Golden Pride Award Winners
2013-2014 School Year
A hearty congratulation to our Golden Pride Award recipients who have been recognized by the American Falls School Board for "above and beyond" services to our district. They represent the professional and support staff that equal excellence for our students.
American Falls Intermediate School Staff was highlighted for the Golden Pride
Award during the regular board meeting on November 18, 2014. Nominated were ELL Teacher Hannah Graham and,
Custodian Jessica Rutledge. The Golden
Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who go “above and
beyond” in their service to the students of the American Falls School District.
ELL Teacher Hannah Graham
three years Hannah has gone from a part time paraprofessional working at
Hillcrest Elementary, to a fulltime certified teacher working at the
Intermediate School. Her nominator
wrote: Miss Graham has been a conduit to
our Hispanic Community and the school district.
She translates most of our communications home into Spanish, which
greatly helps with our parent communication.
In addition, she teaches GED classes and has started a new program
called; “Parents Inspiring Connections” which helps bridge the gap between home
and school. She has taught parents
skills that they have then volunteered to use in the classroom.
recently moved her program to the Intermediate School where she has 48 parents
signed up to learn English. With the
help or our 4th grade computer lab, parents spend time learning
through a program called English in a Flash and then receive actual instruction
from Miss Graham in the classroom.
Graham is a team player and an advocate for the diverse groups of students that
she teaches. She is willing to spend her
time and talents bettering the lives of her students and their families.
Graham is the only person that I have ever had the honor of nominating for the
Golden Pride award as a classified staff person one year and a certified staff
Custodian Jessica Rutledge
Rutledge has worked in the American Falls School District Lunch program for the
past eight years. This year she became
the custodian for the Intermediate School.
Her nominator wrote: Jess has been a great addition to our
staff. She always has a smile on her
face and takes a lot of pride in her work.
From the first day she was here, she has given 110% in everything she
does. She works efficiently and
effectively with everyone. She makes the
kids feel valued and interacts with them on a daily basis. Whenever she comes into the classroom, she
always takes a few minutes to visit with you while she goes about her different
nice to enter our work environment knowing that it is clean and ready for the
education or the 4th and 5th graders in American Falls.
quickly become a respected member of the American Falls Intermediate School