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Wednesday, 12/17/2014
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Fall 2014 Staff Appreciation

ECC/LADD

Nominee Name:   Debbie Krause
Lead Teacher in Tuition Based, three and four year old multi-age preschool classroom
Nominated by:  Sheila O’Kane, Building Principal
Innovation

Center Line Public School’s preschool program has implemented many changes in the past 15 months in an effort to establish consistency and high achievement in all of our classrooms. We have updated curriculum, targeted professional development to improve instruction, and for the first time in the district’s history, assessed all kindergarten-bound students. To improve curriculum, instruction and assessment is very demanding for any teacher, even for a preschool lead teacher that has been serving CLPS for 21 years. But Debbie has stepped up to every expectation with professionalism, patience and a willingness to grow, learn, and work together as a team to move forward with these very important initiatives. She has moved her room, reorganized her room to align with our new curriculum, has spent a great deal of time learning the new curriculum, adjusted her pedagogy to match the new curriculum, learned how to use a new assessment program, sought out professional development in addition to our training in house and at the MISD, and yes, has even begun using Excel spreadsheets! She has contributed to professional development, collaborated with staff and observed in other classrooms all with a positive attitude and desire to learn. Through all of this, her relationships with children and parents have always been positive and uplifting, for both our building and the district as a whole. Numerous times we have heard how thankful parents are to bring their second and third child to our program and see Ms. Krause is still here. I don’t think the district could be better served. It is a privilege to work with such a dedicated educator, so with great pride, we as a team recognize the outstanding effort of Debbie Krause.

Nominee: Sheila O’Kane
LADD
Principal
Nominated by Donna Cilia  
Innovation

Sheila O'Kane deserves recognition for all of her hard work and dedication in planning and scheduling the remodeling of the LADD building formerly known as the ECC.  She took on the daunting task with such enthusiasm and exhilaration without complaint.  She is now working tirelessly on getting a grant and other ways to improve our playground so the children can have the full experience of outdoor play. Thanks Sheila, for all you continue to do to make our building shine in the district!

CROTHERS ELEMENTARY

Nominee: Nicole Davis
Crothers
4th grade teacher
Nominated by Genevieve Gelle  
Relationships

Nicole is a 4th grade teacher at Crothers who is extremely organized, very patient, and always willing to help any teacher out.  She will always go out of her way to help create solutions, give suggestions, and share her wisdom.  Last year, I appreciated the many "walking field trips" my class made to her classroom, where she would open and lead lessons in Social Studies as well as Literacy for both of our classes.  Her instructional leadership was always present in the smooth delivery of lessons using best practices.  She is terrific at researching great websites that supply a wealth of resources - and will always share without anyone even having to ask her.  I appreciate her taking the time to check in with me, this year, even though we teach different grades.  Even this morning, she listened to an area I needed help with in my classroom and offered a suggestion and strategy that I have already put into practice! 

Nominee:  Mrs. Gates
Crothers
Administrative Assistant
Nominated by: The Godard Family
Relationships

Mrs. Gates is just so many kinds of awesome! She plays many different roles and plays them all well.  I’m so happy that she works with my children.  Thank you to Mrs. Gates.

Nominee: Barb Latyszewski
Crothers
SACC
Nominated by: Lisa Grelecki  (parent)
Relationships

Mrs. “L” demonstrates the utmost dedication to our children and their well-being.  She is a wonderful communicator with not only the children, but to parents too.  She works tirelessly to employ creative ways to entertain and engage our kids.  She cares about each and every child as if they were her own.

Nominee: Cathy Locricchio
Crothers
Custodian
Nominated by Genevieve Gelle  
Relationships

Cathy is the Crothers Head Custodian this year.  She is so much fun to chat with each morning, cleans our classrooms with true pride and takes exceptional care of every inch of our building!  Countless times this school year already, Cathy has solved problems efficiently and with an extremely quick response.  When a student's glasses broke and bent on recess, I asked her if there was anything she could do to help fix them.  Within minutes she brainstormed and created a quick fix by cutting a paperclip and taping it safely where the missing pin would have gone.  The student was very relieved and was able to have a successful afternoon - with his much needed glasses.  I have also had the great privilege of meeting our district plumber, John, many times, as Cathy immediately calls for help at the drip of a faucet - literally!  Our bathrooms are beautifully cleaned - so much, that I truly believe you could eat off the floor!  She has come up with very creative and fun project ideas for students and will always give a suggestion or a helping hand in any area she sees a need.  Everything matters to Cathy!  I am thrilled to know her and work with her!

Nominee: Mrs. Smart
Crothers
Kindergarten Teacher
Nominated by: Alena and Genie Rodriguez (parent)
Relationships

Mrs. Smart has shown great effort towards Alena’s education and overall behavior.  She takes time aside in her day to give Alena the attention she needs.  Alena has shown great improvement and amazes me every day.  I look forward to seeing what this school year still has to bring and am grateful that Alena has such a dedicated teacher.  Thank you Mrs. Smart.

Nominee: Kelly Snyder
Crothers
1st Grade Teacher
Nominated by: Tasha Guinn (parent)
Relationships

Mrs. Snyder has a hard job dealing with a lot of young personalities.  She has a lot of patience and takes the extra time to work with the children that were having trouble learning.  She knows how to make every student feel like they are her favorite.  She my student love reading and I thank her for her dedication.

Nominee: Jaclyn Wharfield
Crothers
Teacher
Nominated by Genevieve Gelle  
Innovation

Jackie is an exceptional, innovative teacher, who always finds a way to make learning fun for her students!  She has led our fifth grade teacher team this year and last, throughout successful creation of cross-curricular Performance Tasks, common lesson planning and teaching strategies, and creates and shares absolutely everything!  She never takes over - rather she leads from beside and behind, guiding her class and her teaching partners to exceptional learning!  She puts others' needs first and makes time for everyone.  Jackie is a resourceful and reliable teaching partner, one who I look up to and admire! 

Nominee: Ms. Young & Chef Czapp
Crothers
Food Service
Nominated by Genevieve Gelle
Relationships

Ms. Judy Young and Chef Karen Czapp, both have hearts of gold!  These outstanding ladies know and love each of our students - and truly are the best and brightest start to their school day, as they serve each of our children their breakfast with pride and joy!  Judy serves the upper elementary hallway, where I teach, and is always willing to help my student leaders complete their lunch count job!  She is very patient when this morning procedure takes my students longer than expected.  When we went on a field trip to Lansing, Ms. Judy and Chef Czapp pre-packed breakfasts and went out of their way to send additional healthy food servings, with specific kiddos in mind!  Both ladies check in on students in my class, are always willing to chat in the early morning when I have come to them for help and advice, and are true leaders in our school. 

ROOSE ELEMENTARY

Nominee Name:  Colleen Berry
Roose
Counselor
Nominated By:  Therese Marz (teacher)
Relationships

Colleen joined the Roose staff on a part-time basis in September.  Right away, she began to form relationships with students and staff by visiting classrooms and making a brief presentation to the students about her role at Roose.  She encouraged students to request to see her as needed for help with their feelings and relationships with other students or family members.  Several of my students jumped at the opportunity to discuss issues with Colleen, and she regularly and promptly made time to see them.

I was concerned about the inability of some of my students to effectively manage their emotions, so I asked Colleen if she could offer me or my students some advice.  She responded by making weekly visits to my classroom and discussing emotions and strategies for emotion management. 

My students and I have appreciated Colleen’s willingness to discuss and meet the emotional needs of my students and would like to recognize her for her efforts.

Nominee: Mary Binge
Roose
Reading Coach
Innovation

Mary has brought many great new ideas and support in implementing new ideas to both Roose and the school district.  Mary has helped set up great new learning experiences in literacy both at Roose and at PDs for all elementary buildings.  She has provided amazing support at helping all teachers create a more balanced approach to literacy.  She coaches new teachers and supports all others by coming into their classrooms.  What she is doing to help changes literacy in Center Line.

Nominee: Ms. Bopp
Roose
Teacher
Nominated by: Lisa McKean (parent)
Relationships

I would like to nominate Ms. Bopp for a Staff Appreciation Award as she has been an outstanding teacher to my child and has a great relationship with her. My daughter, Ariana Salet, has attended Roose since Kindergarten and I must say that 5th Grade has been one of the BEST years she has ever had at Roose! I attribute that to Ms. Bopp and of course the great Staff at Roose. My daughter can be very timid and finds most teachers un-approachable. Since the beginning of Ms. Bopp’s class this year, I find she has gained so much more confidence and self-esteem. She is actually happy to go to school and is always telling me how much she loves her teacher. It’s been a great year for her!  I think Ms. Bopp has not only connected with my daughter but also the rest of the class. There isn’t any yelling by the teacher to the students (which has always frightened my daughter) and it seems she has great control and influence over her students. There is very little trouble in the classroom. My daughter feels safe in her class and is not afraid to tell Ms. Bopp if she feels there is a problem. My daughter has developed a great relationship with Ms. Bopp and I know she will always remember what a great teacher and role model she has been.

Nominee: Marge Doebler
Roose
Special Education Aide
Nominated by: Donna Chrzanowski (Roose Teacher)
Relationships

Marge works with a visually impaired student.  She is constantly working to write new braille worksheets for her.  Marge has a love and support for all of our students as she stopped a parent from trying to exit the parking lot while students were walking to the buses.  I nominate Marge as she is always giving of her time and her love.  She helps to make Center Line a better place every day.

Nominee: Amber LaPerriere
Roose
1st grade teacher
Nominated by: Amanda Waite (teacher)
Relationships

Amber deserves the Staff Appreciation Award because she goes above and beyond the build relationships with students, families, and staff.  First, she works daily to learn about her students and show them how much she cares about them as individuals.  Amber believes in all of her students and makes sure that all of her students are successful.  Ambers’ students love learning and coming to school every day and that is indicative of much Amber cares about each one of her students.  She builds relationships with students outside of the classroom too.  She is one of the leaders of the Green Team.  She empowers students to work together to help the environment through waste reduction, recycling, and pollution prevent.  And she is a leader of the after school Homework Help program.  Amber dedicated her time after school to help struggling students successfully complete their homework.  Amber is a leader at Roose; her passion and love for Roose students and families is evident in her daily teaching practice.

Amber is a very positive, kind, and welcoming person.  Amber works really hard to be a vital part of the professional learning community at Roose.  Amber is always available to share advice, resources, and knowledge with her teammates and other staff.

Nominee: Mrs. Pearcy & Mrs. Ronnie
Roose
Administrative Assistant
Nominated by: Lisa McKean (parent)
Relationships

I have to say that Mrs. Pearcy and Mrs. Ronnie are the glue that holds that school together. They are awesome! They are the “Hubmasters”. They both have the patience of a Saint and are perfect for that position. I have had to go to the office many times over the years for various reasons and I had always thought that I had a very hectic and crazy job but mine pales in comparison to what those two do!! That office is ALWAYS crazy-busy!! They manage to keep everything under complete control. They remind me of a couple of ER Doctors whose job it is to keep the ER together with what they call “Organized Chaos”.  They are great with the kids and also the parents. Roose is very lucky to have them both on its staff.

Nominee: Ms. Mary
Roose
SACC
Nominated by: Lisa McKean (parent)
Relationships

I would like to nominate Mrs. Mary for a Staff Appreciation Award.

I know that Mrs. Mary has led the Latchkey program at Roose long before my daughter attended Kindergarten. Mrs. Mary has to be one of the most dedicated, creative and motivated women I have ever had the pleasure to know.  Mrs. Mary makes sure the Latchkey kids get outside to exercise and play, weather permitting. When there is bad weather and the children have to stay inside, she makes sure there is something there for EVERYONE to play with and will also take them to the gym to run off some of their energy if need be.   Year after year, on EVERY holiday, Mrs. Mary makes sure the kids have a new craft or art project to make and take home to their parents. I always see her cutting, painting, pasting, or putting together the supplies for the kids to tackle their next “project”

What’s more is that every year she comes up with a brand new craft for the children to work on, it’s NEVER the same. I attribute so much of my daughter’s creativity and artistic abilities to Mrs. Mary. She has learned to make so many cool things that I don’t think she would have learned from anywhere else. I always bring in items to give to Mrs. Mary because she is inventive enough to make something out of it. During “Reading Month”, every March, Mrs. Mary makes sure the kids read and she helps to keep track of it.

My daughter loves to go to the Latchkey program. When I go to pick her up, she never really wants to leave. I usually have to wait while she finishes up whatever project she is working on or playing with.  Mrs. Mary has taken the time to get to know me, my child, the other kids that attend Latch-key, but also their parents. I consider Mrs. Mary to be a personal friend Mrs. Mary may run a tight ship there, but she has a heart of gold!! We will always remember her!!!

CENTER LINE HIGH SCHOOL

Nominee: Matt Fairchild
High School Social Studies Teacher
Nominated by Ben Gurk
Relationships

Matt is a first year teacher who agreed to teach AP Macro Economics in addition to teaching US History and Economics.  Being a brand new teacher he called over 20 parents and students to invite them to take the class.  Not only did he generate enough interest to run the class first semester, he has enough kids to take the class next semester too!  He has lead a PD session in October, chaperoned the homecoming dance and currently mentoring a student who is not in one of his classes.  His positive attitude enhances the climates of CLHS.  His positive relationships with students and staff is admirable and he a deserving of an appreciation award.