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The Hamilton High Five program is a way for you to salute any Hamilton School District employee who goes above and beyond what is expected. Whether you are a parent impressed with that special touch your child’s teacher added to a moment or an employee who thinks your co-worker doesn’t often hear about the great job they are doing, you can send a High Five. Anyone can nominate any Hamilton School District employee. Besides employees getting a High Five certificate telling them why they are appreciated, others will know as well.

  • The superintendent, School Board and the employee’s supervisor will see your High Five.
  • High Five recipients will be listed on Hamilton Matters employee intranet and the district website.

The best part? It’s really easy. Click here to send a Hamilton High Five.


Below are the latest Hamilton High Five recipients. Take a look at previous recipients.

Kris Scott, Woodside Elementary School administrative assistant, was nominated by a co-worker:

Kris Scott has been a valuable resource and office partner in helping staff, students, and parents at Woodside this year. Her interactions are positive, empathetic, and provide humor when it is needed. I am very thankful Kris Scott is a member of the Woodside office team. We meet the needs of of school community better because of her!

Tanya Simonis, Woodside Elementary School paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Tanya Simonis has been willing to go above and beyond her job description to meet the needs of our school community this year. She is a positive voice and has a positive attitude on even the most stressful of days. Tanya has stepped in to help teachers in the classroom on a moment’s notice and has also been a daily support to our students with special needs. I am very grateful she is a member of our Woodside office team!

Marianne Baker, Lannon Elementary School fourth grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Marianne is so supportive of her team and her students. She works hard to make sure all students are reaching their goals and seeing their growth!

Chris Hunkins, Lannon Elementary School fourth grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Chris checks in with his team members every day to make sure we have the things we need as well as to make sure we are doing well. He supports us (team) by lending an ear, ideas, and help.

Briel Brugger, Lannon Elementary School kindergarten teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Briel works hard to make sure her students are getting what they need and more. She is attentive to colleague needs as well – she is a great resource and support system! Thanks Briel 🙂

Josh Neary, Hamilton High School fitness education teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Josh is an exceptional teacher who is a pleasure to work alongside!! He has a very positive outlook on life and always seems to be in a great mood. Josh is easy to collaborate with and brings new ideas to the table on a regular basis. Watching him teach dance has been my favorite part of the school year:) Most importantly, Josh builds strong relationships with our students here at HHS even though he travels to 3 schools every day. His students & athletes (he coaches multiple sports) love him.

Ashley Pfeifer, Templeton Middle School seventh grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Ashley has gone above and beyond her role as a teacher this year (and in previous years) to provide technology to support to the teachers and students at Templeton. Her calm and positive demeanor as she demonstrates new technology tools, helps to troubleshoot technology issues, and willingness to plan and lead professional development around a variety of technology topics, makes her an invaluable asset to the TMS and district staff!

Becky Vaughn, Woodside Elementary School art teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Becky Vaughn took on the responsibility of mentoring a student teacher during the 2020-21 school year in addition to meeting the needs of her in-person students at Woodside and Lannon AND supporting virtual students as well! I am very appreciative of Becky’s efforts at Woodside and her support for future educators.

Rayelle Simonsen, Woodside Elementary School third grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Rayelle Simonsen has been a model of how to navigate emergency remote learning and in-person teaching during the 2020-21 school year. With great enthusiasm, she was the first teacher at Woodside to “livestream” her students into the classroom. Students at home were active, engaged daily and excited to continue to feel an important part of the class community. Parents were highly impressed with and thankful to Rayelle for going above and beyond for her students.

Kara Rosenthanl, Silver Spring Intermediate School media center paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Kara is an exceptional employee, teammate, and person. Our library is a place students and staff love to come. The library space is inviting, organized, and vibrant thanks to the care the library team puts into their work. Kara treats each person she meets with warmth and kindness. No matter how busy she is with handling all the books and technology, she always puts people first. Her thoughtful nature and big heart are something we are grateful for at SSI!

Anita Paque, Silver Spring Intermediate School library media specialist, was nominated by a co-worker:

Anita is exceptional at being a library media specialist and truly one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I have ever met. Her empathy and consideration for what students and staff need is evident in every decision she makes. Anita adds an incredible amount of value to our building. She is very in tune with the media needs of our building and creates a library space, both physically and digitally, that is welcoming, user friendly, and inspiring. So grateful for her!

Katie Kasper, Woodside Elementary School English as a second language teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

I have the privilege of hearing Katie Kasper work with our English language learners on a weekly basis at Woodside. Katie has such enthusiasm for the work she does with her students. In addition, it is truly evident she cares for each of her students and shows through her kindness and patience how important relationships are to her in helping the students feel valued. Katie is great for kids!

Nikki Hammer, Hamilton High School special education teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Nikki is a constant sounding board for best practices for all students in the classroom. She works endlessly to ensure that not only the special education students, but also my regular education students get extra support if they need it because she is a science specialist as well as a special education teacher. Her work is appreciated greatly.

Patrick Curtis, Hamilton High School custodial staff member, was nominated by a co-worker:

Patrick was not only a student at HHS but also is a current member of the HHS family. He is a friendly individual who takes pride in his work and is always willing to address the needs of the staff. Compassionate and caring, Patrick appreciates the role of education in the lives of students, and his contributions benefit the well-being of all who enter HHS.

Cheryl Schroeder, Hamilton High School publications paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Cheryl has been a dedicated member of the HHS family and an empathetic friend of many. She is always willing to help, and oftentimes, she goes above and beyond to demonstrate professionalism and pride in the final product. Her keen sense of humor and compassion are ingredients offered in every visit, making a regular day that much better!

Tracey Edmond, Woodside Elementary School speech-language pathologist, was nominated by a co-worker:

Tracey Edmond brings a very positive and child-centered approach to her role as a speech pathologist at Woodside. She treats every child with warmth and builds strong relationships with students and families. We are thankful she has been a member of our Woodside staff the past couple years.

Jen Butscher, Woodside Elementary School first grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Jen Butscher has stepped up this year to support her first grade team in a variety of ways. I am so thankful to her for the time and energy she has been willing to give daily above and beyond what is expected of her. When you look up the definition of a “team player” you would see a picture of Jen!

Kristin Enoch, Woodside Elementary School first grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Kristin Enoch has stepped up this year to support her first grade team in a variety of ways. I am so thankful to her for the time and energy she has been willing to give daily above and beyond what is expected of her. In addition, Kristin has done an awesome job welcoming and supporting new students throughout the year!

Mandy Desmarais, Woodside Elementary School first grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Mandy Desmarais has stepped up this year to support her first grade team in a variety of ways. I am so thankful to her for the time and energy she has been willing to give daily above and beyond what is expected of her. I also appreciate Mandy’s positive energy and thoughtfulness as a professional!

Becky McGinley, Woodside Elementary School first grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Becky McGinley has stepped up this year to support her first grade team in a variety of ways. I am so thankful to her for the time and energy she has been willing to give daily above and beyond what is expected of her. In addition, Becky has received very positive feedback from parents who are SO thankful for all she does for the students. Great job, Becky!

Stephanie Donnelly, Silver Spring Intermediate School paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Steph is a joy to work with and we are blessed to have her here at Sliver Spring Intermediate. She always comes in with a positive attitude that rubs off on the students she works with. Steph always gets the most out of the people she works with.

Cindy Stemper, Maple Avenue Elementary School special education teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Cindy has been such a supportive co-worker since I came onto the Special Education Team this year. She is an excellent leader and helped our program get through a very difficult transition period. Cindy has been thoughtful with her advice and support. She’s a dedicated team player and I feel lucky to work with her.