Hamilton High Five

HH5LogoThe 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 nominated in April. Take a look at previous recipients.

Kalyn Graziano, Hamilton High School administrative assistant, was nominated by a co-worker because:

She is amazingly helpful! I have asked her numerous of questions and needed directions on things and she is ALWAYS so helpful, kind and takes care of everything. I feel so lucky to have her at the High School because she knows the answers to EVERYTHING!

Stephanie Jungbluth, Silver Spring literacy paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Stephanie has been SO committed to helping my high-need learners get the TLC they need during virtual learning (as well as the rest of the school year!). She truly is going above and beyond!

John Roubik, district Human Resources director, was nominated by a co-worker because:

For all the hard work he has put in for the kids and District Staff under the current circumstances.

Lisa Boucher, Silver Spring sixth grade special education paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Lisa has been meeting with students each day of virtual learning, modifying lessons and in constant communication with all staff members to help our students understand material and complete tasks on this virtual platform. Our students’ success has been in large part due to Lisa’s tireless efforts.

Cathy Drago, curriculum instructional coach, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Cathy works hard, is passionate about what she does and most of all she really takes the time to listen to classroom teachers and our input. She also is very humble of her success and just enjoyable to talk with.

Callie Lauer, Silver Spring fifth grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Callie always goes above and beyond to help others– students, colleagues, parents. The time and effort she puts into meeting the needs of others is amazing and inspiring. She is truly an extraordinary person!

Julie Kleist, Lannon technology teacher, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Julie always embraces her job with a smile and is so willing to help any of her peers!

Katie Wetzel, Templeton social studies, teacher, was nominated by a co-worker because:

She is rocking this new WWI unit. The students are going to love the rigor and learning. She is so flexible when it comes to adapting and overcoming situations for the better of the students.

Margy Supa, Woodside third grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker and parent because:

She went above and beyond for her classroom! She has reached out to her kiddos every single day for a video chat, answers questions so quickly, makes private video chats to help support my daughter, changes things to fit her students’ needs, and she is always smiling and being cheerful. I am so thankful to have her in my daughters’ life during this time.

Janice Rush, Student Services program support, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Janice is a huge source of support for our special education department. Not only does she share great ideas when problem solving around students, she offers direct coaching and guidance for staff in order to get the job done. She brings energy, positivity, and innovative ideas to each team she serves. We are grateful to have her support at SSI!

Katie Foy, Student Services program support, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Meetings feel more productive and outcomes better defined when Katie is present. She brings clarity and guidance in tricky situations and has such a supportive approach when assisting a team. We are grateful to have her as a resource for our staff!

Tim Kruschel, Templetonteacher, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Tim organized a “drive by” baby shower for fellow teacher Lauren Picado.

Katie Ritchie, Silver Spring associate principal, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Katie is a phenomenal administrator and partner. I cannot imagine having gone through this year without her along side me. Katie has awesome vision and is able to push teams to think about innovative approaches while coaching and guiding them through the nitty gritty. She is always willing to support and help in any capacity and brings an endless amount of joy, humor, and life to any team she joins.

Jessica Hoffa, Maple Avenue teacher, was nominated by a parent because:

She has gone above and beyond to prepare weekly lessons and makes them easy to navigate. I love her personal touch with the videos of her reading books and coordinating Google Meets.

Katie Wetzel, Templeton teacher, was nominated by a co-worker because:

She was responsible for originating, proposing, doing, finishing a Templeton video from staff to students/families;

Maria Albrecht, Marcy paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker because:

She has been our fourth grade paraprofessional at Marcy all year and has always gone over and above anything that is asked. And now with virtual learning taking place, that is even more the case. She is always more than willing to jump in, lend a hand, assist our staff beyond the fourth grade, and most importantly connect with students. She is there for google hangouts and google meets, whole class and small groups, and always ready with a caring smile for the kids. In addition, she puts together our weekly Marcy Eagle News videos for students and families bringing that Marcy connection into their homes.

Mrs. Mueller, Marcy second grade teacher, was nominated by a parent because:

Mrs. Mueller genuinely cares about her students. She goes above and beyond. During the school closures, she drove to all her students’ homes to deliver a gift of books and spread some cheer. My daughter knew the 2 hour time frame she would be dropping off the books during and sat by the door so she wouldn’t miss her. She was so happy and to see Mrs. Mueller (through the window). It brought tears to my eyes.

Mrs. Elizabeth Sidders, Marcy kindergarten teacher, was nominated by a parent because:

Mrs. Sidders goes above and beyond for her students and their parents every day! She did this while teaching at school and during virtual learning. She has sent students post cards, set up special zoom meetings and always available to answer questions and provide support. She updates her class websites with all kinds of read- a-loud books, videos and activities for the kids. She sets up times to talk to every student in her class each week, and my daughter really looks forward to these calls! We miss seeing her in person but I feel she has adapted to virtual teaching and has given her students a sense of calm and enabled them to learn in so many ways.

Mrs. Dietz, Marcy second grade teacher, was nominated by a parent because:

Mrs. Dietz always goes above and beyond to be flexible with our sons learning needs. From extra support to customizing assignments towards his interests she goes the extra mile to ensure he is able to access learning at the same level as his peers despite having a disability. We are so thankful for her ongoing collaboration especially as we all move into this challenging new chapter of distance learning.

Caryn Deeken, Marcy first grade teacher, was nominated by a parent because:

She is by far my son’s favorite teacher. She is extremely patient with him and is so thoughtful and caring. It is truly a blessing to have her as a teacher during this time.

Ashley Pfeifer, Templeton seventh grade social studies, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Ashley is an amazing collegue. She not only goes above and beyond for students – staying online literally ALL day, but she is also available to fellow teachers to give help and technology assistance.

Mrs. Campbell, Marcy second grade teacher, was nominated by a parent because:

From the beginning, Mrs. Campbell has been fantastic at communicating with the children in her class, great with the distance learning and so kind! We are very grateful!

Brooke Boettcher,  Marcy first grade teacher, was nominated by a parent because:

She provided above and beyond help with my daughter.

Jerry Wetherall, Hamilton High School mathematics teacher, was nominated by a co-worker because:

He is a team player…his collegiality in offering assistance (from picking up copy work in publications—when we were in the building—to explaining tech issues when I’m at home—to LISTENING to concerns and offering insights—to giving perspective on many things—to delivering signs to seniors—to answering student questions (close to) 24/7)…he is a teacher’s teacher and a student’s teacher.

Laura Wescott,  Hamilton High School associate principal, was nominated by a co-worker because:

She GETS it…she understands the frustrations that teachers and students are experiencing…she attempts to provide resources for teachers as they “build the plane while it is in midair,” she provides opportunities which promote collegiality, she emphasizes the positives, and she always offers an “ear”…and she is fair in dealing with kids and parents as well.

Martha Burns, district executive assistant, was nominated by a co-worker because:

She is always helpful with computer program questions.

Brian Balfany, Lannon principal, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Good communicator. Keeps me in the loop.

Mrs. Krenek, Maple Avenue teacher, was nominated by a parent because:

I nominate her because she is very passionate about teaching and encouraging kids. Making online school easier.

Mary Caucutt, Templeton science teacher, was nominated by a co-worker because:

I have had an opportunity to share EL students with Mary Caucutt the last two school years, including current virtual learning. Mary always looks for ways to have ALL her students engaged in learning. Her Google classroom is easy to navigate, her science lessons are taught in connection to real life, and with visuals. She has always taken initiative in providing modified assignments for ELs, and thus allowing them to thrive in an abstract class such as Science. Thank you, Mary!