Employee Recognition Recipients

Image of Way To Go RibbonEMPLOYEE RECOGNITION RECIPIENTS

Shown below are certificated and classified staff who have been recognized by staff, administration, and board members as Certificated and Classified Employees of the Month. Employees can be nominated by students, staff, parents, and community members. Heritage Bank sponsors our recognition program, in partnership with Stanwood and Camano Island area businesses. Award selection is based upon the employee's  dedication, knowledge and passion for working in the Stanwood-Camano School District, and on the admiration and respect of colleagues, students, parents and the community. Monthly award recipients are considered for the Classified and Certificated Employee of the Year Award. CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUALS!

If there is district employee you would like to nominate for outstanding service, please click HERE .

November 2022 Certificated Employee of the Month

Morgen ten Hoopen
Morgen ten Hoopen, teacher at Stanwood Middle School, was honored as the November Certificated Employee of the Month by a Stanwood-Camano School District parent. 
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Morgen ten Hoopen has been a positive role model for the students since she was still a substitute. She genuinely cares about each kid that walks thru her classroom, as well as those that come into contact with her outside of her classroom. This year she started a JV Cheer program at SHS to help bring about school spirit and reinforce positive attitudes, encouraging the team members to show good sportsmanship and to help reshape Stanwood's reputation. When my daughter had Mrs. ten Hoopen for advisory at SMS, she talked about how they were encouraged to reach out to their classmates that they might not have been friends with, to get to know them and offer support or just a smile to let them know that they’re all in this together. I feel like we need more teachers/staff like Morgen in our district because she not only engages the kids but she makes them feel seen and encourages them to be their best selves. I feel fortunate that my daughters have someone like her to look up to in our community, and I know I’m not the only parent that feels this way."

November 2022 Classified Employee of the Month

Rick ReflingRick Refling, from our Transportation department, was honored as the November employee of the month by fellow staff members as well as a parent of a student on his bus route. 
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I would like to take this opportunity to nominate Rick Refling as Employee of the Month. Rick is a bus driver at Utsalady and has a layover in the middle of his day. Last year in the spring he came to us and asked if we ever had mid-day jobs that didn’t get filled - “Boy do we ever”. This fall he came in, requested to be on the sub list and we have been keeping him busy just about every day he is available, working in ASSIST and Playground. He is willing, flexible and kind to all of our students, and our students love to see him working in our building. Today he worked for an hour, and then volunteered in ASSIST during music and brought along his bass to play for the students. Rick is empowering students by sharing his passions and showing a real life example of how passions can connect to what they learn in class. Last week he jumped out of his bus before loading students to teach our “Color Guard” how to fold the flag. When Rick sees a need he jumps right in and helps. Rick epitomizes our Character Strong values, impacting the lives of our students and employees every single day."
"Rick is one of our bus drivers at Utsalady that cares deeply about all of the students that ride his bus. When there are concerns or celebrations he reaches out to the office and administrators to work out the problem or celebrate students. Rick goes the extra mile. Last spring Rick came to our evening Kindergarten open house. He parked the big yellow bus in the back of the school and allowed all of our kindergarten students to get on the bus with their families and take rides around the school. When a new kindergarten student asked if they could go around again, Rick happily accommodated them. Many times kindergarten students are nervous about riding the bus. This willingness to engage with our families and students provided a positive experience for our new kindergarten students."
"I would like to nominate Rick Refling as Employee of the Month. Rick was my children’s bus driver last school year, and we are so lucky to have him again this year. As a parent, he checks in with me when any bus concerns arise, and problem solves with students. He seems to really want to get to know his bus riders and to build a relationship. He is an asset to our district."


November 2022 Certificated Employee of the Month
....coming soon!

October 2022 Certificated Employee of the Month

Treven BrewerTreven Brewer, Elger Bay Elementary teacher, was honored as the October Certificated Employee of the Month. He was nominated by an Elger Bay Elementary parent.

"Mr. Brewer is phenomenal teacher and role model. He inspired his students to develop responsibilities, habits, and learn in a fun way. He set daily roles and responsibilities that the students had to apply for. The the application they stated why the should have the job and how they would do a good job. He also genuinely cared and had active conversations. My son Nathan Williams would come home telling me about conversations they had, Mr. Brewer would ask inquiring questions on how his lacrosse game was or other specific things. Nathan grew immensely not only with core education but his self esteem and leadership. Other examples that I saw when volunteering in his classroom were 1) the way he set up way to encourage reading by setting goals and teaching them how to make these goals, 2) conversations with them allowed them feel seen, heard and able to communicate back 3) during the parent teacher meeting he had the student sit at the desk and lead the meeting, interacting with teacher and parent."


October 2022 Classified Employee of the Month

Rachel Soriano SanchezRachel Soriano Sanchez, Twin City Elementary Office Manager, was honored as the October Classified Employee of the Month. She was nominated by fellow staff members as well as parents of students at Twin City Elementary.
"No one else could display the level of compassion that Rachel shows for each student that walks through those doors. Rachel treats each family with respect and kindness. She goes above and beyond the description of what her job requires. She is a role model when it comes to how staff should step up and help families in our district. Rachel is truly a blessing to each student at Twin City. Her focus is always in what is best for the student and how she can help reach that. She is selfless and puts in countless extra hours to serve her community. I cannot think of anyone more deserving than Rachel to be honored for the work that she does and the dedication she shows."
"Rachel answers the phone at TCE almost every time I call and is so patient and kind. I usually don't know who I need to talk to with my question, and she always guides me in the right direction. I know it's a tough job - she must get a million calls each day - but she's never short or impatient or rude. She's the best!"
"She displayed outstanding kindness & comfort to me as a new kindergarten mom. She was warm & friendly during our meet the teacher meeting and incredibly comforting after dropping my son off for his first day of kindergarten. She absolutely deserves to be recognized."

2021-22 Certificated Employee of the Year

Darryl MainDarryl Main, Stanwood High School teacher for 34 years was selected as the district Certificated Employee of the Year.

He was nominated by both students and parents.
“Mr. Main is an excellent teacher. He makes all of his classes and activities entertaining and intriguing with the mix of hands-on work and writing. He puts extra effort into everything that he does with the school as well as FFA activities.”

“The best teacher I have ever had! My family loves him as he has taught my brothers and cousins. He’s all about guiding us to success and has opened many opportunities for students.”

“Mr. Main goes above and beyond to make sure his students succeed, giving us opportunities to do many different things to prepare us for the real world. It isn't just a "welding" class, he wants every one of his students to do well in life beyond high school.”

2021-22 Classified Employee of the Year

Rosie MontenegroRocio (Rosie) Montenegro,  was honored as the Classified Employee of the Year. Rosie has been a custodian in the district for two years in Transportation, Maintenance, and the district office.

She was nominated by coworkers in Transportation.

“Rosie is the hardest working employee in the district. Our department looks better than it ever has since she started working here. She is humble and kind in her interactions and always asking how she can serve our department better. It is very rare to find someone with such an excellent work ethic and pride in their duty to serve. Rosie is the best!”

“Rosie is always cheerful, even at four-thirty in the morning, she has a smile and a cheery greeting for me. Rosie is very organized and serious about her duties. She goes above and beyond for our building. She works so hard and is detailed in the work that she does. Her bright attitude and hard work ethic are both amazing. Our transportation building has never been so clean.”


April 2022 -Certificated
Claudia HolumClaudia Holum, German teacher at Stanwood High School, was honored as the April Certificated Employee of the Month. "Frau" Holum was nominated by an SHS student, who wrote, "Frau Holum is always there for her students. She goes above and beyond, always offering her help and support for students. She is incredibly understanding when it comes to students and their situations. Furthermore, besides being a wonderful teacher, she also helps the school in other ways. A prime example of this is her role as advisor for the German Club, and how she worked with ASB to facilitate the SHS Culture Night."
April 2022 -Classified Sheila BlandS
heila Bland, bus driver in the SCSD Transportation department, was honored as the April Classified Employee of the Month. Sheila was nominated for the award by parents of students on her route 21 in the Warm Beach area.“She is the most attentive, kind and thoughtful person. She knows all her students and goes beyond the typical driver duties. She is honest and kind. I never worry about my kids when they are in her care. She is an incredible community member that gives back to everyone. She is selfless, accountable, hardworking and loving.”

“She goes above and beyond every day to make sure to greet my youngest daughter, who even knows her by sight and name. She never misses the chance to race out the door to see her bus friend drive by and wave no matter the weather. If anyone deserves an award, it would be her for bringing such joy to my children and happiness to everyone that crosses her path.”

March 2022 -Classified
Rosie Montenegro
Rocio (Rosie) Montenegro,  was honored as the March Classified Employee of the Month. Rosie has been a custodian in the district for two years in Transportation, Maintenance, and the district office.

She was nominated by coworkers in Transportation.

“Rosie is the hardest working employee in the district. Our department looks better than it ever has since she started working here. She is humble and kind in her interactions and always asking how she can serve our department better. It is very rare to find someone with such an excellent work ethic and pride in their duty to serve. Rosie is the best!”

“Rosie is always cheerful, even at four-thirty in the morning, she has a smile and a cheery greeting for me. Rosie is very organized and serious about her duties. She goes above and beyond for our building. She works so hard and is detailed in the work that she does. Her bright attitude and hard work ethic are both amazing. Our transportation building has never been so clean.”

February 2022 -Certificated

Dave AustinDave Austin, physical education teacher at Port Susan Middle School, was selected as the district’s Certificated Employee of the Month for February. Dave has been a teacher for 30 years, most of that time at Port Susan.

He was nominated by a parent who wrote in part: “He embodies the spirit of inclusive teaching in our schools. Mr. Austin has been such a lovely example of coaching and setting an example of inclusion in the classroom, on the court, and in the locker room. This is the beautiful thing that happens when a staff member truly believes that all students have value and place. The great thing about a teacher who practices inclusion is it is contagious. It blooms and it spreads and when it's done right, without charity and without agenda or pity. Mr. Austin is modeling a mindset of acceptance and respectful inclusion to every kid he comes in contact with. It's a magical thing to be a part of and it deserves to be celebrated."

February 2022 -Classified

Chris OldowChris Oldow, custodian at Twin City Elementary School, selected as the district’s Classified Employee of the Month for February. Chris has been a custodian in the district for 28 years and is much beloved by the Twin City community.

He was nominated by a student and parent. The student was researching job skills and asked “Mr. Chris” if he could job shadow him.

The student wrote: “Mr. Chris showed me all the different janitor materials. He let me use the vacuum and the auto scrubber. I was able to use the cleaning cart. Mr. Chris showed me the other cool machines he uses. It was fun! I would like to do this again sometime!"

The parent wrote: “Mr. Chris is the perfect example of how every staff member and school employee, no matter what job they have, has the ability to make a positive impact on a student's life. Creating that relationship with my son is a gift. Our school custodians have made a huge impact on my son’s social growth, and without knowing it has provided him with inspiration for future career goals."

January 2022 - Certificated

Darryl MainDarryl Main, Stanwood High School teacher for 34 years was selected as the district January Certificated Employee of the Month.

He was nominated by both students and parents.
“Mr. Main is an excellent teacher. He makes all of his classes and activities entertaining and intriguing with the mix of hands-on work and writing. He puts extra effort into everything that he does with the school as well as FFA activities.”

“The best teacher I have ever had! My family loves him as he has taught my brothers and cousins. He’s all about guiding us to success and has opened many opportunities for students.”

“Mr. Main goes above and beyond to make sure his students succeed, giving us opportunities to do many different things to prepare us for the real world. It isn't just a "welding" class, he wants every one of his students to do well in life beyond high school.”

October 2021
Picture of Matt BrennanCongratulations to Stanwood HS teacher Matt Brennan! Matt was surprised during the virtual SHS staff meeting this morning with his selection as certificated employee of the month for October. School Board members Natalie Hagglund and Al Schreiber and Superintendent Dr. Deborah Rumbaugh were present to honor Matt, who received two heartwarming nominations.

"Matt holds character in high regard in his efforts for students to become better human beings," one nomination read in part.

"Mr. Brennan is an awesome community leader and role model for our youth" wrote the other nominator.

If you would like to nominate a certificated or classified employee for this recognition, please visit this link: https://www.stanwood.wednet.edu/news/nominate_a_staff_member

Thank you to our community partners Heritage Bank and Copper House for sponsoring this recognition.

 

2020-2021 CERTIFICATED AND CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR:

Diane WoodDon VennettiDiane Wood (left) Teacher, Utsalady Elementary, and Don Vennetti (right), Director of Food Services, were recognized at the May 18, 2021 School Board Meeting as the district's 2020-2021 Employees of the Year. Heritage Bank, in partnership with community businesses, sponsors our staff recognition program. Diane and Don were selected from the 2020-21 monthly award winners. Congratulations, Diane and Don, and thank you for all you do for our students, families and community!

MARCH 2021

Photo of Brandi SmithPhoto of Rhea LinkBrandi Smith (left) Teacher, Stanwood Elementary, and Rhea Link (right), Paraeducator, Elger Bay Elementary.




FEBRUARY 2021

Photo of Colleen KnutzenPhoto of Sherri WebbColleen Knutzen (left) Teacher, Twin City Elementary, and Sherri Webb (right), Paraeducator, Elger Bay Elementary.





JANUARY 2021

Picture of Diane WoodPicture of Natalie BurkhamDiane Wood (left) Teacher, Utsalady Elementary, and Natalie Burkham (right) Paraeducator, Stanwood High School.





DECEMBER 2020

Photo of Julie ZurcherJulie Zurcher (Certificated), Teacher, Port Susan Middle School.






NOVEMBER 2020


Photo of Nick ClackPhoto of Annie HoukRichard (Nick) Clack (left), Teacher Lincoln Hill High School, and Annie Houk (right), Secretary, Stanwood Elementary. 





OCTOBER 2020

Picture of Cherae AlmanzaPicture of Barbara MazzioCherae Almanza (left) Principal, Port Susan Middle School, and Barbara Mazzio, School Bus Driver, Transportation.




SEPTEMBER 2020


Photo of Monica McDanielPhoto of Don VennettiMonica McDaniel (left), Saratoga School Lead Teacher, and Don Vennetti (right), Food Services Director.






2019-20 CERTIFICATED AND CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR


Photo of Brian WallisPhoto of Rick HoukBrian Wallis (left) and Rick Houk (right) were honored as Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year, respectively, for the 2019-20 School Year.  The Board of Directors formally recognized Brian and Rick at their June 16, 2020 regular board meeting. 

Brian Wallis, Stanwood High School Culinary Arts Instructor, was nominated by his colleagues for Teacher of the Year for "being an outstanding educator...a positive influence on every student he comes in contact with...and holding students to high standards in class while teaching them life lessons and giving them every possible opportunity to be successful."

Rick Houk, Stanwood Elementary Lead Custodian, was nominated by building staff for his "incredible work ethic, willingness to help in any situation, reliability; and, for doing his job with the caring attention to the people that he serves." Staff also shared that Rick "understands that it takes a village and that we are all responsible for the care of the students that walk our halls every day."

Congratulations to Brian and Rick! Thank you for all you do to support the students, families and staff of the Stanwood-Camano School District.


2019-20 EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH

FEBRUARY 2020
PHOTO OF RICK HOUKPicture of Joyce Zeigen





Joyce Zeigen (right), Teacher of the Month, teaches at Twin City Elementary, and was nominated by her colleagues. Rick Houk (left), February Classified Employee of the Month, and custodian at Stanwood Elementary, was nominated by the Stanwood Elementary school staff.  Congratulations, Rick and Joyce!

JANUARY 2020

Photo of Geri PraterPhoto of Ginna Randall



Geri Prater (left), January Teach of the Month, teaches at Stanwood High School and was nominated by the high school counselors.  Ginna Randall (right), January  Classified Employee of the Month, is a para-educator at Utsalady Elementary School and was nominated by her colleagues, Deborah Simoneschi and Riitta Dunning.  Congratulations!

NOVEMBER 2019

PICTURE OF CHELSEA HANSONPicture of Kristi Cook




Chelsea Hanson (left), November Teach of the Month, teaches at Port Susan Middle School and was nominated by students in her classroom.  Kristi Cook (right), November Classified Employee of the Month, is a para-educator at Utsalady Elementary School and nominated by a colleague.  Congratulations!

OCTOBER 2019

Picture of Brian WallisPicture of Lulu Gaylen



Brian Wallis (left) October Teacher of the Month, teaches the Culinary Arts Program at Stanwood High School and was nominated by his colleagues.  Marilou (Lulu) Gaylen (right), Classified Employee of the Month for October, is a para-educator at Stanwood Elementary School and was nominated by a colleague.  Congratulations!

SEPTEMBER 

Photo of Nate ChristensenPicture of Payroll and Personnel Staff







Nathan Christensen (left), September Teacher of the Month, teaches at Lincoln Hill High School/Lincoln Academy and was nominated by a parent.  Payroll-Personnel Staff (from left to right, Roxanne Forslund, Jana Shaughnessy, Kaylie Amundson, Sandy Kintner, and Rita Kellerman), Classified Employees of the Month for September, were nominated by Maurene Stanton, Executive Director of Human Resources.  Congratulations to all!


2018-19 School Year:

TEACHER AND CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR


Photo of Carrie MillerPhoto of Carrie MillerCarrie Miller (left) and Carrie James (right) were honored as Classified Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year for 2018-19.  The Board of Directors formally recognized both employees at their May 21, 2019, regular board meeting.  

Carrie Miller, Technology Support Specialist, was honored as Classified Employee of the Year for her work ethic, understanding of the role of technology in support of student learning, her great attitude, and bridging the gap between technology and learning in a supportive, helpful way. 

As Teacher of the Year, Carrie James, Stanwood High School, was honored as a dedicated professional who propels her students to excellence, inspires the minds and character of her students through her spirit and positivity, and has proven herself to be a valuable and integral part of her school and community