Middle School.  Immediately I was blown away with the quality of Erik’s teaching.  His creativity, excitement, and passion for education and teaching are inspiring.  His commitment to each and every student is incredible.  Mr. B (as he is known to his students) ensures that his students not only learn but have fun doing it.  Not a day goes by that I am not extremely impressed by his teaching.  Thanks for inspiring me and being so committed to your students.  They are lucky to have you as their teacher.”

Annette Munger, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Brenda Kame’enui:
“Prairie Mountain School appreciates many talents in Annette Munger, among them a special acuity for teaching reading to our youngest students with the most intensive needs.  She teaches directly and with fidelity and then finds ways to break up the long instructional block into reinforcing word games, writing and reading that keep students on task and ensure success.”

Erika Case, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Erin White:
“Erika is doing a fantastic job as Meadow View’s new principal. You won’t find her in her office much as she is constantly in the hallways and classrooms interacting with students, teachers and parents. She always has Power Paws in her hand and consistently gives out compliments for expected behavior around the school. Erika is a strong, professional leader and great communication with staff and families. And at the end of the day, she always has a smile on her face. What I admire most about Erika is the statement I hear from her most, “I’m going to do what’s best for kids”. Three cheers for Erika!”

Ginny Ward, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Brenda Kame’enui:
“Prairie Mountain School not only appreciates a fine middle school EA but also an extraordinary PTO leader and organizer in Ginny Ward.  Ginny has a vision of what can be done with and for families, and she knows how to organize and execute a great time.  Our school carnival was a wild success, thanks to Ginny and her wonderful cadre of parents.”

Clair Manley, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Denise Meinardus:
“I appreciate Clair’s incredible energy and contribution to Meadow View’s fourth grade team. Her dedication to students and parents alike deserves special acknowledgement. Check out her blog if you have a chance!”

Nichole Green, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Brenda Kame’enui:
“Every early morning at Prairie Mountain School, Wildcat Creek is a buzz of games, visiting, and breakfast.  Nichole Green cheerfully greets and supervises K-1 students and families with a kind word.  The “creek” is a family place buzzing with good cheer before the school day begins, in great part because of Nichole’s kindly dependability.”

Greg Barrager, Maintenance
Comments from co-worker, Jennifer Hendrix:
“With crawling through attics, climbing over hot roofs, and working in freezing walk-ins, Greg works very hard to keep the 1,000,000+ square feet of Bethel’s buildings comfortable and safe for its occupants. Each building in Bethel has a different HVAC system, and Greg knows them all. He also keeps our freezers, milk coolers, and refrigerators running to keep all of our wonderfully fresh food fresh.”

Teresa Hanavan, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Brenda Kame’enui:
“It takes considerable patience and insight to supervise, support, and corral middle school students in any setting, and Teresa Hanavan is particularly adept at it during lunch and free time.  She has a talent for finding the sweet spot in these teens and preteens who resist and crave adult attention at the same time.”

LeeAnn Williamson-Henry, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Amber Plaunty:
“LeeAnn goes above and beyond the call of duty to help our students. She works extra-long hours, and is the personification of professionalism. She is also super funny, kind, generous, and welcoming to me, a brand new employee. I love her!”

Lisa Coelho, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Brenda Kame’enui:
“Education assistants share many talents at Prairie Mountain School, and one of Lisa Coelho’s is zeroing in on the particular needs of students, especially kindergartners, and addressing those needs in her refined instruction.  We’re lucky to have her watching out for our Super K students.”

Krista Larson, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Brenda Kame’enui:
“It doesn’t matter if you need a shingle replaced on the school roof or a database built for chewing gum while jumping rope, Krista Larson will gladly face the challenge.  Krista knows systems and details and tackles every task with verve and good humor at Prairie Mountain School. We couldn’t do it without her–in the Title room, on the playground, at the computer!”

Teresea Riney, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Brenda Kame’enui:
“You can find Teresea Riney at the corner of Royal and Terry early every school day.  She’s there through rain and fog and the dark of morn, offering students a welcome and a smile to jumpstart their day–and encouragement to walk or bike to school.  Watch for Teresea’s stop sign with the blinking light!”

Kyle Ward, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Adam Walker:
“During the hectic nature of the beginning of a new school year, Kyle has been a beacon of positivity in the workplace. He has done a great job leading our department and making sure our three new teachers are ready to go by sharing curriculum and providing them with any help they may need. He has helped our department get on track to work toward common assessments and curriculum development, always keeping in mind what is best for students. It is a pleasure to come to work every day knowing that Kyle will help support his colleagues and will provide his students with great instruction.”

Cody Bollinger, Volunteer
Comments from Karen Ferguson, Irving:
“I am an employee, that’s true, but I am also a parent and have been spending a lot of time volunteering for the football team and the Senior Grad Party. If I EVER have a need, be it for a table to sell spirit gear, or in need of an Easy Up to save the day (and the spirit gear) from ruin, or something as simple as moving a box, all I need do is say the word and Cody will do what he can to make it happen. He is a great guy with a winning attitude who is always willing to help. I appreciate everything he does for us all, and he does it all with a smile.”

Joy Hatch, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Kathleen Petty:
“Joy Hatch is a joy to work with. She is my colleague in the World Languages Dept. at WHS. Her upbeat attitude and can-do spirit is evident in every meeting with Joy. When faced with a new grading system and a new evaluation system along with personal issues she remains positive and encourages us with phrases such as: We can do this!”

Michael Rutter, Infant Toddler Center
Comments from co-worker Cindy Montgomery:
“Michael goes above and beyond what he needs to in taking care of the infant toddler center and new preschool room. We are a messy bunch and many times Michael finds rice or cornmeal all over the floor and dropped pieces food under the tables. He has to clean around infant swings, mats, cribs, small chairs, toy shelves etc. Recently he repaired a broken gate (twice) for us without anyone even asking. He sees what our needs are and takes care of them. Everything looks great when I arrive in the mornings. He is always friendly and professional. Everyone in the center appreciates all he does for us. THANK YOU MICHAEL!!”

Maria Rutter, Nutrition Services
Comments from co-worker, Janay Stroup:
“Maria is an amazing, upbeat person.  She never fails to make each one of the Kalapuya students feel seen and important.  She does an amazing job of making sure all of our students get food, even the ones who hesitate to come through the lunch line.  Her encouraging words help students eat healthy meals they need to be at their best.  She is efficient and organized in her job.  I smile each time I see her enter our building and look forward to hearing her say hello.  She is highly appreciated.”

Debbie Dietz, Kathy On, Kathy Cleland, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Barb Roberts:
“What would I ever do without each of you here at Willamette High School!?  I so appreciate your support and help during the beginning of this school year.  I thank you, as I know it was over-the-top crazy busy for all of us, yet each of you stopped what you were doing to help me!  Words cannot express how deeply I appreciate each of you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

Betty Hooton, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-workers Sharilyn Pelayo and Lori Vinti:
“Betty is flexible, supportive, and friendly with students and staff. She is always ready to step in and assist where needed. Thank you Betty for always being there for us, and having a great sense of humor.”

Maureen Spence, Malabon
Comments from co-worker, Tracy Haggerty:
“A big thanks to Maureen for all her efforts at making all the Malabon EA’s schedules work for us and the needs of the kids.”

Jennifer Haliski, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Kelly Leguizamon:
“I would like to thank Jennifer Haliski for being so willing to try new things and be open to teacher suggestions. We have improved our school environment in so many ways thanks to her openness. Thank you!!!!”

Chris Ferguson, Volunteer
Comments from Terri Boekhorst, Willamette:
“Chris is a retired teacher and a valuable volunteer in the Bethel District. He is the driving force behind the Free Farmers Market on Mondays at Cascade, he started book stores for students in Fairfield and Cascade, and spent the entire summer working with the YTP students to put in the raised bed gardens in back of Willamette. He is fun, loves our kids and puts them first. All of his projects are free to our students and enrich their lives.”

Brian Cravens, Bus Driver
Comments from Samantha Hart, Fairfield:
“This week we were having a theme of teddy bears in my kindergarten classroom at Fairfield. Each student was to bring a teddy bear to school on Monday so that we could celebrate and do activities with them, including a Teddy Bear Picnic on Friday. Yesterday afternoon, after Brian dropped off my AM students and picked up my PM students he dropped off a bag of 20 teddy bears in our office. Brian knew that some of the students might not have a teddy bear to bring to school and he wanted them to all have one. So he went out and used his own money to purchase 20 teddy bears for my students! I was blown away and still am by his thoughtfulness and generosity! Brian is not just a bus driver to our students but a friend, a teacher, and someone who truly cares about our Bethel kids. Thank you, bus driver Brian!!!! Our week of teddy bears was made even more special by your kind gesture. The world needs more people just like you!”

Betty Hooton, Prairie Mountain
Comments from the front office staff:
“Betty is a super HERO!!!! Always helpful and with a great big SMILE, even out in the parking lot during a down pour.  Betty never says anything negative. WE LOVE BETTY on the MOUNTAIN.”

Robyn Thompson, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Stephen Wilson:
“Robyn always works hard to ensure the productivity of students when they are studying after school.”

Connie Hollingsworth, Kalapuya
Comments from co-worker, Lenet Galloway:
“Connie has the patience of a saint as verified by her diligence to set up testing and then intake meetings for all Kalapuya students while undergoing several major changes in the processing just days before school started.”

Debbie Jaros, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Kim Gregory:
“Debbie really cares about the school as a whole, the building and the students. She comes as quickly as she can whenever called.  She never hesitates to do anything she can to get the job done, jumping right in with a smile on her face. I really enjoy working with her. Her good natured attitude is a pleasure to have here at Danebo!”

Bridget Wadsworth, Business Office
Comments from co-worker, Cyndi Cutler:
“Bridget is the new payroll specialist here at Bethel. She always has a smile and a kind word.  September payroll was a challenge with a lot of extra hours.  Bridget remained professional and dedicated.  She showed up every day with her smile glowing and sense of humor! She was the inspiration that helped us all get through the long days. Bridget deserves the Bethel Spirit Award for showing all her spirit during a very challenging time. Thank you Bridget!”

Misty Stephensen, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Edane Chism:
“Misty is my Teacher’s Assistant.  I am new to my position and if it wasn’t for Misty this school year wouldn’t have started off so successfully. Misty is devoted and dedicated to the BCTN special education students. She pays attention to their every need and shares with me crucial information to ensure the students are transitioning well. She has jumped in to show me the routine and where everything is. I greatly appreciate all that Misty has done for me over the last few weeks.”

Jana Trump, District Test Coordinator
Comments from Carlos Sequeira, Willamette:
“Jana is just an all-around amazing person. I appreciate her patience and kindness when answering the dozens of questions regarding OAKS. Jana is professional and thorough in all she does. She is a joy to work with. Thank you, Jana!”

Adam Walker, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Dan Hedberg:
“Adam has shown immense leadership both inside and outside of the classroom. Adam’s classes are always a student favorite because they are fun and educational. Adam has also demonstrated great leadership by accepting the position as Willamette High School Head Teacher Leader. Willamette is lucky to have a teacher and leader of Adam caliber! Thank you Adam!”

Lance Haas, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Dan Hedberg:
“Lance has demonstrated a great commitment to student success in his classrooms. He clearly posts learning targets and “I can” statements to empower his students to be in command of their education. Way to go Lance!”

Linda Hood, Pentamation Coordinator
Comments from co-worker, Dan Hedberg:
“Linda has been an amazing mentor and support system for Willamette High School. Linda selflessly dedicated uncountable hours training, teaching and scheduling behind the scenes. Her patience and consideration are unparalleled. This has been a great start of the school year because of the strength and support that Linda provides! Thank you Linda!”

Miranda Page, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Dan Hedberg:
“Miranda continually sets the bar for excellence in education. She is holistically dedicated to guiding students towards success. Each year Miranda produces a quality education for students, and each year Miranda finds a way to improve her classes by going above and beyond!  Willamette High School is lucky to have teachers like Miranda!”

Cassee Wyatt Rice, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Rosa Mariotti:
“Cassee is a new hire, like me (part-time in the kitchen where I’m the coordinator/manager). Since day one she demonstrated commitment and passion. She is very young and works two jobs. Nevertheless, Cassee is always available to do what it takes to get the task done and stay on her own time to learn new skills. She has PASSION. One can be smart, educated, and so on, but there is NO substitute for passion! It shows by how much she cares about the kids, the work environment, and her work ethic is flawless.  She is a young, talented lady and Bethel should be proud to have her as a team member. I am!”

Sara Baumann, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Eric Wright:
“Sara has proven to be a great addition to the upper grades team at Meadow View.  She is excited to teach Science and her students feed off of her excitement.”

Amy Tuski, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Sara Matteri:
“Amy has joined the WHS counseling team this year and has taken on her new position with a wonderful level of dedication. Her calm and cheerful personality is a wonderful addition to our department. I am so happy to have her in our office!”

Curtis Mitchell, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Dain Nelson:
“Curtis is one of the most recognizable and welcoming faces of Bethel for Willamette students. He is on campus 12 hours a day as a monitor, study hall supervisor and football coach. He knows almost every kid that walks through our doors, including their families, and serves as a conduit of information for staff. Students talk to him about serious issues that they aren’t comfortable sharing with anyone else, and he handles difficult situations with compassion and common sense. His selfless dedication to making Willamette a better home for kids is obvious to all.”

Patti Marshall, Transportation
Comments from co-worker, Pat Duerr:
“Patti has the task of putting together all the routs for drivers. and dealing with teachers and parents and many other people in and out of the district. And she does this with a cool head while dealing with all the drivers and the many changes that come across her desk every day. She’s there early and stays late. I don’t know what we would do without her. She’s just an all-around great person to deal with.”

Bonnie Roe, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Betty Hooton:
“Bonnie has earned a Bethel Spirit Award for her patience, which is evident no matter what is asked of her.”

Terrence Gray, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Betty Hooton:
“This Spirit Award goes to Terrence. He begins each day by calming all the students with his music. Thank you, Terrence.”

Kristen Newell, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Betty Hooton:
“Kristen receives this Spirit Award for sharing her education with her Educational Assistants. She makes sure we all have the tools we need to better help the students.”

Laurie Van Ordstrand, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Betty Hooton:
“Laurie deserves a Bethel Spirit Award for her creativity. She becomes different characters in order to wake-up the learning in her students.”

Karen Tramel, Prairie Mountain
Comments from co-worker, Cathy Stern:
“Karen does an outstanding job helping kids and parents cross the parking lot safely each morning. She has also helped put a smile on many students’ and parents’ faces each morning. Thank you Karen!”

Iris Bicksler, Bethel Health Center
Comments from co-worker, Annemarie Hirsch:
“Iris shows great dedication to the patient population at the health center,  heads up the teen council and is leading a girl empowerment class this year. She treats all staff, volunteers and clients with respect and patience, and is willing to take on new tasks and challenges. She is a great pleasure to work with!”

Estin Warren, Prairie Mountain
Comments from Erin White, Behavior Specialist:
“Estin Warren is an amazing teacher. He works collaboratively with students, families and staff to provide the best education for his students. He provides his students with a great social and academic education. Mr. Warren really knows his students and works hard on how to best support his students across settings. Thanks for being so fantastic!”

Mike Reetz, Shasta
Comments from parent, Kari Jane Latimer:
“Mr. Reetz is not only a gifted musician and music teacher but he is an amazing life coach for the kids at Shasta Middle School.  He had some big shoes to fill when Joe Ingram left and he has filled them up with his contagious enthusiasm and inspirational attitudes.  The kids arrive to his 0 period class early just so they can spend some “quality time with Mr. Reetz” talking about music and life.  He teaches them daily about the value of responsibility and hard work.  He lavishes praise on kids who show kindness, patience and thoughtfulness, characteristics which are all too often overlooked by society.  The kids know that in Mr. Reetz’s class, character counts!  He shows the kids love and respect and they love and respect him back.  Mike symbolizes all the best of our beloved Bethel School District; he selflessly puts his students first and with great energy and integrity directs their paths to a life of service and high character.”

Cory Fiala, Technology
Comments from Sarah Campbell, Meadow View:
“Three cheers for Cory Fiala! His patience, when dealing with our real (and sometimes perceived) technological woes, is humbling. Thank you!”

Erin Landauer, Meadow View
Comments from co-worker, Lisa Bateman:
“Erin has amazing empathy, compassion and understanding for each individual student.  Her instructional fidelity is amazing and students make great progress in her classroom.  She is a team player and Bethel is so fortunate to have her!”

Martha Pelayo, Danebo
Comments from co-worker, Mago Gilson:
“Martha Pelayo has worked very hard with our ELD students. She is a joy to have in my classroom. Her sense of humor helps us all to be comfortable. Most of all, she is patient, creative, and full of ideas. She gives special attention to needy students. I need more space to say how much I appreciate Martha.”

Pat Loose, Willamette
Comments from co-worker, Mary Bork:
“Pat Loose has been a Health Room Assistant for over 20 years.  Every day in the WHS Health Room, she works with students to stay healthy, and if sick, return to health quickly through education and referral to health care.  Students who come to the WHS Health Room are greeted by a friendly and caring professional who gives students excellent medical care, such as first aid, prescribed medications, brief counseling, and referrals to needed health resources.  Her warm, accepting personality helps students to feel welcome and cared about.  For some students Pat is like a “Mom” at school. Some students come to the Health Room every day just to get a drink of water and say “hi” to Pat. She also assists all of Bethel Health Services with ordering and distributing supplies to all the school Health Rooms and the Bethel Health Center. She is a delight to work with each day.”

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