Golden Pride Award Archive






May 2016

American Falls High School teacher
 Becky Pulliam and high school head cook Chrissy Angelsey                              were honored for the Golden Pride Award during the regular Board Meeting on May 23, 2016. The Golden Pride Award is given to those outstanding employees of the school district who have provided “above and beyond” service for the district, students and teachers.

Becky Pulliam has been a teacher at American Falls High School for the past 3 years.  Her nominator wrote:  Becky exemplifies the perfect teacher, first and foremost she truly loves her kids; she effortlessly develops positive relationships with them. She has a unique way of providing them with challenging content and they do not even know they are being challenged.  She provides them with multiple learning experiences in and out of the classroom.  She masterfully teachers the full range of students and subjects from Algebra I to dual enrollment calculus to honors English.  Her students not only learn the content like the Pythagorean thorium and literary devices but work ethic, confidence, respect, and perseverance.  Her classroom is so engaging discipline is never an issue. Becky is also the perfect colleague; she is always positive and productive in every team and staff meeting.  Her smile is contagious and she is always a pleasure to be around.  Becky Pulliam is the type of teacher that the golden pride award created to recognize.  American Falls High School students and staff are very fortunate to have her.


Chrissy Angelsey has been a cook for the American Falls School District for the past 6 years.  Her nominator wrote:  Chrissy is very deserving of the golden pride award.  She is one of the first people in the building every morning; with a smile on her face and a pleasant thing to say about everyone. She volunteers countless hours in the evenings in the kitchen for parent nights, student lead conferences, and senior projects; she is willing to help whenever needed.  I don’t think I have ever heard her say no. She is very kind and understanding when working with her student helpers, she teaches them responsibility and work ethic.  She makes sure everyone gets feed on a daily basis including the teachers.  If a student needs anything she is there to make sure they get it.  Her bubbly and happy personality is infectious; she truly makes AFHS a great place to work.      



April 2016

William Thomas Middle School Teacher 
Diane Hernandez and 
Teacher Assistant Anitra Neibaur 
were awarded the Golden Pride Award for “above and beyond” service for the month of April during the regular board meeting held on April 19, 2016.

Diane Hernandez has been a teacher for 30 years.  She has taught in Aberdeen, Pocatello and American Falls.  She currently is a special education teacher with math as her emphasis area. 

Diane is an outstanding teacher that put her entire heart and soul into her job.  She is always available to help kids before and after school.  You almost always find her eating lunch in her room helping kids.  She has also worked with students in the after school program for many years.  She also teaches in the summer school program.

Diane is always working to improve her teaching abilities.  She is eager to attend workshops and conferences.  It is not uncommon for her to attend ten or more days a summer at trainings.

Diane is a great team member.  She contributes greatly to the success of the teams that she is on.  She is always one of the first to volunteer when a job needs done.  She often brings great food to meetings.

Most importantly though is that she is a strong advocate for the children she teaches.  Her depth of knowledge on how to help and support kids is second to none.  She advocates very effectively for her special education students.  

Anitra Neibaur is a teaching assistant at the middle school. She also serves as the WTMS Athletic Director and one of the lead testing coordinators. 

Anita is an outstanding assistant. She had never met a student that she didn’t love working with. She is a huge asset to the teachers that she assists. 

Anitra is patient and caring with the kids. She spends hours explaining and re-teaching and never gets frustrated. Her students are not always regular education kids so she faces multiple learning disabilities and often attitudes too. The reason she keeps her patience so well is because she truly cares about the kids. She spends time talking to them and sharing with them. She wants them to do well and finds out as much as she can about each child's life because so much of students’ lives can be hidden from school and affect the students deeply. Most important is that her students know how much she really cares about them.

Anitra is eager to help anywhere she can. She is a great asset to our school. She plays an important role in the success of our school.

March 2016
The American Falls Intermediate School was highlighted for the Golden Pride Award during the March board meeting of the American Falls School District. Nominated were Emily Cade, fourth grade teacher and Sandra Bowman, Intermediate School Secretary. The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who exemplify “above and beyond” effort in their assignments of service for the students in the American Falls School District.

Emily Cade's nominator wrote:  In her first year at our school she has taken on the challenge of teaching some of our students who struggle the most in math.  Mrs. Cade shows great patience with her students and spends the time that it takes to prepare and present well thought out lessons to meet her students’ needs.

 Mrs. Cade works well with her peers and is willing to help out with school activities.  I feel that Mrs. Cade possess two of the most important traits for an Elementary Teacher; patience and flexibility.  Mrs. Cade is a great fit for our staff and we are happy that she is on our team.


Sandra Bowman's nominator wrote:   Sandra has taken on the challenge of running the office at the Intermediate School for a couple of years now.  She is a person that the children feel comfortable with in the office of the school.  Mrs. Bowman takes her job as nurse, confidant, office manager, and parent/school liaison very seriously.

 Mrs. Bowman, is able to put out fires, multi task, and still have parents, teachers, and students feel that they are important.  Mrs. Bowman is able to accomplish all of her assigned tasks as the school secretary in a timely manner.  Her patience, flexibility, and sense of humor make her a valuable asset to serve as a front office representative for the Intermediate School. 


February 2016

Hillcrest Elementary School was highlighted for the Golden Pride Award during the February board meeting of the American Falls School District.  Nominated were 2nd grade teacher Aneatra Walker, Special Design Teacher JoAnn Dulley, and teacher assistants Denise Miller and Wanda Martineau.


Aneatra Walker's nominator wrote:  Aneatra Walker is in her fourth year of teaching 2nd grade at Hillcrest.  She has, however, had a positive presence in our school for much longer.  Mrs. Walker is a local “grow your own teacher” success story who started working with children as a paraprofessional at Hillcrest some years back.  During this time, many others saw teaching potential in her.  With a little nudging by the right people and a lot of hard work on Mrs. Walker’s part, she has become an excellent and valuable teacher.  She provides an exceptional classroom experience for her students and is always well prepared and keeps her students engaged in a positive learning atmosphere.  Students enjoy her classroom yet they know she holds them to high expectations and presses each one to learn at their maximum potential.

 

Mrs. Walker also works as the 2nd grade teacher in the afterschool program.  She gives extra support to selected students and serves collaboratively as the conduit between the 2nd grade team and the afterschool program.  With her help, the impact of the afterschool program is definitely maximized for our 2nd graders.

 

It is my pleasure to recognize Aneatra Walker as the Golden Pride Award recipient from Hillcrest.  She deserves this award for the many things she does to help the students in our district.  She is one of Hillcrest’s finest!


JoAnn Dulley’s nominator wrote:  JoAnn has been in the district for over 19 years.  She is the Special Design teacher at Hillcrest.  This program is challenging but JoAnn does a great job to see that each child’s challenges are met.  She meets with parents so they can be aware of their child’s learning.  JoAnn goes above and beyond helping our students be successful.  She teaches students from pre-school to third grade and that exemplifies the knowledge she has for each age group and their special needs.  She is always willing to do whatever it takes to plan meetings and be there for others


.Wanda Martineau has been with the American Falls School District for the past 11 years.  Her nominator wrote:  Wanda goes above and beyond by taking time to meet each student at their abilities.  Many times Wanda brings something from home to enhance a lesson she is working on with the students.  She is able to differentiate instruction while meeting the goals of three different levels and varying degrees of ability.  Wanda takes classes whenever possible to increase her teaching knowledge.  Wanda is very calm, pleasant and caring.  Our special design classroom would be at a loss without Mrs. Martineau.



Denise Miller’s nominator wrote:  I would like to nominate Denise Miller for the Golden Pride Award.  She has worked in the classroom as a para-pro at Hillcrest for three years and began this year as a part-time clinician in our Reading Clinic program.  As a reading clinician her job is not easy and she jumped in with both feet.  She works with groups of our most academically and often behaviorally challenged students. She has to press kids every day to gain the reading skills needed to survive in school and life.  She gives her best and does it well.

 

Denise is always willing and ready to do what is asked of her.  She is competent and efficient in her duties as a clinician in Reading Clinic.  She is not afraid to do what is asked with students and Reading Intervention Programs.  Her students know they are truly cared about when they come to one of her groups.

 

I appreciate her for her undaunting passion and commitment to kids.  She truly makes a difference in many young lives.  Denise is a great asset for our school!



January 2016
The American Falls High School and the American Falls Academy were highlighted for the Golden Pride Award on Monday, January 25, 2016 at the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.  The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to employees who go “above and beyond” in service to the students of the American Falls School District.


Tony Cade is a new teacher at American Falls High School.  His nominator wrote:  Mr. Cade has been an excellent addition to the staff at American Falls High School; and we are extremely excited to have him as part of the family. He is teaching freshman English; a content area that is new to him.  He as transitioned from middle school History to high school English flawlessly.  He has the unique ability to develop a great rapport with his students. He creates a positive and productive classroom environment where students have high expectations for completing work.  He takes an interest in all students at the high school not just his English students or his football players.  He attends many extracurricular activities both home and away in support of the students.  He has a tireless work ethic; this work ethic has enabled him to teach himself how to be very effective in teaching his students to become better writers at the same time he has generated a great deal of excitement for both our football and track programs. I couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient of the Golden Pride award than Mr. Cade. 

  

David Halverson has been employed at the American Falls School District for the past 36 years.
David has worn many hats for the district during this time.  David currently works in Technology for the district.  His nominator wrote:  David is one of the most helpful people in the district.  Every time I call David he is so cheerful and eager to do whatever is asked of him.  He always fixes, sets up or creates exactly what we need; always on time and with a smile.  He does an amazing job with the school websites and helps me often with presentations.  When he has completed a task he always leaves with a smile and says just call me anytime you need anything.  I wish we were fortunate enough to have a clone of David at every school instead of just one for the district.  David’s eagerness to help and the manner in which he does his work makes him very deserving of the Golden Pride award and I am honored to be able to nominate him.

    

  
JoAnn Kopp has been with the American Falls School District for the past 9 years.  She is currently the secretary at the American Falls Academy:  Her nominator wrote:  This is an easy choice for our staff to make about honoring Ms. JoAnn Kopp with this award.  She exemplifies all of the traits and characteristics needed to become a valuable member at the Academy and for the Special Education program. Ms. Kopp’s duties are numerous and she does them all extremely well. 

  The staff has commented many times that JoAnn has made the difference in the lives of our students by her encouragement to do their best, and her friendly approach in working with all individuals who call or visit are school. Every member of our staff has witness these skills in action on several occasions during the course of the school year with positive outcomes.  She is greatly appreciated by all and is one of the big reasons for the success of our school. 

It is with great honor that we submit Ms. JoAnn Kopp for the Secretary Golden Pride award for the month of January.   

December 2015
William Thomas Middle School was highlighted for the Golden Pride Award during the regular board meeting on December 15, 2015.  Nominated were Counselor Patty Bolinger and, Transportation Center Secretary Valerie Schmidtgall.  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.


Patty Bolinger  is currently in her 38th year at William Thomas Middle School.  She is the best!  As the counselor we can say that Patty truly is the heart and soul of our school.  She does so much to help our students be successful in school and in life.  Patty is the leader of our school PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) team.  She is a critical member of our school multi-disciplinary team.  She works with parents and teachers in developing student’s 504 plans. 
 In addition to personal counseling she holds many group counseling sessions for students with a variety of needs.  

She is the key organizer of our school vocational career fair every fall.  She goes above and beyond in organizing, sending and receiving (often includes personal deliveries) of our Flat Stanley Project. She directs the writing of 8th grade four-year plans and organizing job shadowing experiences.   She has written many grants that help fund school programs and trips, like the 8th grade trip to Boise.

She is an outstanding homeroom teacher.  Students who are lucky enough to get her as their homeroom teacher know that she will take care of their every need at school.  This includes lots of TLC and firm follow through when needed.  Parents know that she is always there to help them when they need it.  

Patty is always willing to do whatever she is asked to do.  During skill exploration she teaches cross-country skiing or tennis depending on the year.  She coordinates our schools Red Ribbon Week activities.  During lunch she hosts friendship groups playing games. She is also an asset to the 7th grade team.

In addition to working at WTMS she spends her afternoons working at the Intermediate School teaching classes to 5th grade students.  

Patty is a state leader for school counselors.  She has served as President of the State Association and has received the Idaho State Counselor of the Year Award.  She organized regional and state events for school counselors.  She normally trains a couple of counselor interns from ISU every year.  She also teaches counseling classes at ISU.

It is impossible to list all that Patty does for our school.  Most importantly the students at WTMS know how much she cares about them and that she will do anything for them.  Thank you Patty for all of your years of service to our school.



Valerie Schmidtgall has worked as part of school transportation system for the past 20 years.  She helps coordinate requests and routes.  She does an outstanding job of providing the best possible “Customer Service” to our schools.  She is always a step ahead of us in meeting our busing needs.  Valerie is always happy.  This time of year we have extra appreciation for her as she organizes all of the routes for our Skill Exploration activities.  She is always calm no matter how soon you need a bus, make a change or have a problem.  Skill Exploration can get pretty complicated transporting and transferring students to so many places.  Valerie is also the driver of the special needs bus.  The staff at WTMS really appreciates all that Valerie does to serve our students and help our school succeed.  



November 2015


The Intermediate School staff was highlighted during the November board meeting on November 16, 2015. Nominated were substitute teacher Lachele Wheeler and teacher assistant, Chelsea Kavanaugh. The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who exemplify ‘above and beyond” effort in their assignment of service for students in the American Falls School District. 

Lachele Wheeler has been a substitute teacher for the American Falls School District for several years. Her nominator wrote: I would like to nominate Lachele Wheeler as a Golden Pride recipient. In the absence of Hannah Luna who was out on Maternity leave, Lachele took on an often difficult position as a long term substitute teacher for Hannah. Lachele assimilated into our staff quickly and took on her role as ESL Math, Language and Science teacher. Mrs. Wheeler did an outstanding job preparing thoughtful lessons, organizing successful classroom routines, and creating a positive learning environment for her students. I feel that Mrs. Luna’s students had the best care and education possible in her absence as a result of the hard work and dedication of Mrs. Wheeler.


Chelsea Kavanaugh has been a teacher assistant for the American Falls School District for the past two years, first at Hillcrest Elementary and now at the Intermediate School. Her nominator wrote: I would like to nominate Chelsea Kavanaugh for the Golden Pride Award. Chelsea joined the staff at the Intermediate School this fall. She works as a paraprofessional for Marla Egbert in the fourth grade and for Sarah Anderson in the fifth grade. Ms. Kavanaugh has met the challenge of learning the workings of the Intermediate School. She works well with the staff and has been involved with students in the classroom, lunch room, and at recess. Ms. Kavanaugh instructs students individually and in small groups with a friendly, calm, and positive manner. She has done a good job assisting the students with the new Chrome Books during Science and Idaho History. We appreciate her consistent, reliable, and dedicated performance with our students.






October 2015

The first recipients of the Golden Pride Award for the 2015-2016 school year were presented at the regular school board meeting on October 26, 2015 to second grade teacher Paula Nelson and teacher assistant Karla Good.  The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to celebrate the “above and beyond” service of our professional and classified employees of the American Falls School District.



Paula Nelson has been a second grade teacher at Hillcrest Elementary for the past three years.  Her nominator wrote:  In so many ways, Paula Nelson demonstrates what a distinguished teacher is. Paula’s classroom is one of the most purposefully engaging environments at Hillcrest.  She understands and expertly delivers what her students need. Her class runs oh so smoothly and in a child directed and centered manner. It is a pleasure to be in her classroom.


Beyond the classroom, Paula is an educational leader and advocate. She has been instrumental in helping Hillcrest teachers learn and successfully implement a much needed explicit phonics program. The improvements we have seen in our reading results have been significant.


As our English Language Arts “go to” person, Paula is also instrumental in our Write Tools implementation. She has and continues to provide valuable Professional Development helping our school become a place where children are successfully taught to be proficient writers. Paula has shifted the attitudes and skills of our teachers to create a positive culture of writing at Hillcrest.


Paula’s contributions to our school and the educational profession do not stop here. She is currently mentoring a new teacher through her first year of teaching. With Paula’s guidance and oversight, our new teacher is proving to be astute and competent in the classroom. Our teacher couldn’t have a better model and mentor.


Did I mention, in her spare time this summer, Paula helped another teacher organize and bring a much needed guided reading teaching resource library into our school. And she is one of our most knowledgeable teachers in bringing technology into the classroom.


Amazingly Paula does all these things with a bright smile, cheery disposition and an infectiously “can do” attitude. I always wonder how we can clone this woman.


It is easy to see why Paula is highly deserving of the Golden Pride Award. We respect and appreciate her immensely.



Karla Good has been with the American Falls School District for 18 years.  Her nominator wrote:  Karla Good is a valued paraprofessional at Hillcrest. She serves as a full time paraprofessional in our developmental preschool and kindergarten program. Over the last year, Karla has seamlessly stepped into the teaching role on various occasions without hesitation or disruption. She meets the needs of our most vulnerable and challenged students with competency, determination and a very level head.


Karla goes above and beyond daily without even knowing it. She's patient, kind, insightful, and always willing to try new teaching strategies to help our students. She is always willing to help





May 2015

American Falls High School Drama Teacher Dana Facer and Secretary Pam Schroeder were honored for the Golden Pride Award during the regular board meeting on May 26, 2015.  The Golden Pride Award is given to those outstanding employees of the school district who have provided “above and beyond” service for the district, students and teachers.

 

Dana Facer has been the Drama and Speech Teacher at AFHS for the past 12 years.  Her nominator wrote:  Dana Facer is an outstanding teacher with an incredible work ethic and a true love for her students.  She wears many hats and wears them all very well.  She teachers the freshman communication class, as well as our drama and theater classes at the high school. She also travels to the middle school to teach speech and debate.  She is the speech and debate coach at the high school and has produced eight national qualifiers.  As our drama teacher she constantly directs amazing plays, has earned 3 state championships and 3 second place finishes at state, and has placed best in show at the ISU one act festival twice.   Her love for her students’ shines when you observe her interactions with them whether it is while they are working on a speech, building a set, rehearsing lines or sewing a costume.  She spends countless hours after school and on the weekends with her students pushing them to greatness.  She has a growth mindset and is always willing to take on a challenge and try new things.  I would like to share a thank you note a student wrote for her which shows the impact she has on her students.  “Thank you for everything you’ve done for me this year.  Doing speech and debate along with competition drama and the shows you have helped me grow as a student, person and actor. Thank you for everything, thank you.” Dana is always eager to help any student or faculty member and does so with a smile and we all love her for that. Dana is very deserving of this recognition.


Pam Schroeder has been at AFHS as the secretary for the past year.  Her nominator wrote:

Pam has been a welcome addition to the American Falls High School staff this year.  From the first day of school I knew we had hit the jackpot with Pam.  She is amazing and we have not skipped a beat.  Her position is multifaceted, complex and vital to the success of the school and she does it flawlessly.  She always has a smile on her face and a pleasant thing to say.  Lately she has been working tirelessly on registration and graduation often staying late; even asking “is it okay if I come in on Saturday”.  She has done such an outstanding job, at a recent faculty meeting when we were discussing registration and the work she has done a teacher said “o my gosh I totally forgot this is her first year”. Pam has truly made the school a better place and we all thank her for that.       




Golden Pride Award Winners
2014-2015 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.


April 2015

William Thomas Middle School Teacher Ashley Matthews and Media Assistant Elizabeth Pedroza were awarded the Golden Pride Award for “above and beyond” service for the month of April during the regular board meeting held on April 29, 2015.

 

Ashley Matthews has been the 8th Grade Language teacher for the past two years.  Her nominator wrote:

For the past two years, I have had the extreme pleasure of not only working on the same team as Ashley Matthews, but carpooling with her as well.

 

As a first year teacher she was impressive, but it seems a though she jumped 3 or 4 years in experience since then.  This is her second year, and she has not only corrected what she didn’t like about how she handled her first year, but has excelled in her effectiveness beyond normal in such a short time. She is a rising star among teachers, and I hope she finds a home away from home here at William Thomas Middle School.

 

Ashely is an incredible teacher who truly cares about the students she teacher.  Her students love her and can feel her concern for them to be happy and successful. Her lessons are prepared for high student interest and engagement.  The accomplishment she has made in the area of writing with our 8th graders is phenomenal.  She is an excellent team member and plays a key role in the success of the 8th grade team and school as a whole.  She serves on the school PBIS Team and works in a leadership role as our building Write Tools trainer and coordinator.

 

 

Elizabeth Pedroza started working as a Media Center Assistant at WTMS this year. Her nominator wrote:  Elizabeth serves as one of the media specialists at the middle school.  She does an excellent job helping students and teachers with their library needs.  Her friendly attitude makes our library a welcoming place for all to come.  She also serves as one of the main interpreters at the school.  She does an excellent job of communicating very difficult conversations always making everyone comfortable.  She held a very successful “Book Fair” this year.  She also serves as the testing proctor for the 7th grade team.  Betty is a valuable member of our WTMS Staff.  We really appreciate all of her efforts in helping our school succeed.






March 2015

The Intermediate School staff was highlighted during the March board meeting on March 17, 2015.  Nominated were Alexandra Sandoval, fifth grade teacher and Marisol Torres, teacher assistant.  The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who exemplify “above and beyond” effort in their assignment of service for students in the American Falls School District.


Alexandra Sandoval has been a teacher at the Intermediate School for the past three years.  Her nominator wrote:  I would like to nominate Alexandra Sandoval for the Golden Pride Award.  Alex has been teaching fifth grade at the Intermediate School for three years.  She has been assigned to the advanced readers in the 4th and 5th grade.  Her students are excelling and she is getting growth at twice the normal rate according to the STAR reading assessment.

 Mrs. Sandoval is willing to take on various responsibilities that are outside of her classroom time.  She has helped create Google forms a number of times to help us track our student progress on the reading prompts that we do.

 Mrs. Sandoval sets high standards for her students and expects them to achieve at a high level.  She continues to grow as classroom teachers and is willing to create and maintain a challenging environment for her students.


Marisol Torres has been a teacher assistant for the American Falls School District for the past four years.  Her nominator wrote:  Marisol is a very kind giving person.  With her quiet and patient nature, children are naturally drawn to her.  Marisol has a deep understanding of each child's individual needs, whether it is a kind word or gentle discipline.  She is very observant to the classroom as a whole. 

 

Marisol  is a dedicated employee and is always willing to step in and help, even if it is beyond her responsibilities or on her own time.  Marisol innately understands the level of support each needs to be independently challenged and perform tasks completely.  She is sincerely proud of students' achievements even if the success is small.


February 2015

Patty Raya and Sheryle Cavener of Hillcrest Elementary were honored at the regular board meeting on February 23, 2015 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.

Patty Raya has been a first grade teacher at Hillcrest Elementary for the last four years.  Her nominator wrote:  From the day I first meet her, Patty Raya has put a smile on my face. She is the best and brightest of the profession’s young teachers. Her passion, skills, love of children and drive are outstanding.  Best of all, her positive attitude and outlook on teaching and learning is infectious to those around her. She simply is a joy to work with at Hillcrest.

 

Patty started her teaching career the fall of 2011 as an excellent beginning teacher. Since that time she has grown and flourished as great teachers do. It is evident Patty understands reflecting on her teaching and seeking ways to continually improve is a critical part of becoming and remaining an expert teacher. This year, her first grade team was asked to learn and implement a new explicit phonics routine. Patty has nailed this practice and continues to look for other ways to efficiently and effectively move all her students along the learning continuum. It is exciting to be in her classroom observing the many best practice techniques she uses in maintaining a highly respectful and engaging environment of learning.

 

In addition to the classroom, Patty is a quiet and upcoming leader at our school. She is currently working on her Educational Administration degree and has helped with several projects and events as part of her internship. This year, Patty has taken on the leadership role of a Parent Involvement, Events and Publicity coordinator. She has helped organize, coordinate, facilitate and publicize several important family events including math and reading literacy nights and kindergarten orientation. Patty is organized, has fun fresh ideas, reliable and very personable to all she meets.

 

Over the last few years, I have had several Hispanic high schoolers ask me about Patty being a teacher. I always comment back “she is a teacher and a really good one – why do you ask?” This has started conversations about an interest in college and the teaching profession. Patty is definitely a positive role model to many students and parents in our community. She is always willing to give of her time and efforts to inspire and support others in the best interest of children.

 

It is an absolute pleasure to nominate Patty Raya for the Golden Pride Award. She is an outstanding educator and person!


Sheryl Cavener joined the cafeteria staff at Hillcrest Elementary four years ago.  Her nominator wrote:  Sheryle embodies the spirit of the Golden Pride Award. She has served the students at Hillcrest, in the cafeteria, for the past three years. She always has a smile on her face and is a very comforting and welcoming presence in the cafeteria. Sheryle is also a very dedicated hard working individual. She is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the needs of the children, school, and the lunch program are being met. She is a pleasure to work with! Her genuine love for the children and people she serves is evidenced by her kindness and friendly smile.

 

Being relatively new to the school lunch program, Sheryle accepted the challenge of becoming the manager of the Hillcrest kitchen. She has been faced with the challenges of learning the ins and outs of an ever changing program, as well as organizing and directing a whole new kitchen staff. Sheryle has done an amazing job with both. Her hard work and willingness to venture outside of her comfort zone is appreciated! She has created an environment that is pleasant for both children and staff. She is an amazing person, and is very deserving of the Golden Pride Award.

 

Sheryle is a great fit for Hillcrest. We thank her for all she does for the people at Hillcrest!


January 2014

The American Falls High School and the American Falls Academy were highlighted for the Golden Pride Award on Monday, January 27, 2015 at the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.  The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to employees who go “above and beyond” in service to the students of the American Falls School District.



Lusk is in her second year of teaching Spanish at AFHS.  Her nominator wrote:Hailey is the perfect candidate for the Golden Pride award. From the time she stepped foot in the high school as our new Spanish teacher last year she has not wiped the smile off of her face. Her bubbly and energetic personality is contagious for her students as well as her peers. She works tirelessly at perfecting her skills as a teacher and does a great job at developing fun and engaging lessons for her students. She has taken a leadership role this year as our community pride liaison where she works with local businesses and community members to partner with us in the support of our students in various extracurricular events. She has started a student booster club “the dam clan” where she gets students involved in supporting all extracurricular activities and our student section has never been better. She is also in charge of our monthly “Work Ethic Elite” selection process and has done an excellent job in getting the students the recognition they deserve. She does all this while taking classes herself to complete her teaching credentials and taking care of her two very energetic young sons. She is a constant bright spot at the high school and we are lucky to have her.

Brent Sagers has been a paraprofessional at AFHS for the past two years. His nominator wrote: Brent has truly deserved our nomination for the Golden Pride award. He has worked at the high school as a paraprofessional in our Special Education department since 2013. Last year he was tasked with working with mainly one student who had mobility and vision issues and he did a great job with this particular student and they formed a strong relationship. This year that student’s mobility is much better and he needed to work more independently as we are working towards graduation so we assigned Brent to bounce from classroom to classroom assisting a variety of students in various classes. Brent adjusted and was doing a wonderful job at this until a new situation popped up and we needed him to again be with a single student one on one the entire day. This particular student is often times very difficult to deal with behaviorally and frequently tires to get under Brent’s skin. Brent is extremely patient with this student and has done such an outstanding job with him that he has gone from a once a day every day discipline problem to a student that has not had a discipline issue for over three weeks. This has been a tireless and often times a thankless job for Brent and he has done it all with a smile on his face. The Golden Pride award could not be given to a more deserving person than Brent.


Kelsey Herseim has been a teacher assistant at the American Falls Academy for the past two years. Her nominator wrote: I am honored to be writing this letter regarding my assistant, Kelsey Herseim. This is Kelsey’s second year with me at the American Falls Academy. Even though Kelsey is young (young in my eyes) she has a working ethic that makes my teaching job easier. She does whatever it takes to help ensure the students are working and achieving their goals. She has a genuine bond with the students in the classroom and they have faith in her that she will guide them in the right direction. Kelsey is willing to take on any task and complete it with accuracy. She created the American Falls Academy slide show for graduation, and may I say, it was awesome. Kelsey goes above and beyond what is expected of her and it is my privilege to nominate her for the Golden Pride Award. 





December 2014

William Thomas Middle School teacher Maike Baumgart and teacher assistant Jamie Clark were awarded the Golden Pride Award for “above and beyond” service for the month of December during the regular board meeting held on December 16, 2014



Maike Baumgart has been the ESL Teacher at William Thomas Middle School for the past three years.  Her nominator wrote:  Maike is a little ball of fire!  She is always busy looking for the best way to teach the students and the best ways to organize our team.  She is invaluable to me and I ask her opinion every day.  Maike has a world of specialized knowledge from her previous jobs and it has certainly helped our team deal with problems and issues that have cropped up and which we weren't prepared for but luckily she was!  She is aware of the laws and aware of the needs of children and aware of where they can best get help outside the school as well as being aware of the best ways for our team to handle the students' needs, both educational and emotional.  Maike keeps current on Common Core and the Smarter Balanced and help the rest of the staff in making the transition to those programs.  She is fun and she is funny and I have loved teaching with her!  Maike works with our ESL students and does an outstanding job with them.  She does an excellent job of testing and completing the mounds of paperwork.  


Jamie Clark has worked as a teacher assistant at William Thomas Middle School for six years.  Her nominator wrote:    It has been fun to see Jaime become more and more effective and dedicated in helping students.  She is an aide that follows instructions perfectly, and more importantly, has learned to be self-directed, knowing what is needed without having to be told.  I have been extremely pleased to have her on our staff, and know she will make a great teacher.

Jamie is willing to step up and offer her help regardless of the situation. She's competent in the classroom and the kids really like her.

Jamie will help anyone with whatever they need, understands the students and their needs, and can fill many roles in the school.  If I need help, I know I can ask Jamie and she will be there. She has a great attitude with the students and helps them not only with their lessons but also with having a positive attitude. 

Jaime is consistently reliable in everything that she does.  She is always willing to do ANYthing that is asked of her and is one of the best aides I have had the pleasure of working with.  She is a go-getter and does not need to be asked to work; when she sees a need she will step in and do her best to fulfill that need.  In addition, she is pleasant and fun to work with. 

love that Jamie comes to school Happy every day.  I sometimes meet her in the hall with a different assignment for the day.  She NEVER complains just does whatever is asked of her and does an excellent job at it.

Jamie also works with the after school program and the kids love her.

Best of all is that Jamie is one of our own as she attended schools here in American Falls.

 





November 2014

The 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

In just 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.

 

We have 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.

 

Miss 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.

 

Miss 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 the next.  



Custodian  Jessica Rutledge

Jessica 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 duties.

 

It is 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.

 

Jess has quickly become a respected member of the American Falls Intermediate School staff.




October 2014

Nicole Connelly 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.

 I nominate 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.

 Everyone notices 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 Hillcrest.










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.



May 2014

American Falls High School was highlighted for the Golden Pride Awards during the May board meeting held on May 28, 2014.  Nominated were teacher Rebecca Pulliam and paraprofessional Carly Flandro.  The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who exemplify “above and beyond” effort in their assignment of service for the students in the American Falls School District.




Ms. Pulliam has been a Math teacher at American Falls High School for one year.  Her nominee wrote:  Very early in the year we had common core based training on how to do inquiry based learning.  At that very time, Mrs. Pulliam was struggling with her sixth period class due to their low level of engagement and general interest in the subject.  She took it upon herself to integrate the methods the staff was being taught into her Foundational Algebra class.  The students instantly responded with improved engagement and performance. 

Also, a few weeks ago, the CSI supervisor for our dual enrollment Calculus class was observing Mrs. Pulliam and afterword made it a point to come and see me about her class.  He explained that that class was prepared as any college class for the Calculus final.  He also observed her teaching methods and commented that he wished their college teachers would or could teach like Mrs. Pulliam. 

We feel very blessed to have Mrs. Pulliam on staff.  Her students recognize her concern for them and dedication to their success.  Teachers generally become experts on a subject and when asked what they teach, they might say something like I teach Math.  Mrs. Pulliam is much more than an expert in Math.  She is an expert in kids, and I would say the better description is that she teaches kids first, math second.  

Ms. Flandro has been a paraprofessional at American Falls High School for one year.  Her nominator wrote:   In the short amount of time Carly has been at the high school she has had a huge impact.  She works with Debbie Akers in the school within a school program and has done an excellent job working with those kids; kids who often struggle academically for whatever reason.  She has a very calming personality but also very assertive at the same time; it is unique combination.  Kids respond to her very well and learn a great deal from her.  She also is an ESL ad for part of the day traveling in and out of different classrooms.  Every teacher she has worked with is extremely impressed with her and grateful to have her in the classroom.  In our weekly staff meetings she is frequently given multiple “shout outs” (this is how we honor each other for the great things we do). On top of this she was the most efficient and most reliable of all the proctors during the SBAC and ISAT month of testing. She also has been running our PASS program and has done a magnificent job in doing so. She gets kids to produce multiple missing assignments during the day of PASS.  Whenever something new pops up and we need someone to take charge or cover something she is the first person that comes to mind and I have never heard her say “no”.  She takes on all these different responsibilities with a smile.  It is for these reasons I think Carly Flandro deserves the golden pride award.   



April 2014

William Thomas Middle School was highlighted during the April board meeting of the American Falls School District.  Nominated were Melisa Harker, Special Services Teacher, and Brigitte Crump, substitute teacher coordinator for the district.  The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who exemplify “above and beyond” effort in their service to the students in the American Falls School District.



Ms. Harker has been a Special Education Teacher at William Thomas Middle School for 14 years.  Her nominator wrote:  Melisa is a wonderful team member.  You don't have to worry about delegating her a job, or even ask her to do it.  She sees the need and she fills it.  Melisa not only decided to take the notes at our team meeting but she set us all up with Google Docs and now we do it right.   She is computer savvy and I can ask her any question and she solves the problem.  She fits in well with us because she is never afraid to try something.  
Melisa is patient and caring with the kids.  She spends hours explaining and re-teaching and never gets frustrated.  Her students are not always regular education kids so she faces multiple learning disabilities and often attitudes too.  I think the reason she keeps her patience so well is because she truly cares about the kids.  She spends time talking to them and sharing with them.  She wants them to do well and finds out as much as she can about each child's life because so much of students’ lives can be hidden from school and affects the students deeply.  Most important is that her students know how much she really cares about them.



Ms. Crump has been calling substitute teachers for the American Falls School District for the past 2 years.  Her nominator wrote:  Brigitte Crump is the substitute coordinator for the School District. Brigitte is always cheerful no matter when you call her. I often have to call last minute to set up subs and she always comes through.  Brigitte is always very prompt to return calls if she has missed them. Besides her job with the school district, Brigitte is a very busy mom with little ones at home, yet she never acts like she is too busy to help whenever we call.  We appreciate her so much and the fine job that she does. Her positive attitude brings good cheer to everyone that she works with.


March 2014

The American Falls Intermediate School staff was highlighted for the Golden Pride Award during the regular board meeting March18, 2014.  Nominated were fourth grade teacher Michelle Anderson and custodian Jona Winder.


Mrs Anderson has been a teacher in the American Falls School District for the past 13 years.  Her nominators wrote:  Mrs. Anderson is a valuable asset not only to our school, but our school district as well. She works hard within our school to make sure each of her students succeeds and encourages each student to always be their best.

Mrs. Anderson’s influence reaches out into the community as well. She works hard to teach the youth of our community to serve each other no matter your age. She is intricately involved in programs that raise scholarship funds that are awarded to students in our community so that may continue on with their education and go to college.

Mrs. Anderson is an amazing example of a teacher whose influence extends far and wide throughout not only the school that she teaches within, but the community in which these young minds thrive.

She goes above and beyond as she enthusiastically accepts and tries new strategies and structures in her classroom. She is willing to share ideas with the rest of her co-workers that she feels will expand our student’s horizons and is openly accepting of others ideas and criticism.

Mrs. Anderson is an overall exceptional teacher who should be proud of all that she does for AFIS.

Michelle Anderson has taken the lead in our Student Store - purchasing, supplying, and organizing the "merchandise" that the students can buy with their positive tickets. She shops on her own time for items the students may enjoy.  With help from other teachers, she runs the store monthly. She even begins each month with supplying all of the teachers with the colored tickets of the month. 

Mrs. Anderson's encouraging smile and attitude have created a positive atmosphere for success as the students spend their tickets.  For her time and dedication to this project, I nominate Michelle Anderson for the Golden Pride Award.



Jona Winder has been the custodian for the American Falls Intermediate School for the past 7 years.  Her nominator wrote:  Jona not only works hard to keep our buildings clean, she works as a member of our school team and is an advocate for our students.  Even though being a custodian is not a glamorous job, Jona meets our staff and students with a positive comment and smile each day.  She goes out of her way to notice a child who is lonely or sad and offers a hug or encouragement to brighten his/her day.

 Jona is truly concerned about the people around her and tries through her actions and attitude to make our school a better place for students, teachers, and patrons.



February 2014

Two staff members from Hillcrest Elementary School were honored at the board meeting February 19, 2014 and presented the Golden Pride Awards for the month of February for “above and beyond” service for the students of the schools.

Jeff Blauer has been at Hillcrest Elementary for the past six years and was presented the Golden Pride Award in the professional division.  His nomination read:


It is my pleasure to nominate Jeff Blauer for the Golden Pride Award. In his six years at Hillcrest, Mr. Blauer has willingly taken on multiple responsibilities and made many positive contributions to our school and district. During this time, he has taught 2ndgrade, summer school and currently teaches 3rd grade and for our afterschool program. He has also recently completed his Administrative master’s degree and internship at Hillcrest. During this time Mr. Blauer has been involved in our District and Hillcrest’s Leadership and Technology Teams, teaches our district’s Love and Logic Parenting workshops and has completed several school wide projects and administrative responsibilities.

 

Mr. Blauer is a shining example of what it takes to start as a brand new teacher, continually work hard, then reflect and revise one’s practices to become a highly proficient and respected teacher. He will be the first to tell you that his teaching and classroom skills have come a long way in six years. What he may not tell you is that he has persistently asked of himself and others “what can or should I do differently to support myself in being a better teacher and in helping my students?”  His willingness to ask for, accept and act upon constructive suggestions helps him continue to be the best teacher he can be.

 

From an overall school standpoint, Mr. Blauer is typically one of the first staff members to enthusiastically try a new initiative or strategy without grumbling or nay saying. He is perpetually positive in his work, with his students and in his overall demeanor. In six years, I have never heard a cross word from him, actually, if anything, I tease Mr. Blauer that he is sometimes too soft (not a bad character trait in an elementary teacher!)  

 

Mr. Blauer should be proud of the work he is doing at Hillcrest. He is a pleasure to work with and his “can do” attitude pushes our entire staff and students to do their best. Congratulations Jeff.

 In the classified division, Pat Lozoya has been a teacher aide for the past seven years.  Her nominator wrote:


I would like to nominate Pat Lozoya for the golden pride award. Pat is highly dependable and is always doing what she needs to do in order to benefit the children of Hillcrest. She does everything from wiping tables to teaching students the Linda-Mood Bell intervention program in two languages. She is a vital asset to those who need a little help with technology. She has given of her time to help anyone who needs her touch. Sometimes this is adjusting the projectors, sometimes it is formatting a spreadsheet or 

January 2014

American Falls High School has been highlighted for the Golden Pride Award
 during the January board meeting on January 27, 2014. 
 Nominated were
 English teacher Troy Singleton
 and
 para-professional Emily Wright
.  The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school employees who exemplify
 “above and beyond” effort in their assignment of service to the students
 of the American Falls School district 


 Mr. Singleton’s nominator wrote: Troy has had a great deal of influence on the change in the culture at the high school. His warm and caring personality and his sense of humor has helped shift the culture amongst the staff from one of isolation to a sense of family. Since he moved up from the middle school he has been an instrumental part of our English department and is currently the department chair.

At the beginning of this school year I asked Troy if he would like to be part of the Core Coaches where he would take part in multiple days of trainings as well as an online course and he would be expected to bring the information back to the building and provide professional development to the rest of the staff. He jumped at the opportunity and has already provided the staff with valuable information and exposure to the Idaho Core.

Troy has also been a valuable member of the school leadership team where his sense of humor often comes in handy. He is an outstanding teacher who is loved by his students, but his best quality is his love for his students. He greats each and every one of them at the door every day with a smile; he begins every class with a joyous “HELLO EVERYBODY”.   





Ms. Wright’s nominator wrote: Emily has worked for the district for 10 years.  She always jumps right in to volunteer to do the little extras that always come up.  She has helped in the library and she always helps out in the office when they are short handed, not to mention covering teachers' classes as well.  The students love her and she has made a difference in so many of their lives.  She's fun to work with and always makes me laugh.

Please consider her for the next Golden Pride Award as I think she has her heart right smack dab in the middle of education.  


 



December 2013
William Thomas Middle School was highlighted during the December board meeting of the 
American Falls School District. Nominated were 
7th Grade Science Teacher Jake Foster 
and
Secretary Karen Trappett.
The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who exemplify “above and beyond” effort in their service to the students in the American Falls School District.

 
Jake’s nominator wrote: Jake has been at teacher at WTMS for the past three and a half years. Jake is an excellent teacher, always prepared with outstanding lessons that both challenge and engage his students. His students love him and his fellow teachers find him to be an outstanding teammate. The contributions that Jake has made to the success of our school are second to none. 

Jake has an outstanding work ethic. He does not wait to be asked or assigned a project. If he sees a need at the school he steps up does whatever it takes. He is at work early and often is back working in the evening. It is important to Jake that he does the best job possible. He asks for advice and is very open to criticism that will make him a better teacher. He is very flexible and adapts easily to change. I have observed his class where he would change a lesson plan in midstream if things were not going as well as he would like. 


Jake’s positive attitude is contagious. Other staff members are eager to work with him. He has the ability to help his team stay focused and efficiently complete tasks. His sense of humor helps others handle stressful situations. He is sensitive to others feelings and has a natural ability to say and do the things which helps others. I have witnessed his ability to solve conflict both with students and adults. He is able to diffuse tense situations. 

Jake has the ability to make everyone feel welcome. Every class that I observed him teach would start with a personal greeting for every student. This may have been done through a fist bump or a question about something they were interested in. He never missed a student. All of his students know that he truly cares about them as a person and a student. When I interviewed Jake for his teaching position I asked him the standard question, “How important is it that your students like you?” The textbook answer is that it is important. Jake rewrote the textbook with his answer. He said, “I want my students to like me but it is more important that my students know that I like them.” 
In addition to teaching he serves our community by serving as a Power County EMT and a bus driver for Pocatello Urban Transit Authority. 


Karen’s nominator wrote: Karen has worked at William Thomas Middle School for Five and a half years. She worked first as a teaching assistant and as a secretary for the past two and a half years. Karen is an excellent secretary. She is always happy and, never having a bad day. She treats teachers, students and parents with the highest level of respect. She is very helpful to everyone. She takes on big jobs and accomplishes them in a very efficient manner. 

Karen is a very loving and caring person. Students can feel how much she cares for them. Her desire is to help students and teachers have the best day possible. She is a hard worker. She takes care of all of the money collections at the school, registrations for skill exploration, coordinates the big school fund raiser, assists with the school website and any other things that teachers and administrators ask her to do. She is eager to learn and improve her skills. We are lucky to have her here at WTMS.








November 2013
American Falls Intermediate School was highlighted for the Golden Pride Award during the regular board meeting November 25, 2013. Nominated this month were Reading/Language teacher Nathan Lammers and Computer Lab teacher Hannah Graham. The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to individuals that go “Above and Beyond” in their service to the students of the American Falls School District.

 

Nathan is a first year teacher at AFIS. His nominator wrote:   Nathan deserves the Golden Pride Award because he creates engaging and effective lessons which help foster learning in all of the students he teaches.  He collaborates effectively with staff and teachers by designing, sharing, and helping create lessons which will benefit our school.  He always has a bright, positive attitude.  Last, he is willing to go above and beyond normal teaching by participating in all school activities, even when it is after contracted hours, such as the Halloween Spook Alley.  All in all, Nathan is a great asset to our district and deserves this award.


 

Hannah has been with the American Falls School District for the past two years.  Her nominator wrote:   Miss Graham came to us with very little practical teaching experience, but her willingness to learn, and her ability to learn quickly has made her a great asset and resource for our school.

 Miss Graham teaches the afternoon computer enrichment classes at the Intermediate School.  She does a wonderful job teaching the students keyboarding and other skills.  She has a calm and friendly demeanor that allows her to effectively communicate with her students and other staff members.  In addition, she is fluent in Spanish and spends many extra hours interpreting for parents and translating important school documents into Spanish so we can more effectively communicate with our Hispanic patrons.

Hannah has also been working at Hillcrest for the last year and half as a part-time LEP and Migrant program assistant. Hannah typically works with students who come to us in the 2nd or 3rd grade speaking little or no English. She is a quick and willing learner pressing herself to become a more efficient and effective teacher. Her positive, kind and supportive manner coupled with an understanding of the need to move students along the learning continuum make her a perfect fit for this position. Students love her and she is sensitive and thoughtful of their needs. In the time she has been at Hillcrest, she has significantly impacted the lives of the students she works with.



The staff at Hillcrest and the Intermediate School applaud and support the Golden Pride award for Hannah. She definitely demonstrates the qualities of what Golden Pride is all about. Congratulations!



October 2013
Hillcrest Elementary Preschool Teacher and two aides were awarded the Golden Pride Award for “above and beyond” service for the month of October during the regular board meeting October 29, 2013.

Krista Warth-Hillcrest





















Krista Warth has been at Hillcrest Elementary School for the past 7 years.  Her nominator wrote:  It is my pleasure to nominate Krista Warth for the Golden Pride Award. Mrs. Warth is a competent teacher who works efficiently and thoughtfully to give developmental preschool and kindergarten students the extra learning they need to be successful in school. Her class is well planned and her ongoing assessment of students is automatic. She knows and provides individualized instruction to meet student needs while engaging them in a student friendly learning environment. 

Mrs. Warth also works collaboratively with the kindergarten and special services teams. She strives to train her paraprofessionals in best teaching practices and fully utilizes them in classroom planning and instruction. Mrs. Warth recently nominated one of her paraprofessionals for a state award for which the paraprofessional was honored and recognized.

Additionally, many parents can’t say enough positive things about their child’s growth under Mrs. Warth’s direction.  Although these same parents were often hesitant for their child to be placed in a developmental classroom, within a short time they are “singing the praises” of the placement.  She definitely makes a positive and significant impact in the lives of many of our youngest and most academically fragile students. Her dedication to children, determination to do the best job she can and hard work is much appreciated at Hillcrest. She definitely deserves the honor and recognition of a Golden Pride award.


Lacy Zavison- Hillcrest
Julie Cook-Hillcrest

Lacy Zavison and Julie Cook have been assistants at Hillcrest Elementary for the past several years.  There nominator wrote:  Hillcrest would like to honor Lacy and Julie with the Golden Pride Award. Both serve as part-time clinicians in our Reading Clinic. As reading clinicians their job is not easy. They work with groups of our most academically and often behaviorally challenged students. They are the last resort for a student who simply is not progressing in reading in a regular education setting. They have to press kids everyday to gain the reading skills needed to survive in school and life. Both Lacy and Julie do it well.

 Lacy is a fun and energetic person to have at Hillcrest.  She is competent and efficient in her duties as a clinician in Reading Clinic. She is always willing and ready to do what needs to be done.   She is not afraid to jump in and do what she is asked with students and Reading Intervention Programs. The students in her groups know she expects their best everyday. Lacy is a great asset for our school!  

Julie has been a familiar face for years at Hillcrest.  She has touched many lives as a classroom paraprofessional and most recently as a clinician in Reading Clinic.  She always has a genuine smile for every teacher and student she comes in contact with.  Students know they are truly cared about when they come to one of her groups.  Julie is as kind and sincere as they come.  Hillcrest is a better place because of her.

We commend both Julie and Lacy for their undaunting passion and commitment to kids. They truly make a difference in many young lives and the success of Hillcrest. Congratulations, you both deserve it!



2012-2013 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.

October
Amanda Campbell - Hillcrest
Connie West - Hillcrest

November
Michael Mendive -AFIS
Janice Waite -AFIS

December
Cesar Romero -WTMS
Zulema Stratton - WTMS
 
January
Ali Thomas  -AFHS
Melody Briggs - AFHS
Kurt May - Academy 
Amanda Wright - Academy

February
Tina Summers - Hillcrest
Alicia Sanchez Hillcrest

March
Jennifer Giulio-AFIS
Marci Foster-AFIS 

April
Melanie Williams-WTMS
Julia Cagle-WTMS

May
Caroline Wight-AFHS
Michele Reaves-AFHS


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