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Spring 2015 Staff Appreciation

 

CROTHERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Linda Finazzo – Crothers
Nominated by: Donna Olceski
Nominated for: Relationships and Innovation

Linda has a way of perfectly mixing patience, love, and discipline in her classroom.  That perfect mix in turn creates an environment of cooperation from the children that amazes me.  She meets each child and their families’ right where they are at and she treats them all with dignity, compassion and love.  She encourages each in their unique circumstances and lets them know that in all the struggles and setbacks of raising a special needs child that there is hope.  She has found her God-given gift, and she knows how to use it.  She blesses me every day.

Christine Tesnow – Crothers
Nominated by: Donna Olceski
Nominated for: Relationships

Chris is the perfect support person for Mrs. Finazzo’s class.  She works in complete harmony with Linda mirroring her vision but in her own unique way.  She, too, possesses the gift of blending patience, love, and discipline to make the kids feel loved and safe.  Chris is my frontline person on the bus.  She brings the kids out at the end of the day and alerts me if someone had a rough day.  That helps me out so I can add extra care and love on my end to also mirror Linda’s model.  Chris blesses me every day, too!

ROOSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Mary Binge – Roose
Nominated by: Wendy Watters – Parent
Nominated for: Relationships

Mrs. Binge does so much for Roose.  She is encouraging to all of students and helps them so much.  Mrs. Binge started the Green Team which makes Roose a better place to be.  Mrs. Binge always has a smile on her face and has a kind word to say.  We are so lucky to have Mrs. Binge at Roose! 

John Daley – Roose Elementary Social Worker
Nominated by: Christa McKinley
Nominated for: Relationships

John Daley is our school social worker at Roose Elementary. 

John’s rapport with students, parents and staff is exemplary.  John is able to maintain positive interactions with students even while working at multiple buildings throughout the district.  It is very apparent John genuinely cares about our students, and he strives to do his personal best to guide our students.

Your constant cooperation and help with my Resource Room students is greatly appreciated.  Thank you, John, for your hard work and dedication!

Jan Lukasiewicz – Roose
Nominated by: Wendy Watters – Parent
Nominated for: Relationships

Mrs. “L” does so much for Roose.  She encourages our students to read and is truly a great librarian.  Mrs. L goes above and beyond for our students and our school. 

Jan Lukasiewicz - Roose
Nominated by Donna Chrzanowski
Nominated for: Innovation

Jan is always looking for new and exciting ways to help the students of Roose Elementary develop a love of books. She combines both reading to the students and helping them find books into a flawless operation of caring and enthusiasm. Students look forward to coming to the Roose Library to hear Jan read a story to them and many of them want to read the same story again and again. She brings the characters to life with the craft and skill of a master story teller, and I find myself wanting to sit and listen to her as much as the students do!

She works tirelessly to bring affordable books during the Book Fair and gives of her own money and time to help the students make some take-home crafts that help to reinforce the story that she just read to them.  She never turns a student away from looking for a book or for just wanting to come in and talk to her about something that they are reading.

In her quiet, unsung hero way, she shares the love of books and reading with each and every student at Roose. Jan is a great asset to our school and to the Center Line Community as well, and that is why I feel that she is deserving of a Staff Appreciation award. 

Christa McKinley – Roose
Nominated by: Stacey Cronin
Nominated for: Relationships

This year, I have had the pleasure of working next door to Christa.  I have witnessed firsthand her concern and care for the students and staff at Roose.  The students are Christa’s top priority.  She spends countless hours planning to meet the needs of her diverse students.  Her classroom is a safe, secure environment for her students and they feel at home.  While maintaining a challenging curriculum, Christa provides for the wide range of needs in her room.  Her students respond positively to her consistent and caring routine.  Christa also fosters strong relationships with the parents of her students with frequent contacts, always keeping them up to date with the education of their children.

Christa’s relationship with staff members is similar in her consistent, gentle, yet strong presence.  She has a quiet way of supporting her staff members.  She operates more behind the scenes, quietly offering support with her time, words of wisdom, or a listening ear.   The feelings and needs of others motivate her actions.  Christa is always thinking of ways to support the Roose team.

Thank you, Christa, for your dedication to everyone at Roose!

SPECIAL SERVICES

Kathy Kohler – Special Services
Nominated by Christa McKinley
Nominated for: Relationships

Kathy Kohler is our Special Services Secretary and she does an amazing job on a daily basis!  Kathy coordinates support services for six different schools: Early Childhood Center, Crothers Elementary, Roose Elementary, Peck Elementary, Wolfe Middle School and Center Line High School.

Kathy’s positive approach to problem solving and her attention to details are greatly appreciated.  Kathy is a calm and pleasant person.  She helps make my days go smoothly.  It is wonderful working with you Kathy.

ACADEMY 21

Nancy Endres – Academy 21
Nominated by: Andrew McKinnon
Nominated for: Relationships

Maureen O’Connor – Academy 21
Nominated by: Andrew McKinnon
Nominated for: Relationships

Joan Weitz – Academy 21
Nominated by: Andrew McKinnon
Nominated for: Relationships

CENTER LINE HIGH SCHOOL

Jessica Yeakel – CLHS
Nominated by: Ben Gurk        
Nominated by: Relationships

Mrs. Yeakel has an extremely positive influence on our students and school culture. She makes an intentional effort to get to know students, build positive relationships with them, and create a learning environment wherein students are not afraid to think outside the box. Every day she greets each student as they enter her classroom, and each student knows that Mrs. Yeakel truly cares about them as an individual. She also maintains positive relationships with parents and staff members. She has been a positive-change agent while serving as a CLEA building rep; and in the capacity of a school improvement team member, she has attended PD and led our integration of Project Based Learning into classroom instruction.

John Grob – CLHS
Nominated by: Ben Gurk
Nominated for: Innovation

While Mr. Grob builds and maintains excellent relationships with students, staff and parents, he is nominated for Innovation. He took the initiative to research a 3D printer opportunity, obtained funding from our Moms’ & Dads’ Club, then attended training and built a 3D printer for CLHS students. He is now trained to teach, operate and repair the 3D printer. This emerging technology brings relevance to our classroom instruction. 3D printing is used in building motors in the manufacturing industry, prosthetic limbs in the medical field, and this past winter, one was transported to the international space station for astronauts to use.