Last Friday North Branch Area Public Schools hosted a full day of professional development for staff. It was a great day of learning and camaraderie.
The day started with the singing of the national anthem, the presentation of the colors by our JROTC students, and the Pledge of Allegiance, and was followed by a key note address from Director of Teaching and Learning David Treichel and myself. There were breakout sessions for staff on a wide variety of topics, including pathogens, mental health, customer service, and much more. It was a great day of learning and it will no doubt translate into an even better experience in our classrooms and buildings.
One of the most important things we do in the morning is honor the efforts of staff members. Each year district staff nominate their peers to be honored for their work at Resources Training and Solutions. There are two categories; Educational Support Staff Recognition and the Leadership in Educational Excellence Award.
This year’s nominees for the ESSR were Kelly Beckwith, SPED education assistant; Jackie Olson, ADSIS education assistant; Deb Reed, health clerk; Paula Anderson, media clerk; Kathy Hischer, education assistant; Joanne Kreitz, SPED education assistant; Luz Buisman, SPED education assistant; Kasey Cesafsky, office clerk;
Carmel Eastman, SPED education assistant Jody Buske, mechanic; Norm Peterson, transportation; Paula Vaughn, district accountant.
And the winners, as chosen by school district staff, are Julie Pilz, Traci Besch, Kindra Helin, and Becky Wille.
This year’s nominees for the LEEA were Becky Golden, 4th grade teacher; Sara Groen, special education teacher; Tracey John, fourth grade teacher; Christine Lund, special education teacher; Josh Reistad, fith grade teacher; Adam Wilson, Project Lead the Way teacher; Chas Bettendorf, social studies teacher; Nicole Chandler, family and consumer science teacher; Kelly Coleman, English teacher; Deb Henton, superintendent; Randi Johnson, director of finance and human resources; David Treichel, director of teaching and learning;
And the winners are Lynne Wilzbacher, Michelle Trunk, Mindy Lattimore, and Erica Bjerketvedt.
I know you join me in congratulating not only the winners in these categories, but also the nominees. We have amazing staff at NBAPS and I know it was a difficult decision for staff to choose just a few.