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April 2021 High Five Nominations

Andrew Redding, Hamilton High School custodial staff member, was nominated by a co-worker:

Hamilton High School is fortunate to have Andrew on our custodial team. He does such a great job keeping the library clean and organized. He also responds quickly to any special requests that we may have. Thank you Andrew!

David TenBroeke, Hamilton High School custodial staff member, was nominated by a co-worker:

Dave has been such a great asset to me this year! Not only does he make sure my room is ready for the next day to begin, but he has helped as I cleaned out bag upon bag of garbage this year. He has done it all with a friendly smile and wonderful attitude. He chats with students and builds relationships with people in building. Thanks for all you do, Dave!

Rebecca Ribar, Templeton Middle School psychologist, was nominated by a co-worker:

Thank you for taking on referrals at Lannon without even thinking twice about it. It means so much to work with such kind coworkers and know I don’t have to worry when I am away. I can only hope to repay you one day.

Amber Schroeder, Silver Spring Intermediate School psychologist, was nominated by a co-worker:

Thank you Amber for taking on referrals at Maple while I am out with baby, all while you are swamped yourself. It seriously means so much to work with such kind coworkers and know I don’t have to worry when I am away. I can only hope to repay you one day!

Michelle Seligman, Hamilton High School psychologist, was nominated by a co-worker:

Thank you for taking on referrals at Maple while I am out with baby, all while you are swamped yourself. It seriously means so much to work with such kind coworkers and know I don’t have to worry when I am away. I can only hope to repay you one day!

Kristin Koeper-Hamblin, Maple Avenue Elementary School principal, was nominated by a co-worker:

I don’t know if I have ever told you how lucky I feel to work with you at Maple, Kristin. Thank you for all you do for our students and staff and how you have treated me the last two years. It really has been wonderful. Your support of my leave and checking in on me is so thoughtful. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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

You do not get nearly enough praise for your leadership and dedication to the district. Thank you for your support of my leave and checking in on me- it is so kind. I feel so lucky to work with you at Lannon and look forward to next year.

Kathy Mesick, Hamilton School District program support, was nominated by a co-worker:

Kathy-It has been such a wonderful experience working with and learning from you. I only wish I could finish out the year with you before you retire! Thank you for all your support and knowledge on our shared cases- I so appreciated it. Enjoy your retirement and hopefully see you around the Wauwatosa area! πŸ™‚

Missy Heckman, Woodside Elementary School paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

I have worked with Missy for almost 5 years now. She is amazing with the students she works with, she has a great sense of humor and works hard every day. She is the first to volunteer when someone needs coverage with their class or duty. She is a true asset to the Woodside community!

Daniel Heckman, Hamilton High School social studies teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Having graduated from the School District and now being a teacher, Danny’s true commitment to the School District and its students shines through everyday. Thank you Dan.

Kelly Wood, Woodside Elementary School special services paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Kelly is a terrific educator. She amazes me with her ability to work with a variety of students- always with a smile on her face. She has high, but resonable expectations for all of the students with whom she works. Kelly has been a great asset to the Forward Exam proctoring team this year as well. Her calm and encouraging nature has truly helped our kids do their very best on this assessment. Woodside is sure lucky to have Kelly!

Lea Knaub, Woodside Elementary School paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Lea has been stepped into the open position we have for our special education team like a champ this year. She has advocated for the kids with whom she works and is always thinking of new way to support these students. Lea has been a great asset to the Forward Exam proctoring team this year as well. Her calm and encouraging nature has truly helped our kids do their very best on this assessment.

Stephanie Dillemuth, Woodside Elementary School instructional and supervision paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Stephanie has been a great asset to the Forward Exam proctoring team this year. Her encouraging nature has truly helped the students she supports to believe they can be successful which has allowed them to do their very best on this assessment. Her flexibility and willingness to help our wherever needed has been appreciated!

Brian Latus, Maple Avenue Elementary School library media specialist, was nominated by a co-worker:

Brian does an awesome job of sharing good books to read to students. He has volunteered to read with my virtual students this year. They are so thrilled to see and talk with him. It has really sparked the interest my students have for reading. I am so appreciative that he is sharing his time with my students. They are always very excited to find out what he will read to them next!

Dr. Christine Woywod Veettil, Maple Avenue Elementary School art teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Christine always teaches our students wonderful art lessons that decorate our school. Recently, she shared one of her lessons with me so that I could use it with my virtual students. My students loved the lesson. It was great fun. There were connections to literature, a famous artist and great fine motor skills. It was so kind of her to share and it was excellent fun to do. Christine is an excellent team member!

Kevin Lawson, Hamilton School District data and assessment specialist, was nominated by a co-worker:

Kevin goes out of his way to help others when he sees they need it. He has taken great initiative to learn everything he can in the short amount of time that he has been here. He is a great team player.

Melanie Lawniczak, Silver Spring Intermediate School fifth grade math and science teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Melanie is a wonderful teacher who builds lasting relationships with her students. Her past 3rd grade students are always excited to see her in the hallways. She puts her heart into teaching her students and understands that they are the number one reason we are all here. Melanie focuses on the positive and often lifts those around her as well. She has been a great support to me and I’ve truly enjoyed getting a chance to know her. She is an excellent addition to our 5th grade team!

Dinah Krueger, Maple Avenue Elementary School special services paraprofessional, was nominated by a co-worker:

Dinah has overcome many changes and adversity during this school year. She cares deeply about her co-workers and the students she works with. Dinah has been willing to keep an open mind and learn new techniques and tools to help our students with special needs. She also has a special skill set she is always willing to share with others. Thanks Dinah for all your hard work and expertise during this school year!

Debbie Grove, Maple Avenue Elementary School third grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

It is a distinct honor and pleasure to work with Debbie. She is the consummate professional and her dedication and passion for teaching, in order to make a difference each day with her third graders is truly remarkable. Debbie has a wonderful sense of humor and she is held in high esteem by the entire Maple Ave staff.

Nicole Piette, Maple Avenue Elementary School second grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Nicole Piette is our brand-new second grade teacher. Her enthusiasm for teaching is infectious and in her short time at Maple Ave, she has really connected with her students to provide them the best education possible. Staff and students will agree that she has made Maple a much better place!

Michael Fraundorf, Maple Avenue Elementary School third grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Mike Fraundorf is an invaluable veteran presence at Maple. He passionately motivates third graders to be forever curious and to love learning and making important connections about the world around them. Thank you, Mike, for all that you do on behalf of staff and students.

Eric Weckwerth, Maple Avenue Elementary School fourth grade teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Eric Weckwerth is highly respected by all Maple Ave staff. He is a veteran educator who works tirelessly to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with his fourth-grade students. He really cares about his students and they know it. Thank you, Eric, for your enthusiasm, passion, and energy!
Christy Schwechel, Silver Spring Intermediate School fifth grade humanities teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

She has worked really hard to adjust from maternity leave and come into teaching virtual.

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

Heather comes to work everyday with a positive attitude. She is kind, caring, compassionate and is fully dedicated to working and helping our students with special needs. She is open and receptive to suggestions and changes. Heather has a calm presence that resonates to the students and staff. She is always smiling and gives 100%. She is a strong team member and it’s an absolute pleasure to work with her.

Christina Garley, Silver Spring Intermediate School fifth grade math teacher, was nominated by two co-workers:

Christina always gives 100% for her students and their learning. She will never allow students to “not learn.” She’s always finding ways to revisit essential skills to make sure her students are consistently proficient. Her students are really lucky to have a teacher that cares as much as she does.

Christina is the ultimate team player. She wants what’s best for her students and is willing to go the extra mile to make sure they reach their full potential. Her dedication to her class/school/district is bar none!

Michelle Prei, Silver Spring Intermediate School math support teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Michelle is a wonderful colleague and my “voice of reason.” I appreciate having a partner to brainstorm solutions with and someone who enjoys challenges. She truly cares about the students and all the people around her. Her positive attitude and the joy she brings to SSI every day is very much appreciated. Thank you, Michelle.

Cathy Drago, Hamilton School District supervisor of instructional services, was nominated by a co-worker:

Cathy is a brave young leader who is striving to build clarity in our district. This includes capturing all the things that are going well and being willing to analyze and ask questions about what could or should be different. This work is hard and it takes courage, vulnerability and persistence. I am grateful to work alongside her and help co-create plans to live out our vision and mission at Hamilton.

Tina Hill, Silver Spring Intermediate School sixth grade humanities teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Tina consistently works very hard to bring out the best from each of her students. I’ve seen her students flourish this year as students and individuals under her tutelage.

Megan Sykes, Silver Spring Intermediate School applied engineering and technology teacher:

Megan helped a special needs virtual student in my class have access to more tabs so he can organize his day. The student and his mom were so happy.

Michel Lee, Hamilton High School custodial staff member, was nominated by a co-worker:

Michel deserves several high fives for the work he does at Hamilton. Not only does he help keep my classroom in tip-top shape but he never fails to lift my spirits at the end of a long day. I can never sneak down the hallway without hearing him say “have a good night!” Thank you for all you do, Michel!

Kristy Cravillion, Willow Springs Learning Center kindergarten teacher, was nominated by a co-worker:

Kristy has embraced the challenges of the school year. She has been an understanding team member bringing her expertise to life in the planning and executing of lessons. She is open to new ideas and continues to provide the best for her students and the school.