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. Take a look at previous recipients.

Katie Cormican, Marcy Elementary School art teacher, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Katie does an outstanding job with the art program at Marcy. Because she quietly goes about her day, she doesn’t get a lot of recognition, but she is a very dedicated, hardworking teacher who always comes up with fun, creative ways to share the joy of art with our students. The students really like her and look forward to going to art class.

Wendy Horsens, Marcy Elementary School technology integration resource teacher, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Wendy does a great job as the technology integration teacher at Marcy. She is dedicated, organized and relates well to our students and staff. She is a valuable member of the Marcy team.

Kevin Schein, Hamilton School District custodian and grounds keeper, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Kevin is nominated for his dedication and efforts to make the District Grounds look amazing.

Brian Sendzik, Hamilton School District custodian and grounds keeper, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Brian’s dedication to the District Grounds appearance shows; he has great pride in the facilities he takes care of.

Kathleen Nienow, Marcy Elementary School literacy interventionist, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Kathleen has taken on the challenges of providing intervention this school year with a positive attitude, open mind, and flexibility. She is an inspiring colleague!

Kristin Leaman, Willow Springs Learning Center K4 teacher, was nominated by a parent because:

Mrs. Leaman is going above and beyond to keep the attention of the 4K students during virtual learning. Her enthusiasm during the live and recorded sessions are just what our little one needs to stay engaged. Thank you for your hard work!

Jana Julka, Marcy Elementary School second grade teacher, was nominated by a parent because:

Mrs. Julka provides engaging, rigorous and fun activities for our 2nd grade student in a timely and easy to follow fashion. Each week we are impressed with the writing that our son is completing in class. Being able to deliver high level work in a virtual setting is not easy, and Mrs. Julka is going above and beyond. Thank you for your hard work!

Janelle Fleisner, Templeton Middle School health room paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Mrs. Fleisner has been consistently amazing, professional, and thorough in attending to our students health and well-being. She is such a natural. Templeton is so lucky to have her!

Michelle Trawicki, Marcy Elementary School principal, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Michele is one of a kind. She is reflective, supportive, thoughtful, and incredibly knowledgeable. She supports her families and staff like no other, putting them at the forefront of all of her decisions. I have never seen someone work as hard as she does. She is the bright light in this time of uncertainty and I am so thankful that she is our leader. Marcy and Hamilton are incredibly lucky to have her.

Bridget Jimmerson, Marcy Elementary School special education teacher, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Not only is Bridget an amazing SPED teacher, but she is a great asset to our school. She takes charge at parent pick-up, knowing almost all parents and students names. She is a problem-solver and a wonderful person to work with.

Marie Palmer, Marcy Elementary School third grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Marie has taken the lead with many new initiatives during this year of COVID. She is a pioneer in meeting the needs of an in-person and virtual class. She problem-solves and always puts the needs of her students first. She is a great resource and someone I know I can go to to brainstorm and/or someone I can rely on if I need help with a challenge. We are lucky to have Marie at Marcy!

Theresa Aron, Marcy Elementary School associate kitchen employee, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Theresa has gone above and beyond in recognizing students’ individual needs. She has used visual choices and yes/no choices for one of my non verbal students after meeting him once. Thank you for being so observant and caring!

Moni Lichéy, Lannon Elementary School first grade teacher, was nominated by a parent because:

Mrs. Lichéy has gone above and beyond to provide learning materials, virtual lessons, and feedback for my daughter who missed weeks of school because of the need to quarantine. She also helped my daughter feel connected to her classmates during her absence. We are grateful for all the time and effort she has put into supporting our daughter academically and emotionally.

Barbara Larson, Silver Spring Intermediate School paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Barb works very hard everyday helping students with significant needs. She gives 100% everyday. We really appreciate her commitment, positive attitude and willingness to do anything to help our students make progress.

Heather Waibel, Silver Spring Intermediate School paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Heather always comes to work with a positive attitude. She is willing to help any of our students and has a wealth of skills that our students truly benefit from. Our special education department would not be as strong without her.

Brad Hoffman, Templeton Middle School principal, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Brad has consistently stepped up as a leader during difficult circumstances the last few months and especially to start this school year, all while taking over many additional responsibilities in my absence.

Grace Norton, Silver Spring Intermediate School assistant manager of food and nutrition services, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Grace has impressively managed process and procedure changes to cafeteria servicing throughout the district. Time changes, staffing needs, and large increases in students taking hot lunch (due to federally funded free lunch for all) are just a few of the things she has helped our kitchen staff successfully navigate. She is appreciated and our students and schools have greatly benefited from the quality and consistency in our lunch program.

Kevin Richards, Lannon Elementary School custodian, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Kevin’s addition to Lannon has helped maximize safety and cleanliness. He is hard-working and committed to quality work, in spite of the sometimes tedious nature of his work. Kevin’s work ethic and kindness are appreciated and contribute greatly to Lannon’s school culture.

Ann Wodarczak, Lannon Elementary School administrative assistant, was nominated by a co-worker because:

Ann is the best. Literally. Her organization, ability to balance her ever-changing roles and responsibilities, and her office management and communication with stakeholders keeps Lannon afloat. She is confident and competent, yet understanding and compassionate. I appreciate all she does for Lannon as well as for the Hamilton School District. We are lucky to have her on our team!