Wendy goes above and beyond to keep the Ed Center clean. She always amazes us with the attention to detail. Thank you Wendy!
- BVI Department, peer
I am very grateful to Miss Megan Webb for the opportunities she provide for student with special needs to experience inclusivity at Wendler. I was amazed on how she has led her students to dance and interact with students with special needs. The student made sure that throughout the activity, no one was left behind and all took turns to engage and simply enjoy the company of their peers. I have heard that this is a weekly opportunity and that students learn a valuable life lesson of acceptance, diversity and accommodation in their lives. A Heartfelt Thanks to you Miss Webb and the students!!!
- Maria Del Rosario, parent
Renee is a huge supporter of our school library. She has donated several books to our collection and always encourages her kindergarteners to check out books. Her students have a love of reading and books due to her encouragement. She is also a supportive staff member who checks on her colleagues and offers her support when needed. She is a huge help and deserves a thank you.
- Lisa Bunag, peer
Grateful for Pam and the rest of the KCC Publications team. They have supported implementation of events at both my schools by making posters for use during trainings and events such as the "The Great Kindness Challenge." They made it possible for me to spend more time with students.
- Angie Jensen, elementary school counselor
Kathy is very much an advocate for the students at her school. I had the pleasure of working with her for the last two years and have seen her help many of her students. Central Middle Science is lucky to have such a dedicated staff member.
- Julia Streit, peer
Ernie is always to quick to help out with everything we need. He notices details that we miss and responds promptly. It is a pleasure working with him.
- Susan Kucera, coworker
It's been my great fortune to work with Mrs. Raynae Hipsak for the last seven years in various capacities at Rabbit Creek Elementary. Our school is not only blessed to have Mrs. Hipsak as a 6th grade teacher, we're especially fortunate to have her function as our Technology coordinator. Mrs. Hipsak works tirelessly to maintain our permanent and mobile labs along with our whiteboard systems. Her "out of the box" thinking has solved numerous tech problems as we've worked through a recent retrofit and migration to new, streamline Dell projector systems. Raynae listens to our concerns and finds the time in her busy day to tend to our technology matters. She's established highly productive relationships with I.T. personnel, and is capable, efficient, articulate and effective when troubleshooting matters of concern with them on our staffs' behalf. Raynae works hard and is a forward thinker, always advocating for advancements in our building's technology that will allow our students and staff to be more successful in whatever their academic and/or professional objectives. We are lucky to have Mrs. Hipsak as a member of the Rabbit Creek Staff. Thanks for all you do, Raynae
- Jackie Hoover, teacher
Wendy Leseman, librarian extraordinaire at Hanshew Middle School, is amazing! She creates such a welcoming environment in the library that students and teachers want to be there. Wendy supports classroom research projects by pulling books and having them on carts so students have easy access to print materials. She always encourages student reading through developing her own creative reading contests. In addition to all this, she supports classroom instruction through mini-lessons such as helping students determine if an internet source is reliable or not. In her "free time," Wendy facilitates lunch-time activities such as the Science Cafe, decorating Christmas cookies, creating greeting cards, etc. Hanshew is so lucky to have Wendy as a librarian as she encourages students to try new experiences -- whether it is discovering a new author, exploring an interesting topic, or just providing a safe place for students to meet in the morning and meet new friends. We are thankful for her cheerful nature and never-ending support of all our needs -- oh, she also volunteers her time with the ski team! We love you, Wendy!
- Hanshew teachers, peers
I would like to thank Wendler Middle school for the support and understanding they have shown my son. Most especially my son's special education teacher Ms. Jennifer Stansel, who always gives suggestions regarding my son's needs. Also a big thanks to the teacher assistant who works very hard to assist Ms. Stansel when the need arises. I'm so happy that Jason is happy in his school; Wendler is one of the best schools with special needs.
- Emma Arana, parent
Kaiya and I just started working together this year and I can honestly say I have never worked with someone so kind, flexible, helpful, and just all-around awesome in 18 years of teaching. She has great ideas and shares them! When I didn't have a sub the other day, she just said "bring 'em on" and took my class AND I'm sure they learned a lot even though it wasn't a normal day. Kaiya is collaborative and generous with ideas. Thanks, Kaiya, for being an amazing teaching partner!
- Janna Walker, peer
I started after school had started. She has gone above and beyond making me feel welcomed. She answers all my crazy questions. She always is smiling and makes her office feel warm and inviting to comein. Thank you for letting me be part of the crazy team.
- Laura Homan, staff member
Many thanks to Msgt Coulter, and especially Lt Col Ramos, for spending extra time with the South High JROTC rifle team and preparing the team for the challenges of competition. Lots of extra practice time and preparation to get them ready for success at the state championship this weekend. I appreciate his mentoring, coaching style and mental preparation. I also noticed a team member from another school asking Lt Col Ramos for advice about stability and footwear. He answered with respect and patience and I thought it said something that a student from another school recognized the potential to learn from him. It was good to see so many activities and students at East High this Saturday. dancing, skiing, riflery and all kinds of students going to school on a weekend and working hard at their chosen activities.
- Gretchen Stoddard, Parent
Penny Williams goes above and beyond (again and again) to help staff members understand math and the programs/resources ASD has to support students. She individualizes her presentations, takes time to carefully answer any question, and always invites further conversation. ASD is so lucky to have her working with our staff (and students) - she really is a Math Whizz! With greatest respect.
- D. HOFFBAUER, peer
Mrs. Wakefield has been such a blessing to all of the children at Bayshore Elementary and I'm so thankful that my three kids were also fortunate enough to have her as their music teacher. She has yearly worked her magic with students of all ages to perform in a choir, recorder, or hand chime group. I know she gives up a lot of her time after school for our students and she deserves to be recognized for her efforts. We love you, Mrs. Wakefield!
- Misti Maisey, parent
Thank you! Salamat! For the team of great teachers like you who impart knowledge, discipline, and individualized approaches to my boy and other students. Every person is unique and I am happy to see that you teach them based on how you assess their strengths and weaknesses. That makes you all great teachers, teaching in a holistic approach.
- Jackie Llaneza, parent
I've enjoyed working with Tabitha on various projects. But today, I needed a rush favor and I called her with the request. She dropped what she was working on to help me, even though my favor wasn't related to her job at all. I really appreciate her customer service and kindness! Chugiak High is lucky to have her!
- Heather Marron, Peer
Many thanks to Ann Dahl and Nichole Victory for all of their support with our sixth graders at Kasuun. They are the reason our resource students have experienced such great successes this year. Our team would not be complete without them.
- Peggy Brannon, Teacher
Quyana to Mrs. Mclinn from one of her students. Kathleen discusses much more than just U.S history and takes her time to have deep class discussions on a regular basis. She also takes the time to discuss racism and looks at the class perspective.
- Isaiah McKenzie, Student
This year we were all worried who our new principal would be. I am so grateful it is you! I feel supported and looked after by you. You are on top of things and direct us all in the right direction. Thank you!
- Leah Zumwalt, teacher
On behalf of Hanshew Middle School and the Alaska Native American and Native American Leadership Group, we would like to thank the West HS AFJROTC and Drill and Ceremony Team for their outstanding support. They honored the Hanshew military veterans by presenting the colors and a flawless execution of the D and C Drill. We appreciate and thank them for honoring our proud veterans!
- Troy Hodge, Counselor-Peer
Our family would like to send a roaring Quyana to the Bartlett High School Theater Group for an incredible job presenting the play, Beast and Beauty.
The amount of work that went into the production was evident. Promotional materials were highly visible in the community, professional, and eye catching. The set was strikingly innovative and engaging. The costumes were incredible too!
The attention to detail put into planning this event was quite impressive, and I have yet to mention the actors and actresses.
My husband and I were both impressed with how natural the performers were on stage. The chemistry between the actors had us so mesmerized, our family became totally lost in the story.
Well done, Bears!
Thank you for providing this affordable, family friendly event for the community. Our family is looking forward to the spring production.
- Antavia Hamilton-Ochs, parent and community member
Elizabeth is always timely when I submit my summary of hire to bring on fantastic staff. When there is one piece that I miss, she follows up with me to walk me through the process. Her patience and temperament supports me and helps me get things processed as quickly as possible.
- Shawn Bernard, supervisor, Elementary Special Education
I would like to recognize Julie Trim, school psychologist, for her immense efforts in assisting the Chinook Elementary special education team with our caseload during our time without a school psychologist assigned to our school. Julie went above and beyond with her time to support our special education staff and students. Thank you for helping us out during a busy first semester! Your skills and talents are phenomenal!
- Pamela Momany, SPED Department Chair
Ms. Eddy went above and beyond expectations to present a well developed ALICE training to the staff of Taku Elementary. Her sensitivity to the issue and in depth knowledge has increased the safety of the staff and students of Taku Elementary.
- Kelly Ramey, Principal
Fortunately for Hanshew Middle School, Julie Besch is our Ed Tech. She rarely sits at her desk, but instead goes to teachers' classrooms to coach them on the latest technology, or make sure everything is set up correctly. If there's a problem, she sticks with it until it is resolved. What's most impressive is that no matter how many requests for assistance she gets, she maintains a positive attitude. She and her amazing husband, Bob Besch, are an integral part of Hanshew, and we couldn't be happier!
- Hanshew Middle School, Teachers
Katie has been my T.A. for three years. She is amazing. She goes above and beyond. She is my right hand and knows instinctively when to step in and is amazing with the kids. She will volunteer for several hours in our class, unpaid. I don't know what I would do without her! Katie, thank you. You are amazing.
- Beth Kemp, teacher
You are kind and great friend. I appreciate your help with Project LEAP. Thanks to you I am more patient and compassionate with my students.
- Leah Zumwalt, teacher
We would like to say Muchas Gracias to Srta. Gonzalez for helping to make our second grader's school year the best one so far. Our son had trouble concentrating, behaving and did not like school very much. Since being in Srta. Gonzalez's classroom, our son loves school and is achieving his full potential. Srta. Gonzalez has worked with him and made him excited to learn and happy to go to school. We are so thankful for her hard work every day and are excited to see how far he can grow!
- Leigh Wright, parent
The special education support team, Mrs. Hye Suh, Ms. Kalei Uwekoolani, and Ms. Emma Steinzig, make a commitment to helping all students and families here at school They are on duty every morning here at school greeting kids and families and making sure students are safe and feel welcome. There support goes far beyond their job description and as a team they are all deserving of praise!
- Elliot Stiassny, Special Education Teacher
This 2nd grade teacher puts a tremendous amount of work into making sure her students feel safe, cared for, and listened to. The commitment to social emotional learning is at the forefront in her class and the improvement in students attitude and behavior is deserving of tremendous praise.
- Elliot Stiassny, Special Education Teacher
Mrs. Paulson does a fantastic job with her students at Bowman. She goes above and beyond to organize activities for the students and their families to donate to those in need in our community. She always has a smile on her face. Thank you for all that you do, Mrs. Paulson!
- Megan Sherman , parent
Jake delivered an awesome, comprehensive training on ALICE to staff during in-service on 10/28/16. Kudos for a job well done! The training accomplished its goal: Keep Abbot Loop community safe. Abbott Loop staff were trained in the ALICE procedures and Jake conducted the training with enthusiasm, vigor, and efficiency. He covered the training material with little to no stress to all. We benefitted from the training and are better informed as a result of the training given by Jake. Thank you!
- Hamimah Bjorkman, Teacher