and Melissa Kulicke of Hillcrest Elementary
were honored at the regular school
board meeting on October 27th for the Golden Pride Award, given each
month to celebrate the “above and beyond” service by one professional and one
classified employee of the American Falls School District.
Nicole is a 1st
Grade teacher at Hillcrest and has worked in this position for the past six
years. Her nominator wrote: Before I became a teacher at Hillcrest, I
received a phone call from a friendly teacher with a strong southern accent,
who called to welcome me to the first grade team at Hillcrest Elementary. I automatically thought 1) this is one caring
individual who would go out of her way to welcome “the new bee” and 2) she is
going to be a team player.
Nicole Connelly for the October 2014 Golden Pride Award. Nicole is a first grade teacher of 22
students. She makes time daily to work
with each student individually, and makes every student feel important and
recognized. This is a challenging grade
to teach, as it can be and exciting experience or a difficult adjustment for
many students. In her six years at Hillcrest,
Nicole has had a number of behaviorally challenging students. Her patience is one of the most important
cornerstones of her being a successful teacher. She is a combination of
educator, parent, friend, and trusted adult.
Nicole builds a
foundation for lifelong learning through the fun, small groups she runs
daily. She uses new and interesting ways
to conceptualize ideas which encourages students to learn and take part in
reading, writing, and math.
Teaching is the
ability to show children how to spread their wings and fly. Nicole has the patience to work with each
child at their own pace, since we all learn differently and at varying
speeds. Her students go on to second
grade with wings of confidence and fly.
Melissa has been
a paraprofessional at Hillcrest for the past eight years. Her nominator wrote:
We are excited
to nominate Melissa Kulicke for the Golden Pride Award. She has a long history at Hillcrest starting
as a parent volunteer, working in the classrooms as an assistant, substituting
and now working with our special needs students throughout our school. Ms. Kulicke is caring and positive with high
expectations of students. She
understands how to help our student’s grow and learn. Her manner with children is exceptional. She naturally understands how to press
students in a firm but fair manner.
Students know she is there to help them learn and she will persist in
them reaching their highest potential.
Ms. Kulicke always has a smile on her face and extremely positive
attitude. She is eager to learn and
continuously makes an effort to improve her instruction in order to help
students. She never hesitates to assist
other staff and is quick to recognize what needs done and does it. Melissa is punctual, dependable and the best
of all, fun to be around. She has been
known to be the subject of debate amongst teachers as to who gets her in their
classrooms. I’ve heard even attempts between
teachers at friendly bribing have been involved. That says a lot about Melissa and her work at